How to close the intention-action gap, or in other words, move from thinking to acting for more sustainability? This was the leading question behind the work of the project “weiter_wirken”, a training and networking programme that the CSCP carried out in collaboration with the Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen and ecosign / Akademie für Gestaltung during 2020 and 2021.

The programme built on our successful experience with the  Academy of Change (AoC) and brought it into the context of North Rhine-Westphalia to not only challenge conventional belief systems and practices, but also generate creative ways to introduce and promote more sustainable ones. Throughout numerous workshops, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that work toward more social and environmental sustainability were trained to design and communicate their projects more effectively and thus increase their positive impact.

The participants did not only learn insights from behavioural science, e.g., why it is important to know your target group and where to get that information, they also had the chance to apply this knowledge within their projects and to exchange in smaller groups between the programme’s workshops. For many participants, this virtual exchange was particularly important, as it offered them the chance to make new professional contacts despite the lockdown. At the end of the training, the participants had a 10-step plan with helpful tasks and tools to make their projects more effective. After the programme’s end, they will have the opportunity to stay in touch through a community of practice.

To conclude this successful collaboration, on 1 September 2021, weiter_wirken holds its final event at the Natur- und Umweltschutzakademie (NUA) in Recklinghausen, focusing on the following topics:

– How can findings from behavioural research contribute to the promotion of sustainable behaviour?
– How can we better understand the concerns of respective target groups and take them into account in the design and implementation of sustainability projects?
– Which models and tools are suitable to support more sustainable behaviours and how can they be implemented in practice in projects?

These questions will be explored with the programme participants, field experts, and the project team during in-depth workshops as part of the final event. Do you work on sustainability-related topics and are interested to learn how behaviour change know-how can support you to achieve more impact? Then, join the weiter_wirken final event and take part in our workshops!

For further information and to register, please go to the weiter_wirken website.

The event is scheduled to take place in person, but this might be subject to change as the weiter_wirken project team is diligently monitoring Corona-related developments. In order to comply with existing hygiene measures, registrations will have to be considered in incoming order.

‚weiter_wirken‘ is a non-profit initiative of the CSCP and its cooperating partners Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen and ecosign/ Akademie für Gestaltung. The project is funded by the Stiftung Umwelt und Entwicklung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

For further questions, please contact Christian Malarciuc.

The food supply chain is flawed. Around 11 million tonnes of yearly food waste in Germany indicate that from production to consumption, changes must happen in order to alter this trend. The action week Germany Saves Food, 29 September – 6 October 2021, calls on all relevant actors to contribute to reducing food waste.

Based on the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the ministries of the federal states, stakeholders are invited to jointly draw attention to the issue of food waste with actions throughout the country and to initiate a movement for more food appreciation.

This year’s focus lies on fruit and vegetables as they particularly end up in the waste bin far too often. Committed individuals, companies as well as initiatives and associations from all over Germany can participate with their own campaigns. Be creative yourself or join an existing campaign. Every idea that contributes to reducing food waste counts. Here are some suggestions on how you can get involved:

The nationwide action week “Germany saves Food!” (Deutschland rettet Lebensmittel!) will take place for the second time, following a successful debut in 2020. Further materials and information can be found here.

The Dialogue Forum of Wholesale and Retail on Reducing Food Waste, carried out by the CSCP in collaboration with the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, is a partner of the action week.

For further information please contact Nora Brüggemann.

Do you know a teenager or young adult who is wondering how his/her future career might look like? Our BOOM holiday camps offer the participants a unique opportunity to explore future jobs, discover their strengths as well as promote their courage to face the future with curiosity and enthusiasm. The registration for the 2021 BOOM camps is open – spread the word!

In 2021, participants will explore future jobs in the fields of ‘daily consumption’, ‘energy and mobility’ and ’food’. They will also have the chance to get insights into societal trends and challenges, changing consumption trends as well as ways to more sustainable lifestyles.

In the spirit of BOOM’s guiding principle Every Job is Green, the participants will explore sustainability as a key opportunity in shaping their personal and professional future.

Dates and topics:

18.07. – 23.07.2021 “Food” Age 17-24, Köln/Bonn Area

08.08. – 13.08.2021 “Energy and Mobility”, Age 14-17, Edersee in Hesse

22.08. – 27.08.2021 “Daily Consumption”, Age 14-17, Edersee in Hesse

Register via the online form!

For inspiring and hands-on activities, field experts and craftspeople will join each BOOM camp.

Check out the BOOM website to read more about past camps! To get inspired, watch our videos: BOOMThis is BOOM and Building of a Geodome!

BOOM is a joint project of the CSCP and its partners Provadis GmbH and Sportjugend Hessen e.V and it is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

For further questions, please contact Carina Diedrich.