Building Trust, Breaking Barriers: an opportunity to re-imagine the future

01-04 July 2020

5 - 19 July 2020: Workshops & Community Building

 

The world stands at the most crucial point in its history. The health crisis has overshadowed the even larger crisis we are facing as humanity – climate change. We have five years to avoid climate change accelerating to truly dangerous levels, bringing profound political, social and economic consequences. As the world pauses in quarantine we have an opportunity to regroup and re-imagine the future that we want to see. 

Recent reports from the International Panel on Climate Change indicate that we have 12 years to prevent ‘runaway climate change’, which would present the greatest ever threat to human security, and only five years to keep global temperature rise under 2 degrees Celsius. With 75 years’ experience of trust building in over 40 countries and at all levels of society, Initiatives of Change is uniquely positioned to respond to this challenge.   

Climate change, deforestation and overgrazing are leaving vast swathes of land across the drylands of Africa and Asia degraded and marginally productive. Violent conflict and migration often result, making it more difficult to implement measures to mitigate or adapt to climate change. In the worst cases, ungovernable areas emerge, sustaining non-state armed groups such as Boko Haram and Al Shabaab. These groups often depend on illicit economic activities and thus the perpetuation of violence.

On the other hand, there is growing evidence that the vicious cycle of land degradation, conflict and fragility can be reversed. Integrating land restoration with community-based peacebuilding can create a virtuous cycle leading to both environmental and social recovery: this can help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change. The sticking point in implementing this approach often lies in the need to forge and sustain local, communal agreements and to build trust over the shared governance of natural resources. Addressing this constraint is at the heart of IofC’s international Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace programme.

Building and nurturing people has always been central to the Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security. Our programme is built around rich, diverse and inclusive dialogue, which creates deep and lasting connections between participants in a short timeframe. This year the online format allows us to open-up, welcome more participants and bring new perspectives.

 

CDLS 2018 group

 

Working with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the forum has brought together policy makers, farmers, NGOs, community leaders, businesses and entrepreneurs in one of the first international forums to spotlight the links between sustainable land management and peace.

Our core value system for the forum remains our belief in talking ‘with’ people versus talking ‘at’ people. We have found year after year that building the entire forum around circular dialogue creates far greater amounts of knowledge transfer, idea maturation, collaboration and networking. This year we invite everyone to join the Dialogue and find inspiration to address their most pressing issues with the help of our community.   

Initiatives of Change and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy also co-designed the Summer Academy on Land, Security and Climate as part of the Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security 2020.

We invite you to join us as we re-imagine the future. Together. 

 

Interested in more? Read a blog on climate and the economy in the post-COVID world by Karina Cheah and Irina Federenko.

 

Bremley Lyngdoh CDLS 2019

 

Programme

During the four thematic days participants will hear from leading experts and practitioners:

 

Plenaries: 1 - 4 July

1 July, 14:00 - 15:00 (CEST):  Plenary 1: Anticipating the security risks of land degradation and climate (Livestream)

 

 

 

Climate change and land degradation pose potentially devastating threats to human security. Can we anticipate future scenarios? What will it take to respond accordingly? Three global experts from France, Nepal and UK shed light on questions that will affect the future of humanity.

With:

  • Dr Thomas Gauthier, Professor of Strategy, Emlyon Business School, France
  • Oli Brown, Associate Fellow, Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) and Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
  • Dr Bishnu Raj Upreti, Advisor, Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research, Kathmandu

Chair:

  • Anna Brach, Head of Human Security, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
 
2 July, 10:00 - 11:00 (CEST):  Plenary 2: Community Action: entry-point to holistic solutions (Livestream)

 

 

 

From villagers replenishing groundwater in India to pastoralists mapping land rights in Darfur; from farmer-managed natural regeneration in Niger to communities managing wildlife in Namibia: durable solutions are based on effective community action. Meet practitioners from Australia, India, Namibia and Senegal who are leading the way in catalyzing community-based solutions.

With:

  • Oumar Sylla, Acting Director for the Regional Office for Africa in the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat)
  • Tony Rinaudo AM, Senior Climate Action Advisor, World Vision Australia
  • Maxi Louis, Director of the Namibian Association of Community-Based Natural Resource Management Support Organisations (NASCO)
  • Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni, Executive Director, Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), India

Chair:

 
2 July 15:00 - 16:30 (CEST): Plenary 3: Sustainability risks in the Pharmaceutical Industry in the context of COVID 19

 

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Moderator:

  • Rishabh Khanna, Executive Committee, Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace

 

3 July, 14:00 - 15:00 (CEST): Plenary 4: Climate Finance: catalyst of holistic solutions (Livestream)

 

 

 

Global resources are streaming into efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. How can such efforts benefit the world’s poorest? Expert practitioners and scholars from the African Development Bank, Earthbanc and pioneering academic centres will share insights and prospects.

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Workshops & Community Building: 5 - 19 July

You will be invited to join deep-dives and practical workshops on the topics of environmental health, innovation and entrepreneurship, youth climate activism and many others.

 

 6 July, 17:00 (CEST): Rural Futures: Ecosystem Restoration for Universal Basic Assets in the Eastern Himalayas

The Eastern Himalayan region stretches across two biodiversity hotspots and over 220 indigenous communities, prompting a battle for resources where human aspirations threaten the region’s biodiversity. The Rural Futures model reconciles these human and biodiversity needs through promoting habitat-mediated livelihoods for indigenous communities, thereby alleviating the economic incentives to destroy habitats. The programme enhances natural assets, creating a system for sustainable natural capital optimization that builds the capacity of indigenous communities to become stewards of their natural inheritance. In the long term, sustainable liquidation of this natural capital will facilitate the delivery of universal basic assets to forest-fringe communities.

