Friday, 28 April 2017

[] Advanced Facilitation Training - London 4/7/2017


Advanced Facilitation Training

A unique day of interactive and participatory learning to build your skills and confidence as a facilitator, meeting organiser or workshop leader.

Full details

This will be unlike training you've experienced before – you'll be challenged, engaged and hopefully excited while experiencing the power of deep facilitation. While this is a day of learning, it is also time for you to think about your work and share your experiences. You'll be asked to analyse difficult situations and come up with your own solutions.

You will also develop your skills and attitudes as a facilitator in working with diverse groups and using participatory processes. We'll look at what it means to be in the mind-set of a facilitator rather than to just 'do facilitation'.

The day will include:

• What it means to be a facilitator
• How to support groups to recognise and work with their power dynamics
• Understand and deal with 'problem' behaviour
• Cultivate empathy and the appreciation of differences
• How to frame a group's needs
• Using questions effectively to draw out the experience of a group
• Using non-hierarchical and participatory methods

Who should attend this course?

The event will benefit anyone working with groups of people, in the role of facilitator, in formal or informal settings. Whether a novice wanting to start out with a deep grounding, or an experienced facilitator wishing to develop their current understanding and practice, the course will provide a valuable insight into good facilitation. (If you're looking for more practical workshop/facilitation skills our basic 'Facilitation Training' may be more suitable.)


£425: Large businesses
£338: Large charities, public sector and small businesses
£195: Smaller charities (under 15 staff) and self-funded individuals.

Concessionary rates are available for students, pensioners and the unemployed. Please contact us for further details.

Prices include a hot Mediterranean buffet lunch, Fair Trade refreshments and networking time.

For bookings and information please contact:
Tel: 0207 324 4775


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China-India Dialogue on Low-Carbon Growth

As the world's most populous countries and largest emerging economies, China and India have great potential to lead the international climate and development agenda and have much to learn from each other.

In March, high-level Indian and Chinese experts, including former lead climate negotiators, met in Beijing to discuss shared opportunities in spurring low-carbon development. The dialogue was hosted by the New Climate Economy, Tsinghua University, and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations on the sidelines of the China Development Forum.

In support of the China-India Dialogue, Naina Lal Kidwai (Global Commissioner, Chair of Sustainability Council, and Past President, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) authored an op-ed calling for a spirit of collaboration between the two countries as major leaders on climate action. She encouraged China and India to share learnings and opportunities to collaborate on key issues such as urbanization, energy, and financing.

Meanwhile, Global Commission co-chair Nicholas Stern co-authored a paper for the China Development Forum on how China can lead in fostering and financing sustainable infrastructure. China saves and invests more than the EU and US combined. It has been building and financing infrastructure on a scale that is unmatched. And it has been an important front-runner on green finance. "We have entered an era of China as global leader," the paper says.

Several other Global Commissioners – including Angel GurrĂ­a (OECD), Jean-Pascal Tricoire (Schneider Electric), Takehiko Nakao (ADB), Kristalina Georgievea (World Bank) – also participated in meetings at or around the China Development Forum, and Global Commissioner Stuart Gulliver (HSBC) was a co-chair of the forum. 


The Knowns and Unknowns of China's Green Finance

In China, 40 years of unprecedented growth have lifted 500 million out of poverty, but progress is now challenged by investment limits and dangerous pollution levels. China's recent policy reforms reveal a clear commitment to a greener economy, including investment in sustainable infrastructure and greener financial systems.

The New Climate Economy's new working paper reviews this ambitious green finance package, highlights remaining uncertainties, and provides recommendations for success. It suggests that China build the demand for green investment through penalties and market mechanisms, develop a comprehensive tracking system to assess efficacy of interventions, ensure that financing models meet the specific requirements for sustainable infrastructure, and build quality green infrastructure that displaces older, less-efficient infrastructure.

The authors estimate that investment flows in selected green sectors in China rose from US$224 billion in 2011 to US$404 billion in 2015.



America Doesn't Have to Choose Between the Economy and the Climate

A mounting body of evidence shows that a strong U.S. economy and a healthy environment are not at odds with each other, according to a new blog by the New Climate Economy on WRI Insights.

Over the past 15 years the United States has decoupled economic growth and carbon emissions, raising GDP 30% while reducing energy-related emissions 10%. And climate action has created millions of jobs, including nearly 400,000 in solar power, over 100,000 in wind, and over 2 million related to energy efficiency. The top states for clean energy jobs are spread across the country from coast to coast (see chart).

This evidence isn't going unnoticed; more and more Americans are embracing the low-carbon economy. According to a poll, 50% of registered voters think that a transition to green energy will increase economic growth and job opportunities, while only one in four think it will decrease them. From GDP to jobs, America's economy and communities will be stronger with a healthy environment.


Decarbonization of Indian Railways

Indian Railways is currently the world's second largest railway network and the single largest consumer of electricity in India, consuming about 18 terrawatt-hours per year, or roughly 2% of the country's total power generation. According to CPI, ICRIER, and NCE research, it could set a strategic example in decarbonizing to help meet India's target of reducing emissions intensity 33%-35% by 2030. The report identifies and compares feasible and economical ways to decarbonize the railways. It recommends that Indian Railways transition from a diesel-powered to an electric-powered railway network, prioritize decarbonization of the railroad's supporting infrastructure, and rely primarily on solar and wind power.


Good reads for a New Climate Economy 

The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste

  • One-third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted from farm to fork. New research on behalf of Champions 12.3 finds that there's a robust business case for companies, countries, and cities to reduce food loss and waste. In fact, nearly every company site evaluated achieved a positive return, with the median site seeing a 14-fold return on investment.

Boom and Bust 2017: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline

  • Global coal power capacity development plunged in 2016, including a 62% drop in new construction, according to CoalSwarm's Global Coal Plant Tracker. The study attributes this dramatic drop to policy shifts in China and India, where 68 GW of construction is now frozen at over 100 project sites.

Elephant in the Boardroom: Why Unchecked Consumption is Not an Option in Tomorrow's Markets

  • This new WRI paper raises an uncomfortable truth: many of today's business models are not fit for tomorrow's resource-strained world. It suggests that normalizing the conversation about consumption with companies will set the groundwork for the pursuit of new business models that allow growth within the planet's limits and generate stakeholder value in new and exciting ways.






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