We have designed and facilitated more than a 150 workshops and large group meetings in order to help organizations and larger multi-stakeholder groups to speed up their decision-making process, meet their event objectives, and engage in genuine dialogue and collaborative action.

Each workshop has been designed in close collaboration with our clients. We have facilitated workshops of all types in many thematic areas.

Here are some examples of our work. If you want to learn more about how we work and how we can help you, please contact us.

  • UNite

    Ending Violence against Women

Launched in 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

In 2011 Jost Wagner facilitated the 1st global campaign meeting of the United Nations Secretary General’s campaign to end violence against women (UNiTE) in Bangkok, the Latin America and Caribbean Artist workshop of UNiTE with 28 famous artists in Panama City, and the first UNITE Global Youth Forum in 2012, which triggered the famous Orange Campaign. For more information on UNiTE please click here.

  • Thai Justice System

    Multistakeholder Dialog

On behalf of Friedrich-Naumann Stiftung and their Thai partners, The Change Initiative designed and facilitated two large workshops with senior decision-makers on justice reform in Thailand in collaboration with the Thai Supreme Court and Thai Criminal Court. Participants included leading Thai judges, senior prosecutors, and lawyers.

  • Drug Control

    Genuine Dialogue

The MOU on Drug Control brings together Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam to work together to contain the threat of illicit drug production, trafficking, and use.

On invitation by the United Nations Organisation for Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) TCI managing director, Jost Wagner was invited to facilitate meetings in Thailand (2013) and China (2014) with senior police officers to facilitate genuine dialogue and to bring the MOU to the next level.

  • Gender Equality

    Economic Empowerment in Asia

We have supported the Social Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) in many conferences and workshops in order to strengthen government partners in their gender policies and women economic empowerment.

For example have we facilitated a number of Country Workshops to Strengthen National Capacity to Address Gender Concerns in Kunming (2012) and Bali (2014), as well as National Consultations for Creating an enabling environment for Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship in Jakarta, Delhi, and Beijing in 2013.

  • Health Conferences

    Health in Asia

Asia and Africa are facing a lot of health-related challenges. Jost Wagner and his team have been frequently invited by the German Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as process consultants and facilitators for various health-related conferences in many countries, such as the national conferences on Health Financing and Health Quality Care (2011) and Quality Health Care Standards in Pakistan (2013).

Furthermore, since 2009 The Change Initiative has facilitated Sector Network Conferences for Health and Social Protection of GIZ in Johannesburg, Accra, Kathmandu, Bangkok, and Hanoi with more than 100 participants.

  • Process Consulting

In addition to facilitation work, we have also been invited as process consultants to advise on meeting process, coach or train session moderators, or simply consult how to improve the overall conference experience.

For example, for three years (2011-2013) Jost Wagner served as a process consultant and methodology advisor for the conference design of interactive session formats at the famous Global Policy Forum of the Alliance of Financial Inclusion, the leading forum in this thematic area. (www.afi-global.org)

  • Team Retreats & Teambuilding

We are often invited to conduct team retreats with a focus on process improvements merged with innovative teambuilding methods. We use a large number of effective and energizing approaches and tools in these retreats.

In recent years we conducted a large number of team workshops for multicultural teams in Southeast and South Asia with many of our clients inviting us back every year.

Contact us to find out more about how we can help you.

  • Rural & Urban Development

The Change Initiative has facilitated a number of international conferences covering thematic areas such as nutrition, rural development, climate change, public transport, water and sanitation, energy, and urban infrastructure. Clients have included organizations such as FAO, GIZ, Asian Development Bank, ASEAN, and many more.

  • Advancing Universal Health Coverage

The goal of universal health coverage is to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them. In the words of Dr. Magaret Chan, the WHO Director –General, “I regard universal health coverage as the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer”.

Therefore we at The Change Initiative are very proud to facilitate important conferences in Asia annually on this topic, including the two global conferences on UHC and ICT in Manila in 2013 and 2014.