Pam Candea founded The Surefoot Effect to support people taking the next step towards a sustainable, equitable world. To stay sure footed. Our focus is on sustainability, resilience, leadership, exploration, and sure-footedness.
The peak on the Surefoot logo is inspired by the Baltoro Glacier in Pakistan. This is one of the largest glaciers outside the polar regions, and as many other glaciers it’s declining. This brings a risk for surrounding regions, as was seen in a flood in 2012, the same year that The Surefoot Effect was established.
The peak on the logo is unlikely recognised by the viewers, but the overall design acts as a reminder of one of the key reasons for our work on sustainability. More obviously, peaks represent exploration and challenge. The climbers must exhibit leadership and sure-footedness to reach the goal. We wish to equip people, communities and organisations on the journey by developing skills for sustainability and resilience. May each new step forward lead to significant and long-lasting change.
“The Surefoot Effect provides the time, space and leadership people need to explore, create then share their own path forward.” Pam Candea.
Surefoot’s approach recognises the only way to secure a sustainable and equitable future is to reconnect individuals with the values that shape the way they look at the world. In turn, people inspire each other to take the next step, safeguarding their shared environment.
With sure-footed confidence we stay at the forefront of our field: respected, skilled and experienced. We use the increasing wealth of empirical research on emotional intelligence and value-based behaviour to shape our approach to assisting organisations and individuals to achieve the skills and confidence to achieve sustainability in the way they live and work.
The European Commission congratulates Surefoot on its significant project to support teaching and learning about the environment and sustainability.
The project, A Tale of 2 Futures, led and coordinated by Surefoot has been selected as an example of good practice by the European Commission and featured in School Education Gateway, Europe's online platform for school education.
“The European Commission would like to congratulate you on A Tale of Two Futures, which we selected as an example of good practice in this month’s editorial of the School Education Gateway. We were impressed with your project and thought it a good fit for the month’s topic, learning for environmental sustainability.”
A Tale of 2 Futures enables educators to train groups of people and motivate them to adopt sustainable habits in a way that was compatible with their daily lives. A collaboration between Surefoot, Dom Spain and Ziniu Kodas from Lithuania, this Erasmus+ 3-year project focuses on communicating solutions to energy issues and climate change at the local, European and national levels.
As a result, some teachers in Spain included ‘carbon conversations’ in their English lessons, created a food garden in the school, and integrated sustainable activities into their daily work as well as kickstarting environmental education projects.
Surefoot Managing Director, Pamela Candea and Associate, Euri Bartlome Vidal, worked on the project. Pam was delighted to receive this acknowledgement from The European Commission,
"This was our first Erasmus+ project. We learned so much from our partners about Erasmus and other ways of working. We were delighted that both partners enthusiastically jumped into the world of action toward sustainable living and working, learning from the projects we found in our research and going on from there to support the start up of many sustainability projects, including a Fridays for Futures group in Vilnius."
Find out more about A Tale of 2 Futures and School Education Gateway - Learning for Sustainability
Five people from Surefoot participated in a storytelling workshop as part of our Erasmus+ project, Once Upon YOUR Time.
Euri and Pam were joined by Callum Arthur, a teacher working online with learners facing barriers to accessing school; Joana Avi-Lorie, a PhD candidate working to create storytelling approaches for children dealing with climate anxiety, and one of SCCAN's storyweavers; and Suzanne O'Donnell, who works with the Climate Ed schools programme run by one of Surefoot's directors.
The team spent a week with partners from Iceland, Slovenia, and Spain, learning writing techniques from Juan Pedro Romera, which they will adapt for use with young people. And watch this space as we start sharing some of the writing they each did during the workshop!
Here’s a collection of some of our articles which have been in our newsletters or published elsewhere.