Always adapting and improving our course programme, we had the first session on group dynamics today. Sustainable development cannot be achieved by only a few individuals, after all. Issues we have addressed include
How to work in teams effectively while benefitting from everybody active participation,
how to build sustainable (working) relationships,
how to deal with a multitude of goals and
pitfalls in communication.
Angela Francke, who had been awarded the honorary title of ‘most dynamic personality’ by former participants in her element: facilitation of group work.
Towards establishing group rules – brainstorming on the many ways in which respect is important.
What do we need to consider in terms of diversity?
The intermediate outcome of brainstorming on what should be taken into consideration for sustainable and effective group work.
Here are a few useful models for some background knowledge:
The tour was not only enriched by the landscape, but also enriching the mindscape: at the National Park Centre we learned about the efforts being made to educate people and communities about the environment and its associated problems, raise awareness and motivate them to solve these problems.
We finished the day with a short walk in the wild.
Report by Hiba Mohammad (Syria), photographs by Hiba Mohammad (Syria) and Dulip Somirathna (Sri Lanka)
Everybody can express him- or herself. However, being familiar with a few communication methods makes it much more likely that visions about good environmental management will become reality.
During a one-day workshop, Ursula Caser, an experienced mediator, has introduced participants to a range of concepts that will improve the exchange with decision makers and the public. In hands-on group work participants could practice what they have learned by facilitating a meeting.
Digesting the background information.
Creating random teams.
Some ideas on what to expect from a good meeting facilitator.
A lot of variety and action was offered today in Ms. Casers class. The EM38 course learned in a very lively way (see pictures) which factors have to be considered when communicating with the public and with decision makers.