Thu 2 Feb 2023 9:44AM

Relaunching 'barefoot' – next cohort starts on 25 April

JG Jonny Gordon-Farleigh Public Seen by 169

Stir to Action and Co-op Culture are teaming up to relaunch ‘barefoot’ – a six-month programme that has provided more than 65 practitioners with specialist support to gain skills, knowledge, and confidence to work as democratic business advisors since 2020. This new partnership will support the programme’s expansion across the UK, offer alumni networking events, and create more opportunities for practitioners to deliver advice through national business programmes.

The next cohort starts on 25 April, so if you're interested in joining the course, see more information and the application form here.

How to fund your course fee?

  • Ask your co-operative

  • If you're connected to a CDA/CDB, ask if they could fully or partially subsidise your fee as part of a commitment to work with them as an advisor

  • Create a proposal on solid fund to see if members are willing to invest in your training

Any questions about the course?

If you have any questions about the course content/modules beyond what is provided on the website, contact barefoot@culture.coop


Billy Smith Fri 21 Apr 2023 9:14PM


It's the OpenDNS filtering used by my ISP.

I contacted them, and it's not the first time they have had this problem.


I changed the DNS settings on my browser, and it was sorted. :D


Graham Fri 21 Apr 2023 9:40AM

@Billy Smith It works fine for me. No certificate issues.


Billy Smith Thu 20 Apr 2023 2:04PM

The linked website, https://www.stirtoaction.com/barefoot is blocked by Firefox right now.

"Invalid Certificate"

Could someone get in touch with them, so they can fix it?

I have tried shouting them via Twitter, but no response so far, and i haven't found their Mastodon channel.

Any other route to find them?


Tim Blanc Thu 6 Apr 2023 9:02AM

More irritating SPAM.

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Kate Whittle Thu 2 Feb 2023 11:29AM

Hear hear, fantastic news!


John Atherton Thu 2 Feb 2023 9:47AM

As one of the alumni from the 1st cohort, I can heartly recomend!