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 7 July, 16:30 (CEST): Enterpreneurship and Innovation: building the world you want to live in

Build your future world and retrocast back to today – a method for designing your life, business or community. This process will help you create and take action on a strategy for developing regenerative ecosystems. With others, you’ll frame a challenge to identify current barriers, project into the future, build your ideal world and work backwards from that future to create a plan for getting there. Create a vision for your future, a plan for getting there, an inspired sense of direction and a new tool for your innovation toolbox.

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8 July, 11:00 - 12:30 (CEST: Land degradation and remediation: latest developments and best practices

Land degradation springs from the interplay between the degradation of traditional management systems, ignorance of modern insights into restoration science, poor governance and competing claims. We tend to associate such conditions with poor countries, yet they can also affect the world's richest nations. Join this workshop to learn about the latest developments in the relationship between land degradation and exile, to discuss how EU environmental policy can effect change globally and to witness astonishing innovations in areas ranging from the rich temperate soils of Belgium to the most degraded landscapes on Earth, the saline flats of desert shores and the shifting boundaries of the Sahel and the Sahara.

With:

  • Dr Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director for Natural Capital at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment
  • Dr Papa Faye, Executive Secretary of Centre d'Action pour le Développement et la Recherche, Senegal
  • Josef Garvi, founder and CEO of Sahara Sahel Foods
  • Neal Spackman, founder and CEO of Regenerative Resources Co, USA
  • Stéphane Delogne, founder and manager of the Highland d'Ardennes beef farm in the Belgian Ardennes

Moderator:

  • Patrick Worms, Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre 

 

8 July, 15:30 (CEST): Is the environment the missing dimension of peace?

We will consider the nexus of environmental restoration, peacemaking, trust and security. Violence may come from communal tensions, ideological preconceptions, disruptions of livelihoods, mistrust and fear, or criminal exploitation. Environmental degradation can exacerbate many of these drivers of conflict, and we need new tools to reverse the downward spiral and rebuild hope and trust. We also need to scale up the re-creation of environments which provide the physical and spiritual sustenance on which we all depend. The panel will bring perspectives that cut across the usual silos, and will explore the opportunities for tackling local and global risks through innovative and familiar approaches, restoring physical environments and human relationships alike. From community activists to security forces, from pastoralists to climate researchers, these issues matter for everyone, and everyone can contribute to addressing them.

Moderators:

  • Peter Rundell & Olivia Lazard

With:

  • Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, CEO Human Security Research Center of Ghana, former AU High Representative for Counter-Terrorism
  • Nathalie Tops, Regional Resilience and Livelihoods Coordinator at the Danish Refugee Council
  • Wim Zwijnberg, Project on Humanitarian Disarmament at PAX for Peace
  • TBC Mukhtar Ogle, Executive Office of the Presidency, Secretary for Strategic Initiatives in the President's Office, Republic of Kenya

 

9 July, 19:00 (CEST): Interactive sound meditation (45 min)

Reunite the inner and outer world through an interactive meditative musical trip. We will go inwards to reconnect with the feeling of oneness with the world, reinforcing and broadening the quality of compassion, guided by improvized music, the sound of the flute and occasionally a few words. This zoom session will only use sound (no visuals, cameras off) and will offer a moment of relaxation for conference participants.

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10 July, 15:00 (CEST): La terre et la sécurité en Afrique Subsaharienne: évaluer les risques et chercher une réponse
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Pour beaucoup de communautés d’Afrique subsaharienne, un drame est en train de se dérouler. Sous la pression d’une population croissante, du changement climatique et parfois de mauvaise gouvernance, les terres fertiles se font rares. Les gens s’appauvrissent, les jeunes cherchent une vie qui semble meilleure en ville ou en Europe, voire en rejoignant des groupes armés. Mais il est encore possible de mobiliser des ressources humaines et techniques pour restaurer la terre et la confiance. Cet atelier cherchera à mettre en lumière des scénarios positifs qui permettent d’attaquer les causes de l’extrémisme violent. En réunissant des représentants des secteurs de l’environnement et de la sécurité, l’atelier favorisera une perspective plus holistique sur ces questions complexes et contribuera à amorcer les grandes lignes d’une réponse conjointe.

Organisateurs :

  • Rainer Gude, Co-Directeur général (Initiatives et Changement Suisse)
  • Carol Mottet, Conseillère principale (Division Sécurité humaine du Département fédéral des affaires étrangères de Suisse)

Modérateur : 

  • Rainer Gude, Co-directeur général, Initiatives et Changement Suisse

Invité-e-s:

  • Olivia Lazard, Chercheuse adjointe à Environment and Development Resource Center (Centre de ressouces sur l’environnement et le développement), directrice de Peace in Design Consulting Ld
  • Oumar B. SAMAKE, Anthropologue, Coordonnateur de Programmes, Association Malienne d’Éveil au Développement Durable (AMEDD)
  • Dr. Mahamadou SAVADOGO, Consultant sur les questions de l'extrémisme violent au Sahel, Burkina Faso
  • Abasse Tougiani, Chercheur principal, Institut Nationale de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN), Niger

 

11 July, 14:00 (CEST): Arts and love in politics (60 min)

How can artistic expressions be combined with real life politics as part of the same drive for good in the world? How can one imagine a wonderful world and still be realistic and practical about what needs to be done to get there? Lisa Yasko will share her personal journey as a member of the Ukrainian parliament and politician.

