Global Positive Environmental Impact Program
A Program for Broadly Increasing Capacity for a Sustainable, Resilient and Regenerative Environment
The purpose of this program is to:
Increase positive impact at the largest possible scale for organizations focused on a sustainable, resilient and regenerative environment, through:
- Process optimization, supported by
- Increased shared understanding AND scalable process methods.
The shared understanding includes:
– 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, and
– the physical, social, economic and political systems involved in achieving a sustainable and regenerative environment.
Increase positive environmental impact through:
■ Accelerated capacity building
■ Greater team engagement with reduced stress
■ Enhanced communication of value to donors, grantmakers and supporters
■ Deeper coordination with partners
■ Increased visibility in the view of broader environmental initiatives
■ Insightful modeling of environmental & social systems of interest
■ Forward thinking strategy, planning and project management
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 Method and Software 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.
Features and benefits of the ActionMap approach are described in the top section of this page.
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
Currently, software subscriptions with free online self-training are $98 per person per year.
For a limited time, ActionMap has the capacity to provide free subscriptions and extended trainings for the software, on a pro bono basis, as part of getting the Program started.
High level phases of the Program
1. Broaden existing social validation in the environmental action sector
a. Workshops using ActionMap software conducted pro bono by Jim Johnson, principal consultant and founder, ActionMap Inc.
b. Modelling both environmental systems and environmental action organizations.
c. Network with people committed to supporting the success of the Program, to identify more opportunities to conduct such workshops.
Goal: Identify and conduct such workshops until Jim is out of capacity.
2. Initial trainings
To exend Jim’s capacity:
a. Recruit and provide free software subscriptions and training by Jim to additional software users, to conduct further workshops.
b. Pro bono co-facilitation by Jim of workshops with those additional users, to increase theur skills.
c. Use of an online community provided by ActionMap Inc. to support learning and knowledge sharing in using the software.
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 of this program.
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® Toolkit™ software, produces within a few hours:
– strong shared understanding,
– along with supporting process maps, evaluations and action plans,
for a small organization or program within a larger organization.
Breadth of application: Any organization, initiative or movement that is focused on a sustainable and regenerative environment. The ActionMap method can also be used to model environmental systems themselves, at a high level.
Scale: The scale of impact in terms of large numbers of people acquiring the understanding; as broadly as possible within the criteria of quality (see image below).
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, referrals and partners to expand and accelerate action toward a sustainable, resilient and regenerative environment.
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