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Organisers

Debbie Atwell
Phone
+27 (83) 651 1664
Email
debbie@knowres.co.za

Next Event

Date

12 Apr 2022

Time

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fee

R1,500

How to develop an effective sustainability-focused learning strategy – Morning Webinar

The August 2021 report of the UN’s intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that pollution caused by humans has led to an increase in extreme events such as heat waves, droughts, floods and frequent cyclones. Greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions from global activity are at the heart of climate change, with atmospheric CO2 already 50% above its pre-industrialisation levels.

Corporates are facing growing pressure from investors, advocacy groups, politicians, and even business leaders themselves to reduce GhG emissions from their operations and their supply and distribution chains1. Many future-forward companies have signed up to commit to cutting emissions in half by 2050. That will obviously impact on Learning and Development. The question is: How can L&D reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to the sustainability of the organisation and also society at large?

Drawing on the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN as a framework, new knowledge, skills and attitudes are required to help provide products and services that align with changing social and ecological environments and better serve the communities of which they are a part.  Regardless of whether your organisation needs to comply with increasingly stringent environmental legislation or is committed to social and environmental justice, you will need to have a workforce informed about and committed to operating sustainably.  While a lot is being written about ‘sustainable Human Resource Development’, there is very little guidance available to professionals to help them plan a strategy for learning about social and environmental sustainability for their organisations.

With this in mind, KR has invited Bryan Hopkins who is an internationally recognised learning and development consultant and published author to deliver a masterclass on 9 February 2022 (online), to assist organisations develop an effective sustainability-focused learning strategy.  Bryan has worked with private and public sector organisations to design, deliver and evaluate organisational learning policies and programmes. Many of these have been about environmental protection and social justice. His latest book, Learning Strategies for Sustainable Organisations, which will be published in 2022, is aimed at Learning and Talent Development professionals and looks at how to assess learning needs for sustainability and how to deliver appropriate and effective learning programmes.

In this morning webinar will lead you through what you need to consider in order to develop an effective sustainability-focused learning strategy. You will look at:

  • What sustainability means, considering both environmental and social issues
  • The various factors pushing organisations towards operating more sustainably
  • How environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability relate to organisational practice
  • How learning can support organisational sustainability.
  • How progress towards sustainability may be assessed (How to carry out a Learning needs assessment)
  • How to decide what people need to learn about sustainability, in terms of competences and competencies
  • The various formal and informal mechanisms available for sustainability-focused learning and the importance of an organisation’s learning culture
  • The relationship between learning and values system. How much do we believe in the values of our organisation and the impact on learning transfer?
  • How to move people from conforming to requirements towards commitment to sustainability through learning strategies.
  • How to use the results of the learning needs assessment to write a sustainability-focused learning strategy.

 

About Facilitator

Bryan Hopkins

Bryan Hopkins has worked in international education and professional learning and development for more than 40 years. He has worked in both private and public sectors, and in the last 20 years has specialised in supporting international development and humanitarian organisations to design, deliver and evaluate learning programmes, covering subjects as diverse as working in hostile environments through to developing adaptation plans addressing climate change. Bryan has worked with organisation such as: United Nation, WHO, UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF.

He has written five books about different aspects of learning and development, covering the principles of information design, the use of Internet technologies in delivering Human Resource services, how to take cultural differences into consideration in learning needs assessments, using systems thinking principles to assess learning needs and evaluate training, and most recently, how to develop learning strategies aimed at strengthening organisational social and environmental sustainability. This latest book, Learning Strategies for Sustainable Organisations, will be published in spring 2022.

Bryan’s considerable experience in the professional practice of learning and development has been supported by extensive academic study and research, including Master’s degrees in development studies and systems thinking.

Bryan Hopkins has worked in international education and professional learning and development for more than 40 years. He has worked in both private and public sectors, and in the last 20 years has specialised in supporting international development and humanitarian organisations to design, deliver and evaluate learning programmes, covering subjects as diverse as working in hostile environments through to developing adaptation plans addressing climate change. Bryan has worked with organisation such as: United Nation, WHO, UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF.

He has written five books about different aspects of learning and development, covering the principles of information design, the use of Internet technologies in delivering Human Resource services, how to take cultural differences into consideration in learning needs assessments, using systems thinking principles to assess learning needs and evaluate training, and most recently, how to develop learning strategies aimed at strengthening organisational social and environmental sustainability. This latest book, Learning Strategies for Sustainable Organisations, will be published in spring 2022.

Bryan’s considerable experience in the professional practice of learning and development has been supported by extensive academic study and research, including Master’s degrees in development studies and systems thinking.

 

REGISTRATION FEES (excl. VAT)

Cost:  R1500 ex vat per person
(KR Community members receive less 20% – pay R1200 excl. VAT )

 

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