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14 & 15 July, 9:00 - 10:30 (CEST) and 15:00 - 16.30 (CEST): Creativity for Sustainability - a journey from the personal to the global 

Creativity holds the power to communicate without borders. This power has been harvested in the past to put across messages of equity, equality and social causes. Creativity offers the flexibility to move through different media – especially the visual arts – to work for nature conservation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have all learnt that if we take care of nature, nature will take care of us. In the four sessions of this workshop, we will take you on a journey, starting from the personal and moving to the global, towards deeper connection with sustainability in your daily life.

Participants must commit to all the four sessions, two each day. Facilitation will take place in two or three groups, depending on the facilitators.

Please note that this workshop is held on 2 consecutive days. Participants are expected to attend on both days to get the full experience!

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Host your own event

You will also have an opportunity to host your own event and showcase your initiative.

 

Dialogue and Community Groups

Most importantly, following IofC’s tradition we will facilitate dialogues and community groups where you will have the chance to meet like-minded people and to build new connections. 

 

Click here to see the detailled programme.

 

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Photos: Leela Channer

 

 

 

The dialogue that I have joined this week has been exceptional in that it provides a restful, safe and neutral place for people to really explore what the issues are in a way that is going to change the world.

Gina Pattisson, Development Director, Commonland

I enjoyed the event and have gained a lot of insight from discussions with many participants, young and old!

Martin Lees, former Secretary General of Club of Rome and Member of Gorbachev High Level Task Force on Climate Change

We’ve been introduced to organizations deeply trusted by local communities, so they are natural partners for introducing technology we believe has huge potential. They are a great bridge between what we’re building and what we hope to achieve – massive reforestation.

