“The power of storytelling is a driving force that engages communities. Stories have been the basis of culture from the beginning of time,” said Adam Gebb, Executive Director of Andes Amazon Conservancy, during the first in a series of webinars on climate change and environmental sustainability co-sponsored by ICA and the Center for Strategic Facilitation (CSF).
Beginning with the premise that “human-caused climate change is a defining issue of our time,” the Success through Participation: Environmental Sustainability Webinars, or “eco-webinars”, was launched to facilitate a multicultural, multinational exchange between leaders and projects who are working to address climate change.
The series and the partnership was inspired by a conversation between ICA Program Manager Caitlin Sarro and CSF Senior Partner Jane Stallman at the 2019 Technology of Participation (ToP) Network Annual Gathering in New Orleans. They were interested in exploring how participation processes, such as ToP, have been used to organize around climate change.
Each webinar features several case stories that provide a glimpse into strategies used to move local communities and organizations to take just and impactful climate actions.
The first webinar, held on September 5, 2019, emphasized asset-based approaches. Participants reflected on how each initiative started with “inspired people energized to move something forward” and then leveraged the power of an existing community.
Focusing on the built environment, the second webinar, held on October 3, 2019, showcased sustainability efforts in Alameda County, California, as well as three examples of sustainable building development.
The third and final webinar on November 7, 2019, focused on movements that have encouraged students and residents to take action.