As centres of population but also as hubs for economic, educational, and political activity and more, cities are of major importance when it comes to enhancing efforts toward mainstreaming sustainability. The areas in which cities can have a positive impacts are manifold. From water quality to noise pollution, the European Commission initiative Green City Accord aims to work with cities in making them greener, cleaner, and healthier. The CSCP has joined the Green City Accord as a supporting partner.

Residents and city users wish for cleaner, greener and, overall, more liveable cities. City administrations and other relevant stakeholders are faced with increasing demands to lead and implement positive change. The Green City Accord, launched in October 2020, is an EU-initiated movement of city mayors committed to improve the quality of life of all citizens and speed up the implementation of relevant EU environmental legislation.

Signatories of the Accord will focus on five key areas: air, water, noise, nature & biodiversity, circular economy & waste, and commit to implementing policies and programmes as well as reporting and establishing targets in those areas.

As part of the Accord, cities can profit from networking opportunities and get recognition for their work and ambitions toward becoming more sustainable. The cities will also benefit from vast expertise that the partners of the Accord will make available to them.

The CSCP will support the Accord on many levels: raise awareness with regard to the added value for signatories, facilitate the exchange of experiences and knowledge among cities, and support capacity building and training for signing cities. The CSCP will draw on expertise gathered in projects such as SCALIBUR, HOOP, Day of the Good Life, or initiatives like the European Circular Cities Declaration to support cities identify and engage all relevant actors and collaborate in inclusive and impact-driven ways. 

Would you like to hear more about our recent collaborations toward making cities more socially and environmentally sustainable? Read how we are supporting Circular Economy on a City Level, watch our webinar on this topic or check out the Circular Economy Guidebook for Cities. In addition, cities interested in joining networks and initiatives such as the Green City Accord, the Circular Cities Declaration or the HOOP follower network, can reach out to us.

For further questions, please contact Cristina Fedato.

Outbreaks of waterborne diseases often occur after severe events, such as massive rain- or snowfalls. They can affect communities within a short time-span but may leave behind long-lasting harmful effects. Therefore, a central question is: how can we enhance the responsive capacities of first responders and strengthen the resilience of local communities during waterborne pathogen contamination events? Our project PathoCERT finds out that multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration are among the key instruments.

Connecting local and national actors to identify challenges and opportunities and to explore pathways, including technical and social innovative solutions, are prerequisites  for improving our preparedness in the occurrence of emergency situations.

To enable such collaboratives processes and exchanges, the PathoCERT (Pathogen Contamination Emergency Response Technologies) project has successfully launched its six Communities of Practice (CoPs). Five European cities: Limassol (Cyprus), Granada (Spain), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Thessaloniki (Greece), Sofia (Bulgaria), plus Seoul (South Korea) have recently concluded the first series of their CoPs meetings.

These events have seen the participation of a variety of actors. Around 80 stakeholders representing local civil defence departments, civil protection agencies, police and fire services, public health services, local and municipal authorities, water utilities, and red cross, have been engaged during this first round of the CoP meetings.

Central to all Community of Practices is to identify existing challenges faced by first responders as well as opportunities with respect to the regulations and operating procedures for a better management of water contamination events. Moreover, tailor-made technologies in connection to the emergency scenarios that each pilot city is usually confronted with will also be co-developed within the CoP. These initial outcomes will pave the way for the upcoming CoPs meetings, including hands-on pilot testing of PathoCERT novel technologies, guidelines, platforms and processes.

The European funded (H2020) PathoCERT project aims to increase the ability of first responders to rapidly detect waterborne pathogens and ensure collaboration and coordination between the different actors during emergency events. To achieve this, PathoCERT brings together a consortium of 23 partners including universities, research organisations, NGOs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises, first responders, and water utility operators from Europe (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden) and South Korea. Together they will research, develop and evaluate specialised technologies, tools, and procedures, to handle emergencies and investigate events that involve waterborne pathogens contamination situations.

For further information, please contact Francesca Grossi.

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What ends up on our dining table has a direct impact on the environment. Growing concerns related to the consumption of high-footprint food urge for more action in promoting healthier and more sustainable consumption patterns. A better understanding of consumer behaviours and choices is pivotal for the success and effectiveness of policies, business innovations, and other interventions in food systems. The VALUMICS report ‘Putting solutions on the table’ provides insights on behaviourally-informed interventions that can have a positive impact.