Matthew Ritchie, representative of BioCarbon Engineering, CDLS 2016

speakers

Ranjit Barthakur
Founder & President
Balipara Foundation
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Ranjit Barthakur is an ardent social entrepreneur, with a special interest in improving health and education and preserving culture and environment across the Eastern Himalayas. He is the chief architect of the vision behind NaturenomicsTM, which defines the interdependence between ecology and economics. He and his team at the Balipara Foundation have developed Rural Futures, a vision for enhancing community-based conservation and social mobility through natural capital regeneration. He is Chairman of FICCI’s North East Advisory Council, a member of the governing board of ATREE, one of South Asia’s leading conservation and environmental cross-disciplinary research organizations, and a member of the Advisory Council of the British Asian Trust. He is also a member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Microfinance and Livelihood, which promotes public private partnerships in Northeast India.    
Oli Brown
Associate Fellow
Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) and Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
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Oli Brown has been working at the nexus of security, natural resources and climate change for the past 17 years, with a particular interest in peacebuilding, conflict mediation, natural resource management, environmental politics and trade policy. He is an Associate Fellow with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and also Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs). He is a member of the Climate and Security Expert Network run by the German think-tank adelphi, is a strategic advisor to IMPACC – a social enterprise incubator seeking to create green jobs for people in the Global South – and serves as a trustee for the Conflict and Environment Observatory, a British NGO which draws attention to environmental damage during conflict. Oli has extensive experience working for the United Nations. Between 2014 and 2018 he was based in Kenya where he coordinated the work of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to minimize the risks and impacts of disasters, industrial accidents and armed conflicts. From 2010 to 2012 Oli managed a UNEP country programme in Sierra Leone. Prior to this, Oli was a senior researcher with the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Tim Dendy
Videomaker, Climate Activist, Mediation Guide
United Kingdom
Tim Dendy is a video maker, climate activist and meditation guide. He has a particular interest in exploring the role of spirituality and faith as a resource for protest and change.  
Pinaki Dasgupta
Secretary of Shristi & Coordinator of The Bhumi Project
India
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Pinaki Dasgupta is currently pursuing his PhD at CRDT IIT Delhi, serves as a General Manager in CP Consultants and is Secretary to Shristi, a NGO working on connecting science and arts for community building. He is also the Coordinator of The Bhumi Project in India. He has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Energy Management. He is a board member of  the Indian Youth Climate Network. Pinaki is a certified environmental, safety and risk management expert with 18 years of experience in both voluntary and industrial consultancy. His research areas are sustainability, water conservation, innovations, creativity and waste management. He is the Co-Chair of Global Collaborations and State Chapters of ASSOCHAM’s Green and Ecofriendly Movement (GEM). Pinaki has delivered more than 150 training programmes on emergency preparedness, industrial safety in MSMEs and large industries. He is based in Delhi and his interests include fostering dialogue and exploring collaboration between academic, scientific, cultural and faith communities on sustainability, resource conservation and ecosystem restoration. He has worked on more than 250 multisector assignments in sustainability, environmental management and scaling up of innovations. UNEP recently published  his article on Hinduism and Ecology.  
Irina Fedorenko
Managing Director - Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security
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Irina Fedorenko has just completed a PhD in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. She also has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the Far Eastern Federal University of Vladivostok and a Master’s of Environmental Science from the University of Oxford, Green Templeton College. She is a co-founder of the ecosystem restoration company BioCarbon Engineering, that uses drones and other emerging technology to enable land restoration around the world. Irina is interested in youth activism and social entrepreneurship and is a member of the social enterprise Kindness Collective.
Cecilia De Pedro
Head of Sustainability
Apotek Hjärtat
Cecilia de Pedro heads Sustainability at Apotek Hjärtat and led the work behind the "A Hard Pill to Swallow" campaign aimed at transforming the pharmaceutical industry. 
Archana Dubey
Artist, National Coordinator
Ecoskillarts
India
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Archana Dubey is a self-taught, passionate and creative person who works around sustainability. She has experience in facilitating group dialogues and other workshops on such themes as the power of silence, multifaith prayer and togetherness. She is inspired by nature and likes to work on concepts for upscaling waste into meaningful products. For over three years, she has worked on various projects involving civil servants and businesspeople under the aegis of IofC India’s Centre for Governance.  She has been a team member of IofC India’s programmes on Trustbuilding: peace and social unity, Ethical Leadership, Sustainable Effective Living, Lead for Change, Symbiosis and Tribal Community Development. Archana’s professional journey spans the administration, hospitality, development and fashion sectors. She is a coordinator of the Happiness Volunteer Network, reaching out to the poor, migrants and homeless across India with relief work. She is also the National Coordinator of Ecoskillarts, a platform for skill enhancement, through the lens of sustainability, for the creative sector. Find out more about Archana here.
Chau Duncan
Chief Operating Officer
Earthbanc
Australia
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Chau Duncan is COO at Earthbanc, which utilizes next generation Liquid Technology blockchain for impact finance, investment and green bonds. She is an Investment, Trade and Finance professional with over 20 years of commercial and government experience, driving strategic business development, relationship management, foreign investment and opportunity capitalization across industry. She is skilled in business planning and tactical support, delivering on strategic objectives, management of resources and the development of high performing and collaborative teams. She has a track record in building foundations for over-the-horizon opportunities and networks with both public and private sectors, ranging from multilateral agencies, large corporations to small and medium-sized enterprises. Her experience includes Australian Trade Commissioner for Clean Energy and Environment (ASEAN), Director of Investment (UK Investment – Sovereign FDI), Executive at Commonwealth Bank, NAB, BankWest.  
Greg FitzGerald
Principal
Venture Stem
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Greg FitzGerald builds innovative solutions at the intersection of technology, finance and the environment. He has over 15 years of global professional experience fuelling the strategic growth of organizations as a management consultant (Deloitte), and as a startup founder and mentor spanning data analytics, supply chain transparency and the future of work. Greg is the founder and principal of Venture Stem, an innovation consultancy, where he helps institutions to design products that support entrepreneurship. He previously built and managed two award-winning environmental analytics companies in the United Kingdom, and has advised Fortune 500 clients across the US, EU and Canada. Greg believes in the power of technology and markets to create social good, and was sponsored by Google to participate in Singularity University's Global Solutions Programme in Silicon Valley to positively impact a billion people in ten years.
Lauren Fletcher
Co-Founder & CxO
β-Earth
