This phrase comes up in nearly every meeting I facilitate lately. How can we do both? What does it really mean? Many times it has participants in a slight panic, or worse, disengaged. They are often overwhelmed by both local and global demands, struggling to prioritize. A clear purpose helps all engage, focus and pull in the same direction. I've seen disengaged teams, shift to motivated, creative leaders simply by drawing out their individual and group purpose.
Once the purpose is clear, picking a SIMPLE local effort enables the team to PRACTICE and understand actual interest and potential engagement levels. Challenges that feel too immense and complex create apathy. Trials that ask questions, help build something that might work and engages the team in iterating together to try.
Facilitating local learning together is an easy trial. Pick your passion and just take one step forward, ideally with a friend, and learn about how your efforts might engage others. My friend Liz and I started with our passion around the ocean. Our question, How can we decrease the plastic problem locally? We held a local learning evening in our village to help everyone better understand the issue together and begin the conversation. Local organizations shared their stories, the village hall was buzzing.
The outcome was community connections, some immediate simple solutions, along with fabulous new ideas that continue to grow. We have continued our local efforts by producing "Healthy Ocean Tips" - At home, at work and beyond cartoon for our monthly local Magazine. By encouraging small steps, we're hoping to do our part to shift behaviours, including our own. Baby steps lead to big improvements over time. PRACTICE Acting Locally while Thinking Globally!
To get more information, download our local magazine or follow our cartoon check out #healthyoceantips #plasticfree #plasticocean #oceanwise #4ocean on instagram.