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Projects delivered by Alan Caldwell Associates

Climate Challenge Fund Gathering

Just how do you successfully facilitate a workshop with 150 people and make it enjoyable, productive and just a bit different? Along with colleagues Simon Pepper and Simon Hooton this is exactly what Alan achieved on the second day of this years CCF Gathering in Glasgow.

The Government has set ambitous targets on the Climate Change front and backed communites to play a key role in delivering those targets.  Alan has been working with colleague Simon Pepper on the development of a Framework for Community Action on Climate Change that will help communities meet these targets (for the Framework website see here). The work to date has identified 14 major barriers facing communities in their work for a low carbon future.  The next steps require leadership from within the community sector and creative solutions to remove these barriers. The CCF Gathering was a fantastic opportunity to take these next steps and gain a wider mandate for this work.

In the morning, delegates familiarised themselves with the barriers and plotted them on a 2 x 2 matrix placing them as easy or difficult to solve and whether we were in control of the solution or not in control.  You can see the results here.  Following 5 minute think pieces and Q & A involving speakers representing the Government, Business, Local Authority and Community sectors delegates then developed solutions for the barriers on a new matrix (see here).  The morning session closed with an overwhelming mandate from the 150 delegates from communites and support organisations to progress the Framework.  In a dynamic afternoon session involving 40 of the delegates, 17 individuals came forward to form a Steering Group to take plans forward (see mindmap of discussion here).

Simon Hooton was responsible for creating the mindmaps and these were used to both capture ideas and share information on the conference screen as the day progressed.  Copies were printed out on the spot and distributed to each workshop table.  Each table of 10 had a facilitator and large scale matrices printed as tableclothes to record each exercise.  Each workshop table sent out 'runners' to listen in on other tables and report back on their discussions.  Ideas could be recorded on a gratifitti wall in the reception or on notes deposited in 'ideas boxes' on each table.  Raising the red flag on each table brought one of the main facilitators to the table to help with information and guidance.

Feedback from delegates praised the structure, intelligence and productiveness of the day. For overall mindmap of the day see here.