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How to make your online event virtually amazing 

Made even more urgent by the global spread of COVID-19, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre is designing and delivering meaningful, interactive virtual events. These aim to promote a low-carbon, scaleable, high-energy way to stimulate creative engagement and co-production of knowledge in the fields of climate, risk, humanitarian work, and beyond.

Building on the Climate Centre’s experience with games, applied improvisation, humour, and other unconventional modalities for awakening the attention and imagination of event participations, we aim to reinvent virtual interaction, and redesign how digital platforms can bridge people. The aim is to make virtual learning and dialogue efficient, effective and meaningful.

Watch below video to see what we can offer or email virtually@climatecentre.org.

 

 

Our approach

Rather than accepting that video conferences as inferior to face-to-face meetings, the Climate Centre combines skillful facilitation with appropriate virtual technology and innovative interactive exercises for online engagement. We tailor our approach to groups ranging from small teams to large groups. Beginning with incremental changes to the way which virtual dialogues take place, we aim to reconfigure the way our community works virtually.

The Climate Centre offers four packages to help partners make their events Virtually Amazing:

Option 1. Full design and facilitation service 

Climate Centre designs and facilitates meetings to ensure they accomplish core objectives while engaging participants in a meaningful and memorable way. This includes innovative exercises designed to improve flow, focus and participant engagement that center on high-tech features (breakout groups, use of whiteboards, making the most of video interface) and low-tech features that work around issues of limited bandwidth and access.

Option 2. Facilitation support for online events and meetings

Climate Centre provides facilitation support drawing from a collection of innovative exercises designed and technical backstopping that maximizes features of virtual platforms e.g. Zoom

Option 3. Building facilitator skills for individuals or teams leading online events

Climate Centre course covers key principles for design and facilitation of virtual meetings; practical experience in use of innovative exercises and facilitator tools as well as a variety of virtual technology platforms that can be combined to accommodate low and high bandwidths and accessibility issues.

An executive briefing/shorter version for those seeking to establish the basic skill set is available.

Option 4. Fully customizable offer

Contact the Climate Centre to discuss your needs and tailor a Virtually Amazing package for your organization. This may include a combination of Options 1, 2 and 3 or any other requests you may have. We look forward to exploring possibilities for tailoring our offer to meet your needs.

Next steps

To find out more, please send your inquiry to virtually@climatecentre.org. We request that expressions of interest include the following information:

  • Name of organization 
  • Which package you are interested in 
  • Specific goals
  • Key date(s) of event(s)
  • Duration of event(s)

Visit our Virtually Amazing web page for examples of blogs about lessons learned and experience to date, online facilitation tools, current list of partners and events which are becoming Virtually Amazing. 

Experience to date 

15th April, training session of the British Red Cross to make their meetings virtually amazing. 

"This training course was interactive and visually engaging. It helped to have such a considerately designed session to see the principles you were sharing in practice."

Anonymous participant

25th March, meeting with Coordinating Lead Authors of the IPCC Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters (SREX)

"The Climate Centre is always remarkably effective and innovative in generating productive interactions among people. The recent remote convening was an amazing example of how such interactions can occur virtually as well. The insights and the camaraderie alike stood out."

Katharine Mach, Associate Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science