Previous Projects


Study for GIZ: Stakeholder analysis and process design for potential multi-stakeholder partnerships on natural resources and supply chains; Nov – Dec 2016.

The German Council for Sustainable Development – Open.SDG.Club.Berlin: Facilitated the scoping meeting in November 2015, and contributed to the conference in November 2016, with a presentation on stakeholder engagement in the voluntary national reviews of SDG implementation presented at the UN High-Level Political Forum in 2016.

July 17, 2016, CatalySD co-hosted with the Global Research Institute / GRI, University of North Carolina, a workshop on high-quality multi-stakeholder partnerships for implementing the SDGs, in New York, on the margins of the UN High Level Political Forum. Felix Dodds of GRI and myself co-facilitated the workshop. A blog article about the workshop can be found here, and the summary report is available as  New World Frontiers paper here.

Contribution to the ‘home days’ retreat of the staff at the Centre for Development Innovation at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, in January 2016 – sharing experiences with dialogic multi-stakeholder processes, and facilitating a ‘presencing’ reflection.

Climate Dialogue: Process optimization, exchange and mobilization at the local level (2013-2015): Since municipal / local climate mitigation has become one of the key pillars of German climate and energy policy (“Energiewende”), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection, Building and Nuclear Safety strategically strengthened this policy area. I have been leading the project, implemented by a consortium of Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik (Difu), ifeu – Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg, Klima-Bündnis / Climate Alliance, Pestel Institut and Institut EBUS, headed by adelphi. The project focused on initiating and facilitating mutual learning, continuous exchange, strategy building and training including all relevant stakeholders at various levels. Complementing activities included surveys and policy briefs on understanding local transformational processes, consultation and facilitation services.

In October 2015, I participated in a UN Expert Group Meeting on the Social Dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals, contributing a paper and a presentation.

In July 2015,  I published Multi-stakeholder Engagement and Communications for Sustainability. Beyond Sweet-Talk and Blanket Criticism – Towards Successful Implementation with François Rogers. The paper is looking at the context of ‘partnerships’ today and the way forward, in particular regarding the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Gaols. It has been incorporated into the UN SD Knowledge Platform, and referenced as a key resource on multi-stakeholder consultation in the Getting Started With the SDGs Guide by SDSN.

With CatalySD Sustainability Communications I have also co-authored Towards New Social Contracts: Using Dialogue Processes to Promote Social Change, a toolkit for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation (2015). The toolkit is based on concrete cases of dialogue processes around the world,  CIVICUS’ members experiences with dialogue, and our own long-term experience.

I have been supporting the development and implementation of the Leadership for Conservation in Africa initiative (LCA) when I could, since its inaugural meeting in August 2006. The LCA is a partnership between the conservation agencies of 15+ African countries and African and international businesses. Initiated by South African National Parks, Gold Fields, and IUCN Southern Africa, the LCA aims to further conservation-led development across Africa through creating enabling environments, building capacities, and brokering strategic exchange and investment.

Stakeholder Engagement Process of the Kuoni GroupThis globally active tour operator headquartered in Switzerland, embarked in 2010 on a long-term process of engaging with its stakeholders. I am supporting process design and facilitation with an initial focus on freshwater issues. Dialogue, joint learning, and the balancing of interests between very different groups was facilitated internally and with external stakeholders. A number of pilot activities were identified in 2011, to be implemented and evaluated for future strategy, and supporting the sustainability of the company. A small “Inner Circle” of internal and external stakeholders and experts was helping to guide the process. They  followed the pilot activities, discussed future issues of stakeholder engagement, and how to further integrate sustainability into the core business strategy of the company.

I co-coordinated the Generative Change Community (GCC), a network focusing on action learning projects with change initiatives of various kinds, from 2006 until 2010. GCC worked to help initiatives optimize the quality of thinking and the quality of interaction in their design, planning, implementation, evaluation and efforts to scale up. This included multi-stakeholder dialogues for policy and institutional development; organizational development processes; monitoring and evaluation processes; and other initiatives and projects that aim to effectively create sustained change.

In 2008-2010, I worked on a Re-envisioning Process with The Access Initiative (TAI), an international network working to increase access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters, hosted by the World Resources Institute. I have also been facilitating  TAI Core Team meetings.

I have helped facilitate the dialogue process Towards a Low Carbon Economy, initiated by the Government of Germany. A number of key emerging countries participated, among them Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and South Africa. A preparatory workshop held in December 2008 was followed by a first Dialogue Forum in April 2009. Subsequent dialogues were held in participating countries, focusing on sustainable energy supply, energy consumption in cities, and land use & forest protection.