When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian Architect, 1928 - 2000

Sniffer are changemakers - making Scotland a better place to work, live and play. At the core of all our work is a genuinely collaborative approach to addressing environmental change:

  • Identifying who needs to be involved
  • Identifying what matters to them
  • Bringing people together to find creative approaches and building the confidence to progress them
  • Providing support, tools, resources and training to inform decision making

The greatest change in preparing for or responding to environmental change is brought about through a process that starts by identifying the key stakeholders and understanding their needs and aspirations.

This includes the many public, private and third sector organisations and institutions that make decisions on policy, funding or practice, and it includes those who are impacted by these decisions – including community groups and businesses.

We believe the greatest ideas and insight comes from involving a range of voices and perspectives. The process of involvement builds trust between participants and gives ownership of the solutions and outcomes. By working together, those taking part are better equipped to identify and progress actions for change

That is why we each of our collaborative processes are customised. We engage with those who are affected by an issue or need to be part of making a plan happen. The aims is to empower people so that they make the decisions that are right for them, in their place and in their situation. We provide the  support , tools and resources that are needed to help inform  decision making – either by training or peer-to-peer learning.

We are looking for systems change rather than a linear processes. This means thinking about the underlying policies and relationships and identifying multiple benefits to making the change. For example working on climate issues relating to damp housing can affect household economy in relation to repairs and fuel bills and improve health. 

In our collaborative work we are guided by a number of principles:

  • those who take part want to work together and have the capacity to do so
  • we are working with the grain of what people value and enjoy, recognising what is important to them
  • the process of working together is important, not just the resulting activities

Working in this way makes it much more likely to find and implement effective ways to approach environmental challenges and opportunities  as they have been tested and aligned to the needs and resources of the organisations and communities that will live with them.

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