Program for a Sustainable Environment


Summary

Motivation: too much to do, too little time
=> a need for the greatest possible impact from the available funds and resources

Environmental Funding Sources:
“We want our financial contributions to have the greatest possible impact.”

Environmental Funds Distribution Organizations: 
 “We want our distribution decisions to have the greatest possible impact.”

Environmental Operating Organizations:
“We want our available funding and staff resources to have the greatest possible impact.”

Problem:

Capacity Building is a critical function in achieving the above goals and maximizing positive environmental impact.

There is a bottleneck in Capacity Building: there are not enough people available to do all the possible capacity building work.

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Solution:

ActionMap can rapidly open that bottleneck, by greatly increasing the number and capability of the people doing capacity building for environmental operating organizations.

Why ActionMap:

ActionMap provides software, training and delivery of high-impact online workshops that rapidlly produce:
– high quality work products that directly support capacity building, along with
– teambuilding and engagement based on strong shared understanding of tasks, values and ideas

In terms of opening the bottleneck on people doing capacity building work, the ActionMap solution is:

Fast – significant results can be created in a few hours of online workshops.

Reliable – the method has been proven in over 150 engagements, including 30+ software-based engagements.

Versatile – ActionMap has been applied to a wide range of purposes.

Collaborative – ActionMap can be used in conjunction with many other methodologies.

Economical – associated with the speed of results, ActionMap project can produce significant results at low cost, with a high ROI.

Scalable – The ActionMap method can be widely taught, greatly increasing the number of people that are able to contribute organization and process optimization for organizations focused on a sustainable environment.

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How ActionMap Contributes to Capacity Building

ActionMap Workshops:

Rapidly accomplish detailed discovery of process operations and stakeholder interests, concerns and ideas with respect to those operations.

Systematically uncover opportunities for process improvement and organizational change.

Produce high quality process maps, evaluations and action plans based on strong shared understanding among stakeholders of operational details.

Provide fast, effective, economical support for in-house capacity building efforts.

Quickly launch extended capacity building projects and accelerates extended capacity building implementations.

 

Call to Action:

ActionMap is seeking clients, leads and partners to move forward with on this important opportunity to expand and accelerate action on environmental sustainability.  If you are interested in learning more, please email me or direct message or connect with me on LinkedIn to arrange a conversation.

Jim Johnson

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimjohnson/

Environmental operating organizations provide direction for a very large percentage of the overall resources available for sustainability. So the effectiveness of these organizations is critical to the overall sustainability effort. 

ActionMap’s approach is based on fast, easy-to-schedule, high-impact workshops, that can be delivered at scale through software and training.  

The ActionMap® Toolkit™ method has been used in over 130 engagements, with organizations including these:

Testimonials on the value of the ActionMap method are provided here. 

Call to Action

ActionMap is seeking clients, leads and partners to move forward with on this important opportunity to expand and accelerate action on environmental sustainability.  If you are interested in learning more, please email me or direct message or connect with me on LinkedIn to arrange a conversation.

 Jim Johnson

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimjohnson/

Email me at: 


More Detail Below – Table of Contents

– The Need for a Process-Oriented Approach

– How ActionMap Contributes to Capacity Building

– The Human Element of Capacity Building: Teamwork through Shared Understanding

– A Program for Broadly Increasing Capacity for a Sustainable Environment

– Program Approach – Distribute Tools and Skills for ActionMap Workshops

– ActionMap Software and Method Overview

– Software and Training Distribution – Starting Pro Bono

– High Level Phases of the Program

– Key Features of this Approach

– Detailed Work Product Examples from ActionMap Workshops


The Need for a Process-Oriented Approach

The reality is that social enterprise organizations can very often benefit from process methods and from increased shared understanding among stakeholders.

May not be part of non-profit culture The people that are engaged in environmental organization may not have come from commercial/industrial backgrounds where there is a large emphasis on process optimization.

Taken for granted. And people in all organizations frequently overestimate the amount of shared understanding that exists among stakeholders, and frequently underestimate its importance.

Limited resources. Also, social enterprise organizations are not a focus market for people with process improvement methods and skills (which when effective involve increasing shared understanding). So social enterprise organizations may have limited access to those methods and skills.

Not automatic. At the same time, process improvement results are rarely achieved unless they are deliberately pursued.

Needed right now. All this is particularly true at a time when these organizations and/or their programs are in start up or high expansion mode.

How ActionMap Contributes to Capacity Building

ActionMap Workshops:

Rapidly accomplish detailed discovery of process operations and stakeholder interests, concerns and ideas with respect to those operations.

Systematically uncover opportunities for process improvement and organizational change.

Produce high quality process maps, evaluations and action plans based on strong shared understanding among stakeholders of operational details.

Provide fast, effective, economical support for in-house capacity building efforts.

Quickly launch extended capacity building projects and accelerates extended capacity building implementations.

