Facilitating discussion and problem solving
SHE has worked with a number of organisations to facilitate discussion and problem solving around health, environment and sustainable development issues. Popular education and participatory techniques are the cornerstone of its facilitation style. In Senegal, in collaboration with the Universities of Dakar and Toronto and the farmers' association GIE Provania, SHE has worked with urban farmers to problem solve on important health and environment issues related to wastewater and pesticide use by asking questions, listening, dialoguing and taking action. Insightful questions and drawing out the collective knowledge of the group through various techniques such as role playing, mapping, and drawing were key to the success of this project.
Workshops and Training modules
More recently SHE has designed a three day interactive experential training module on Food, Health and Sustainable development where participants are guided through a series of games and exercises to discover issues related to food production, distribution and consumption and their food habits. Organic food, pesticides, genetically modified foods, food additives and packaging are among the subjects discussed. Participants prepare organic, conventional and processed meals to evaluate what set of criteria influences their preferences, quality of food and sustainability.
SHE has also designed a workshop and training module on chemicals, to raise awareness and address behaviours around consumer products and how they affect human health. Including collaboration with South Riverdale Community Health Centre, WECF, Clinique Belledonne maternity, Mutalité Francaise health insurance, Girls Scouts of Paris and Leroy Merlin Source. The workshop uses a number of exercises such as drawings, quizzes, images and consumer products to facilitate discussion and solutions to avoid toxic exposure. The discussion encourages reflection on individual and global factors of how toxic chemicals are produced and consumed. Participants have included physicians, midwives, nurses, industry representatives and parents.
SHE has facilitated a number of meetings for international organisations such as UNESCO and WHO and multinationals such as VEOLIA Environnement. These have required the involvement of experts in the development of key working papers and critical discussion on research, policy and strategic development in the area of health, environment and development.
Health Promotion and Building Capacity with the Roma