Overline: IASS Research Project at the UN Climate Change Conference COP27
Headline: Co-Creative Reflection and Dialogue Space (CCRDS)

IASS Co-Creative Reflection Dialogue Space
The IASS Co-Creative Reflection and Dialogue Space at COP25. IASS/ K. Mar

Find us in the Pavilion Area: P75 – IASS Potsdam PV23


At COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the IASS is offering for the third time a space for facilitated informal conversations. This time, most sessions have a thematic focus to the role of trust and fear at the COP. In addition to that Partners are invited to co-create science dialogues.

In Madrid, the primary objective was to determine whether it is at all possible to cultivate authentic and trusting communication in an environment like the UN Climate Change Conference and the design principles (toolset, skillset, mindset) needed to achieve this. In Glasgow, the researchers used the CCRDS to experiment with as many methods and formats as possible in order to explore their possibilities, potentials, and limitations (Wamsler at al 2020, Fraude et al 2021, Mar et al 2021, Mar et al in review, Schroeder et al in review). The research results and feedback from COP participants confirmed the concerns and hypotheses that underpin the CCRDS to such an extent that it was decided to continue the research project. This year's climate conference, COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, will see the CCRDS return.

Read more about the CCRDS Project in the context of COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh.

What will our research focus on this time?

How can we confront fears and strengthen trust in UN climate policy? Together with several partner organizations, the TranS-Mind research group at the IASS is particularly interested in this question and aims to design and explore (political) spaces that incorporate and embrace the inner dimension of transformation. The Co-Creative Reflection and Dialogue Space (CCRDS) at the 27th UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, serves as a relevant and complex case for this exploration. Here, space shall be provided where feelings and emotions, i.e. fear and trust, can be expressed and reflected upon. In this way, we want to better understand the design principles of such spaces and find out what other forms of dialogue may cause among climate actors.

Read more about our current research focus

Apply for a session at the CCRDS with your research question

A second strand of research will look at what happens when innovative dialogue formats and a supportive culture of communication and relationships are used to host discussions of classical (natural) scientific issues, rather than conventional lectures or panel discussions. The CCRDS team is offering to support the moderation of discussion panels on designated scientific topics as part of this research.

You can find the call for proposals here

Tentative Schedule of the CCRDS

  Sunday 6 November
11.30 - 13.00 Which hopes and motivations do I bring to COP27?
Host: IASS-Team
14.30 - 16.00 Which contribution can I make to climate action through my presence here at COP?
Host: IASS-Team
  Monday 7 November
13.00 - 15.00

The Egyptian Presidency announced that no events can be organized on Monday.
We keep you updated here.

Come over to meet us from 1.00pm onwards for informal conversations with the CCRDS Team

  Tuesday 8 November
10.00 - 11.00

Weaving trust - How to engage with textile transformation?
Discussion about individual consumption patterns and political restrictions for change.

Host: Felix Beyers, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

11.30 - 13.00

Exploring shifts from mistrust to trust – Sharing experiences between multinational stakeholders

Special Guests: Dr. Martin Frick, Director, Global Office in Berlin of UN Food Program and

State Representatives of the Middle East

Host: Carolin Fraude, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
13.30 - 15.00

Systemic Constellations as a Method for Embodied Enquiry
Systemic constellations can be used to derive insight, understanding and resolution of dynamics hindering social or political processes. Systemic constellations is a method that creates a living map of the political or organisational dynamics, using participants in the constellation to represent the relevant elements in that system.

Host: Heike Schroeder, University of East Anglia

15.30 - 17.00

Urban Climate Chance Action

As urban areas hold more and more population, urban climate change action is important. At COP 27, urban climate change action aims to connect with COP27 experts from IASS to make a dialogue about climate change with interdisciplinary methods and global scales. This dialogue is to connect experts, early-researchers, enterpreneurs, and public to have a multi-disciplinary conversation. The network "PhD for future" wants to address questions such as: How to enhance scientific action at global scale? How to enhance public engagement into urban climate change action from the perspective of scientist-entrepreneur and public?
Host: Science Dialogue with Shanshan Chen from HU Berlin and the German-China center for energy and environment

17.30 - 19.00

Hybrid Event: Listening to our fears to build trust

Join a climate circle where you will have the opportunity to share the fears you feel when you think about climate change or when you experience its impacts directly, as well as to listen deeply to the fears and stories of other people from around the world. This climate circle will be held both online and in-person and will offer you the transformative experience of growing empathy in vulnerability and of building trust both in your personal ability and in our collective power to address climate change. 


