I completed my facilitation training in August 2020, but I truly became a Fresker in June 2021 when I ran my first Fresk at my office in Corsica (French island). I thought it would be logical that the employees at the Ministry for Ecological Transition should be trained in climate issues. I organised departmental training sessions, which didn’t even exist at the regional level in Corsica. After that, I started organising Fresks at local universities with Rachel (my fellow coordinator in Corsica) and we gradually started to build the local fresking community. The coordinator for Marseille, Marie, helped us formalise our community in September 2022 and we officially became coordinators for Corsica!
I imagine it looks similar to a Fresk anywhere else, but with a few local features:
I ran a Fresk recently where half the participants were unconcerned about climate issues – they thought climate change was something we are guilt-tripped with but isn’t France’s problem to solve. By the end of the most enriching debrief I’ve ever done, everyone agreed that a big societal shift was needed and that ecological change had to be part of it. I learned a lot myself in that debrief.
We’re in touch with the Corsican regional authorities about an internal roll out of the Fresk with all their staff and a translation of the workshop into the local language. We hope you’ll hear more about Fresking successes on the island soon!
We are still the same! We just changed our name ;)