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Identify and plan for the most appropriate strategy for transitioning from survival to sustainability.

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Masterclass 3 in a series of 3

During the workshop series, we have highlighted the importance of focusing on the core, knowing what to say 'yes' and 'no' to, and what to let go of. This is especially relevant now, with most charities having developed new initiatives in response to Covid, or having let some important elements of their work go. Use this workshop to identify the most appropriate exit strategy for your initiatives.

We will also focus on the importance of sustainable impact, making a lasting difference by making sure that the people (or issues) you support need you less in future. Full independence isn’t always possible or desirable. But have you done everything you can to help people strengthen their support networks, take their next steps and increase their independence? Have you built other organisation's capacity, or do you protect your work against competition?


These participatory online workshops take place on our online learning platform, Big Blue Button. They replicate everything you'd expect from face-to-face participation:

  • Clear content delivery supported by slides, handouts & extra resources.
  • Full interaction, with audio, video, text chat, polls and shared notes.
  • Peer sharing and support with breakout spaces for small group activity, supported by members of the Lasting Difference team.

This session: Following the Exit Signs

This final masterclass in the series introduces two key elements of organisational sustainability:

  1. The six possible exit strategies for any project, initiative or organisation, helping you to identify the right ones for you.
  2. Making a lasting difference. A new way of thinking about sustainable impact, identifying what can be done individually, organisationally and at a community and policy level.

This session's group activity among supportive peers develops ideas for sharing and sustaining learning – the key to all sustainability plans and exit strategies.

Click on the links below to find out more about the other masterclasses and book your place.

Masterclass 1: Understanding sustainability

17th September 10am-12.45pm

Understand the principles and develop the practices you need to survive - and sustain your work - in a post-crisis world. Use your learning from the current crisis and recent years to identify what to sustain.

Masterclass 2: Developing the Five Capabilities 1st October 10am-12.45pm

Introducing and exploring the six possible exit strategies for any stage in a project or organisational lifecycle. Identify and plan for the most appropriate strategy for transitioning from survival to sustainability.

About The Lasting Difference

These sessions are led by Graeme Reekie, author of the popular Lasting Difference toolkit and Director of Wren and Greyhound (now trading as The Lasting Difference). Graeme is a respected charity consultant who has supported nonprofit organisations through workshops, facilitation and strategic consultancy over the last 15 years. Members of the Lasting Difference team will also be on hand to help out during the workshops.

The updated fifth edition of the Lasting Difference has just been published and is available from, with more than 6000 copies now in use by charities and social enterprises around the world.


Q. Do I need to book for all three events separately?

A. Yes, please help us manage the events by booking onto each event separately. You can do this using the links above.

Q. How many people can take part?

A. There are up to 50 places available for each session. Up to three people from the same organisation take part, but please book separately as this makes it easier to manage individual log-ins to our online platform.

Q. Do I need any special equipment or software to take part?

A. No, other than a computer with internet access, microphone and, ideally, a webcam. You don't need to download software, we will send you details of how to log in to the learning platform. You will also be encouraged to visit the virtual training room in advance to have a look around and check for any technical issues. The platform works best with Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, but other browsers are supported and should work smoothly as long as you are using an up to date version.

Q. What if I only want to do one or two of the workshops, or if I can't attend one?

A. That's fine! Taken together, the masterclasses provide a coherent programme to help you address sustainability in your project or organisation. But they also stand alone in themselves, with short refreshers at the start to introduce any core concepts you may have missed.

Q. What is the refund policy if I need to cancel?

You can cancel your booking within two weeks of the event for a full refund. After this date, we cannot provide refunds because of the administration costs we will have incurred.

Either way, if you book a place but need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing:

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Organiser The Lasting Difference (Wren and Greyhound)

Organiser of Following the Exit Signs

We are the creative management consultancy specialising in sustaining non-profit organisations, leaders and their impact.

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