Facilitation and engagement
Future Earth has long experience of facilitation and engagement. We have led many projects and programs which require careful sourcing, selecting and engaging of stakeholders across sectors and at every level, from grass roots community organisations to government officials; from product /service innovators to City Hall officials, from volunteers to financial investment banks.
We pride ourselves on being able to create solid, lasting and productive relationships through the ability to really translate the ideas of our clients in a way that is easily understood. Its the way we listen and engage using a friendly, open personal touch coupled with a professional tenacious attitude to building coalitions. Collaboration is central to the way we work.
We have introduced complex technical systems to governments, new financing mechanisms and policy instruments for change. We have facilitated and/or MC'd numerous high-level workshops with senior government and private sector officials, and led workshops and capacity building exercises with grass-roots communities, CSO staff, INGO management and research technicians. Use of advanced multi-media communications is a strength.
FCO Smart Sustainable Cities
Future Earth Ltd designed and delivered the inaugural Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative on behalf of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Working with a small consortium of partners including ICLEI-Europe, we developed a short program to bring 30 EU cities together with 14 UK cities and their associated business partners for knowledge and experience exchange in Bristol and London.
With two 2-day workshop tours, web portal, Slack channel, case studies and more cities working to deliver smart and sustainable solutions shared their knowledge and expertise across 8 thematic areas:
• Energy efficiency in buildings
• Smart grids and renewable energy
• Circular economy
• Data management/ data driven economy
• Common ticketing systems
• Internet of Things
DfID Future Cities Africa
Funded by DfID, we designed a collaborative engagement and capacity building strategy in support of the DfID Future Cities Africa project in Ghana.
The aim was to source key stakeholders involved in city planning with particular focus on the WASH sector and engage them in the 18-month long project to bring a sophisticated new ‘integrated planning and investment model’ to Greater Accra for use across all government departments, sectors and communities to improve urban resilience to climate change, social and economic shocks in African cities.
With our client, we facilitated x2 high level workshops with over 80 participants, produces a raft of engaging communication materials and facilitated x7 2-hour webinars with international experts for a group of >30 technical staff.
Pyxera Global Service Corps for JP Morgan Chase
Future Earth Ltd worked with the excellent Pyxera Global based in Washington DC, to implement their first UK Service Corps program for JP Morgan Chase (JPMC) targeting the poorest, marginalized communities of East London.
The Service Corps is a skills-based volunteer program placing high-performing employees into local NGOs, where their financial and other skills are put to use for the benefit of the recipient charity. For example, business and financial planning, investor pitches or organisational efficiency reviews. JPMC employees experience first hand the harsh, on-the-ground realities facing civil society organisations and their most needy customers and use this insight to improve their own skills.
Future Earth Ltd developed the Scope of Works for JPMC, hand held their employees during their placements and helped build ongoing collaboration between the two sectors.
Energy Saving Trust E-Steps
Employee engagement is critical to many corporate CSR programs. Future Earth researched and developed the first of its kind interactive ‘E-STEPS’ domestic carbon reduction engagement tool for the Civil Service South East (concept, tender, design, pilot, test and deliver), and to recoup cost, successfully sold on to BT and Co-op on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust.
Catholic Relief Services, Ghana
Future Earth built internal capacity for (i) Natural Resource Management (NRM) and (ii) collaborating with the private sector. Both projects used participatory workshops for program management staff and a series of individual face-to-face sessions encouraging staff to examine programmatic priorities, exploring existing touch points with the private sector and how these might be levered or gaps filled to increase private sector collaboration and/or investment into the CRS programs.