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“Safety does not come first: Goodness, truth and beauty come first.”
– Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
I’ve used this quote for years to express my approach to life. Yet, spending time at the Applied Improvisation Network World Conference 2013, I find myself reflecting on my need for safety. I’m not alone with this: when I’m telling others that I’m playing improv, they often say “I would never dare to”. Continue reading
More than two years ago, I wrote a post titled “Wanted: A Consultation Management System for Sustainability Standards” in which I described how technology could support the mandatory stakeholder engagement and consultation processes in sustainability standards.
Yesterday, I found myself researching available options to manage a consultation for a new sustainability standard. It turns out, not much has changed:
2013 | UN Forum on Sustainability Standards
The report “Voluntary Sustainability Standards – Today’s Landscape of Issues and Initiatives to Achieve Public Policy Objectives” provides an overview of the key issues to help decision makers from developing countries evaluate and support voluntary sustainability standards in line with their own development objectives.
2012-2014 | European Commission – ICT Policy Support Programme
eEnviPer is an integrated web-based platform for the application, administration and consultation of environmental permits. Between 2012-2014, eEnviPer is testing its existing multi-purpose cloud platform in five pilot communities. In making the environmental permits process more transparent, accessible and efficient, eEnviPer will help to reduce the environmental impact of economic activities through the environmental permits process in a cost-effective manner.
2012-2013 | IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and Alcoa Foundation
Powered by Nature is an award programme for European communications students to co-create a social media campaign on energy and nature. The award winners participated in a 5-day retreat on 26-30 August in Starnmeer, the Netherlands during which they co-created the social media campaign Better in the Dark. Continue reading
2011-2012 | Digitalcourage (formerly: FoeBuD)
The German Verein zur Förderung des öffentlichen bewegten und unbewegten Datenverkehrs (FoeBuD), one of the world’s oldest digital rights organizations, had a problem: Their name. Increasingly, funders and members of the organization had grown tired of being ignored in the media and frustrated with repeated requests to spell or explain their name. Continue reading
Feedback was an important element in the Powered by Nature workshop at the end of August. Participants gave each other feedback, and we also received lots of good feedback from external parties. In the end, it was this good feedback that develop the Better in the Dark campaign.
Edward, my co-facilitator and I, chose not to teach about feedback – instead, we gathered the following tips after a focused conversation with participants: Continue reading
Yes, this was a first, and it was an experiment. A few weeks ago, the GIZ Leadership Lab attracted nearly thirty participants from all corners of the world. We had invited them to a co-creation session for a leadership approach for global sustainability – and we had invited them to join us from the comfort of their offices: online.
With five breakout sessions and three co-presenters, my task was to facilitate and hold the space for the entire session. Not an easy task, but I think it worked sufficiently well. It turns out that facilitating online events isn’t that different to in-person events:
Since Saturday, one of the world’s oldest digital rights organizations is operating under a new name. FoeBuD e.V. is now Digitalcourage.
The need for a new name was obvious. The organisation was tired of being referred to as ‘data protection activists from Bielefeld’, of having to clarify spelling or pronunciation at every occasion, and generally of the dreaded question: “What does the name stand for?”
The correct answer had been a joke already 25 years ago: Verein zur Förderung des öffentlichen bewegten und unbewegten Datenverkehrs, a riff on the absurd neologisms of the Deutsche Post at the time. As the internet grew in importance (and Deutsche Post lost its grip on it), this joke grew old. Continue reading