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Suzanne Whitby

I am a communication specialist and climate communicator, and since 2012, I have focused my energy, experience and expertise on supporting the transition to a sustainable future, raising awareness about environmental disruption, and tackling climate change.

I primarily work with individuals, schools, groups and organisations who want to make sense of climate change, talk about them and tackle them. You can see the services that I offer to support this here →

Occasionally I work with fellow-facilitators, trainers, and coaches with my “communication specialist” hat on, offering both good advice, mentoring and practical communication and marketing support. If you’re interested in this, you can learn more here →

Professional background

Here is my professional background in a nutshell:

  • I am a communication professional with over 20 years’ experience of working internationally with communication in all its forms: strategic, marketing, research, intercultural, interpersonal, you-name-it.
  • I am the founder of “klimafit” (which broadly means “climate ready” in German), where I am on a mission to make climate awareness training available to every individual in Austria.
  • In 2006, I co-authored “A Zest for Business”, providing practical branding, marketing and communication advice for new and growing businesses in the UK.
  • I launched SciComm Success in 2014 to help scientists and researchers build the skills they need to share their work, because I believe that their rigorous research will help us spot problems and create solutions to today’s challenges. Since then, I have delivered hundreds skill building and science communication training programmes, and I designed a science communication curriculum for climate scientists at Innsbruck University.
  • I have been a professional facilitator since 2016, focusing on constructive conversations around climate change, problem-solving, horizon scanning, and strategic planning for sustainable futures. I am an active member of the IAF and the founder member of Facilitators for Future.
  • Since 2020, I have been running workshops and organising experiences designed to help people understand climate and environmental disruption with a view to raising awareness and changing behaviour.
  • I am a PhD candidate at VU in Amsterdam, exploring how the intersection of oral storytelling, sensory experiences, and space can affect environmental thinking.

Memberships

Education

I hold a BA (Hons) in English & Philosophy, an MA in Classics with a focus on sensory studies. I am currently a PhD candidate at VU in Amsterdam, researching how the intersection of oral storytelling, sensory experiences, and space can affect environmental thinking.

In addition, I am:

  • a trained focused conversations faciliator
  • a trained Participatory Strategic Planning workshop facilitator
  • a PATH facilitator
  • a Climate Fresk Facilitator
  • an En-Roads Facilitator
  • Carbon Literacy trainer and Climate Literacy training designer
  • a Deep Time Walk leader
  • a certified TetraMap® Facilitator

 

I also have a long list of project management and  ICT qualifications, thanks to my corporate career as a programme manager and systems administrator, and which have proven surprisingly useful in my current work.

More questions? Fancy a chat?

Do feel free to get in touch if you’d like to connect or have a chat. If it’s of interest, you can learn more about me and my various pursuits at www.suzannewhitby.com.

Get in touch

Suzanne Whitby. Communication specialist, storyteller, facilitator, trainer and climate communicator.

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