With Future Conversations workshops individuals and communities develop resilience to face current and future challenges in the society, to not only bounce back from adversity, but to grow stronger.
Our Future Conversations workshops support the development of robust, flexible and healthy communities. With techniques and tools, participants learn to develop resilience and a sense of being strong and secure, equipping them to plan and act on sustainable solutions for now and for the future.
The first step at the Future Conversations workshops is for participants to share their hopes and fears for the future. Our role as facilitators from Surefoot, is to guide participants through inclusive ways to make group decisions and how to plan projects. Together with the participants we make a plan for the community. The goal is to move to a viable future where humans and nature are in balance. This method is also used when we support commercial organisations via our programme Net Zero for Teams.
A central element in our sessions, is to bring people together and give them enough time and space to understand facts, urgency and importantly to build their resilience. We enjoy helping people and their communities to move into a beneficial future using our techniques, tried and tested over our 10+ year history.
Future Conversations sessions include
Online sessions are also a possibility:
Format: a programme in 6 sessions of 1.5 hrs using zoom calls, with a recommend group size of 10-20 people
Taster: a 1.5 hour online or face-to-face workshop to give a flavour of the full programme, and enable people to decide if they wish to commit to Future Conversations.
Even if this taster doesn't lead to a full set of Future Conversations, it helps people begin thinking about planning for the future, and the benefits of cultivating individual and community resilience.
Would you like to know more about Future Conversations? Please get in touch with us at Surefoot, firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s face it, it’s a one-person job. A job for every one of us to make coherence in the world when creating a personalised green thread with our actions. With all of our efforts put together, we can reconnect the scattered pieces of the planet and find new ways to exist.
Instead of taking on board what the standardised life template tells you is valuable when being exposed to advertising, media and expectations, turn your attention to your inner-knowing and values to embrace both people and planet.
Human made landscapes
Contacting your politicians, signing petitions and voting when possible are the most obvious actions as we try to shape our society on a larger level. However, the political scene seems to be on fire in an overheated setting, where our efforts, drop by drop, evaporate before reaching the scorching ground. Instead of getting short of breath I invite you to also keep an eye on all the other places where you vote - every day.
You vote with your shopping basket. A climate friendly diet with raw, fresh, locally produced vegetables and fruit with as little wrapping as possible, are elementary votes.
Not only have we just passed, “For four days in a row, the planet reached its hottest day ever recorded as regions all over the world endure dangerous heat.” (ABC news). At the same time, we had the busiest day in the air.
The 6th Of July Is The Busiest In The Aviation World, With 134,386 Commercial Flights, according to Flightradar24. This is also a record. Rarely are people being forced to buy goods and flight tickets. We have the freedom to choose our next steps when standing in a shop with a decorative plastic object created on the other side of the planet. Or when we are one click away from booking a flight for the family holiday a quarter or half way around the globe, to go and rest for a few days by a pool.
What do you vote for? How do you contribute to the human carved imprint on the planet?
From fragments to the whole
When I encourage a more climate friendly lifestyle, I usually add links to research and knowledge that states and demonstrates benefits for the planet and people. But I’m sure you already know about them.
Scientific reports and common knowledge are available at large. Also decision-makers and government institutions have access to solid research and understanding of the complexities of the natural world – from which we cannot in any way separate ourselves.
We all participate in the living 3D network. As much as our carbon footprint and other greenhouse gases cause disruption and are entangled in other lives, we also have the chance to mark the environment with positive choices.
I'm no saint myself, but my grumpiness about the state of affairs on the planet makes me reflect. And it's a joy to discover even small bits of actions. Finally, I got around to set up Ecosia - The search engine that plants trees as my default search engine after finally being too annoyed by Google’s daily encouragement, which in fragmented pieces invites us to take care of the planet on the annual Earth Day, and on another day gives tips on what to see on a trip to New York.
May your grumpiness also be a catalyst to find joy in creating a unique green path for yourself and others in a connected friendly world!
Do you or your community wish to move to more coherence in your climate friendly actions? Please get in contact or check out Surefoot's services.
Text and photo by Gazelle Buchholtz, Surefoot associate.
Plus notes on health, sustainability, and cultural heritage
Our recipe book has simmered and is now ready to be served! We hope you will find the book appetising. Please enjoy the Recipe Book created via our project Sustainability, Heritage, Health.
With starters, soups, main courses and desserts, along with notes on health, sustainability and heritage, we hope you will enjoy the journey through the cuisines of Greece, Lithuania, Spain and the UK. Some recipes are presented exactly as prepared traditionally over centuries, while others have been adapted to fit in with awareness of what a healthy and sustainable diet means, such as by substituting alternatives for meat and/or dairy ingredients.
We hope you find the recipes fruitful for your cooking. Perhaps the book will inspire you to look more closely at your own culinary traditions, those of your ancestors or places you have lived. We wish you a fun and environmentally friendly cooking journey.
We’ll be happy to hear from your experiences, or if you have recipes you would like to share with us. Please get in contact via email@example.com.
Here’s a collection of some of our articles which have been in our newsletters or published elsewhere.