Natural Change Outdoor Education: Turning Personal Transformation into Social Action, Leadership and Sustainability


As an Associate Natural Change Facilitator I’ll be helping run this week long workshop in Hungary for youth workers and group facilitators from across Europe. This is an ERASMUS+ programme and a few funded places are available for eligible participants from Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Romania, Spain.

Despite what the website (below) says, the closing date is 19 July. And if you aren’t from one of the eligible countries or miss the deadline by a few days, I’d say there’s no harm in contacting the organiser Krisztina Pásztor to discuss possibilities.

Find out more here…

Of course, if Hungary is too far away, you can also find Introduction to Facilitating Natural Change courses slightly closer to home here…

Shifting Normal: How to use the Four Questions & Four Zones framework with your team


Paired discussion at my workshop on the Shifting Normal guide at the CCF Gathering in Glasgow.
Paired discussion at my workshop on the Shifting Normal guide at the CCF Gathering in Glasgow.

I was commissioned by the Scottish Government to develop a guide for community groups based on the ISM model. The guide – Shifting Normal – was launched at the CCF Gathering in June 2105, where I ran two workshops introducing the Four Questions, Four Zones framework.

Shifting Normal

Feedback was extremely positive and many people took away multiple copies to use with their groups. The guide and accompanying material is available here.

I have since introduced the framework in a number of workshops and people tell me they found it intuitive and practical. While the guide refers to community climate action projects, the framework is equally applicable in other contexts, for example within organisations, and to address other aspects of sustainability or social change.

The role of values in transformational change


I’m helping organise a round table discussion with Tom Crompton at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation on 25th June:

The role of values in transformational change: Implications for action on climate change, resilience and sustainability

How can we achieve the transformational change many see as essential to solve some of our time’s knotty issues?
What is the role of our values in creating this change?
Can we use a values framework to initiate and consolidate transformational change?

These are some of the questions we are inviting you to discuss with a group of practitioners also interested in transformational change in relation to climate change, resilience and sustainability.

This round table will be introduced by Tom Crompton, author of Common Cause. He will challenge the group to create an ongoing dialogue about values as the basis for transformational change, beyond the role of communication campaigns.

About Tom Crompton

177272Tom Crompton, Ph.D. has worked for nearly a decade with some of the UK’s best known charities – including NSPCC, Oxfam, Scope and WWF – on values and social change.

He has advised the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments on issues related to cultural values, has collaborated in research with some of the world’s foremost academics working in this area, and has published numerous articles on cultural values in both academic and popular journals.

He holds a first degree in Natural Sciences (University of Cambridge, UK) and a doctorate on the evolution of altruism (University of Leicester, UK).

Places are strictly limited. Please register here…


Developing the ISM tool for communities


The ISM (Individual Social & Material) Tool was originally developed to help policy makers engage people and influence their behaviours to deliver improved outcomes, strengthening low carbon policies and delivery. I’ve been commissioned by the Scottish Government to develop a version for communities working on climate change issues. Continue reading “Developing the ISM tool for communities”

Action Learning Programme recognised with UNESCO award

We developed the Communities with a Common Cause Action Learning Programme to pilot an approach to putting Common Cause into practice that could be replicated more widely. The programme had excellent feedback from participants and was recognised with a UNESCO Outstanding Flagship Project Award. The judging panel were particularly impressed by the innovative nature of the project and its contribution to pushing forward the field of Education for Sustainable Development. Continue reading “Action Learning Programme recognised with UNESCO award”

Your money or your love? The choice for climate change communications

I was recently asked to speak in a debate at the AGM of Stop Climate Chaos Coalition Scotland. I was proposing:

To tackle climate change we must engage people’s natural & deep-seated concern for the well-being of others.

On the other side, Colin Howden of Transform Scotland, argued:

To achieve action on climate change, we need to communicate in economic and financial terms.

Continue reading “Your money or your love? The choice for climate change communications”

No more solutions please!

The other night I facilitated an RSA organised discussion in Edinburgh with David Sim of Gehl Architects who have been closely involved in the transformation of Copenhagen into one of the world’s most people friendly cities.

The sell-out event attracted professionals and activists interested in discussing how Edinburgh might be different and better if planners, designers and others put people first – instead of [cars / tourists / developers / other – delete as applicable]. Continue reading “No more solutions please!”