FAQ

ARCHIVE FAQ TEXT FROM 2013

What is “Pyramid”?
It’s a workshop process. It brings people together to learn about sustainable development, or to plan a sustainability initiative or project. Pyramid workshops have been used all over the world to create regional or city plans, neighborhood projects, university campus initiatives, even national laws … the list is long! The Pyramid workshop has also been used by schools, universities, and professional training programs as a teaching tool. It helps people understand what sustainability means, and how to take action for sustainability.

What is “Pyramid 2030”?
It’s the AtKisson Group’s initiative to support engagement with sustainable development, by making one of our most popular professional consulting tools — the Pyramid workshop — free to everyone in a “Lite” version. (If you are interested in learning more about our consulting services and tools, visit our website, AtKisson.com.)

Pyramid 2030 encourages groups around the world — in schools, universities, businesses, professional associations, communities, you-name-it — to do Pyramid workshops. Those workshops will generate a better understanding of sustainability, ideas for projects, and support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and solutions for the world.

Who can participate?
Anyone! All you have to do is sign up and download the free workshop materials. Then find a group to do a workshop with — colleagues, students, friends, anyone — and just do it! It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are. Pyramid 2030 is a completely open and voluntary initiative.

What’s the main purpose of Pyramid 2030?
To promote sustainable development — which is another way of saying, creating the future we want. Understanding the challenges that affect us, both globally and locally, such as climate change, social well-being, environmental health, and ensuring a better quality of life for all. We want to inspire people, engage people, help them learn from each other about how different issues are connected … and what we can all do to tackle our challenges successfully.

We also want to use the results of Pyramid 2030 to support the UN process of creating new global goals for humanity, the Sustainable Development Goals (known as the SDGs). That’s an international process that is going on right now, as a follow-up to the Rio+20 global summit and the global declaration the was signed there, in June 2012, by the nations of the world:  The Future We Want.

How can Pyramid 2030 make a difference in the world?
By raising awareness, deepening understanding, generating human energy, and hatching ideas … which in many cases will lead to new projects and concrete initiatives. We believe in the power of learning to make change, and we also believe in the power of a good workshop to bring people together and generate both awareness and action.

Why the focus on the UN and its “SDGs”?
The United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, were enormously effective in focusing people’s attention and energy on the problem of global poverty. Governments, institutions, and communities around the world have taken them very seriously. The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), to be finalized and then launched in 2016, have the potential to be even more mobilizing, because they will involve not just the needs of the developing world, but the whole world.

We believe the United Nations is the most important institution we have for dealing with sustainability issues on a global scale. It deserves our engagement and support, and Pyramid 2030 is our way of expressing that support.

How is Pyramid 2030 financed?
Pyramid 2030 is a volunteer initiative supported by AtKisson Group as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility program.

What are the issues that Pyramid workshop groups should focus on?
That is completely up to each group to decide. Some groups focus on exploring big problems, such as global climate change; others focus on something very local, like ensuring access to fresh water, preserving farmland, or changing transportation habits. It depends on where you are, and what’s interesting and important to you and your group. The Pyramid 2030 manual provides a list of issues, so you have something to start from. But each group is free to focus on any issue they like as their starting point, their “Central Challenge,” the focus of their specific workshop.

When should I do the workshop?
You can do a Pyramid anytime!

What if I have further questions?
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