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Rosebank Storytelling Workshop

October 31, 2016 @ 08:30 - 16:30

sustainable-development-network-storytelling-workshopStories are a powerful way to share knowledge, change behaviour and inspire communities.

The Sustainable Development Network invites the NGO sector to a Storytelling workshop held on 31 October in Rosebank, Gauteng.

Many NGO, SMME and private sector staff members are so busy with day to day activities that they often forget to record their stories. They could present brilliant case studies and experiences to their for donors. They could use them in promotional materials, awareness campaigns and even to remind their staff of their own accomplishments and successes.

This workshop sets out to achieve the following.

Understanding the power of storytelling;

  • Understanding how to collect information for stories;
  • Understanding the different methods of storytelling;
  • Understanding how to train others to use indigenous knowledge and narratives to share stories;
  • Understanding how to use stories for reports, social media, awareness campaign etc.;
  • Understanding how to tell engaging stories in person.

Targeted Participants:

NGO staff working in the following departments: programmes and projects, media, marketing and communications, fundraising and business development.

  • Date: 31 October 2016
  • Time: 08h30 – 16h30
  • Address: 62 5th Street (Corner of Glenhove and 5th Street, Rosebank)


To register please email the completed registration form to: amanda@sdnafrica.com

Workshop Format

The workshop includes presentations, discussions, group work, exercises and audio/visual presentations.

Workshop Materials

All presentations will be provided to each participant on a CD. Additional worksheets and hand-outs will also be provided.

Workshop Costs

R950 per person  covers venue, catering and presenters for the day. Costs do not cover travel or accommodation.


Biographies of Speakers

elma editor green times garden eco earth

Elma Pollard is the Editor of the Green Times, the environmental newsfeed keeping our country up to date on climate change and sustainability issues. She is also an accredited  assessor and trainer. She presents on radio weekly, and focuses on inspiring change through creative solutions and embracing personal accountability and responsibility.

As a qualified life and business coach and counsellor with 23 years in journalism, she uses her people skills and passion to build motivation and hope as we build a new, positive and hopeful future.


Lisa Thompson-Smeddle is the Founder/Director of the Sustainable Development Network.  She has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University, and honours degrees in social sciences and sustainable development. She has 28 years’ experience in the NGO sector in South Africa.

She has managed a variety of programmes for the UNDP;  DANIDA;  Cordaid; the Sustainability Institute; Stellenbosch University; the SA National Department of Human Settlements, SA provincial and local government authorities, the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the University of California Berkeley and more. She has recently been on contract as a sustainability advisor to Family Health International, an Umbrella Grants Mechanism managing a $93 million USAID PEPFAR grant.

Sustainable Development Network

The Sustainable Development Network (SDN) is an international NGO registered in South Africa (NPC: K2011/122880/08) and in the US (501c3 Number: 3388896). The SDN’s mission is to empower NGOs, government and communities through research, education, training and through encouraging networks and partnerships that will promote sustainable solutions. The SDN’s vision is to empower NGOs, government and communities to work together toward more sustainable economic, environmental and social solutions.

The SDN has the following programmes and platforms:

  • Research – this programme provides access to open source and purchasable research and information on a wide variety of topics related to sustainable development. This includes documentaries, accredited training materials, research studies, books and more.
  • Education and training – in South Africa, this programme provides education and training services for non-profits and government in organisational and sustainable development.
  • Networking – this programme enables NGOs, government agencies and communities access to workshops, conferences, information and other networks working together toward common sustainable development goals. The SDN provides relevant training and mentoring programmes to assist in meeting these capacity needs.


October 31, 2016
08:30 - 16:30
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