Cadence Roundtable

Environmental breakdown: professional peer-support, policy and practice

Coming up

The Cadence Roundtable is a confidential and supportive space for anyone in government or the voluntary or private sector who sees the need to prepare society for environmental breakdown.  Wherever you live in the world, you are welcome to join us at one of our forthcoming online events – we look forward to meeting you.

Meetings take place every one or two months by Zoom and last 60-90 minutes. Book on Eventbrite via the relevant link below. You will be sent an email with joining instructions. If you haven’t received an email it’s worth checking your junk folder and then contacting us.

Initiating workplace conversations on environmental breakdown

Two online workshops in Autumn 2021

If our society is going to act on the existential threats posed by the climate and ecological emergency, we have to be able to talk about them. But we all know how hard that can be. It takes courage, empathy, persistence and planning. First impressions count, and pitfalls can open up at any time.

This Autumn we explore strategies for successfully initiating discussion of environmental breakdown with peers and colleagues. In the first of two workshops, we will consider one-to-one conversations in the workplace; in the second we will focus on meetings and group settings.

Engaging people one-to-one on environmental breakdown

Friday 15 October, 10.00 – 11.00 BST

It can be daunting speaking about environmental breakdown at work but finding allies among colleagues is often a critical first step to taking meaningful action on climate adaptation. Developing and practising the skills that enable us to have success conversations are essential for raising the profile and making practical progress.

Best practice advice shows that with the increasing salience of climate impact, hooks can be found around extreme heat risk and the recent European events have brought the risk closer to home in the UK. With net zero having a higher profile it’s important to link adaptation and mitigation messages while leveraging health, wellbeing and just transition frames to touch people on a personal level.

In this session David Powell (Climate Outreach) and community practitioners will take us through some of the key principles and practical learning from environmental breakdown conversations. There will be a chance to share concerns and practice new skills in small groups. Please bring a real life case study of an environmental breakdown conversation challenge you have in your work to get help with.

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Engaging people in meetings on environmental breakdown

Monday 15 November, 19.00-20.30 GMT

Once peers and colleagues have been engaged on a one-to-one basis we get to arguably the more pressurised kind of environmental breakdown conversation – addressing formal meetings.  Within this more public setting, it can feel like a huge personal risk.  If you have an upcoming meeting that you are planning and would like to use this session to workshop ideas for your meeting please let us know in advance. This session will feature speakers and workshopping methods around:

  • breaking with mainstream organisational culture
  • dealing with denial in audiences
  • being stranded in the ‘too difficult’ or ‘too expensive’ box
  • risks not being seen as immediate, local or business relevant
  • lack of connection of risk to core business deliverables
  • problems that seem bigger than the organisational boundaries
  • challenging paradigms to allow for in-depth exploration of risks
  • unfamiliarity with contributing in large groups and senior meetings
  • fear of career consequences.

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Joining details will be sent via email following a booking. If you don’t receive them please check your junk folder and then contact us.

Cadence Roundtable free events are designed around the needs of people working and acting on the implications of environmental breakdown.

Take a look at the topics we’ve addressed at previous workshops