What can facilitators learn from agile retrospectives for our own practice and debriefings? Last week, Karen Schmidt, Edith Steiner-Janesch  and I co-hosted a workshop on this topic during the European IAF Conference in Milan.
Retrospectives? Why, what, how?
We first introduced agile retrospectives as part of an iterative life cycle, based on the book “Agile Retrospectives” by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen.
Next up @AgileFac2019: @wiebkehere & @overthefencePM […]
Imagine a room of nearly 200 people from five global regions and different functions across one organisation. This was the first meeting of this kind, and we wanted to encourage everyone to build relationships across the organisational silos and learn together about challenges and opportunities facing the organisation. A World Café seemed an obvious inspiration: multiple conversational rounds at small hosted tables, with participants switching tables (and groups) between rounds.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]