This website and the Lasting Difference toolkit give you lots of ideas and practical tools to help you plan for sustainability. These are designed to be used flexibly and we encourage you to find your own ways to do so. But before you dive in it is helpful to pause for a moment to think about who else in your organisation contributes to its sustainability.
Feedback from organisations who have successfully used the Lasting Difference toolkit suggests that, for the tools to have the most impact, it is essential to involve others in this process.
Often one or two people in an organisation will lead and co-ordinate action on sustainability. This focused attention can be useful when things need to be actioned swiftly, for example if a funding deadline is approaching. But when long term sustainability is the goal, taking the time and creating processes to involve and excite others about their contribution to sustainability is vital.
Everyone in an organisation has a contribution to make to sustainability. Harnessing the experience, energy and expertise of your colleagues will greatly increase your sustainability success. It’s particularly important to involve other people when completing the Lasting Difference self-assessment, as no-one will have all the answers, and people will have different viewpoints. But it’s also useful to involve people throughout the implementation process.