IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature has received a Gold Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) for leading the multi-stakeholder process that developed ASI’s Performance Standard, launched in December 2014. The award celebrates the outcome of ASI’s standards setting process during 2013-2014, where 28 organisations worked together to define the sustainable Principles and Criteria outlined in the Standard.
“The ASI Standard, and in particular the spirit of cooperation among the different stakeholders, demonstrates the importance of designing processes that are fit for purpose,” said Giulia Carbone, IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme Deputy Director, who coordinated the project.
“The contribution of a professional facilitator, Gillian Martin Mehers from Bright Green Learning, was a critical ingredient of the project’s success. We found the perfect blend between content and process, which fostered trust building and mutual understanding among the stakeholders, all of whom represented diverse social and economic interests,” Ms Carbone added.
Formed in 1994, the IAF’s mission is to promote the art and practice of professional facilitation. It currently has 1,200 members in more than 63 countries. The Facilitation Impact Awards is a non-competitive, inclusive awards programme designed to highlight how organisations have successfully used facilitation to bring about positive and valuable impact.