Pyramid stories

Hundreds of Pyramid Workshops have been conducted around the world.
The stories presented below are just a selection, to illustrate how the Pyramid works and to inspire you in your own workshop planning. For more stories, click here to download our 2014 report.

LandUseEastAfricaEast Africa: Changing land-use practices to avoid environmental degradation 
A Pyramid 2030 workshop was organized in December 2013 in Kampala, Uganda, by Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD) which hosts the secretariat of East Africa Sustainability Watch Network  – A network of civil society organizations in East Africa.Kampala_Uganda

The workshop was attended by 17 representatives from all EA Suswatch Network National chapters, including Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development (UCSD), Sustainable Environmental Development watch (Suswatch Kenya) and Tanzania Coalition for Sustainable Development (TCSD).

The workshop was held as a side event of the annual review of the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project Phase II Civil Society Watch Project that EA Suswatch Network is currently implementing with support from the Government of Sweden.

To address the challenge of environmental degradation, EA Suswatch Network agreed to create awareness and sensitize communities on environmental conservation practices, advocate for enactment of suitable environmental conservation policies, and lobby and advocate for implementation of environmental conservation policies and to establish strong networks and coalitions with other global networks on environmental conservation.

DSC_0567Poland: developing sustainable cities, communities, and small businesses
“Fundacja Sendzimira,” a leading proponent of sustainable development in Poland, has used the Pyramid workshop many times to help communities come together and explore strategies for improvement. During the fall of 2013, Fundacja Sendzimira organized Pyramid workshops in four different cities in Poland.

One of the workshops were held in Poznan together with the Autumn Academy Challenges of Sustainable Water Management – a diverse interdisciplinary group of professionals and students within the fields of urban planning and architecture, economics and finance, environmental protection and sociology among others. The workshop addressed the challenges and opportunities in Chwaliszewo, a city area in the Poznan that faces a number of social challenges while at the same time having a considerable potential through its favorable location in the old town and by the river. The participants analyzed current trends, discussed the ideas put forward by different stakeholders, conducted research with surveys to find out what is the inhabitants standpoint on the future of Chwaliszewo. The participants formulated a number of initiative proposals with the goal to make Chwaliszewo a more attractive place to live. The results were presented to local stakeholder during an official meeting that took place at the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing of the City of Poznan. A written report has also been handed over to the Department and its findings and recommendations are going to be discussed during an official meeting of the Department in December 2013.

GINManila2012_PyramidTop_ZainaManila, Philippines: Global Issues Network 2012
In February 2012, over 400 high school students from all over East Asia gathered at the International School of Manila for a student conference to explore global issues such as climate change, poverty elimination, youth jobs, and improving access to the Internet for all. The conference used the Pyramid Lite workshop as the core of the program: 20 different Pyramid workshops were held in parallel, exploring different global topics. This event became the kickoff for the precursor to Pyramid 2030, called Pyramid 2012. For more information on the whole Pyramid 2012 campaign story, you can visit the archived campaign website, and download the report for more details:

PyramidWorkshopNepal_2012India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka: the HABSUT workshops
During 2012 a small Indian NGO called HABSUT (focused on sustainable habitats) adopted the Pyramid workshop as its principal outreach tool for youth in many cities around South Asia. HABSUT workshop leaders conducted over 20 separate Pyramid workshops to engage youth in thinking and learning about sustainable development.

ChinaESDPyramidStockholm3US, Sweden, Australia, China, and many other countries:  workshops and training programs for government and other officials
The Pyramid workshop process has many times been used as an exercise for officials to deepen their understanding of sustainable development, or to help them create new strategies, goals and initiatives. Pyramid has been included in several official International Training Programs financed by the Swedish government’s agency for international cooperation, SIDA. It helped the nation of Latvia define new land-use planning guidelines. And it is a regular feature of an advanced training program in sustainable development held by the United Nations Environment Program at Tongji University, China … to name just a few!

IndonesiaPyramidMay2012Schools and education programs in Indonesia, China, Thailand
Pyramid workshops have been integral to the development of Indonesia’s strategy for environmental education, have been included in courses for Chinese educators, and have been used in connection with Thailand’s “Eco-School” policy. A growing network of teachers and administrators (called the “Compass Schools Network”) have been using Pyramid in their classes, finding it to be an excellent tool for “Education for Sustainable Development.”

University of Iceland: Master's students in global issues use Pyramid to study climate change impacts and actions

University of Iceland: Master’s students in global issues use Pyramid to study climate change impacts and actions

Iceland: bringing sustainability and systems thinking into graduate training and research
International sustainability courses at the University of Iceland routinely include Pyramid as part of coursework, and in 2010, the entire faculty and graduate student corps of the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences participated in a three-day (!) Pyramid workshop with emphasis on systems thinking and modeling techniques. Pyramid can easily expand and deepen to accommodate these more sophisticated applications as well!