Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Change Centre

The AIN partners with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Change Centre on various projects.


Currently we are developing Participate!
Participate! is a modular course in games and participatory methods for those working with Climate Change Adaptation & Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Applied Improvisation Network and Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre aim to present a 4-module (online) training course on interaction design. Each cohort of participants will be equipped with a range of participatory methodologies to support work around climate resilience. And each participant will complete one reviewed real-world project, supported by mentors and colleagues.


What the programme covers:

  • Grounding: theoretical basis around climate resilience (e.g. Climate Training Kit) and participatory methodologies. Why games?
  • Practical side: tools and case studies, including many exercises and games designed or adapted for climate change and disaster risk reduction.
  • Practice: Applying the learning to real cases – preparation, delivery, evaluation and review.

Who should attend?

  • Practitioners, researchers and anyone who runs workshops, meetings or conference sessions in this humanitarian sector.

What else do participants get?

  • A series of four monthly online sessions presented by world-class experts
  • Homework project assignments, with feedback
  • One face-to-face event, subject to schedules and funding
  • Online course material, including readings, videos, webinars, etc
  • Mentoring from experienced users of games and activities
  • Support from your cohort of fellow participants – preferably with a colleague in the same geographic location
  • A well-stocked online resource library plus access to the Games for Humanity platform
  • An AIN/Climate Centre certificate of completion
  • Plenty of opportunities for reflection for the pilot cohort to contribute to monitoring and evaluation.
  • Pre and post course evaluation to document participants’ abilities and confidence in applying the tools and techniques.
  • Monitoring by an AIN/RCRCCC supervisory panel to maintain ethics and standards


August 2016

In August 2016, a small and mighty band of AIN members created and facilitated a two day Improv for Humanity workshop as a Learning Journey before the Oxford Conference. Humanitarians from organizations such as The World Bank, Global Development, IFRC among others attended. Participants were excited and engaged to bring Applied Improvisation into their Humanitarian work. AIN Team members included Jeanne Lambin, Gabe Mercado, Mary Tyszkiewicz, Lisa Yeager, Heather Lyons and Barbara Tint. We were happily joined by Margot Steenbergen of the RCCC as a partner in the development of the workshop.

Feburary 2016

In February 2016 AIN Practitioners Renatus Hoogenraad, Lesley Adams and Barbara Tint worked with the RCRCCC at the BRACED Annual Learning Event in Dakar, Senegal.

December 2015

In December 2015 Belina Raffy of MAFFICK represented the AIN at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21). You can download her report.