Still - conversations for sustainability leaders
is a series of conversations for people who work in sustainability. Still lets you think aloud, drawing on the support and wisdom of a small group of people whose experiences of leadership in the sustainability field have thrown up challenges similar to your own.
- If you long for time to get your ideas straight, away from daily urgency...
- If you need to look at things differently, to get out of a rut...
- If you want to move further and faster while bringing others with you...
...join with others who are facing the same tangled complexity and take some time out to be still.
What is a still conversation?
Imagine being given half a day to sit comfortably with a small group of like-minded people (eight at most), taking time to explore without competing or being lectured. Conversation is focused, with expert facilitation providing a light structure which means everyone can share insights. A coaching approach means that you find your own ways forward and emerge refreshed and excited about what you can do next.
Still conversations are hosted by Penny Walker, a facilitator and coach with over twenty years' experience of supporting sustainability leaders.
"Penny has created a unique space to reflect and share experiences. The carefully facilitated session provided new insights and a real sense of shared purpose with other attendees."
Matt Loose, Senior Director, SustainAbility
Who are they for?
If you are heading up a sustainability team, leading on environmental, CSR or social issues in your organisation, shaping projects or policies with a sustainability ambition or supporting others who are, you will benefit from - and have something to offer to - a still conversation.
You're not a beginner, but you want fresh ideas. You have built and achieved things, yet you'd like to do more and find the cutting edge again.
You're willing to trust and be trustworthy, sharing the doubts and weaknesses as well as the triumphs and achievements; respecting others' confidences while gaining from the ideas they share.
“It was a safe space to talk freely without judgement. I felt really listened to and I had space and time to think. Listening to others perspectives helped me to formulate my own thoughts on how to improve my approach.”
Jo Holden, Sustainability Manager, Peel Holdings
What shall we talk about?
The conversations develop from the things people have on their minds, in the moment, about their sustainability work.
"Penny, thank you for creating space to think freely, it is so rare to get that but I found it really useful."
Julia Plaskett, Group Sustainability Director, Crest Nicholson plc
I love bringing together sustainability people of various kinds, to talk with each other about their challenges and ideas, and still lets them do this in a more expansive and easeful way than a conference allows.
I have seen how much people benefit from being able to think aloud in coaching conversations. I have also seen how much people benefit from comparing their own experience, seeing different ways of framing things and exploring ideas about ways forward with peers. Still combines these things, making peer learning available in smaller groups and smaller chunks, where the atmosphere is more like coaching.
"I just wanted to say thank you for the Still session yesterday. I really appreciated the time to take resilience seriously and to meet and share experiences with such lovely people. Thank you for your generosity, kindness and skill in making such a trusting space possible."
Kath Dalmeny, CEO, Sustain
what will you get out of it?
Stronger, deeper relationships with other sustainability leaders. A chance to think about knotty problems with others who really get it. Greater clarity. New solutions. The inspiration and energy to do more. Seeing with new eyes the things that you've been looking at for so long.
Of course we won't know until it happens, but these are the likely outcomes.
"Thank you Penny. It was a really powerful event. You created a wonderful opportunity to reflect, listen, think and learn."
Thomas Enright, independent sustainability consultant.