A Workshop for New Perspectives

Last weekend the second part of the workshop “Sustainable Development Goals in Practice: From the Idea to a Project” of the Fairventures Academy took place. In January, the participants already learned about sustainable development relating to project management, so this time the focus relied on the Agenda 2030 as well. Among these aspects, topics like food security as part of the goals of the United Nations as well as fair trade in the field of textiles were considered critically.

The last day of the two-part workshop began with an interactive lecture of intercultural sensitization and recommendations for working in an international environment. Dr. Hailu used creative exercises to break open existing patterns of thoughts and encourage the change of perspectives, which conveyed an understanding for cultural differences and similarities. In the afternoon the participants dealt with other cross section topics like the relation between gender and sustainability, but also their own projects. Afterwards, a practical example was presented by the managing director of Fairventures, Johannes Schwegler, who introduced the One Million Trees program which is taking place on the island of Borneo since 2014.

Overall the workshops were rated positively. “It was very helpful to apply directly the newly gained skills to the project examples”, stated a participant. Furthermore, concrete ideas for common initiatives evolved during the courses, which will be exciting to follow.

The workshops in Mannheim and Stuttgart were conducted with the financial support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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