Empowering people to live and work increasingly sustainably

Working together

Sustainability requires collaboration. GAP is a membership not-for-profit network with currently 26 organizational members in 23 countries on five continents.

All members are independent, using common methods and tools to become more effective. As a community we learn from each other to enhance our impact. As a group we publish our results. 

Action programs

Sustainability is about action. GAP delivers behaviour change programs for households and communities, youth and schools, and for the workplace. All programs follow proven design principles and provide measurable results. Through action research, the principles are constantly refined.

We also offer our more than 20 years of experience though seminars and workshops to business, NGOs and other organizations. 

Behaviour change

The individual is key to sustainability. Looking at habits and consumption patterns in a playful and non-judgmental way makes it easy to change. Through GAP's principles of empowerment, participants find their own ways to introduce new, more sustainable habits -- and to develop support systems to make them stick.

Empowered people make all the difference. Every day.

75th birthday conversation

A conversation on age, life views and values, with Marilyn Mehlmann on the occasion of her 75 birthday. Marilyn is the general secretary of Global Acton Plan international. Other people in the conversation are from the GAP International secretariat.

This is the first podcast in a planned series of conversations from GAP. 

Unique system for global measurements of behaviour change

In GAP International's ongoing effort to engage large number of people all over the world in behaviour change programs, we are now launching a web based global data collection system we call Made to Measure.
M2M is designed to provide an interface to our nationally and culturally adapted programs in such a way, that results from the participants in different countries on the globe can be reported and aggregated to show global behaviour change results, both quantitative (resource savings) and qualitative (behavior change).

The project is financed by the European Commission, the Swedish international development aid (SIDA) and Global Action Plan International.

International members meeting, training and AGM in Spain

On 25 to 29 March, 28 people from eight countries within GAP Community gathered at a conference center in Miraflores outside Madrid, with a combined agenda of CELLS project training, the International exchange meeting and GAP’s annual general meeting (AGM).

Global Action Plan UK is restructuring

Quite a job opening: Global Action Plan UK is restructuring - and looking for a new 'managing partner'. 

New GAP book – ESD Dialogues

Now available on the international book market, also as an e-book! An empowering pedagogy -- from the back-page note by Frans Lenglet, Director, SWEDESD:

"If you want to get excited and inspired to put Education for Sustainable Development into practice, 'ESD Dialogues' is an excellent place to start. 

"The book is a rendition of an ongoing 'learning journey' by two highly experienced educators, coming from quite different traditions and perspectives.  In its content and form the book embodies ESD’s strengths and promise. This can be captured in such keywords as: inviting, energizing, thought-provoking, empowering, action orientation, collaborative knowledge production, transformation. During the learning journey, horizon-widening insights and innovative pedagogical approaches and techniques emerge."

SIME Stockholm – and a beautiful story

First time at this HUGE international media conference. Top names in the media world in quick succession on stage, on screen – even via hologram! Informative, entertaining, intensive, and sometimes way over my head. There were special sessions for NGOs. As usual, the main take-away was the people.

International "Drawing for life", comics exhibition in Stockholm

The international project Drawing for life, earlier run in Belarus, Kosovo and Macedonia, has moved on to the Ukraine.

With 10 exhibitions already held in the Ukraine, the time has come to Stockholm, open 3-14 December. The opening of the Stockholm exhibition was successfully held on Tuesday 3 December at the Stockholm City Central Library (Stadsbiblioteket), with drawings from Ukrainian teachers and students.

The opening started with an interview between Patrik Schylström, event coordinator from the City Library, Esbjörn Jorsäter, our comics expert, and the Ukrainian delegation, Tetiana Remekh and Olena Zarichna.

From Nudge to Norm – why environmental behaviour change matters

Global Action Plan UK celebrated their 20th birthday with an event, From Nudge to Norm. Invited key speakers from leading organisations addressed the issue of creating behaviour change in organisations.

Trewin Restorick evaluates the key learning and themes from the day.

Industry in harmony with the Earth’s ecosystems

Good topic for a conference – and a good location, Guangzhou, China’s third city, a short riverboat-ride from Hong Kong. An international conference jointly hosted by the Chinese government, city administration, and UN Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO. What’s more, it came up with some results.

By Marilyn Mehlmann

Third green industry conference in Guangzhou, China

This year, the UN Industrial Development Organization was running the Green Industry Conference together with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

The event took place in Guangzhou 7-9 November, 2013. Global Action Plan International was invited to take part in the panel A Framework for Collective Action. Read the report "Industry in harmony with the Earth’s ecosystems" above.


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