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Lauren Fletcher is Co-Founder of Beta Earth and of Regenerative Venture Studio. He is best known as the visionary behind and inventor of Tree Planting Drone technology, which offers a scalable solution to global deforestation that can make a real difference. His newest initiatives focus on realigning global supply chains in order to lower deforestation rates by reducing the amount of wood-based materials in consumer products. He holds a PhD in Physics (Oxford) and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Stanford). He has 20+ years of experience as an engineer and scientist for NASA and Lockheed Martin across Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Mars exploration programs. He is a serial entrepreneur, a member of the founding faculty of Singularity University, and a Trustee of the Desert Research Institute (Nevada). He is driven by a genuine concern about the state of our world: degrading climate, loss of natural environments and biodiversity, and ever-increasing human suffering. He believes that emerging and exponential technologies, when appropriately applied, can solve global scale problems in ways that we have never been able to do before.  
Thomas Gauthier
Professor of Strategy
Emlyon Business School
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Thomas Gauthier is Professor of Strategy at Emlyon Business School. Prior to moving into academia, he worked at Philips Healthcare and Philips Group Innovation where he held various positions including Clinical Research Director. His research interests have now brought him to explore how anticipation may help organizations make decisions in unpredictable times. He holds a PhD in clinical medicine from Imperial College, London, an MSc in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from ESPCI Paris.
Rainer Gude
Co-Director General
Switzerland/USA
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On 1 April 2020 Rainer Gude became co-Director General of Initiatives of Change (IofC) Switzerland with Stephanie Buri. Rainer started his work with Initiatives of Change International in 2012 by coordinating the relations with the UN and other International Organizations and missions in Geneva. 2018 he took on the role of Strategic Partnerships Manager for Initiatives of Change Switzerland. He holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of Development and International Studies in Geneva. Before joining IofC, he worked several years in the business and NGO sectors.
Žofie Kašparová
Professional flute player
Czech Republic
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Žofie Kašparová is a professional flute player, working in folk and jazz settings across Europe and with her band the Žofie Kašparová & The Peacock Tree. She's also an ashtanga yoga practitioner and a Buddhist in the Thai Forest Tradition. She studied in Prague, at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory and at Charles University. From her teenage years she has had a passion for jazz and has explored many different music styles, including Irish and Balkan folk, gospel and improvisation. Her longing to make music ‘outside the box’ led her to study World Music at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Sweden, from which she graduated in 2017. She is connected to The Bards, a network within IofC.
Rishab Khanna
Chief Impact Officer
ILLP / Earthbanc
India
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Rishabh Khanna is the Chief Impact Officer at Earthbanc and a steering committee member of ILLP (Initiative of Land, Lives and Peace ). He  is driven by his calling to strike a balance between social and ecological systems. For over 10 years he has focused on applying new economic and business models which accord with the planet and all its creatures. He founded the Indian Youth Climate Network. He has worked with such organizations as Initiatives of Change, WWF, Climate Action Network, ABNAmro Bank, UNFCCC, UN Habitat, Ministry of Defence in Sweden, Ministry of New Renewable Energy in India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, TATA Group and PwC.
Himanshu Kulkarni
Founder Trustee and Executive Director
Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM)
India
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Himanshu Kulkarni has led ACWADAM, a not-for-profit knowledge institution and think-tank on groundwater since 1998. He is a hydrogeologist by qualification and has been working on aquifers and groundwater across India’s diverse groundwater typology for more than 35 years. ACWADAM has partnered with a variety of organizations on piloting and mainstreaming the ideas of participatory groundwater management and springshed development across India, Nepal, Bhutan and Vietnam and has begun work in Africa. Under him, ACWADAM’s work has followed brought communities closer to their aquifers, managing groundwater as a common pool resource. Before co-founding ACWADAM, Dr Kulkami worked at Pune University for 13 years and then in the corporate sector. He continues to teach, guide and mentor students while also publishing his work. He has supervised two PhDs and many MSc dissertations. He has held many advisory positions on Indian Government committees. He is currently a member of the committee which is drafting India’s new National Water Policy. Through ACWADAM, he has steered the concept of hydrogeology-based springshed management that has now become so important from the local to national level.
Dhansaree Jayaram
Assistant Professor
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
India
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Dr Dhanasree Jayaram took on her current positions of Assistant Professor in the Department of Geopolitics and International Relations and Co-coordinator at the Centre for Climate Studies, at Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), in 2018. She is also a Research Fellow of Earth System Governance (ESG) and a Project Associate of the Manipal Advanced Research Group (MARG). Dr Jayaram is a member of the Climate Security Expert Network (CSEN), which is supported by a grant from the German Federal Foreign Office and whose secretariat is run by the Berlin-based think-tank adelphi. She pursued a visiting fellowship (Erasmus Mundus – short-term PhD) at Leiden University in the Netherlands during 2014-15; and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, under the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship during 2018-19. Between 2012 and 2013, she assumed the positions of Associate Fellow and Research Associate at the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi.
Maxi Pia Louis
Director
Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organisations (NACSO)
Namibia
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Maxi Pia Louis is the Director of the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations (NACSO). Her background is in tourism and conservation; in 1995 she co-founded the Namibia Community Based Tourism Association (NACOBTA) and was its Director for nine years. Maxi joined NACSO in 2005 as the Secretariat Coordinator. Her current activities include coordinating the NACSO’s three main thematic working groups and nine non-profit organizations, as well as researchers and consultants working in communication. She creates linkages with partners and decision-makers including parliamentarians, government ministries and other stakeholders. Maxi’s motto is to leave a legacy where people sustainably manage resources, and where women make a bigger contribution in the conservation industry.
Bremley Lyngdoh
Founder & CEO
Worldview Impact Foundation
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Dr. Bremley Lyngdoh, Founder & CEO of Worldview Impact Foundation is a Climate Change and Sustainable Development professional with over 20 years experience working with Governments, IGOs, NGOs and the Private Sector developing a range of innovative projects in Asia, Africa and South America aimed at producing ecologically sound and economically viable activities that contribute directly to reducing rural poverty, and generating productive sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable local communities. Bremley has all the relevant experience in project sourcing and development. His strength lies in building strategic partnerships with various governmental agencies, NGOs and multilateral development agencies. Through his previous assignments working with the United Nations and the World Bank in Asia, Africa and Latin America, he has gained expertise in the effective monitoring and evaluation of field-based programmes. He developed climate change adaptation projects combining integrated agroforestry, regenerative farming, sustainable tourism, and renewable energy technologies. Bremley established Spring Valley Farm in Shillong, Meghalaya to honour his father and build upon his legacy by supporting organic farmers in north east India.  
Saurav Malhotra
Co-Founder & Designer
Balipara Foundation
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Saurav Malhotra is the co-founder and designer of the Balipara Foundation’s Rural Futures framework. Saurav believes in stewardship by indigenous groups to create a new pathway for development and biodiversity restoration. Through the Rural Futures programme, Saurav and his team across the Eastern Himalayas are implementing a framework for community-led habitat restoration linked to universal basic asset delivery.
Bengt Mattson
Policy Manager
Swedish Association of Pharmaceutical Industry
