A series of virtual workshops exploring how we build a sustainable society post-crisis.

Over the course of just a few weeks the global COVID-19 crisis has completely transformed how we operate as a society; how we interact with each other as neighbours, colleagues and citizens; and how we shop, eat, travel, socialise and work.

No one knows how long the crisis will last or what the world will look like on the other side. We do know however that the crisis presents an opportunity for communities and businesses to come together to build a fairer, more sustainable society for the future.

Hubbub is delighted to launch a series of virtual workshops which will bring together forward-thinking businesses, thought leaders and key stakeholders to examine the different responses to a fast-changing world. We will explore how communities and businesses can collaborate to ensure that social and environmental issues are at the core of the COVID-19 recovery.

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Below is a summary of the workshops, dates, and RSVP links if you'd like to attend. Each one runs for 90 minutes and is hosted on Zoom. 

The workshops follow a set agenda:

  • Scene setting from Hubbub
  • Two short introductory presentations from guest experts
  • A structured discussion around key questions
  • A summary of the discussion from Hubbub and next steps.

Workshop 1: What will a purpose-driven business look like post crisis? (1st May, 2pm)

In a matter of weeks the COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way that businesses operate, highlighted the inequality in our society and shone a spotlight on key workers who are essential to keep our society functioning.

For a purpose-driven business the old rules no longer apply. Businesses are having to adapt their CSR strategies and are pivoting towards more socially-minded initiatives that help the most vulnerable; they are reconsidering the benefit their businesses can offer to society; and they are donating important supplies to key workers.

This initial workshop will seek to answer some broad overarching questions:

  • How have businesses responded positively to the crisis?
  • How are businesses starting to plan for life post-crisis, and how will the emphasis change?
  • How can businesses collaborate to amplify the impact of their activities?


Workshop 2: How will the crisis change the way we shop? (22nd May, 2pm)

The already-struggling high street has suffered a huge blow. Non-essential shops, cafes and restaurants have closed, social-distancing measures are in place at supermarkets and the public have been forced to shop more online – even those who had never considered it before.

Household budgets have been severely affected, many people are spending less and being more prudent with their money. This workshop will seek to answer:

  • Why are high streets important and what could the high street of the future look like?
  • What changes are likely to stick and what are the implications (positive or negative)?
  • What is the role of businesses, communities and government to shape a more relevant high street?

Read the insights from WORKSHOP 2

Workshop 3: How will this crisis change our relationship to food? (4th June, 10.30am)

The COVID-19 crisis has already transformed how we buy and consume food. With restrictions on certain foods, people are becoming more resourceful and seeking out advice on how to make the most of their food including tips on storing, freezing and cooking.

There's been a huge surge in home delivery and an increased interest in growing your own fruit and veg and buying locally.

Hubbub is conducting public polling on the shifting attitudes to food, the results of which will be presented at this workshop.

This workshop will seek to answer:

  • Where does the public currently feel most vulnerable/exposed in terms of food security and knowledge?
  • What types of campaigns and communications do people need – both in terms of theme and medium?
  • What types of programmes and infrastructure could make communities more resilient around food?


Workshop 4: How will the crisis change how we get around? (19th June, 2pm)

The crisis is likely to have a long-term impact on how we travel. Aviation and tourism are among the industries hardest hit, while air quality has improved in many cities as cars stay at home. Businesses and employees have been forced to adopt remote working and embrace the potential of virtual meetings, brainstorms and conferences.

With non-essential travel being banned and people being allowed one trip out a day for exercise, the importance of green space on mental and physical wellbeing has become even more apparent. This workshop will seek to answer:

  • How will the crisis change working practices? What are the opportunities for continuing with some remote working post crisis, with subsequent impacts on air quality, carbon emissions and wellbeing?
  • What are the opportunities to continue to promote low carbon travel?
  • Has the crisis changed how we as a society value nature and urban green spaces?


 Workshop 5: How does this change how we communicate environmental issues? (2nd July, 2pm)

Food waste is now a commonplace topic of conversation as households seek to make the most of what they buy; airplanes are grounded and car travel has dropped dramatically. More people are gardening, appreciating nature and enjoying carbon-free travel such as walking or cycling.

But this is no time for environmental triumphalism. Households will be under enormous financial pressure when the crisis is over and society will need to be rebuilt and restructured. How can this be done in a way that sensitively takes environmental considerations into account? This workshop will seek to answer:

  • How do we talk about sustainability after this – what tone and language is appropriate? What’s the right timing for talking about environmental issues?
  • What can we learn from this crisis that can be applied in the future?
  • How can communities and businesses collaborate to ensure that social and environmental issues are at the core of the COVID-19 recovery.