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Sandbox Zero

Organization / Institution:               Sandbox Zero

Role:                                           Workshop Facilitator

Collaborators:                               Raz Godelnik, Paula Kawakami Ishihara

Location:                                      New York 


On December 3rd, 2018 delegations from all over the world convened in Katowice, Poland for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aka COP24. Their goal was to reach an agreement on the roadmap for implementing the Paris Agreement. 

The problem was not only to reach a consensus among 190 countries, but the commitments made under the Paris Agreement were not sufficient to meet the target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C according to both the U.N. and the latest IPCC report.

To look for new strategies to fight climate change effectively, we engaged with industry experts, faculty  and young people who were not afraid to ask critical questions, to look for a joint exploration to make 1.5°C limit possible.


Workshop strategy and design

Workshop Facilitation


1 Week ( Nov 2018 - Dec 2018 )

Key Contribution




The Challenge

The Challenge

" Provide a space that brings together people who share the same concern for climate change and activate them to jointly explore tangible directions to make the1.5°C limit possible"

Our Approach 

The workshop structure was influenced by Chris Ertel & Lisa Kay Solomon’s strategic conversations framework and is grounded in our understanding of climate change as an adaptive challenge situated in a complex context.

The core workshop was designed as a sprint around three purposes; building understanding, shaping choices and making decisions.

Our Approach
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Furthermore, a primary in-depth research inquiry into the 'conditions for collaboration to leverage diversity' conducted by my research partner Sergio Venegas and me, helped shape my own awareness as a facilitator. 

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The Workshop

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The Workshop
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What worked 

- Beginning the group activity with meditation and a quick check - in helped create a space to pause and reflect, create a relatively safe atmosphere and nurture connections between the participants. 

- As a facilitator, initiating vulnerability helped participants feel comfortable in sharing out opinions and ideas without reservation.

- Adapting the workshop agenda around the group's energy level helped reduce friction and helped new ideas emerge. 

What might have worked better

- Spacing out the three activities across three separate workshops would have helped build a stronger community bond.

- Designing pre and post workshop activities might improve engagement and continuous participation.

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