Meeting ID: 874 5454 5571    Passcode: 026471

Host: Laureline Simon, One Resilient Earth

  Wednesday 9 November
10.00 - 11.00 Constellation: Collective transformation & the role of balance
Host: Host: Carolin Fraude, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
11.30 - 13.00 Experiences from climate activism in Uganda
Host: IASS Science Dialogue with Nyombi Morris, Uganda
14.00 - 15.30

How can Deep Adaptation inspire effective climate action?

Special Guest: Prof. Jem Bendell
Host: IASS-Team

16.00 - 17.00 Women leading communities and enduring the burden of a climate crisis
Host: La Ruta del Clima
17.30 - 18.30 Socio-economic and environmental impacts of "carbon markets in the global south": Benefit or burden?
Host: Science Dialogue with Katherine Tinoco, Center of Climate Innovation, Peru,and Marisol Garcia, Federation of Indigenous Communities Kechua Chazuta Amazonas (FEPIKECHA) 
  Thursday 10 November
10.00 - 11.00 Meditation for Inner Empowerment
Host: Carolin Fraude, Institut for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
11.30 - 13.00 The potential of high-resolution GHG emission information for bridging the knowledge-action gap in climate change mitigation
Host: Science Dialog with the University of Heidelberg
13.30 - 15.00

Social Presencing Theatre - From Ego to Eco

At Presencing Institute we are creating tools and methodologies for social transformation that aim to shift our attention from Ego to Eco-system Awareness. Too often we collectively produce results nobody wants and therefore limit our potential contributions to reverse global warming and other global crisis.

Social Presencing Theater created by Arawana Hayashi, is a social art form that aims to address the disconnect between head and hand by activating the intelligence of the heart. It blends together cutting edge systems thinking with systems sensing to deepen our capacities for authentic dialogue and listening. In this session we will explore how to access our inherent embodied knowing to stay with the not-knowing and become aware of emerging potentials for transformational change.

Zoom-Details to Hybrid Event:

Meeting-ID: 830 4039 1383

Host: Sebastian Jung, Presencing Institute

15.30 - 17.15

Embodied fear, embodied trust - a 4D mapping exploration

In this session we will use the 4D mapping method, which was developed by Arawana Hayashi from the Presencing Institute as part of Social Presencing Theater. As an embodied group method, we will use it to look at a specific topic and go into an enquiry with it. The topic will be about the focus of the CCRDS: Fear and trust at the COP27. In the method different people are invited to embody the important stakeholders within this topic. We will not only look at the status quo, but also the highest potential of this context. How can a different COP regarding fear and trust look like? How would it empower the different stakeholders present? How would it feel like to be in this state? We are looking forward to explore that with you.

Host: Tim Lüschen, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

  Friday 11 November
09.30 - 11.00

How can technologies from the 4th industrial revolution support climate dimplomacy?

With the many global challenges, we are facing such as climate change, poverty and conflicts, the need to find creative solutions becomes more prominent. The fourth industrial revolution with its technology advancement gave us the tools to do so, however what are the limitations of technology and how can we make sure that technology is used in the best-way possible?
Host: Science Dialog with Seppe Verheyen and Moustafa Bayoumi, Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy, Abu Dhabi 

11.30 - 13.00 Fear and Trust: Two Dear Companions for the Great Transformation
Host: Dr. David Dunez and Yoav Egozi, The Heschel Center for Sustainability
14.00 - 15.30 Reflecting on fear and trust in the CCRDS – Insights from IASS research
Host: IASS-Team
16.00 - 17.30 Inner capacities to encounter fear and build trust
Host: Maureen Goodman, Brahma Kumaris and Carolin Fraude, IASS
  Monday 14 November
09.30- 11.00 The question is the answer

In this session we use the 'wicked question game'-method to find deeper purpose or sense behind personal questions of COP27 participants. We ask: What is the question behind the question?

Looking for answers in new and deeper questions is a powerful inquiry to look at your question from a different perspective.

Host: IASS-Team
11.30 - 13.00

Systemic Constellations as a Method for Embodied Enquiry

Systemic constellations can be used to derive insight, understanding and resolution of dynamics hindering social or political processes. Systemic constellations is a method that creates a living map of the political or organisational dynamics, using participants in the constellation to represent the relevant elements in that system.

Host: Heike Schroeder, University of East Anglia

13.30 - 14.30 Communication for Climate Action
Host: Science Dialogue with Dr. Kathleen Mar
16.00 - 17.30 From Crisis to opportunity: Transforming the outer climate through harmonizing the inner climate
Host: Spring Cheng, Resonance Path Institute
  Tuesday 15 November
09.30 - 11.00 Fear and Trust: Two Dear Companions for the Great Transformation
Host: Yoav Egozi and Dr. David Dunez, The Heschel Center for Sustainability
11.30 - 13.00

What does net-zero mean for Methane?

