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    We help people to communicate

    important environmental and social issues

    in ways that are loving, impactful, and funny.

     

  • Why take our climate comedy course?

    What makes this different?

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    This lady knows stuff

    Belina uniquely combines exquisite facilitation skills, global environmental and social project experience, and a profound understanding of how to help nervous people to shine while being generous, connected, and loving.

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    Love is our sponsoring energy

    When we face and communicate climate issues with fear and anger, we generate more of the same. This course is a unique space to see what happens when we use a loving form of humour to illuminate and engage others in the issues we care about.

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    This course has a great track record

    This course has run over 50 times online and across 11 countries. It was part of National Science Week in Australia twice. Alumni include climate scientists, humanitarian workers, sustainable transport professors, and more.

  • Success stories

    Public course participants include climate scientists, humanitarian workers, sustainable transport professors, and many more. All of them want to make the world better.

     

    Here's what some of them say:

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    Peter, the NASA climate scientist says...

     

    "I need to reach people about the deadly serious impacts of climate change. But I don't want to drive them away with gloom and doom. Belina and my wonderfully supportive classmates helped me discover the hilarity in my work and connect with the audience about something that really matters, to me and the world."

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    Pablo, the humanitarian worker says...

    "How do we communicate changing climate risks in a way that is both serious and fun? The 'Sustainable Stand Up' course taught me to engender laughter and inspire action through a potent, clever, generous lens: (1) love humanity, and (2) find the system funny. Thank you dearest Belina."

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    Gillian, the professor of sustainable transport says...

    "Turning my hand (or mouth!) to comedy as a new way of communicating the transport and climate change agenda has been extremely rewarding in several different ways. I have been acutely aware for some time that we need to find different ways of engaging people in order to convince them that we are all in this together. I now realise that comedy is a brilliant way of acknowledging common challenges and contradictions in a relatable way that is much more likely to get people to own their own responsibility as compared to the more standard ‘finger pointing’ ways of providing information. Sustainable Stand Up is all about a compassionate approach where the comedian exposes an issue that they are themselves grappling with and teasing out the individual and system-wide components that make things so hard. Although there will always be a time and a place for the comedic approach, the experience has given me fresh hope that we can make faster progress so long as we really get inside the hearts and minds of the people we are trying to influence and there is no better way than to find the issues where people can laugh..."

  • We deliver compassionate comedy courses for comedy beginners interested in making the world better. 

    People remember smart loving humour

    Wanted:

    People who

    • Are currently working on climate/social issues
    • Have never done stand up comedy before
    • Want to explore a loving, deeply authentic form of comedy to illuminate the issues they care about

     

    Warning: This course goes deep.

     

    It will help you be a more clear about the issues you care about, and your relationship to them.

     

    It will bring you more confidence as a writer and presenter.

     

    It will help you illuminate complex issues in ways that your audience will remember and feel safe to reflect upon for a long time.

     

    To do all of that - you need to be able to dedicate enough time for the classes, the coaching, and the show, as well as about 2 hours of homework between each class.

     

     

    Not wanted:

    This course is not for people who:
    • Are deeply cynical
    • Just want a 'regular' stand up comedy course
    • Are too busy to do some deep reflection
  • Here are some public courses we have coming up. 

    For in-company or public courses in your city,
    contact us (Maffick.com is where this project comes from).

    Warning: This course may include belly laughing, transformative insights, and meeting delightful, like-minded people.

     

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    Sustainable Stand Up

    online & in-person hybrid course

    (In-person part in Melbourne, Australia)

    Australia - second time this year!

    28 Oct to 2 Dec 2024

     

     

    The course

    Live, online, this ain't your normal Zoom call...

    Class 1 (Finding the beauty beneath): Monday 28 Oct, 7.30-9pm Melbourne time.

    Class 2 (Aiming for average): Monday 4 Nov, 7.30-9pm Melbourne time.

    Class 3 (Love as a sponsoring energy): Monday 11 Nov, 7.30-9pm Melbourne time.

    Class 4 (Structure which clarifies): Monday 18 Nov, 7.30-9.30pm Melbourne time.

     

    Individual, online coaching (30 minutes per person). We'll find a time that works for us between 20-22 Nov.

     

    Class 5 (Finalising the content): Monday, 25 Nov 7.30-9.30pm* (Note - 2 hours) Melbourne time.

     

    Live, in-person, in Melbourne

    Class 6 (Physicality and rehearsing): Thursday 28 November, 4:30pm-7:30pm Melbourne time.

