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George Gabriel

George Gabriel

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2014

Friends Provident Foundation

Update Spring 2014

How have you found your first few months as a Clore Social Fellow?

I had an incredible time at the residential, it was challenging, engaging and substantially shifted my perspective on from whom and how I can learn and grow.

During the last few months I have been able to attend the the following courses: Coaching Fundamentals, Action Learning Methodologies, Harvard Emerging Leaders and the ISA GIT (a resilience programme). I have also taken taster sessions with coaches. I haven’t yet managed to find a mentor but I have made progress on lining up a secondment at Public Health England, and developing a number of research options.

Crucially I’ve used the support from my Clore Social Fellowship to set up and lead End Hunger Fast which is having a national impact.

Have there been any challenges so far?

The residential helped me to appreciate the balance of learning through doing and learning through a programme. It also helped me gain the breadth of perspective to appreciate the fullness of this learning opportunity.

How is the Fellowship having an effect on those around you?

I have been able to set up and lead End Hunger Fast while remaining in full employment at CitizensUK – I never thought I’d be able to set up the campaign and watch it run without my direct day to day driving. Simultaneously, I have managed to achieve a better work-life balance.

Tell us an important lesson you’ve learnt so far during the Fellowship programme

Don’t judge people or experiences too quickly, judgement can be good in that it moves us to action, but it can also be incredibly blinkering.

Have you learnt anything from your fellow Fellows?

My Action Learning Set have taught me a lot. Hearing about other Fellows' challenges has allowed me to reflect on past experiences. I have learnt a great deal about professionalism in a different contexts. What we share in the sets is confidential but the message – be committed, be professional, and take action - is very significant.

If you had to sum up your Fellowship journey so far...

This experience has been fantastic. The other Fellows are truly excellent, and the training and facillitators at the residentials and training sessions are unbelievable. I feel truly privileged.

Twitter: @Glgabriel

Current principal role: Senior Organiser
Current principal organisation: Citizens uk

Research: Addressing Globalisation: the Living Wage as an approach to global wage inequality and working poverty
Secondment host: World Bank

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