Here at the Jewish Climate Network, we have seen time and again the power of words.
Our Climate Conversation Program is powerfully engaging our diverse Jewish community, and breaking down the idea that "someone else" will tackle climate change.
Have you been looking for a way to make a big difference? Do you want to upskill and be confident to speak to a range of people in our community?
So yalla, let's go.
Why are conversations so important?
We know that having a conversation with a trusted peer - people within our Jewish community - holds more power than much of the information and media we otherwise consume. If JCN can have highly impactful conversations with 100, 1000, 10,000 people in our community, our community will be far more ready to lead and protect future Jewish generations from dangerous climate change.
What does a JCN Facilitator do?
The role of the facilitator is to guide discussion using JCN materials, and to be a credible and trusted messenger. Before, during and after a conversation, facilitators will support the person who is hosting the conversation.
What is the impact so far?
- 100% of participants surveyed agree that “attending this Conversation has increased my concern about climate change”
- 87% of participants surveyed agree that “attending this Conversation has empowered me to take effective action”
- 100% of participants surveyed agree that “I now have a desire to learn more about climate change”
- 94% of participants surveyed agree that “attending this Conversation has improved my understanding of the actions I can take”
What is the time commitment?
Great question. The Facilitator Training Program consists of two sessions, and we prefer that trainee facilitators attend at least one climate conversation either before or during their training phase.
Is it voluntary?
The JCN Facilitator program is voluntary, and we recognise and respect the unpaid labour that thousands of people across the world are doing to work for a safe climate. As we get closer to dangerous climate tipping points, we all need to ask ourselves what we can do, and we all have different levers they can pull or ways we can contribute. We should work to those existing strengths. Perhaps you are time-poor, but can give money to climate organisations? Perhaps you can use your industry expertise to implement a climate policy at your place of work? Facilitating meaningful conversations about climate in our community is deeply valuable work, and our experience is that it is also extremely rewarding.
Initial time commitment
Training Session 1: Sunday 30th May, 2.00pm - 6.30pm (4.5 hours)
Training Session 2: Sunday 13th June, 2.00pm - 6.30pm (4.5 hours)
Attending and debrief a Climate Conversation: 2.5 hours (if you haven't been to a JCN Climate Conversation, contact us to book one in)
Ongoing time commitment
Once you are trained, it depends on your schedule as to how many conversations you run per month. Conversations take 2 hours, and there is usually 1 - 2 hours of preparation in contacting and supporting the host, and debriefing following the conversation. In addition, we will run monthly Facilitator Upskill Nights, where we meet and share our experiences, provide support and training based on the needs of the group.
We are asking for a commitment of 6 months, with the opportunity to extend the time frame. This includes two months of training, and four months of facilitating conversations at a pace of at least 1 conversation per month.
If you are willing to facilitate but can’t commit, that’s ok. We all have busy lives and this might not be the right time for you. We would rather you check back in when you have time and capacity than feel overstretched and overwhelmed. We are always looking for people to host conversations!
How will JCN support me?
As our pioneer cohort of facilitators, we want you to feel confident to go out and have the important conversations with a wide range of people in our community. So, we are committed to thoroughly training and upskilling you, and providing ongoing support through regular ongoing training evenings, booking speakers and specialists, and regularly checking in to hear about the conversations and how you’re going. These conversations matter a great deal, and we find them to be incredibly rewarding and motivating. The fact is, we all want to protect our community and future generations from dangerous climate change. These conversations provide direction, inspiration and a uniquely Jewish call to act.
How do I apply?
To apply to be in our first cohort of facilitators, please record and submit a short video (between 1 - 3 minutes) of yourself, explaining why you'd like to be a facilitator. Applications close on the 4th of May. Submit your application here.