Traditionally, efforts to shift food purchasing and consumption toward more sustainability have been based on classical persuasion and information-based interventions and strategies. Such efforts have positively contributed to increasing consumers’ awareness. However, beyond that, they have not managed to support a real shift from the Europeans’ carbon-intensive eating patterns.

Challenging longstanding premises of humans as solely rational decision makers, behavioural insights suggest that instead of optimising the information available, consumers often opt for mental shortcuts when making decisions, including food purchasing choices. Having to choose between price, nutritional value, taste, origin or sustainability performance, consumers often simply opt for the easiest choice and base their decision on a few criteria. For example either price, taste or even appearance, and/or are guided by other factors such as habits, social norms or product availability and arrangement. Accordingly, for more effective outcomes, strategies that promote the uptake of sustainable food consumption should be based on and consider the actual behavioural patterns of consumers.

Building on such findings, the VALUMICS report ‘Putting solutions on the table’ provides insights on behaviourally-informed interventions that aim to support the food industry actors, policymakers and governments as well as civil society organisations (CSOs) to promote sustainable food consumption. The report describes how behavioural insights are helpful in driving consumers into sustainable food consumption and highlights practical behavioural interventions that have supported such shifts. These interventions are clustered according to the behavioural approaches they are based on, namely, simplifying the information regarding sustainable food items, improving framing information to enhance the acceptance and implementation of a suggested behaviour, enhancing the physical environment of sustainable food items, changing the default option, making sustainable food consumption the norm, and priming.

For example, a pizza restaurant in Italy managed to reduce food waste at the point of purchase by making takeaway bags of unfinished food the default option, leading to an increased customer demand for the service by 44% two weeks into the experiment. The report highlights this and numerous such interventions based on behaviour insights that have shown positive impact and have the potential to be taken up and upscaled.

The report ‘Putting solutions on the table’ is the second in a series of VALUMICS publications focusing on food consumption analysis. The first report brings together information on the determinants that influence and drive European food consumption patterns. The upcoming reports look at multi-stakeholder recommendations toward more sustainable food consumption, and food retailer interventions to support this shift.

To read more about behavioural insights and interventions that could guide consumers towards more sustainable food purchases, please read the full report here.

For further questions, please contact Cristina Fedato.

As a central part of the EU Green Deal, the Farm to Fork Strategy aims at making food systems fair, healthy, and environmentally-friendly. However, this goal can only be achieved if all actors between the farm and the fork come together and work in aligned ways. The new Code of Conduct for Responsible Business and Marketing Practices sets out common aspirations and indicative actions for actors to voluntarily align, commit, and contribute to accelerating the transition toward sustainable food systems. At the CSCP, we look forward to collaborating with all our current and future partners in turning this code into an opportunity for making sustainable and resilient food systems the norm.

The Code of Conduct aims to improve sustainability on three levels: in relation to food consumption patterns for healthy and sustainable diets; with internal processes, operations and organisation at the level of actors in the middle part of the food chain; and throughout the supply chain, in liaison with primary producers and other actors. For each level, common aspirations (expressed in objectives and targets) and indicative actions have been set.

A cross-cutting aspirational objective is the prevention and reduction of food waste. The aspirational target is a 50 % reduction of per capita food waste at the retail and consumer level by 2030 and reduced food loss along the food production and supply chains in the EU. As moderators of the Dialogue Forum for the Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail, we have joined hands with key relevant actors to come up with data, measures, and action that lead to a systematic reduction of food waste in these sectors. We congratulate our Dialogue Forum members REWE Group and Metro for already signing the code of conduct. Through the Dialogue Forum and our other projects, we look forward to closely working with them and all upcoming signatories in turning this code of conduct into an opportunity for wholesalers and retailers to become frontrunners in the transition to sustainable food systems.

In view of changing consumption patterns, key objectives of the new code are reducing the environmental impact of food consumption by 2030 and reversing malnutrition and diet-related noncommunicable diseases in the EU. In order to achieve the consumption patterns prescribed in the code, mapping key food consumption behaviours, recognising patterns, and pointing out drivers are all vital prerequisites. In projects like VALUMICS we focus on doing just that as well as identifying, supporting, and engaging relevant stakeholders to drive positive change. The recent VALUMICS publication Food Consumption Behaviours in Europe provides evidence-based insights on consumption behaviours throughout different countries and identifies pathways toward making European food systems more sustainable and resilient.

