Programs & Services
Shared Visioning Process
Utlizing techniques from the NASA futuring team process, the delphi prediciton process, and other futuring methodologies, the Blue Community Shared Visioning process guides an organization or destination to create a shared vision for their unique situation and circumstances.
This program comes in the standard one day workshop to create a shared vision and has the option to add on the Imagineer Your Future Workshop led by Blue Community team member, and former Walt Disney Imagineer, Joe Tankersley
Imagineer Your Future Workshops deliver the tools and insights to help you create a transformative future for your business, organization, and community. We focus on a deeper understanding of trends in technology and culture to help participants distinguish between fads and potential drivers of real change. The workshop also includes exercises in creativity designed to help the group expand their vision beyond self-imposed limits.
Workshop participants learn how to use:
Critical imagination, and
to identify opportunities, anticipate challenges, and create positive solutions.
The fundamental skills taught during the workshop apply to a wide range of enterprises and organizations. Each workshop is further refined to meet the specific needs of the participants.
The Blue Community and One Planet Living training spans one to two days. Participants include employees, other key management, and stakeholders the organization or destination planning team wishes to invite. In some projects several organizations hold this workshop together with each developing their own individual sustainability plans.
One advantage of having several groups in the community developing their own plans together is that each organization may bring unique gifts so that all can benefit from the strengths of others.
The purpose of the workshop is to:
Introduce the One Planet Living Principles and 12 Blue Community strategies for Coastal Resiliency.
Develop a high level long-term vision for the project.
Identify key desired outcomes and goals.
Use the futuring process to develop relevant strategies to achieve set goals.
Identify the key point person from each group to serve as the One Planet Integrator, responsible for developing and then implementing the Sustainability Plan.
Development of an online Blue Community One Planet Living Sustainability Management Plan.
Develop plan to achieve Blue Community recognition and / or GSTC certification.
One Planet Living Principles
The One Planet Living Integrator training includes the development of knowledge and skills to develop a sustainability plan using the framework of the ten One Planet Living principles.
Participants will learn how to use the software to develop a community sustainability plan with outcomes, actions, and indicators.
Participants will also learn how to customize their plans to meet their own specific needs.
The software will also allow the United Nations SDG's to be used as a substitute and/or complimentary part of the sustainability management planning.
The Blue Community offers a variety of tools for implementation. Some of the key ones include:
Peer Review - Before the Sustainability Plan is published, a peer review of the plan takes place to insure that it is solid and has the best chance for success. Often at this stage the plan may undergo additions or revisions for clarity, improved integration of the principles, assurance of good indicators to measure results, to make sure that it is comprehensive including all one planet living principles and utilizing the appropriate blue community strategies. The Blue Community has a team of trained experts to conduct the Peer Review.
Took Kit - A took Kit has been developed to provide tools and resources to assist in implementing the sustainability management plan. The took kit includes: articles, case studies, videos, templates for policy and analysis, a bioregional one planet living integrator manual and other resources.
Support Groups - New programs take sustained commitment. Research has found the first 8 weeks of starting a new program are critical to the success of any change project. Support groups are often formed in the first few months of a project where key leadership can meet for an hour once a week for an eight week period to share progress with the other leadership team and provide support for each other in the early stages of the program. In some programs the support groups end after 8 weeks and in others the groups continue throughout the project implementation stage. A special manual has been developed to support these groups.
Task-Forces - Task-Forces provide people in the community to develop their own strategies and programs to engage more people in the sustainability management plan. Task-Forces are often determined by the greatest need as revealed in the initial analysis or can be formed around any one or all of the One Planet Living Principles and/or Blue Community Strategies. A special task-force manual has been developed to guide the process.
Specialized Education & Training - Building leadership capacity is key to success and sustaining long term success of any sustainability plan. Education and training such as the new UCF Blue Communtiy Sustainable Tourism Certificate program, the PM4SD (Project Management for Sustainable Development) , Culture Based Leadership Development such as the Leadership from the Heart program, and other training that might be identified from the initial analysis of community needs. These are all examples of specialized training offered through Blue Community
Recognition- Blue Community offers a recognition program for Hotels & Resorts, Communities, and Destinations. Each Blue Community Recognition requires the development of a sustainability management plan. Hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that want to support the overall community sustainability plan will be encouraged to develop their own individual sustainability plans. The option is also available for Communities and Destinations to seek GSTC certification as well through an accredited GSTC Certification body.
Consulting - Each sustainability plan is unique and each faces unique challenges. From time to time groups have found that bringing in consultants for special issues or needs is valuable in the implementation of their plans.