Sweden
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Bengt Mattson started out at Pfizer in 1994 as a research scientist in packaging development in Stockholm, Sweden. He became Manager of Environment and Risk Management in 1995. He was named Director of ESH (Environment, Safety and Health) and EMU  (Engineering, Maintenance and Utilities) in 2000. Until April 2020, he was head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Affairs for Pfizer’s operations in Sweden.
Sveinung Nygaard
Professional composer
Norway
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Sveinung Nygaard is from Norway and works as a professional composer, with MA in Audio Production from University of Westminster. He has composed music for world handball championship in Qatar, the TV series Freej in Dubai and has his own musical project called FLYT which explores how music can unite a mosaic of cultures. Sveinung believes in telling stories with music and connecting people.
Gareth Phillips
Manager at the Climate and Environment Finance Division
African Development Bank
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Gareth Phillips is Manager of the Climate and Environment Finance Division in the African Development Bank, based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Gareth has over 25 years’ experience in climate change and sustainability. His team at the AfDB works to source climate and environmental finance from a range of funds including the Climate Investment Funds, GCF and GEF. Trained as a forester with degrees from the Universities of Aberdeen and Oxford, Gareth has worked in a wide variety of sectors on greenhouse gas accounting, inventory verification, the Clean Development Mechanism and Emission Trading Systems. Gareth is currently working on a range of initiatives including the development of the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism to facilitate public and private sector investment in adaptation; the development of Green Banks in Africa; plastic recycling; and fundraising for investments into sustainably-managed commercial forestry plantations as well as mainstreaming of Green Growth into AfDB’s activities.
P. Niroop Reddy
Former Member of Parliament and Evironmental Lawyer, Advisor to EnvirohealthMatters
India
P Niroop Reddy is a former member of India’s parliament. A renowned environmental lawyer, he fought the Patancheru Pharmaceutical pollution case against the state for 20 years and won it in 2018. 
Tony Rinaudo
Senior Climate Action Advisor
World Vision Australia
Australia
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Tony Rinaudo took on his current position of Senior Climate Action Advisor in 2020. He is responsible for advocacy, awareness creation and promotion of sustainable land management practices, particularly Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). He joined World Vision Australia in 1999 after spending 17 years in Niger, where he managed rural development and relief projects and pioneered the development and dissemination of FMNR. From 1999-2011, he held project officer roles for country portfolios (Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Chad). He held a variety of positions between 2011 and 2019, including Principal Natural Resources Advisor.  He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2018 and made a Member of the Order of Australia (General Division) in 2019 in recognition of his work. The FMNR practice itself received the World Future Council’s ‘Best Practice Agro-Ecology’ Award in 2019.
Nicolai Schaaf
Programme Manager
Swedish Water House, SIWI (Stockholm International Water Institute )
Sweden
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Nicolai Schaaf trained as a marine ecologist and has 15 years’ experience in facilitating stakeholder dialogues and advising on policy related to climate, energy, biodiversity and water resources. Since 2013, he has led the work of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) on water and pharmaceuticals, including research into  antibiotic resistance from a water perspective. 
Oumar Sylla
Acting Director of the Regional Ofice for Africa
UN Habitat
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Since January 2020 Oumar Sylla has been acting as Director for the Regional Office for Africa in the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat). Before this, he was Branch Coordinator, Urban Legislation, Land and Governance in UN Habitat and, from September 2015, Head of UN Habitat’s Land and GLTN Unit. Prior to joining the Land and GLTN Unit, Oumar served as a Senior Advisor in UN Habitat’s Regional Office for Africa and focal point to support urban policies development and sustainable urbanization in francophone countries. From 2009 to 2014, he was Chief Technical Advisor for UN Habitat’s Land Programme in DR Congo and he also has experience with the European Union framework, which he gained as a Land Policy Advisor in South Sudan and Burkina Faso (2006-2008). From 1999 to 2005 he was a Research Fellow in the Laboratory of Legal Anthropology in Paris 1 Sorbonne, mainly working on land and decentralization policies in West Africa. In Senegal, he operated as a junior researcher within the ILRI/ ISRA institutional cooperation framework (1998-1999) dealing with land and natural resources.
Bishnu Raj Upreti
Advisor
Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research
Kathmandu
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Bishnu Raj Upreti has a Master’s in Sociology (1994) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, and an MSc in Management of Agricultural Knowledge Systems (1998) and a PhD in Conflict Management (2001) from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. From 2001-3, he did post doctoral work at the University of London (King’s College) and the Centre for Environmental Studies at the University of Surrey, UK. In 40 years of professional work he has gained wide experience in research and development from the local to international level. He has published extensively on conflict, peace and unconventional security (water, food, health, environmental security).
Kjersti Webb
Actress, Artist, Educator, Founder
Everything Theater Company
Sweden
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Kjersti Webb has been a working actor and artist since 1996. She was born in Sweden, has moved around the world ever since, and considers herself nationally fluid – belonging to the human race. After graduating from Dell `Arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California, she had extensive training in Lecoq Pedagogy under Amy Russell at Embodied Poetics and LISPA. She also studied with Norman Taylor (who was Lecoq’s movement teacher for 30 years), Philippe Gaulier and Giovanni Fusetti, whose styles also derive from Lecoq. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre/Art from Naropa University and has acted, devized, directed or produced more than 40 projects over the past 20 years. Kjersti has co-founded several theatre companies, namely LTO, Bohemian Dinner Theatre, Theatre 13 and, after her return to Sweden in 2011, Everything Theatre Company. She has most recently completed training as a teacher of the pedagogy of Lecoq/Copeau/Bing from the First Voyage of Embodied Poetics. Everything Theatre Company produces theatre, films and educational conferences and workshops that utilize physical theatre as a tool to help people and companies transform and grow. Kjersti has a passion for helping people find their creative joy and true north. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters and one fabulous stepson. Find out more about Kjersti here.
Lisa Yasko
Founder of Yellow Blue Strategy
Ukraine
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Lisa Yasko (Yelyzaveta Yasko) is a founder of Yellow Blue Strategy NGO, producer of documentary films about Crimea and history of KGB for Aljazeera, ZDF, ARTE, lecturer at Ukrainian Catholic University, a member of Europeyska Sotnya political platform in Ukraine. The first Ukrainian who graduated from Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford (Master of Public Policy). Former president of Oxford University Ukrainian Society 2016-2017. Political scientist and strategic communications specialist who worked at Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Ukrainian parliament and British Government (Department of Culture, Digital, Media and Sports).  Lisa has expertise in arts as a tool for social impact. She worked on policy recommendations for culture, music industry, music education, and creative economy for governmental sector in UK and Ukraine.   Her background is in political science, public policy and strategic communications. She co-founded and coordinated a number of initiatives in culture diplomacy, performing arts and media sectors in Ukraine. One of them, the music commemorative campaign 'Witness’, devoted to the 75th Anniversary of Babi Yar tragedy, received the first Cannes Lion Award in the history of Ukraine (Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity).