The Code of Conduct for Responsible Business and Marketing Practices represents a unique opportunity to create synergies, enhance existing collaborations and start new ones toward mainstreaming sustainable food systems. We look forward to using this momentum in supporting companies to generate climate-neutral growth and pioneer the way to resilient food systems.

For further questions, please contact Nora Brüggemann.

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With the rapid growth of the horticulture industry around the Lake Naivasha Basin, Kenya, the basin has become increasingly important as an economic hub for the country. Using the recommendations of this GOALAN project policy brief, public authorities and institutions have the opportunity to engage in green public procurement by procuring fresh fruit and vegetables, particularly from smallholder farmers. In turn, this would foster local sustainable development and promote the adoption of sustainable consumption and production practices.

Kenya is one of the main exporters of horticultural products among developing countries, with horticulture accounting for two-thirds of Kenyan’s growth in agricultural exports. Horticultural micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) have significantly increased the country’s fresh fruit and vegetable supply. However, access to organised markets is a major challenge for most MSMEs, both internationally due to high quality standards and price volatility, and locally due to the limited availability of markets for sustainable and fresh products.

Public authorities and governments are huge spenders and buyers. In Kenya, the government generally makes large food purchases for public institutions and authorities. The Kenyan government can use this advantage to support horizontal policies in support of food security, health and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and the further development of SMEs through the implementation of Green Public Procurement (GPP).

This GOALAN policy brief suggests that the three county governments in the Lake Naivasha basin should consider purchasing food for public institutions such as hospitals or schools from the MSMEs. Green Public Procurement for school meals, for example, can help expand marketing opportunities for horticultural MSMEs and in turn foster rural economies and communities by promoting growth and job creation. Such a public procurement programme would not only help create a stable demand, but also encourage the small producers to adopt and maintain sustainable farming practices. In addition, it may help reduce post-harvest loss due to failure in finding buyers in time for the perishable fresh fruit and vegetables, especially if farmers do not have cool rooms to store the harvest.

However, the policy brief notes that compliance with the legal and environmental requirements in public procurement represents a challenge to most MSMEs, which can hinder their participation in GPP processes. Moreover, the lack of capacity on the part of the MSMEs also affects their competitiveness. For local authorities, however, the unavailability of green products hampers the implementation of GPP programmes. To address this challenge, the policy brief recommends creating awareness and conducting trainings and capacity building for local procurement authorities.

For the complete recommendations and further details, please check out the policy brief.

The GOALAN project (Green Horticulture at Lake Naivasha Project) funded by the EU SWITCH Africa Green Programme and implemented by the CSCP and WWF-Kenya (World Wide Fund for Nature) promotes the adoption of more sustainable production and consumption (SCP) practices along the Kenyan horticultural sector.

For further questions, please contact Kartika Anggraeni.

 

Why do European consumers buy food the way they do? Which key factors drive Europeans’ food consumption patterns and how could they be used to create pathways toward sustainability? The VALUMICS project’s evidence-based report provides insights to what influences consumers the most in their food choices.

The report ‘Food consumption behaviours in Europe’ brings together data across various countries, such as the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. Through in-depth literature research, focus groups and expert consultations, the report provides a better understanding of the status quo, trends, motivations as well as barriers and opportunities towards more sustainable food consumption behaviours in general. The focus is on five product categories: Beef, dairy, salmon, tomatoes and bread.

Findings indicate that food consumption behaviours can be largely attributed to price considerations, family eating habits, health concerns or social contexts of consumers. The report highlights that environmental awareness and values play little to no role in the consumption patterns.

“Certain changes can only be made by politics, or the EU in this case, which should impose high sustainability limits and standards: for example, banning disposable plastics is a good start. Until certain management practices are allowed, it is difficult to behave more sustainably because everyone else can be more economically competitive” noted one of the experts interviewed for the report.

Other actions suggested in the report include fostering stronger communication channels between producers and consumers, with the potential for increasing the resilience of food value chains as well as using behavioural insights to inform strategies and action plans for more sustainable food consumption.

The report ’Food consumption behaviours in Europe’ is the first in a series of VALUMICS publications focusing on analysing food consumption. The upcoming reports look into successful interventions for sustainable food behaviour, multi-stakeholder recommendations toward more sustainable food consumption, and food retailer interventions to support this shift.

To find out more and explore further European citizens’ mindsets and food consumption patterns read the full report here.

For further questions, please contact Cristina Fedato.

