Although I have benefitted from working alone, I have preferred being part of a team and sharing collaborative ideas with others.
Networking and meet ups as an industry has witnessed growth, and apps such as Meetup have been devised to meet that need and reduce ‘silo’ working.
A think tank provides a great opportunity and platform to meet like-minded professionals and share ideas. This is particularly useful for those who don’t have team members and have to work alone.
Think tanks enable us to improve practice and be part of the wider youth work community and decreases this ‘silo’ mindset. Other professionals including social workers are now part of multi-disciplinary groups which reduces silo working, which makes information sharing possible and maximise and achieve positive outcomes for young people.
It has been so refreshing to be part of these spaces and to return to work inspired, and with an invigorated desire to support the lives of young people, either through sharing or receiving ideas and experiences. Ultimately, being a part of a think tank can reduce loneliness, which if ignored can lead to burn out, especially where church ministers may not understand the needs of youth pastors or ministers and be unable to effectively support them.