The NGO

CΓ©dric Ringenbach founded the Climate Fresk NGO in 2018. Its goal is to raise awareness and participation of the workshops and to train and upskill Climate Fresk facilitators.

The organisation has a decentralised and participatory governance structure that was inspired by the Swedish Pirate Party whose principles include do-ocracy, transparency and the right to make mistakes.

The founding principles of Climate Fresk are the urgency to act in the climate emergency, humanism, respect for science and inclusion of the corporate world.

Our Purpose

The NGO was created on 17 December 2018. Its goal is to:

  • Raise awareness of the Climate Fresk workshop as quickly as possible in order to raise the level of climate education around the world
  • Train new facilitators so that they can continue spreading the workshop and contribute to Climate Fresk’s exponential growth
  • Design additional educational material to help facilitators and enable them to operate autonomously
  • Build, grow and manage the Climate Fresk community

The team

Climate Fresk has a decentralised and paticipatory management structure. This enables thousands of volunteers, the permanent team and Board of Directors to use their collective intelligence to accelarate the dissemination of the workshop.

Founding principles

The NGO was founded with the following principles:

  • The climate emergency
  • Humanism
  • Respect for science
  • No taboo about money

The climate emergency

Climate change is threatening humanity and we need to act very quickly. The Climate Fresk is a very effective tool for eductating people about this issue, so its creator felt a responsiblity to spread it far and wide as quickly as possible. This is the organisation’s ultimate purpose.

This urgency is why the principles of do-ocracy and the right to make mistakes, as well as the ‘swarming’ nature of the Fresk community, are so important.

Humanism

We are trying to save the planet so that humans can continue to live here as comfortably as possible.
Since we are fighting for humanity, we need to ensure that there is no discrimination and that we take care and look out for one another. We have to be particularly conscious of activist burnout that can affect all of us.

We are not naΓ―ve and know that maintaining a framework in which all our members can find their place will sometimes mean removing people who threaten our values or founding principles.

We will do this with respect for individuals, but with firmness. [Need to clarify meaning]

Respect for science

The Climate Fresk workshop is based entirely on the facts from the IPCC’s first working group. We are committed to the scientific methodology that underpins their work.

If we decide to venture beyond the realm of climate change, it will be in accordance with other established scientific bodies like the WHO or UNSCEAR. For that reason, the NGO isn’t anti-nuclear, for example, (nor is it pro-nuclear). We are not anti-vaccine or anti-GMO and only stand by established scientific facts around topics like the use of pesticides.

No taboo about money or business

Money is the lifeblood of all war and our NGO needs it to operate. We offer workshops and training courses for a fee and maintain the rights when Climate Fresk is used in a commercial context. Some members of the community earn part of their living by facilitating workshops for businesses and we have no problem with that. Quite the contrary, in fact.

All work deserves a salary. That being said, we have to remember that we are above all an NGO powered by volunteers. Our financial means are there to maintain a full-time, paid team who serve this community of volunteers.

We have no problem working with businesses, even those who are considered the “villains” of capitalism. It’s worth noting that the NGO itself doesn’t organise events for companies, its members do. With Climate Fresk, we are speaking to the people who are the employees of these businesses, in the hope that they can change things from the inside.

The NGO isn’t anti-business or anti-capitalism and its member are free to express their own opinions.

Governance

The organisation has a decentralised and participatory governance structure, initially inspired by the Swedish Pirate Party. Here are some of the key principles.

  • Do-ocracy: The members of the NGO can take the initiative and are encouraged to do so. Those who do, decide and vice versa. Everyone is asked to respect each others’ initiatives, even if it means exploring different ideas in parralel and seeing which one works best.
  • The right to make mistakes: We accept that we’ll make mistakes and, in fact, believe that making mistakes is a good way to progress, according to the “trial and error” principle. As Mandela put it: “I never fail. I either win or learn.”
  • Thee rule of three: As long as three members agree that an initiative is a good idea, they can go ahead and do it, even if it involves the NGO. You can learn more about this rule and how to apply it here. (Do we have the link to this page in Engish? If not, we should remove this sentence)
  • Duplication: As a result of the previous principles, we might find that people are doing the same thing at the same time. That may seem sub-optimal, but it’s part of being an agile organisation. Nature works in the same way… We might waste some time, but we gain as much if not more by avoiding debates.
  • Transparency: This is to avoid frustration and unwanted power moves. Fundamental to ensuring healthy, fair and sustainable operations, this principle guides the tools that the NGO uses.

Climate Collage is now Climate Fresk!

We are still the same! We just changed our name ;)