SDGs Training for Multipliers

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We are faced with the challenge of collectively re-designing the human presence on Earth. NOW is the time for transforming humanity’s planetary impact from predominantly degenerative to by and large regenerative! It is our generations, those alive today, who face the task of regenerating the healthy, life-supporting functions of marine and terrestrial ecosystems everywhere. In doing so we will create the basis for thriving local communities and vibrant circular bio-economies. We can create a fairer distribution of resources through widespread global-local collaboration while learning to live within planetary boundaries. This is the promise ahead, if we come together across sectorial, national and ideological divides to collaborate in implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the local, regional and global scale. It is time to get to work – one community at a time!

SDGs Training for Multipliers is designed to build the capacity of facilitators and multipliers of the vitally important conversation about how to implement the 17 SDGs and their 169 targets at the local and regional scale in ways that are carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness of each location. This question-centred training is designed to engage local communities in a process that will turn what might be perceived as top-down goals of the United Nations into meaningful projects that are locally relevant and collaboratively implemented by the communities themselves.

The SDGs Flashcards contain more than 200 questions relevant to the four dimensions of Gaia Education’s whole systems approach to sustainability (Social, Ecological, Economic and Worldview). Participants will explore these four dimensions of each of the 17 SDGs in question-focused small group conversations, to collaboratively identify actions and solutions aimed at implementing the global goals in ways that are relevant to their lives and their communities. This is an effective way of creating local community ownership of the SDGs.

Achieving the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – one community at a time’ requires us to facilitate widespread culturally-creative conversations that can lead to behavioural change by enabling people on the ground to co-create solutions in tune with local ecosystems and culture. By joining this training of multipliers you will have a chance to take part in such conversations and learn an easily replicable process to facilitate more of these conversations yourself in the future.

Who is the training for?

Sustainability is not an end point in a journey; it is a community-centred process of learning how to live sustainably and regeneratively in a particular locality with its ecological and cultural uniqueness. Everyone in that place can take the leadership to start or participate in culturally-creative conversations about how to collaboratively create specific projects aimed at implementing priority SDGs in their community. If you want to take part in or facilitate such conversations where you live, this course is for you.

This training is an opportunity to become an active participant in your community’s future, whether you work in the private or public sector or for a civil society organisation, as a community organiser, teacher, social entrepreneur, concerned parent, pensioner, recent school leaver or university graduate. You can take part simply to engage with others in your community to explore the best opportunities to make a positive difference in collaboration with others. Alternatively, you can take part with the intention to become a multiplier of such conversations by learning how to use the SDGs Flashcards and the detailed workshop script to facilitate such conversations and initiate such projects around your community. If you are a teacher, academic, civil servant or consultant, for example, taking part in the training will almost certainly contribute positively to your professional practice.

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The Training for Multipliers serves a dual purpose

What is the dual purpose of this training for multipliers?

  • The training will initiate community-focused conversations about local SDGs implementation

    The highly interactive process invites participants to engage in constructive conversations about the local relevance of the 17 SDGs based on a set of flashcards designed to help structure small group dialogues. Through these conversations participants will:

    • prioritise a number of goals that are particularly important for their community
    • begin to define how multi-stakeholder partnerships might be established in their community to support project-centred implementation of specific SDGs
    • ensure that SDGs are implemented in ways that are sensitive to the biocultural uniqueness of place
    • work in various small groups to identify policiesprojects and resources that could support this implementation and categorise them into those already existing and those to be created
    • design strategies of how to mobilise local stakeholders around a feasible project to demonstrate implementation of those goals in their locality and
    • identify effective ways to spread successful projects throughout their community and beyond.
  • The training supports people to become multipliers of such conversations

    Achieving the Global Goals by 2030 requires initiating these kinds of processes in communities everywhere, and we are all called to become multipliers of SDG-focused conversations about the sustainable future of our community.

    The SDGs Flashcards in combination with the workshop script and the experience of having taken part in the training, will turn most participants into potential multipliers of such community conversations. Participants will be given a brief introduction on how to use the script and the flashcards to replicate the training with their team at work, with local community groups and civil servants, and for students and staff at their local university or schools. Participants will leave the training equipped with the tools and the experience to help others to reflect on why and how the global goals are relevant to their community or business, and what first steps can be taken locally to contribute to achieving humanity’s global goals by 2030.

What are the main outcomes of participating in the training?

After completing the day-long training of multipliers you will:

  • be able to take a multi-dimensional perspective on all 17 SDGs and be aware of the the 169 targets for implementation

  • have identified with other members of your community which goals could be considered priorities in your community

  • have participated in a series of small group conversations to brainstorm and prioritise possible multi-stakeholder community projects aimed at implementation of priority SDGs in your local community

  • have identified already existing as well as much-needed policies, projects and resources that might be drawn on, or required, for effective implementation

  • have explored with others how the different SDGs interrelate and how systemic projects can be created that aim to implement progress on various SDGs at the same time

  • have reviewed the wider context of the United Nations’ sustainable development process and its history leading up to the creation of the SDGs

  • have experienced an effective structure for a training of multipliers so you could potentially use the workshop script along with the SDGs Flashcards to replicate such culturally-creative conversations where and when needed

  • have had an opportunity to work with like-minded people in your community who are also willing to collaborate on local SDGs implementation projects and have identified projects that might be considered ‘low hanging fruit’

  • have brainstormed ideas and strategies for how to mobilise support, how to demonstrate feasibility by implementing successful projects, and how to best spread initiatives that work throughout your community and beyond

  • have taken the first step to becoming an active multiplier of conversations that matter to your community and to humanity by helping others to ask important questions about how to implement the SDGs in locally meaningful and relevant ways

Upcoming trainings

Past trainings

  • Bornok, Thailand

    19-21 January 2018

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Workshop Education for Sustainable Development: UNESCO GAP Sustainable Solutions for Cities and Communities, Nairobi, Kenya

    7-9 December 2017

  • Edinburgh, Scotland (hosted by LfS)

    6 November 2017

  • Dundee, Scotland

    10 November 2017

  • Findhorn, Scotland

    18 October 2017

  • Lisbon, Portugal

    28 September 2017

  • Findhorn, Scotland

    17 and 18 June 2017

  • Avnstrup, Denmark

    25 May 2017

Raise awareness of the SDGs among local and national actors

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This highly interactive and participatory workshop invites participants to engage in progressive conversations about the local relevance of the SDGs based on a set of SDGs Flashcards containing more than 200 questions relevant to the four dimensions of Gaia Education’s whole systems approach to sustainability.

The SDGs Flashcards seek to raise awareness of the SDGs among local and national actors. It also aims to create an enabling environment for the localisation process, to support local ownership and to ensure SDGs integration in sub-national strategies and plans.

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Gaia Education Certified Trainers

Gaia Education Trainers are leading-edge experts in their respective fields, with experience in training and facilitation on rural and urban settings, from the Global South to the Global North and everywhere in between.

Gaia Education Certified Facilitators and Trainers are equipped with the skills and methodologies to facilitate transformative learning environments and host multi-stakeholder conversations that enable collaborative action.