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Anna Brach

Head of Human Security
Louise Brown

Louise Brown

Climate Finance Specialist
Alan Channer

Alan Channer

Peacebuilding, Environment and Communications Specialist
Karina Cheah

Karina Cheah

Course Assistant
Irina Fedorenko

Irina Fedorenko

Managing Director - Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security
Rishab Khanna

Rishab Khanna

Chief Impact Officer
Thierry Randon

Thierry Randon

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Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security - Programme

  • 1 - 4 July: Panels
  • 5 - 19 July: Workshops & Community Building

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Wednesday, 01 July

14:00 - 15:00 (CEST)

Plenary 1: Anticipating the security risks of land degradation and climate

Climate change and land degradation pose potentially devastating threats to human security. Can we anticipate future scenarios? What will it take to respond accordingly? Three global experts from France, Nepal and UK shed light on questions that will affect the future of humanity.

With:

  • Dr Thomas Gauthier, Professor of Strategy, Emlyon Business School, France
  • Oli Brown, Associate Fellow, Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) and Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
  • Dr Bishnu Raj Upreti, Advisor, Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research, Kathmandu

Chair:

  • Anna Brach, Head of Human Security, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

 

Thursday, 02 July

10:00 - 11:00 (CEST)

Plenary 2: Community Action: entry-point to holistic solutions

From villagers replenishing groundwater in India to pastoralists mapping land rights in Darfur; from farmer-managed natural regeneration in Niger to communities managing wildlife in Namibia: durable solutions are based on effective community action. Meet practitioners from Australia, India, Namibia and Senegal who are leading the way in catalyzing community-based solutions.

With:

  • Oumar Sylla, Acting Director for the Regional Office for Africa in the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat)
  • Tony Rinaudo AM, Senior Climate Action Advisor, World Vision Australia
  • Maxi Louis, Director of the Namibian Association of Community-Based Natural Resource Management Support Organisations (NASCO)
  • Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni, Executive Director, Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), India

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15:00 - 16:30 (CEST)

Plenary 3: Sustainability risks in the Pharmaceutical Industry in the context of COVID 19

This plenary will dive into the challenges and opportunities for sustainability in  the pharmaceutical industry, in the context of COVID 19. We will draw on diverse perspectives from industry and civil society on the sustainable production and consumption of medicines. The dialogue will highlight antibiotic resistance as one of the most pressing challenges facing the world. Lastly we will touch upon technical, political and legal solutions and explore how we can use the current crisis to transform the sector by building a more transparent supply chain.

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Moderator:

  • Rishabh Khanna, Executive Committee, Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace

 

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Friday, 03 July

14:00 - 15:00 (CEST)

Plenary 4: Climate Finance: catalyst of holistic solutions

Global resources are streaming into efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. How can such efforts benefit the world’s poorest? Expert practitioners and scholars from the African Development Bank, Earthbanc and pioneering academic centres will share insights and prospects.

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Monday, 06 July

17:00 - (CEST)

Workshop 1: Rural Futures: Ecosystem Restoration for Universal Basic Assets in the Eastern Himalayas

The Eastern Himalayan region stretches across two biodiversity hotspots and over 220 indigenous communities, prompting a battle for resources where human aspirations threaten the region’s biodiversity. The Rural Futures model reconciles these human and biodiversity needs through promoting habitat-mediated livelihoods for indigenous communities, thereby alleviating the economic incentives to destroy habitats. The programme enhances natural assets, creating a system for sustainable natural capital optimization that builds the capacity of indigenous communities to become stewards of their natural inheritance. In the long term, sustainable liquidation of this natural capital will facilitate the delivery of universal basic assets to forest-fringe communities.

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Tuesday, 07 July

16:30 - (CEST)

Workshop 2: Enterpreneurship and Innovation: building the world you want to live in

Build your future world and retrocast back to today – a method for designing your life, business or community. This process will help you create and take action on a strategy for developing regenerative ecosystems. With others, you’ll frame a challenge to identify current barriers, project into the future, build your ideal world and work backwards from that future to create a plan for getting there. Create a vision for your future, a plan for getting there, an inspired sense of direction and a new tool for your innovation toolbox.

With:

  • Robert Suarez, Chief Solutions Officer at Planet Home
  • Dr Lauren Fletcher, Co-founder BetaEarth
  • Greg FitzGerald, Principal at Venture Stem 

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Wednesday, 08 July

11:00 - 12:30 (CEST)

Workshop 3: Land degradation and remediation: latest developments and best practices

Land degradation springs from the interplay between the degradation of traditional management systems, ignorance of modern insights into restoration science, poor governance and competing claims. We tend to associate such conditions with poor countries, yet they can also affect the world's richest nations. Join this workshop to learn about the latest developments in the relationship between land degradation and exile, to discuss how EU environmental policy can effect change globally and to witness astonishing innovations in areas ranging from the rich temperate soils of Belgium to the most degraded landscapes on Earth, the saline flats of desert shores and the shifting boundaries of the Sahel and the Sahara.

With:

  • Dr Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director for Natural Capital at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment
  • Dr Papa Faye, Executive Secretary of Centre d'Action pour le Développement et la Recherche, Senegal
  • Josef Garvi, founder and CEO of Sahara Sahel Foods
  • Neal Spackman, founder and CEO of Regenerative Resources Co, USA
  • Stéphane Delogne, founder and manager of the Highland d'Ardennes beef farm in the Belgian Ardennes

Moderator:

  • Patrick Worms, Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre 

 

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15:30 - 17:00 (CEST)

Workshop 4: Is the environment the missing dimension of peace?

