This story illustrates one way of implementing a promoting sustainable change approach with support of some of the toolkit’s methods.
Integrating gender equality and diversity dimensions in a research and development project in the area of district heating and cooling.
A male-dominated project consortium with partners from diverse academic disciplines and companies in Germany, Greece, India, Spain, and Sweden.
Gender app, Gender observations, Value exercises, Personas
The project contributed to next generation of district heating and cooling systems and aspires to create business benefit for the industry. The aim is to ensure optimal end-consumer satisfaction with a user-centered design process.
Initiated by the coordinator, the project consortium decided to strengthen the project and create competitive advantage through a gender equality and diversity perspective. When writing the funding application, the following areas are suitable for gender mainstreaming: decision-making, communication, user participation, consumer interaction, and dissemination in order to achieve more sustainable results.
The project is approved funding from the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission. Gender is included as an agenda item in the project management meetings from the very start of the project. The consortium not only strives for inclusive communication and gender-balance in user participation, but also starts to integrate the gender and diversity perspective in the content of research and innovation. By the first milestone, the project has embedded this perspective in most of the project deliverables submitted to the European Commission. At the time of this writing, the project has passed the first milestone and the next step is to ensure the quality of the gender-mainstreaming process by developing a follow-up system together with project partners. The aim is also to promote joint learning and ownership of the process with the intent to create a sustainable change process.
This story is about a project that challenges the imbalance between women and men in certain work sectors and why so few young people are attracted by certain work. In short, there was a need to re-think underlying causes and origins and a need to develop actions for change.