Failure Lunch: Embracing Failures for Sustainable Development | SDSN Northern Europe
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Share your story about failure when working for sustainable development. When we embrace failure as a learning opportunity, we can collectively create a more sustainable and resilient future.

Failure Lunch: Embracing Failures for Sustainable Development

Failure Lunch is an event that gathers eminent experts to share their inspiring stories of failure, all related to various aspects of sustainable development.

At Failure Lunch, we embrace the notion that failures are an inherent part of the innovative process that propels society towards sustainable transformations. We recognise that rather than setbacks, failures are valuable learning opportunities. This initiative aims to foster a deeper understanding of what goes wrong in our pursuits and, through the lens of these failures, collectively shape a more resilient and sustainable future. Here, we provide instructions for storytellers and invite organisations to join us in promoting a culture of learning from failure.

Guide: Embracing Failures for Sustainable Development with Failure Lunch

Welcome to the Failure Lunch Guide, a comprehensive resource that will walk you through the principles and steps to engage in a meaningful exploration of failures within the context of sustainable development. Failure Lunch is a platform where experts share their stories of failure to foster learning and growth in the pursuit of sustainable goals. This guide is structured to provide you with clear instructions on how to participate as a storyteller or organise your own Failure Lunch event.

Understanding Failure Lunch

Failure Lunch is a unique event that celebrates the role of failures as stepping stones to sustainable development. It is built on the idea that setbacks and missteps are valuable learning opportunities rather than roadblocks. Here, we delve into the essence of Failure Lunch:

Becoming a Storyteller

If you are interested in sharing your story at a Failure Lunch event, follow these steps:

Step 1: Prepare Your Story (10 Minutes)

  • Select a situation where dialogues for urban development did not go as expected.
  • Craft a narrative that describes the context, challenges faced, and the outcome of the situation.
  • Keep your presentation within a 10-minute timeframe to maintain engagement.

Step 2: Reflect on the Learning

  • After sharing your story, engage in a discussion.
  • Share the valuable lessons you derived from your failure.
  • Consider what others can learn from your experience.
  • Assess whether your insights are context-specific or have broader applications.

Organising Your Own Failure Lunch

If you are an organisation or individual interested in hosting a Failure Lunch event, here's how you can get started:

Step 1: Contact Us

  • Reach out to us to express your interest in organising a Failure Lunch event.
  • We will provide guidance and support to help you get started.

Step 2: Event Planning

  • Collaborate with us to plan the event, including selecting themes, inviting expert storytellers, and setting a date and location.

Step 3: Execution

  • Host the event, ensuring that storytellers share their failures and insights as per the Failure Lunch format.

Step 4: Encourage Learning

  • Foster discussions and reflections among participants to maximize the learning experience.

Failure Lunch is a powerful concept that encourages us to embrace failures as integral parts of the sustainable development journey. This guide equips you with the knowledge and steps needed to participate as a storyteller or organise your own event. By sharing, learning, and collectively embracing failure, we contribute to a more sustainable and resilient future. Join us in this important endeavor to turn setbacks into stepping stones for progress.