As part of our 15th year, we are deep diving into four key topics, including digitalisation, to explore how we can enable positive impact right now towards more sustainability and a good life for all. We were curious how our sustainable lifestyle (SL) team works on digitalisation at the intersection of behaviour change towards more sustainability. To find out, we interviewed Rosa Strube, Head of SL Team to discuss its potential.

Digitalisation and living a good life within the boundaries of our planet – how do these two topics connect?

Digitalisation is an enabler for a number of different processes, therefore, the interrelations between new technology and digital processes on the one hand and lifestyles and behaviours on the other are manifold. If we take a look at the areas of our lifestyles that have the highest environmental impact – housing, mobility and consumption – digital innovations offer solutions that save resources. From smart home appliances to connected mobility services, digitalisation can make our daily choices easier or assist us in decision making, for example, by using default settings that enable more sustainable outcomes. In this context, mechanisms such as digital product passports are increasingly being introduced to transparently communicate the properties of products.  By increasing transparency and offering the chance to compare products, digitalisation can support consumers to choose the more sustainable options. Smartphone APPs and watches can also encourage more sustainable behaviours, especially toward active mobility or food waste reduction, for example by using gamification elements. Quite important is the role of digitalisation in enabling collaborative consumption activities by reducing transaction costs or increasing the availability and visibility of sharing economy examples. We are working with businesses as well as consumers to facilitate exchange in favour of comprehensive and inclusive solutions. Through the European Circular Economy Platform (ECESP) leadership group Retailers, Consumers and Skills, we are exploring the potential of digital technologies to make products more circular, but also to encourage circular behaviour at the same time. We pay particular attention to the issue of skills, as we are aware that there is not only a financial gap in terms of technology ownership, but also a gap in digital literacy. There are considerable discrepancies when it comes to skills needed for using digital tools, especially considering that many are not designed with accessibility in mind. Recent research also indicates that there is a ‘data gap’ with certain societal groups not being able to access digital tools or services due to lack of wireless connection. Only by putting extra emphasis on overcoming these existing inequalities, we can ensure that digitalisation leads to a good life for all.

In addition to inclusiveness, data security and the digitalisation footprint pose concerns as well…

Yes, that’s correct. In the digital world, trust is the currency that really counts. Many citizens have a sense of mistrust toward large companies or governing bodies that have access to their data. With its General Data Protection Regulation or the European strategy for data, the European Commission has established ambitious and binding rules on the use of personal data, yet, many open questions remain. As long as the analysis of personal data is often a central part of business models in the field of digital services, it remains to be seen how this challenge can be overcome. Many aspects need to be taken into consideration: the way data is collected, how it’s stored (including environmental impacts), how it’s governed (emerging ideas like data trusts or commons as alternatives) and how it’s used (e.g., for private or public benefit).

From a behaviour change perspective, how willing and under which conditions are people ready to take up the ever-growing digital tools and possibilities?

First of all, we need to acknowledge that people’s lifestyles vary considerably. Lifestyle choices are driven by different preferences and aspirations and this diversity is something that we have to be considerate of at all times. When it comes to integrating digital tools into our daily lives, we see notable differences between the digital natives and the older generation, but also between early adopters of all ages and groups who are either less keen on, or lack access to, digital devices. We have engaged with citizens from different socio-economic backgrounds in five European countries as part of our INHERIT project and discussed with them future scenarios of how digitalisation could enable a more sustainable life. The analysis showed that citizens were mostly willing to use digital tools in support of sustainable living when such tools added more convenience to their lives. Other personal benefits such as cost reduction were also driving factors. Data privacy concerns and insecurities as of how personal data would be handled were a major concern among all groups. What we can draw from this experience is that for a digital tool to lead to more sustainable lifestyles – be it on a personal or organisation level – a detailed analysis must precede its design. Which behaviours do we want to change with the new tool? What is the most efficient way for that to happen considering the target group specifics? How to best address data security concerns? All these questions should be thought through carefully. A case in point is our collaboration with Vodafone as part of their employee engagement programme, Mission Green. As a scientific and implementation partner, the CSCP supported the programme with its expertise on sustainable behaviours and by providing guidance in behaviour change. This know-how was directly fed into an app that was created to support employees to make more sustainable choices.

Can you name three aspects in the intersection between digitalisation and behaviour change that deserve special attention in the future?

