LeCake Train’s Second Workshop in Paris : Evaluation and Future Perspectives

LeCake Train’s Second Workshop in Paris : Evaluation and Future Perspectives

  • 21 December 2023


From the 13th to the 17th of November, LeCake Train held its second in-person partner workshop in Paris, a significant event to conclude the chapter 2 “Decarbonizing Culture.” In collaboration with the french think tank, “The Shift Project,” this five-day workshop explored various aspects of sustainable cultural practices. This report is the opportunity to reflect on the feedback received during the evaluation workshop and provide insights into the future trajectory of our project.

Workshop Overview:

The workshop week involved visits to various cultural institutions, focusing on different aspects each day:

Day 1: Académie du Climat – Recap and Cultural Climate Fresk

Day 2: Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – Climate Change and Green Storytelling

Day 3: Théâtre de la Ville – Carbon Footprint Calculator

Day 4: Le SAS – Sustainable Live shows in 2050

Day 5: La Cartoucherie – Eco Design

These topics were a continuation of the six webinars conducted by The Shift from September to November 2023, concluding chapter 2.

Evaluation Methodology:

The evaluation methodology involved a combination of online surveys and an in-person evaluation during the Paris workshop. Four key components comprised the evaluation workshop: personal reflection, walking discussions, sharing highlights, and silent discussions. Participants were prompted to reflect on the format, local action implications, and their outlook on the next chapter of LeCake.

Feedback on Format:

Participants expressed general satisfaction with the organization of the week, highlighting the benefits of daily location changes to gain inspiration from local activities. The variety in the workshop’s format, including lectures, group work, and expert input, was well-received. However, the participants wished for more reflection time, crucial for evaluating project progress and defining common goals.

Local Action:

The feedback strongly indicates that participants feel empowered to implement sustainability measures locally. The Doughnut Economy, Carbon Calculators, Green Storytelling, and long-term planning for sustainability emerged as valuable tools. Participants also expressed eagerness to share acquired knowledge within their networks and even proposed building interdisciplinary networks.

Outlook for the Future:

As the project reached its halfway mark, participants shared their motivations for the next chapters of LeCake. Key points include the need for more time for collective reflection during in-person meetings, defining common goals, and tangible Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These will be taken into consideration as the focus will shift towards implementing acquired knowledge, engaging with local communities, and encouraging cooperative projects.

While participants expressed overall satisfaction with the second in-person meeting, constructive criticism was offered. The project management and organizers will work on the suggestions for improvement. The feedback indicates high motivation and commitment among partners, providing a strong foundation for future sustainable projects. As we move forward, it is important to maintain this enthusiasm and transform ideas into tangible actions for a greener, more artistic future.

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