Methane (CH4) is often overshadowed by CO2, despite the fact that its mitigation is critical to staying within temperature targets. Furthermore, methane's impacts are not well represented by the concept of 'CO2 equivalence’, due to its short atmospheric lifetime. In this Science Dialogue session, we will explore the implications of this and address the question of what 'net zero' means for methane.

Host: IASS-Team with Gabrielle Dreyfus, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) 

13.30 - 15.00 Deep Dialogue on Fear&Trust
Host: IASS-Team
15.30 - 17.00

A Simulated Mediation of a Climate Crisis-Related Dispute: Exploring Fear & Trust

Members of MBBI’s Climate Change Project will demonstrate a simulated two-party mediation of a conflict caused by climate change-related  impacts. The simulation will illustrate various segments of a two-party mediation and will be followed by a group discussion with attendees on how distrust and fear played a role in the conflict and how the mediation helped the parties move beyond their distrust and fear. We will also have small group discussions about how to incorporate conflict resolution into the climate change work of the attendees.

Host: Mediators Beyond Borders International

  Wednesday 16 November
09.30 - 11.00 The Role of Faith for Climate Justice
Host: Interfaith Liaison Committee
11.30 - 13.00

Global standardization on greenhouse gas emissions towards 'carbon neutrality'

This CCDRS-session will share some long time experiences in inter-national non-state standardization processes in ISO (International Standardisation Organisation) on climate change mitigation, i.e. GHG-emission and removal quantification and reporting for organisations and products. Building on already developed or revised basic standards (ISO 14060-family), an additional standard on ‘carbon neutrality’ currently is under development.

Host: Science Dialogue, IASS Team with Eberhard Seifert

16.00 - 17.30 Generating Trust through Authenticity and Love
Host: Maureen Goodman, Spirit of Humanity Forum, Thomas Bruhn, IASS
  Thursday 17 November
09.30 - 11.00 Talking through your body
Host: IASS Team
11.30 - 13.00 Care, Share and Inspire
Host: Sonja Ohlsson, Brahma Kumaris
13.30 - 15.00 Unleashing patterns of fear in consumption
Host: IASS-Team
15.30 - 17.00

The Role of Trust in the International Climate Negotiations
Host: Science Dialogue, IASS Team

  Friday 18 November
09:00 - 10:00 Morning meditation
Host: IASS-Team
10:30 - 12:00 Trust the fear: Reflections on a painting
Host: IASS-Team
12.30 - 14.00 How may COP27 have helped us grow together as a global family?
Host: Science Dialogue, IASS
Download programe 11/6 to 11/11 (pdf)
Download programe 11/14 to 11/18 (pdf)

How to find us in Sharm el-Sheikh

Partners of the CCRDS

Christine Wamsler | Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies

Niko Schäpke | Sustainability and Environmental Governance Uni Freiburg

Heike Schroeder | University of East Anglia


Mail: CCRDS [at] iass-potsdam [dot] de (CCRDS[at]iass-potsdam[dot]de)  

Twitter@ReflectCOP, Hashtag:  #ReflectCOP

Recent Publications on the CCRDS

  • Fraude, C., Bruhn, T., Stasiak, D., Wamsler, C., Mar, K., Schäpke, N., Schroeder, H., Lawrence, M. Creating space for reflection and dialogue. Examples of new modes of communication for empowering climate action. GAIA 30/3 (2021): 174 – 180. https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.30.3.9
  • Mar, K.A., Fraude, C., Bruhn, T. Schäpke, N. Stasiak, D., Schröder, H. Wamsler, C., Lawrence, M.: Fostering Reflection, Dialogue and Collaboration among Actors at the UN Climate Change Conferences. IASS Policy Brief (October 2021), Potsdam, https://DOI:10.48481/iass.2021.028
  • Mar, K.A., Schäpke, N., Fraude, C., Bruhn, T., Wamsler, C., Stasiak, D., Schroeder, H., Lawrence, M. Towards a new climate of communication at the COP: recommendations to foster collaboration with and among non-state actors. WIREs Climate Change. In review.
  • Wamsler, C., Schäpke, N., Fraude, C., Stasiak, D., Bruhn, T., Lawrence, M. G., Schroeder, H., & Mundaca, L. (2020). Enabling new mindsets and transformative skills for negotiating and activating climate action. Lessons from UNFCCC conferences of the parties. Environmental Science & Policy, 112, 227-235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2020.06.005