First, digitalisation can be an enabler to close the gap between intention and action for a more sustainable lifestyle. Digital tools, such as apps or virtual networks, if used well, can have great potential to get people to start a new behaviour and get them to maintain it over time. They can build engagement using social norms, take advantage of gamification approaches and prompts to support behaviour change.  Examples such as Vodafone’s Mission Green or our collaboration with MyFoodWays exemplify this idea.

A second aspect is ensuring not only equity in terms of access to digital tools but also increasing digital literacy across all groups in society. The European Commission has recently announced the European Skills Agenda setting ambitious objectives for upskilling and reskilling in order to meet the demands of the green and digital transition in jobs and beyond. Building upon the success of our capacity building programme the Academy of Change (AoC), we are looking to create a similar format to support Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in assessing their needs and shaping their goals with digital lenses on. Using an understanding of digitalisation as an aspiration as well as a tool, we are keen on accompanying CSOs as they advance their digital maturity. I believe that CSOs that tap into the potential of digitalisation not only become more resilient but are in a better position to be a stepping stone towards the fairer and sustainable future that we strive for.

Finally, matters such as trust and data privacy concerns require continuous dialogue among all actors in society. Digitalisation can be a force for good in changing behaviours toward more sustainability, but only if its benefits as well as shortcomings are discussed in transparent and constructive ways. With a strength in multi-stakeholder engagements, we support the establishment of sector-based platforms where digital tools are developed, tested and communicated with one goal in mind: more sustainability.

For further question, reach out directly to Rosa Strube.

 

The mission is clear: nudging for more sustainable lifestyles! In a recent collaboration, the CSCP has supported the Intercultural Business Psychology course at Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences to develop nudges that lead to more sustainability. The results will be presented during the virtual Nudge Night 2021 on 1 July 2021 – join us!

Visual feedback during your grocery shopping to indicate the more sustainable packaging, small reminders on your radiator to set the best room temperature or gentle reminders about food forgotten in the fridge. These are only some of the nudges that students from the University of Applied Sciences Hamm-Lippstadt are developing as part of a unique course on Applied Behavioural Economics/Nudging, this year’s focus being on sustainability.

The course asks students to apply explanatory approaches to decision-making and behavioural tendencies of (economic) actors by means of interventions, otherwise referred to as sustainability nudges. Drawing on our core expertise in sustainable lifestyles, this year, the CSCP is partnering with the university as an external advisor. Rosa Strube, Head of the Sustainable Lifestyles (SL) at the CSCP supports students to address issues with human behaviour and sustainability in mind.

“It’s been both a very interesting and, at the same time, inspiring experience to work with the students. I have been impressed by the analytical precision which they used to demonstrate the need for certain behaviours to change and by the creativity which they applied to come up with innovative nudges. While the dialogues with the external advisors certainly helped to perform a reality check, I am convinced that the concepts are so well-developed for the Nudge Night that they are attractive for actual users.”, comments Rosa Strube.

The results of the students’ projects will be presented during the Nudge Night taking place online on 1 July 2021.  After three earlier successful editions of this event, this year’s Nudge Night will present nudges that encourage more sustainable production, consumption, investment, compliance and lifestyle decisions by individuals and organisations. The keynote speaker in this year’s Nudge Night will be world-renowned scholar on nudges, Prof. Cass Sunstein from the Harvard Law School.

Participation is open to the public and free of charge. You can find further information here.

If you are keen on exploring, designing and applying nudges to change behaviours for more sustainability, please get in contact with Rosa Strube!

Screenshot from nudgenight.com

It is in times like these that the longing for the good life becomes more prominent than ever and the need to shape a sustainable and inclusive future ever-more pressing. Our project Day of the Good Life exemplifies how engaged communities defy all odds, even the hurdles of a pandemic.

The month-long work of the project was celebrated with the final event on 20 June 2021 in Wuppertal. The event offered a platform for people and initiatives to voice views, share wishes and lay out visions for the sustainable future. Since its launch in 2020, the Day of the Good Life’s focus was to empower and enable citizens to take an active role in designing public space that reflects their needs and is sustainable and inclusive. The project also offered a platform for actors from civil society, businesses, culture, city administrations to join hands for a socially, economically and environmentally-sustainable city.

The mini-festival Place of the Good Life, held in August 2020 at the Platz der Republik in Wuppertal, attracted three hundred participants who participated in one of the thirty available activities, such as creating visioning walls together, discussions sustainable mobility, or outdoor yoga classes.