We will consider the nexus of environmental restoration, peacemaking, trust and security. Violence may come from communal tensions, ideological preconceptions, disruptions of livelihoods, mistrust and fear, or criminal exploitation. Environmental degradation can exacerbate many of these drivers of conflict, and we need new tools to reverse the downward spiral and rebuild hope and trust. We also need to scale up the re-creation of environments which provide the physical and spiritual sustenance on which we all depend. The panel will bring perspectives that cut across the usual silos, and will explore the opportunities for tackling local and global risks through innovative and familiar approaches, restoring physical environments and human relationships alike. From community activists to security forces, from pastoralists to climate researchers, these issues matter for everyone, and everyone can contribute to addressing them.

Moderators:

  • Peter Rundell & Olivia Lazard

With:

  • Larry Gbevlo-Lartey, CEO Human Security Research Center of Ghana, former AU High Representative for Counter-Terrorism
  • Nathalie Tops, Regional Resilience and Livelihoods Coordinator at the Danish Refugee Council
  • Wim Zwijnberg, Project on Humanitarian Disarmament at PAX for Peace
  • TBC Mukhtar Ogle, Executive Office of the Presidency, Secretary for Strategic Initiatives in the President's Office, Republic of Kenya

 

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Thursday, 09 July

19:00 - (CEST)

Workshop 5: Interactive sound meditation (45 min)

Reunite the inner and outer world through an interactive meditative musical trip. We will go inwards to reconnect with the feeling of oneness with the world, reinforcing and broadening the quality of compassion, guided by improvized music, the sound of the flute and occasionally a few words. This zoom session will only use sound (no visuals, cameras off) and will offer a moment of relaxation for conference participants.

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Friday, 10 July

15:00 - (CEST)

Workshop 6: La terre et la sécurité en Afrique Subsaharienne: évaluer les risques et chercher une réponse

Pour beaucoup de communautés d’Afrique subsaharienne, un drame est en train de se dérouler. Sous la pression d’une population croissante, du changement climatique et parfois de mauvaise gouvernance, les terres fertiles se font rares. Les gens s’appauvrissent, les jeunes cherchent une vie qui semble meilleure en ville ou en Europe, voire en rejoignant des groupes armés. Mais il est encore possible de mobiliser des ressources humaines et techniques pour restaurer la terre et la confiance. Cet atelier cherchera à mettre en lumière des scénarios positifs qui permettent d’attaquer les causes de l’extrémisme violent. En réunissant des représentants des secteurs de l’environnement et de la sécurité, l’atelier favorisera une perspective plus holistique sur ces questions complexes et contribuera à amorcer les grandes lignes d’une réponse conjointe.

Organisateurs :

  • Rainer Gude, Co-Directeur général (Initiatives et Changement Suisse)
  • Carol Mottet, Conseillère principale (Division Sécurité humaine du Département fédéral des affaires étrangères de Suisse)

Modérateur : 

  • Rainer Gude, Co-directeur général, Initiatives et Changement Suisse

Invité-e-s:

  • Olivia Lazard, Chercheuse adjointe à Environment and Development Resource Center (Centre de ressouces sur l’environnement et le développement), directrice de Peace in Design Consulting Ld
  • Oumar B. SAMAKE, Anthropologue, Coordonnateur de Programmes, Association Malienne d’Éveil au Développement Durable (AMEDD)
  • Dr. Mahamadou SAVADOGO, Consultant sur les questions de l'extrémisme violent au Sahel, Burkina Faso
  • Abasse Tougiani, Chercheur principal, Institut Nationale de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN), Niger

 

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Thursday, 11 June

14:00 - (CEST)

Workshop 7: Arts and love in politics (60 min)

How can artistic expressions be combined with real life politics as part of the same drive for good in the world? How can one imagine a wonderful world and still be realistic and practical about what needs to be done to get there? Lisa Yasko will share her personal journey as a member of the Ukrainian parliament and politician.

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Tuesday, 14 July

9:00 - 10:30 CEST - 15:00 - 16:30 (CEST)

Workshop 8 (Part 1): Creativity for Sustainability - a journey from the personal to the global

Creativity holds the power to communicate without borders. This power has been harvested in the past to put across messages of equity, equality and social causes. Creativity offers the flexibility to move through different media – especially the visual arts – to work for nature conservation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have all learnt that if we take care of nature, nature will take care of us. In the four sessions of this workshop, we will take you on a journey, starting from the personal and moving to the global, towards deeper connection with sustainability in your daily life.

Participants must commit to all the four sessions, two each day. Facilitation will take place in two or three groups, depending on the facilitators.

Please note that this workshop is held on 2 consecutive days. Participants are expected to attend on both days to get the full experience!

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Wednesday, 15 July

9:00 - 10:30 CEST - 15:00 - 16:30 (CEST)

Workshop 8 (Part 2): Creativity for Sustainability - a journey from the personal to the global

Creativity holds the power to communicate without borders. This power has been harvested in the past to put across messages of equity, equality and social causes. Creativity offers the flexibility to move through different media – especially the visual arts – to work for nature conservation.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have all learnt that if we take care of nature, nature will take care of us. In the four sessions of this workshop, we will take you on a journey, starting from the personal and moving to the global, towards deeper connection with sustainability in your daily life.

Participants must commit to all the four sessions, two each day. Facilitation will take place in two or three groups, depending on the facilitators.

Please note that this workshop is held on 2 consecutive days. Participants are expected to attend on both days to get the full experience!

With:

Coordinator and Moderator:

 

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Please note that this programme is subject to change. For technical reasons the Caux Forum Online will be held mainly in English with some sessions in French. No interpretation will be offered. Thank you for your understanding.