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Gland-based Bright Green Learning has just announced the launch of a new capacity development programme for staff of organizations with sustainable development mandates, specifically professionals who need to convene and facilitate collaborative processes.

The Bright Green Learning Academy is a Geneva-based programme, whose principle trainers already work with a number of the UN organizations as well as NGOs in the Geneva area and globally.  During 2015, Bright Green Learning worked close to home and far afield on a broad range of issues including water and oceans, whale conservation, the green economy, aluminium stewardship and biomaterials, and humanitarian aid, amongst many others.

According to Bright Green Learning founder, Gillian Martin Mehers, “We've been strategic planning, partnership building, developing teams, capturing and sharing learning, and much more. It has been a great pleasure to work with so many committed and talented people working towards social and environmental sustainability.  I am now delighted to announce that in 2016, with my colleague Lizzie Crudgington, we will launch the Bright Green Learning Academy!”



The Academy offers programme and project leaders as well as managers, social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, the opportunity to create a customized learning programme that builds skills to facilitate collaboration and create change.  It comprises a set of twenty-nine structured, face-to-face learning modules (full and half day) that can be combined on a needs-basis.  Participants can opt to take a few select modules or the whole Academy Certificate Programme, and to complete their learning with the Academy in less than six months, or over the course of twelve (February 2016-February 2017).  The February courses will be held at the John Knox Center in Geneva, within walking distance from the United Nations complex.

The Academy draws on Bright Green Learning’s experience offering both open-subscription facilitation training and running substantive, bespoke in-house learning programmes. In short, the Academy is targeted at people who want to:

  • convene diverse stakeholders (internal or external) to create shared solutions and results;
  • build more effective, collaborative relationships in their work;
  • strengthen their ability to communicate and work with complexity and uncertainty;
  • discover more tools for creating greater impact in their organization and work.

One recent client, who attended a facilitation training workshop with both Lizzie and Gillian, told knowitall.ch, “It has been one of the best value for money and time investments I did. Perfectly organised, rich in content and more importantly it equipped us with all the necessary tips and tools to be able to run the activities demonstrated by ourselves. I appreciated the open sharing of the facilitators’ experience and also the acquaintance with new original tools for facilitation both more traditional type but also of a technological sort.”

Bright Green Learning Academy

Bright Green Learning