Workshop: Communicating Climate Adaptation

Workshop: Communicating Climate Adaptation

2018 | ICLEI and European Environmental Agency

Successful adaptation needs well-informed and enthused citizens. How can local authorities take them along?  Amongst other issues, the 2018 Resilient Cities conference explored the experiences of cities and towns in engaging citizens on climate adaptation. ON:SUBJECT provided a training session on communication of climate change adaptation: Participants learned how to communicate about climate change without boring or scaring anyone away. The secret is in […]

10 strategies for better climate communication

10 strategies for better climate communication

Originally prepared for the training “Communicating Climate Adaptation”. You can find more materials here.

Tired of polar bears, apocalyptic scenarios and dry statistics? You are not the only one. Here are a few tips for making your climate communication more engaging, effective and fun. Never forget the context: depending on what you are trying to do, some strategies might work better than others. Mix and match – and learn and listen […]

Project: Making Certification SMART

Project: Making Certification SMART

2017 | PEFC International

PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is an international organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. Their annual stakeholder dialogue was held in Helsinki, Finland on 16 November 2017 under the topic “Making Certification Smart”.

We supported the programme design and conducted a survey of stakeholders and member organizations in the run-up of the event. We were also honoured to open the […]

Project: Sustainable Development Dialogue

Project: Sustainable Development Dialogue

2015-2016 | DFID

A “learning dialogue” is a participatory process that we used together with EdgeFX to help us harvest rich know-how from donor funded programmes on the ground – and get practical insights to use across the organisation in designing and delivering other programmes.

This learning dialogue explored: How can DFID implement sustainable development in practice?

Its aim was to help us explore and learn about how we can ensure our poverty […]

Facilitation Plan Template

Facilitation Plan Template

Originally published in the IAF Global Flipchart – for facilitators, by facilitators. Download the template below.

Facilitation can get complicated. There are the needs of the client and the purpose of the meeting. The room needs to be set up and material acquired. And then there are venues and breaks and participants… If I didn’t prepare my sessions well, I’d probably lose my head.

After I’ve mapped the general flow of the […]

Project: Perspectives on Standards and Certification

Project: Perspectives on Standards and Certification

2017-2018 |  Sustainability Standards Specialist Group (SSSG)

How can we work together to help sustainability standards thrive? In the specialised field of sustainability standards systems and their stakeholders, collaboration is really the only way forward: not one consultant or organisation can have all the answers. The five experts behind the Sustainability Standards Specialist Group decided to show their collaboration and expertise with a biannual newsletter. The first two issues cover topics […]

Musings on momentum for sustainability

Musings on momentum for sustainability

I’ve been taking some time off paid work last week to travel to Oakland for a training to hone my consulting skills for social change. Being a consultant is an interesting role:

On the one hand, I’m 100% committed to your mission and potential – on the other hand, I will always remain an outsider, bringing a different perspective.
I’m bringing valuable expertise and experience from across movements and organizations – and […]

Hosting a workshop

Hosting a workshop

This article was originally written as guidance for workshop organisers during an open space meeting in October 2016.

This is a place where civil rights activists meet to discuss change. During our three days together, we have plenty of space for spontaneous sessions as well as for pre-organised ones. What happens in your session is up to you: a workshop, a lecture, networking, practical action… Here are a few […]

hackAIR: citizen science and open hardware

hackAIR: citizen science and open hardware

In the coming three years, ON:SUBJECT will support the EU-funded project “hackAIR: Collective awareness platform for outdoor air pollution”. The overall objective of hackAIR is to develop and pilot test an open platform that will enable communities of citizens to easily set up air quality monitoring networks and engage their members in measuring and publishing outdoor air pollution levels, leveraging the power of online social networks, mobile and open hardware technologies, and […]