Professional development for sustainability
Case study: Green Impact
The brief: To help University of Sheffield staff and students playing the role of Green Champions to maximise their personal and organisational resourcefulness in effecting change.
Our response: Ran a Sustain Abilities event - a creatively engaging mechanism for understanding and auditing skill and capacity needs; identifying current strengths and weaknesses; and mapping development actions needed.
The impact: Skill development plans initiated. Increased participants literacy leading to greater interaction across departments and within the wider university community.
"Great focus on challenges and turning that around to what skills do we need/have".
"Bringing all the skills together and thinking about my own department."
Case study: Developing Cultural Sector Resilience
The brief: Join a Cida Co consulting team to deliver resilience training with a focus on environmental sustainability to 100 arts organisations in East London and Birmingham on behalf of Arts Council England.
Our response: Initiated quick fire engagement through visual material to rapidly set the context and crafted provocation questions to fire debate and identify dilemmas and potential.
The impact: Framed the issue within a broader context of organisational resilience and established environmental sustainability as an integral part of future orientation.
“Teo and Nick unearthed enduring motivations, fostering innovative responses and casting powerful visions."
AnaMaria Wills, CEO, CidaCo
Case study: Case for Optimism
The brief: Case for Optimism arose in response to a leadership debate that identified the need for culural leaders and practioners to deepen creative response to sustainability challenges - to find how they personally and collectively could respond best through their work.
Our response: Designed a day long event, co-convened with Lucy Neal and Hilary Jennings, to imagine possible futures, identify roles and rehearse for change, making a rare space for shared visioning and deep reflection.
The impact: Thirteen events have reached over 250 cultural leaders and artists from London to Swansea, Exeter to Rotterdam. The programme has been directly credited with starting new initiatives, growing leadership confidence, and developing literacy and personal agency.
"Terrific day led by @hilaryjennings, Lucy Neal & Teo Greenstreet on creative practitioners' role in how we respond 2 biosphere challenges.”
Resilience training: developing our Sustain-Abilities: creative workshops for teams to identify, audit and develop the skills and understanding needed to grow a sustainable organisation.
Carbon Conversations: a short series of informative meetings that engage employees in the why and the how of carbon reduction, increasing their motivation to reduce energy and recycle (leads to the Carbon Literacy award.)
Action Learning Sets: peer coaching groups for managers or sustainability officers seeking to implement their sustainability values and action plans over a period of time (bringing together people from different organisations can be especially effective.)
Why sustainability? Our view is expressed in our ABC:
There is an Absolute need for us to learn how to use the earth’s limited resources responsibly.
The Business case is clear: reduce waste, cut energy costs, attract talent and spur innovation.
Creative thinking is essential to unravel the complexities, imagine possible futures and see new opportunities.
We support your team to:
Develop their understanding of the business benefits and creative opportunities of environmental sustainability using the Response Matrix.
Relate environmental sustainability to the organisation’s core business vision and values, strengthening brand and motivation
Integrate sustainability objectives within wider strategic planning
Identify the skills needed to respond to change and maximise the business benefits using Sustain - Abilties.
Develop a shared understanding that is recognised by the Carbon Literacy award
“The Be Future Orientated session that you ran at the Museum’s Association conference was one of the conference highlights for me, many thanks indeed”
Cathy Putz, Head of Touring Exhibitions, Victoria and Albert Museum