Following up on the Place of the Good Life event, neighbourhood meetings involved citizens in the Ostersbaum area of Wuppertal in preparing activities for the Day of the Good Life main event. To accompany citizens in the creative process of further developing their own visions for a good life in Wuppertal, online visioning walkshops were held. The goal was not only to support citizens in developing creative ideas to redesign their neighbourhoods, but also to enable them to bring those ideas to life by forming local groups. The walkshops were inspired by the methods of urban design thinking and strollology, the science and art of taking a walk.

To support the newly-formed groups, neighbourhood meetings were held each week to further develop ideas not only in view of the Day of the Good Life event, but for a long-term engagement. The implementation of the emerging ideas, such as murals, a public bookshelf, a mobility station (including a bicycle garage), and community cooking events were accompanied by local artists and craftspeople.

The Day of the Good life as the culminating event was held in a hybrid format, combining over 70 in-person and online activities. The rich programme included discussions on sustainability topics, art installations, music activities as well as vegan cooking shows. Workshops on native insects, waste collection campaigns, an anti-racism poetry slam, a personal bicycle route consultation, and concerts by local artists were just a few of the activities held under the Day of the Good life umbrella.

Beyond the Day of the Good Life, the products that were co-developed during the project’s course are there to stay and to be developed further. However, the project’s best legacy is a community empowered not only to overcome crises, but also of emerging from them stronger and more resilient than before.

The aim of the Day of the Good Life is to not only celebrate local solutions for a good life but to also strengthen citizens and civil society to initiate new movements and to turn this event into a continuous festival for all people in the city. If you want to get involved in activities toward the good life in Wuppertal, let us know. If this inspires you to replicate the success of the Day of Good Life in your city, let’s join hands now!

For more information contact Alexandra Kessler. 

Photo © TdgL Wuppertal 2021 / Alexandra Rosenbohm

Good leadership can catalyse behaviour change and maximise impacts. But if you are a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working in the field of sustainability, where do you start and what can you do to develop your own leadership skills? In this Catalyst podcast, six NGO leaders from around the world sit together for an honest discussion on intricacies of good leadership.

From creating sustainable urban housing to supporting individuals and organisations to do their best as they tackle sustainability challenges, the NGO leaders featured in this podcast have vast experience across different sectors and continents. In common, they are all working to support behaviours across organisations that enable sustainable development solutions.

Exploring their personal leadership journeys, the speakers share some of the game-changing moments or people that shaped their development as a leader. From the value of authenticity and the power of a vision, to that one conversation that could change the course of your life.

On the topic of leadership qualities, the group ponders the difference between effective leadership and good leadership. Authenticity, but not at the expense of skills, and how to balance the ability to make key decisions with assembling a really good team and creating an enabling space for them to thrive are some of the ideas debated. As guest speaker Wolfgang Jamann puts it, “Leadership is an attitude, it’s a way of working, it’s not a position”.

Discussing leadership changes over the time, the speakers reflect on emerging trends towards more transparency and participation. That is, a leadership style with fewer myths of ‘superpower’ leaders working long hours as well as more women in leading positions. The panel also reinforces the need to look at things from a holistic perspective or in Sue Riddlestone’s words, “It’s not just about your organisation, it’s about system change, and we’ve got to pull together now and show leadership for changing systems”.

Are you looking for some inspiration for your own leadership journey? Listen to our podcast for suggestions on how to motivate people to move forward with their passions, but also find the courage to drive change. “If it excites you and it scares you, you should probably do it!“, says Jenn Weidman.

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The NGO leaders featured in this podcast are: Sue Riddlestone (CEO, Bioregional), Helen Clarkson (CEO, The Climate Group), Wolfgang Jamann (Executive Director, International Civil Society Centre), Jenn Weidman (Founder and CEO, Space Bangkok), Rainer Brockhaus (CEO, The Christian Blind Mission in Germany) and Wilhelm Kinn (Managing Director, Govinda).

This podcast was created from a session originally presented to participants of the Academy of Change Catalyst programme. The Catalyst brings together selected NGOs to build upon their experience as participants in the Academy of Change. As part of the Catalyst they integrate the knowledge gained in AoC into their organisations, supported with a bespoke programme of discussions, workshops and resources.

To listen to previous episodes of the Academy of Change podcasts – please go to our library!

The Academy of Change (AoC) is a non-profit initiative of the CSCP, Behaviour Change (BC) and the International Civil Society Centre (ICSC). The AoC is funded by the KR Foundation.

For further questions, please contact Rosa Strube.