COMMEET Toolkits for Communities - Webinar Series

COMMEET Toolkits for Communities - Webinar Series


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COMMEET toolkit developments and their impact on the UN SDG campaign

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Four new COMMEET Toolkits for Community Groups are being developed; they will be completed in the course of 2022. In cooperation with London South Bank University (LSBU) and RCE London through a series of webinars, attention will be paid to their effective launches in the right environment, to ensure that broad exposure to communities across the world is achieved. For this, COMMEET needs help to identify and contact the proper international organisations. COMMEET and RCE London are looking for international support to reach a broad audience, supporting the UN SDG campaign to the max.

For the effective promotion of every Toolkit before its launch, dedicated webinars are organised in the course of the 2022 spring and summer. A short overview of what can be expected:

  • A description of the problem that is the basis for a particular toolkit
  • A panel discussion and Q & A with experts
  • An invitation to join and support the Toolkit development teams, for instance by delivering existing Promising Practices.

You can sign up for all webinars on this page and you will receive a joining link two days before each webinar takes place. The upcoming webinars are scheduled as follows:

26th July, 4pm - 5pm: Climate action

This webinar discusses the possibilities to form community groups around bottom-up climate actions that may be effective in towns, neighbourhoods. Our confirmed speakers include:


Richard Erskine is a Research Fellow at the Schumacher Institute in Bristol, UK, an independent think tank for environmental, social and economic issues. He has a PhD from Cambridge University and has spent nearly 30 years as an information management consultant, providing strategic advice on how to achieve a sustainable and joined-up approach to data, information and knowledge. Richard is now actively involved in climate change and is the secretary of the Nailsworth Climate Action Town. He is one of the driving forces behind the new COMMEET Toolkit for Climate Action.

Rosalind Wade is the former Chair of the RCE London and professor at London South Bank University. She chaired the COMMEET Toolkit Team for Migrants and Displaced Persons, sharing the fellowship’s drive to support migrants and refugees, to better enable them to contribute to their communities and improve integration. She chairs the COMMEET Advisory Board, and is a contributor to the Climate Action Toolkit. Ros is a Distinguished Fellow at the Schumacher Institute.

Chloe Haywood is a Geography and Global Development graduate, currently completing a master’s course in International Development Research in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is particularly interested in gender and environment, community development and climate change, and joined the COMMEET Climate Action Toolkit Team to align her own values on community empowerment and sustainable development with the vision of COMMEET.

Philip Gain graduated in Mass Communication and Journalism from Dhaka University in Bangladesh. He is the founder of the Society for Environment and Human Development in the country, and has been working tirelessly for the advancement of excluded communities and forest villagers there, besides teaching environmental communication, development communication and advanced reporting at the Independent University in Dhaka. He was elected the first world fellow from Bangladesh at Yale University in the USA.


Maarten Schrevel retired from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2019, where he used to work as a lecturer of English and coordinator of internationalisation. Shortly before his retirement he joined the COMMEET Fellowship as the secretary of the Board. He strongly advocates a bottom-up approach when it comes to communities improving on their own situation. For him Community Empowerment is the only way forward in reaching sustainable development goals.

20th September, 4pm - 5pm: Addressing racism

This webinar will attempt to explain how community groups and individuals can recognise symptoms of open but also veiled forms of racism and how they might be able to combat them. Further details to be added in the coming weeks.

Check out the past webinars below...

Past webinars

3rd May: Education for sustainable livelihoods

In this webinar the importance of a good regional system of technical education and training (TVET) will be underlined, to ensure citizens have the capacity to support their community development, making the right expertise available and educating young people for a meaningful follow-up. The discussion will be chaired by Ros Wade, former Chair of the RCE London and professor at the London South Bank University. The panel consists of Gita Subrahmanyam of the London School of Economics, Shyamal Majumdar, former director of UNESCO-UNEVOC, Glenn Strachan and John Baines, both lecturers and researchers at London South Bank University and Jos Hermans, founder and chair of the COMMEET Fellowship. After the panel discussion there will be time for Q & A.

This webinar is meant for entrepreneurs, educators, people advocating community empowerment, people developing sustainable solutions for education in communities, people working on the realisation of the UN SDGs, all COMMEET Fellows, etc.

24th May, 4pm - 5pm: Empowering vulnerable women and children

A special webinar focusing on the importance of equal civil rights for women and children, with specific attention being paid to the position of marginalised groups.

Check out the recordings here.

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