 


The Human Element of Environmental Work:
Teamwork through Shared Understanding

A major part of improving those processes is increasing shared understanding among stakeholders of those processes. 

Staff, members, volunteers and leaders in environment-focused organizations put their hearts into this work. They are literally trying to save the world. They can never do enough work to fully accomplish that. They are often continuously stressed by the magnitude of the job and the enormity of the obstacles.

They deserve to have the most effective organizational processes in which to pour their energies and commitments. They deserve to have the best possible shared understanding of the processes through which they make their contribution, enabling them to make greater contribution.


A Program for Broadly Increasing Capacity for a Sustainable Environment

The purpose of this program is to:

Increase operational effectiveness at the largest possible scale for organizations focused on a sustainable environment, through:

  • Process optimization, supported by
  • Increased shared understanding AND scalable process methods.

The shared understanding includes:

– the physical, social, economic and political systems involved in climate change

– the events within the systems and activities within the organizations, and

– people’s interests, concerns, ideas (referred to as “evaluations”) and plans with respect to those systems and activities.


Program Approach – Distribute Tools and Skills for ActionMap Online Workshops

The approach to achieving this goal is to establish a mechanism for broadly distributing tools and skills for conducting online and in-person workshops using a particular methodology (described below).

The purpose of the workshops is to create both:

1) strong shared understanding among the workshop participants and

2) high quality work products that can be used to:

a) extend the understanding to other people outside the workshops

b) support action planning and implementation, for purposes ranging from fundraising to community carbon-reduction to voter mobilization.

The work products include graphic models of the systems and activities along with goals, issues, ideas and plans that people have with respect to these systems and activities.


ActionMap Software and Method Overview

The primary tool for this approach is a software application from ActionMap Inc, called the ActionMap® Toolkit™ (or “ActionMap”, or “the Toolkit). The author, Jim Johnson, founder and CEO of ActionMap Inc. has developed and proven this software in extensive use.

The software is based on a flip chart/whiteboard-based method that is still effective without= the software. Compared to the manual versions, the software is faster and less work to “operate”, and easier to use in virtual meetings.

Examples of the work products produced by the proposed method are shown here.

Testimonials to the impact of the proposed method are provided here. 

Free training in the manual method is provided at actionmap.com/freetraining. 

The ActionMap® Toolkit™ method has been used in over 130 engagements, with organizations including these:


Software and Training Distribution – Starting Pro Bono

For a limited time, ActionMap has the capacity to provide free subscriptions and trainings for the software, on a pro bono basis, in order to get the Program started.


High level phases of the Program

1. Proof of concept 

   a. Workshops conducted pro bono by Jim Johnson, principal consultant and founder, ActionMap Inc.

   b. With a core group of people committed to seeing if the Program can be made to work

   c. On both environmental systems and climate change organizations

First Step: Identify and conduct one such workshop. Then do a few more.

2. Initial trainings

  a. Free training an additional group of other software users, to conduct further workshops, by Jim Johnson

  b. Pro bono co-facilitation with Jim Johnson (unless we can get paid!)

  c. Free use of an online community provided by ActionMap Inc. to support learning and knowledge sharing

3. Track impact

a. Survey workshop participants.

b. Follow up to see if action items are pursued.

c. Follow up to see if action items are being effective.

4. Ongoing Impact

a. Establish governance and processes for continuing operation

b. Solicit ongoing funding for training trainers and providing subscriptions more broadly.

Key Features of this Approach

There are several key features to this approach, including:

Speed: the clock is ticking respect to climate change. Increased impact needs to be achieved as quickly as possible. They ActionMap method, using the ActionMap(R) Toolkit software, produces strong shared understanding along with supporting action plans, for a small organization or program within a larger organization, within a few hours.

Breadth of application: Any organization, initiatives and movements that are focused on climate change. The ActionMap method can also be applied to environmental systems.

Scale: the scale of impact in terms of numbers of people acquiring the understanding; as broadly as possible within the criteria of quality.

Quality: the quality of the shared understanding among the parties involved; sufficiently detailed and integrated to motivate people to take action.

Call to Action

ActionMap is seeking clients, leads and partners to move forward with on this important opportunity to expand and accelerate action on environmental sustainability.  If you are interested in learning more, please email me or direct message or connect with me on LinkedIn to arrange a conversation.

 Jim Johnson

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimjohnson/

Email me at: 


Detailed Work Product Example
(Map and List)

The amount of information in the Map and List directly below would typically be captured, organized, formatted and shared in approximately three hours of online workshop time.

(This is a generalized example taken different real client engagements; examples from specific engagements are provided below. These examples have been exported to PowerPoint and Excel.)

(The highlighting below is only to call attention to the comment rows)

Call to Action

ActionMap is seeking clients, leads and partners to move forward with on this important opportunity to expand and accelerate action on environmental sustainability.  If you are interested in learning more, please email me or direct message or connect with me on LinkedIn to arrange a conversation.

 Jim Johnson

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimjohnson/

Email me at: 

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