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2021 Programme

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Resource Platform Workshops Reverse Mentoring International Experience FF Practice Inspirators


Workshops will set the tone for participants to unpack current thinking and articulate their ambitions for change whilst developing a future-facing mindset.

Interactive and intensive, the workshops are designed to;

  • Engage with the depth and breadth of their ideas for the future
  • Focus on building capability to activate change
  • Foster the confidence and resilience to lead

Given the restrictions imposed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, workshops will be delivered in a hybrid mix. 

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Designed to lift the corporate veil and create a space for honest reflection, our speaker series will bring together change innovators as well as international sustainability leaders to share their inspirational stories. Sessions provide unparalleled access into the minds of today’s changemakers, and invaluable insight into the sort of challenges participants will face during their own leadership journeys.

  • Guest speakers are invited to share their stories during a 20-25 minute presentation
  • Delivered virtually via an online meeting platform
  • Followed by a discussion and Q&A session with participants
  • Each session will last 1 hour
  • Sessions will take place fortnightly in the evenings

FF Practice

The Futures Forward Practice is a change project designed to immerse participants in the most pressing issues facing our local community and the wider region. The core objective is for our Future Makers to develop the ability to inform and influence policy to ensure these are future-fit. This entails knowing how to join critical conversations, building good working relationships with key stakeholders, and framing ideas in a manner which could successfully translate into change.

Future Makers must work independently to develop a change plan on a chosen SDG thematic or related issue relevant to Gibraltar in the local, regional or international context.

The FFP is a change plan which: 

  • Defines the change being sought;
  • Identifies factors influencing the change;
  • Maps a step-by-step guide of how to implement the change plan.

By the end of the Academy process, our Future Makers must submit a written report, as well as present the project to their peers and evaluate its potential impact and their learnings.

Examples of change projects may include:

  • Mapping how our financial sector can channel investment into the transition towards a zero carbon economy.
  • Representation of women in governance and selection in public sector bodies.
  • Mapping how the local media can utilise its expertise to critically question, inform and advance change in key SDG areas locally.
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Reverse Mentoring

The initiative will empower participants and broaden their network as they take on the role of mentor to a current leader working in the local community. Mentees will be highly experienced directors or managers who are looking to shake up existing strategies and processes and bring a fresh perspective to their work. These sessions provide a singular opportunity for our young leaders to influence high-level thinking and begin developing solutions for the future with the leaders of today.*

  • 1-to-1 sessions
  • Held either online or in-person
  • Connecting with relevant stakeholders
  • Expanding your professional network of contacts

*This component of the programme is unlikely to take place in 2021 due to the Covid-19 health advice and restrictions.

International Experience

As part of the Academy experience, our young leaders will travel to Geneva, Switzerland. As the seat of major international organisations and institutions, participants will have the opportunity to meet with key decision-makers influencing current policy, and explore how we can integrate similar actions locally.*

  • 3-day trip
  • Visit to a UN institution or international organisation with similar responsibilities
  • Learning from and engaging with experts in sustainability
  • Opportunity to present FF Practice project to key stakeholders
  • Broadening international professional network

*This component of the programme is unlikely to take place in 2021 due to the Covid-19 health advice and travel restrictions.

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Resource Platform

Our online resource platform will bring together existing resources in sustainable development to support participants with their FF Practice projects.

  • Springboard for further independent research on SDGs
  • Access to programme materials relating to workshops and speakers
  • Facilitating collaboration amongst Academy participants on FF Practice projects
  • Information regarding online events and workshops hosted by third parties

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