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Greener Events Guide
Written by Phil Harding and others whilst Phil was working at the Government Office for the South West in Bristol, when it was first launched in July 2005 this was the first publicly available practical guide on how to reduce the environmental impact of conferences, seminars and other events.
Preceding any formal management standards for making events more sustainable (i.e. BS 8901 and ISO 20121), it was quickly adopted by the events industry (e.g. the Association of Event Venues and the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers) who appreciated its short and practical approach and in particular the simple but effective checklist that you can download here:-
Recognising that event managers would wish to avoid wasting all the effort and resources that had gone into their events, Phil also produced companion guides on "7 Dos and Don'ts for using PowerPoint slides at conferences" and "Achieving success from exhibiting at events". These can be downloaded here:-
Here are some of the comments received about the guide:
...one of the best resources we have found
...the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers is pleased to recommend use of this guide
...a significant amount of new conference business has been won as a result of the Greener Events guide
...very helpful and refreshingly to the point
...the checklist gave us some good ideas...
...good sensible guidance on this vital topic... there is nothing quite as ineffective as a high carbon event on low carbon!
Managing Change Guide
Over 333,000 copies of this popular free guide issued worldwide from 2004 to 2020 (and still in demand...)
Written by Phil Harding and John Pooley (of The John Pooley Consultancy) the guide 'Resource Efficiency and Corporate Responsibility - Managing Change' was first produced by the Government Office for the South West (Sustainability & Environmental Technologies Team) in partnership with Envirowise in 2004 and re-published as a paperback in 2007 for its 4th print run.
It has been in high demand in both printed and electronic format by managers and business schools across the world. "Groundbreaking", "unique", "refreshing", "excellent" - just some of the comments received about the guide. Recognised for its original and effective approach to the whole subject of change management in the context of improving resource efficiency and environmental performance, it is useful for assisting just about any change management process. Its Change Management Matrix is a useful a diagnostic tool and route map for management teams.
It can be downloaded here (pdf 780kb opens in new window):
Change Management Matrix
You can open the useful "Change Management Matrix" here as a stand alone single page pdf document to use as a diagnostic tool and route map with your management team: Change Management Matrix (pdf 113kb).
You can also download two case studies of the matrix to help you see how this can assist your organisation:-
Here are just some of the many positive comments made about this guide:
'as good as anything I have used'
'We are using the guide's Change Management Matrix as a simple and effective tool to diagnose how we are responding to climate change at
all levels of our organisation... We use it to support regular reviews which ensure we maintain momentum.'
'We shall continue to use the matrix to re-examine and maintain our performance levels'
"Managing change is a very important factor in the success of every business. This guide will help managers to think creatively about how they manage change, whilst avoiding many of the pitfalls that other companies have encountered"
"we intend to use as a resource in MBA teaching"
'A wonderful resource [Change Management Matrix] for assessing where your organisation is at with its implementation of a particular change initiative... I will be utilising this useful resource from herein!'
'Change Management Matrix is a particularly valuable tool for understanding change management.'
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