Beyond Green

Beyond Green is dedicated to helping organisations become more sustainable.

They inspire  action and support organisations through the challenges towards a sustainable future, focussing on what’s important to the business: profitability, managing risks and gaining reputation from green credentials.

Beyond Green and The Surefoot Effect collaborate on various environmental projects and are working to bring Carbon Conversations to more corporate organisations.

Carbon Conversations

Carbon Conversations was started by Rosemary Randall, a psychotherapist, and Andy Brown an engineer. Drawing on Rosemary’s therapeutic experience with groups and Andy’s technical expertise they created a unique psycho-social project that addresses the practicalities of carbon reduction while taking account of the complex emotions and social pressures that make this difficult.  Please see the Carbon Conversations website here and a link to a news sharing platform here.

Common Cause Foundation

Common Cause Foundation works to place values that prioritise community, environment and equality at the heart of Cultural, political and civic institutions.

We cannot build this kind of society through appeals to people’s fear, greed or ego. Such motivations tend to produce shallow, short- lived types of engagement. They are also likely to backfire, actually reinforcing values that undermine social and environmental concern.

Fostering “intrinsic” values—among them self-acceptance, care for others, and concern for the natural world—has real and lasting benefits. By acknowledging the importance of these values, and the “frames” that embody and express them; by examining how our actions help to strengthen or weaken them; and by working together to cultivate them, we can create a more compassionate society, and a better world.

We at The Surefoot Effect put intrinsic values into the heart of our work.

Compassionate Communication

Compassionate Communication is an approach to connecting with others by connecting to our commonly-held values and, with practice, increasingly both hearing and speaking from it.

We all long to be heard and understood. The capacity to draw out and listen empathically to what is longed for rather than what is being thought about opens up the possibility of a different quality of connection – and a different possibility in how we, ourselves, are seen and heard.

We at Surefoot strive to communicate in this way and hope to be able to introduce more people to this effective way of communication through advertising and promoting courses. Much of this work was defined by Marshall Rosenberg who regularly participates in peace negotiations world-wide.

Centre for Compassionate Communication
Centre for Nonviolent Communication

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation brings low carbon leaders and practitioners from business, finance and the public sector together to turn good ideas into reality. They supported the set up of The Surefoot Effect.

ECCI join up forward thinkers to accelerate & catalyze large-scale low carbon projects. And use their network to help companies drive innovation into their supply chains and create new kinds of low carbon products and services.

They collaborate with government, enterprise and academics to help craft smart climate and energy policy.

And they bring their networks together to create face to face and online learning programmes that build the capacity and skills required to succeed in a low carbon future.

The ECCI helped Pam get the Innovation Award from The Melting Pot that helped get Surefoot set up as a community interest company.

Osbert Lancaster

Osbert Lancaster offers a values-based, systems approach to:

… to help people stimulate and support change, flourishing and resilience – within their organisations and groups, in their communities, among their stakeholders and across wider society.

Osbert and The Surefoot Effect often work together on a variety of projects.

Public Interest Research Centre

The Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC) is an independent charity developing participatory approaches to researching, communicating and connecting around cultural stories for a more democratic, equitable and sustainable society.

PIRC has a 40-year record of catalytic research, championing the public interest and informing public policy, and a more recent history of championing the vital role of cultural stories and movement-building in social change.

The Surefoot Effect contributes to values training and other work led by PIRC.

Transition Network

Transition Network is a charitable organisation whose role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the Transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions.

Ultimately it’s about creating a healthy human culture, one that meets our needs for community, livelihoods and fun. The Surefoot Effect supports the aims of Transition and provides support for several transition groups through Carbon Conversations and workshops on various topics.

Wisdom Tree

Wisdom Tree is a small team of committed professionals, supporting individuals, teams and organisations to learn the skills and behaviours needed to thrive in these challenging times.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back and move forward under pressure: to improve your wellbeing and effectiveness amid too much change, challenge and complexity. Organisations who invest in the wellbeing of their staff report experiencing reduced stress, conflict and absence levels, deeper engagement, higher productivity, improved collaboration, and comfort with ambiguity and change.

The Surefoot Effect collaborate with Wisdom Tree to offer workshops around resilience and well-being.

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