ON:SUBJECT works with organizations that are committed to making a dent in the universe. For them, sustainability is the biggest adventure of our time.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Project: Changemakers Forward

Project: Changemakers Forward

2014-2015 | Changemakers Forward

Changemakers Forward is an online community for, by and about being changemakers, supporting each other to thrive and sustain our mission to make the world a better place.

Like many others, we’ve always loved making a difference. Too often this meant traveling a path that doesn’t exist yet. It’s hard to know where to start or how to have what it takes to follow through.

Together we can change this: Through […]

Report: Technology Innovations for Sustainability Standards

Report: Technology Innovations for Sustainability Standards

2015 | ISEAL Alliance

Today’s sustainability standards systems are challenged to keep up with a rapidly evolving technological landscape. While the corporate world has learned to integrate data flows across global supply chains, most standards systems are lagging behind. This report explores the relevance of current trends in technology to sustainability standards – from mobile data collection and the internet of things, to open data and blockchains – and proposes […]

Project: ASI Client Satisfaction Study

Project: ASI Client Satisfaction Study

2013-2015 | Accreditation Services International

Accreditation Services International (ASI) is one of the world’s leading accreditation bodies for sustainability standards systems.

ASI conducts an annual survey to solicit feedback from its clients, i.e. scheme owners and certification bodies for ASC, FSC, MSC, RSB and RSPO. The results are used to inform the organizational development of ASI and to instigate conversations with clients and stakeholders.

Since 2013, ON:SUBJECT is the lead contractor for the study. As […]

Participatory Strategic Planning

Participatory Strategic Planning

Participatory Strategic Planning (PSP) is a consensus-oriented process that helps an organization, network or community come together in developing a strategic approach for the next few years.

Part of the suite of processes called Technology of Participation, Participatory Strategic Planning consists of four stages:

First, the group determines their vision for the future of the organisation or community.
Second, they describe the obstacles that are preventing them from reaching their vision.
In the third stage they move on […]

Projects: LIFE Climate Action

Projects: LIFE Climate Action

2014-2016 | European Commission

When the EU approved new funding for its LIFE programme for 2014-2020, they included a new sub-programme for climate action, with the aim to

Contribute to the shift towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy;
Improve the development, implementation and enforcement of EU climate change policy and legislation; and
Support better environmental and climate change governance at all levels.

ON:SUBJECT provides expert evaluations of project proposals submitted under the governance and information strand of […]