Voted ‘best SD Learning course Rio+20’


Rio+20 SD Learning, Building Sustainable Cities with Communities, Brazil 2012

The LEAD Team (From left to right – Mike Ellingham, Sam Gillick, Leonardo Martins Dias, Anton de Wit, and John Lewis) arriving at Rio+20 to deliver our winning training course on sustainable cities.

Programme Specifics

  • A three hour workshop that was voted the best training course in the Rio+20 SD Learning programme
  • Four facilitators and a chair
  • 65-70 participants from all over the world
  • Core content included three dynamic presentations on how to engage communities with very different needs in Brazil, South Africa and Canada
  • Focus on dialogue, interaction and knowledge sharing

SD Learning was a capacity building event consisting of multiple courses on crucial aspects of sustainable development run as part of the Rio+20 summit. “Putting People First: Building Sustainable Cities with Communities” , the course that I delivered together with LEAD Fellows from Canada, Brazil, and South Africa, won the public vote for the best training course at Rio+20. What worked was our ability to communicate innovative approaches to working with diverse communities in an engaging manner. There was a good fit between the design of the workshop and the content. In less than three hours we created an transnational community of learners in the room by encouraging participants to exchange knowledge and experience with each other between the presentations.