Workshop 2 – Local Global Issues

Workshop Objectives:

Uncover and discuss global sustainability issues and topics.

An engagement exercise with stakeholders to get them thinking and discussing issues that they know about or seem important to them. 

Workshop Participants:

  • Top Management
  • Production personnel
  • Purchasing and finance
  • Marketing and Comms
  • Sponsorship
  • Top Management
  • Production personnel
  • Purchasing and finance
  • Marketing and Comms
  • Sponsorship
  • Perhaps some relevant external stakeholders.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • A shortlist of global and local sustainability issues.
  • A bold vision for the event which feeds into those major local and global sustainability issues.

Get prepared for the workshop:

Slides and handouts:

  • Prepare a presentation slide with the sustainable development guiding programmes and principles. (Probably the SDGs)
  • Prepare a presentation slide with a summary of the outcomes from Workshop 1.
  • Choose a video from the course or other source, that you think will do a good job to inspire people about sustainability and sustainable development
  • Have prepared the SDGs on post-its or cards to play the matching game later.
  • Have prepared the Principles/Values defined from Workshop 1, on post-its or cards.

Workshop tools:

  • Provide Post-It notes to your participants, (or use the virtual option Mural).
  • You may also wish to have large sheets of paper or notepads.
  • Coloured markers and highlighters will be useful.
  • A projector and wall to project onto.
  • Other useful tools include tape, Blu Tack, flipboard and easel, a large vertical or horizontal surface to work with, whiteboards.
  • Prepare and cue the videos, test audio etc.

Workshop Process

Step 1:

  1. Let workshop participants know that the intention for this workshop is to identify relevant global and local sustainability issues, with emphasis on considering relevant issues given the topic of the event, its location, and local context.

    This is about the sustainability issues that exist out there in the world, not the practical matters concerning the event (like recycling onsite).
  2. Show a presentation slide on the outcomes from Workshop 1, principles and values. Review and discuss the outcomes of the first workshop and use these foundations to set the scene for the next exercise in this workshop.
  3. Introduce the concept of the SDGs. Show a slide with them all on them and briefly talk about several of the SDGs that might seem relevant or of interest.

Step 2:
Identifying global and local sustainability issues

  1. Ask workshop participants to spend several minutes writing down what they believe are the critical sustainability issues in the world today (not event-specific). Tell them to include local as well as global issues.

    (Tip: Refer back to the issues revealed in the lesson ‘What is Sustainability’, as a guide. You can also use the SDGs for context).
  2. On a wall, window or a big table, get everyone to cluster their post-its into similar categories.
  3. Discuss the themes, topics or categories that are revealed.
  4. Using (previously prepared) cards or post-its with the SDGs on, match them with the category clusters.
  5. Review any gaps and discuss and fill if needed. (It is very likely that the workshop attendees can’t think of all the possible sustainability issues, and indeed won’t really know what should or does fall under sustainability.
  6. Put in the parking lot any cards which are not yet matched or may seem not relevant.
  7. Reflect page on the principles and values identified as critical in Workshop 1.
    Using the previously prepared cards or post-its, identify where the principles match with the important global and local issues identified.
    Discuss how those principles could apply.

Step 3:
Creating a bold vision

Now discuss what you have revealed.

What’s important in the world and what principles and values are important to your organisation?

Where are the intersections?

The next step is to dream big and create a bold vision for your event. 

How could your event support the important sustainability issues you identified and can you imagine a cross over between those issues, how you produce your event and what your event talks about to supports?

  • Discuss what a bold vision for the event could be.
  • Write this on a big sheet of paper and pop it up on the wall too! 

    This will be reviewed after getting into the detail of issues identification in the next step, but for now don’t be shackled by practical delivery concerns! 

    Go big for now!

    Zero everything, maximum positive impact!!