Key insights from ClimateLaunchpad Grand Final in Cyprus

ClimateLaunchpad Grand Final

There are teams, and there are high performing teams and there is ChrysalisLeap. Knowing them personally and calling one of them a good friend I can say that they are able to change the world.
At least for the 550 attendees of the ClimateLaunchpad Grand Final in Cyprus October 2017.
If you want to learn more about ClimateLaunchpad, visit their website here.
Just to be clear on that: I joined the event as the Visual Facilitator and Expert in two sessions. So my view is compromised. ;)

I want to share my 3 key insights from this event.

1. Appreciation is the key to success
From the beginning of the event planning early 2017 until the end on Oct.18th midnight the team of ChrysalisLeap was spreading appreciation.
Their eMail communication was filled with positive vibes. They were early on with their planning whatsoever. Not one single moment I had the feeling that something could go wrong onsite.

Then came the preparation day. For a visual facilitator this day is crucial. It sets the tone and upcoming flow of the event. If the preparation day is screwed, the event itself will be even worse.
Preparation day onsite in Cyprus was conducted with ease. And I have participated a hell lot of preparation days as you may guess. Of course the team was stressed, but they didn’t let it rule their behaviour. 
Every piece that I created for the upcoming event a day later was appreciated as it was the most beautiful and most important artifact of the event. I found myself trying to do more to get more of those compliments. ;)

This went on and on over the whole event. They had special closed sessions to thank both, volunteers and professionals. They did the praises on stage too. And they showed their honest appreciation everytime we met in between running from a workshop room to the main hall and back. 

Remember this: However stressed you are at the moment. Appreciate others efforts and the more likely everything will go smoothly.


Infographic ClimateLaunchpad


2. An event is more than an event.

The ClimateLaunchpad Grand Final is just the end of the beginning. 105 Startup teams from 35 countries joint this event. They had multiple sessions with their trainers upfront and small competition events as well. Saying this the event itself was embedded into an event flow of a lot of smaller events that lead to this big grand final. And participants were showing their faces. All the time. Even after the teams knew who will be in the final round (15 of 105 teams) the Main Hall was full packed. Nearly nobody choosed to stay at the beach instead of listening to the finals. (and the weather was perfect for going to the beach...!)

This kind of commitment comes from an event row like we have in this case. For the participants it was a learning journey accompanied by trainers and coaches. They felt like family. It was all part of a bigger process. Of course they joined the finals even if they wouldn’t be in the game anymore.

The ClimateLaunchpad Team had created a feeling of “We are family” over the last months. And they had many small events leading to the big one.

Remember: If you design your workshop processes as a well design journey of smaller and bigger events, people will participate with more passion and dedication than in normal disconnected processes.


We are family!


3. Sharing a common goal helps

ClimateLaunchpad says it all, right?
Participants where joining the event because they want to change the way we cope with the climate change. 550 people and it was still a niche event. It could have been even bigger.

The common goal of everybody üarticipating the event was to address climate change. They all shared the same goal!
Can you get your participants to a point where they say: “Yes, we all share the same goal!”
They don’t have to go the same route though. 105 Startup at ClimateLaunchpad and nearly no startup team did the same like another team. They all had different ways to approach the same goal.
So why bothering with the challenge to apply the same process to find a solution on everybody in your company or context? Wouldn’t it be more effective (and more fun) to just share the common goal and let them figure out how to get there?
What if you just define the “tomorrow” and the “today”? They come up with a plan how to get there.

Could you design such a process? Which starts with setting the common goal?


All the wonderful photos are credited to the amazing guys from Pavlos Vrionides Photography

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Key insights from ClimateLaunchpad Grand Final in Cyprus