     

    The Show (a live, public comedy show with a lovely, supportive audience, in a theatre): Saturday 30 Nov. Time to be confirmed - we think it will be 5.15pm Melbourne time show start.

    (We meet at the venue 60 minutes before the show starts.)

     

    Live, online, this ain't your normal Zoom call...

    Class 7 (Reflections and next steps): 2 Dec, 7.30-8.30pm Melbourne time.

     

    Please note: There is about 2 hours of homework in between each class.

     

    COURSE FEE

    Special individual early bird rate, ends 30 April.

    Individuals: 299 euros plus 19% VAT (355,81 euros) .

    Corporate: 399 euros plus 0% VAT.

     

    Why should you let your company pay at a higher rate? Because this course is a labour of love, skill, and broad knowledge of climate issues (I have run it now over 50 times across 11 countries) and it supports profound and positive transformation in the climate space. Having a few individuals attend at higher rates allows me to support more beautiful individuals and groups who cannot afford those rates. And at the moment, we need everyone 'in the pool' to help create positive change. 

    (Course fee does not include travel, accommodation, food, etc.) 

    Note: This course is for people based in and around Melbourne. If you are joining from outside Melbourne, please do not book any travel or accommodation until you get a confirmation from us to do so.  

    Course limited to 7 awesome participants. Will you be one of them? To book your place, click here. If you would like to pay in two installments,  email us.

     

    To get on the waiting list for the next course, email us.

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    Sustainable Stand Up

    online course

    ( Time zone picked for North America morning/lunch time and Europe early afternoon)

    Illuminate important ideas with a loving form of humour

    29 April to 11 June 2024

    The course

    Live, online, this ain't your normal Zoom call...

    Class 1 (Finding the beauty beneath): Monday 29 April, 5pm to 6.30pm Berlin, Germany time.

    Class 2 (Aiming for average): Tuesday 7 May, 5pm to 6.30pm Berlin, Germany time.

    Class 3 (Love as a sponsoring energy): Tuesday 14 May, 5pm to 6.30pm Berlin, Germany time.

    Class 4 (Structure which clarifies): Tuesday 21 May, 5pm to 6.30pm Berlin, Germany time.

     

    Individual, online coaching (30 minutes per person). We'll find a time that works for us between 23-24 May.

     

    Class 5 (Finalising the content): Tuesday, 28 May, 5pm to 7pm Berlin, Germany time.* (Note - 2 hours)

     

    Class 6 (Physicality and rehearsing): Tuesday 4 June, 5pm to 7pm Berlin, Germany time.* (Note - 2 hours).

     

    The Show (a live, online public comedy show with a lovely, supportive audience, on Zoom): Saturday 8 June, 5pm to 6:15pm Berlin, Germany time.

    (Note: We meet in the Zoom room 40 minutes before the show starts.)

     

    Class 7 (Reflections and next steps): Tuesday, 11 June, 5pm to 6pm Berlin, Germany time.

     

    Please note: There is about 2 hours of homework in between each class.

     

    COURSE FEE

    Individuals: 249 euros plus 19% VAT (296.31 euros) .

    Corporate: 349 euros plus 19% VAT. (415.31 euros)

    (If you qualify for 0% VAT - e.g. you have a valid EU VAT number which is outside of Germany, email me and I'll invoice you for the fee with 0% VAT)

     

     

    Why should you let your company pay at a higher rate? Because this course is a labour of love, skill, and broad knowledge of climate issues (I have run it now over 50 times across 11 countries) and it supports profound and positive transformation in the climate space. Having a few individuals attend at higher rates allows me to support more beautiful individuals and groups who cannot afford those rates. And at the moment, we need everyone 'in the pool' to help create positive change.

     

    To book, scroll down or click here.

     

     

     

     

  • Book your place now

    Check out our courses above.

    Sustainable Stand Up Online Course 29 April - 11 June 2024

    Sustainable Stand Up Online Course 29 April - 11 June 2024

    296,31 € - 349,19 €
    Delightful and online. Illuminate important ideas you care about with a loving form of humour. New format with more people, more group work, and more real world applications.
    And still we have a public online comedy show with all of our most loving friends.
    See above for details.
    Fee is 249 euros plus 19% VAT for individuals and 349 euros plus 19% VAT for organisations. If your organisation qualifies for zero percent VAT (e.g. you have a company outside of the EU, or within the EU but outside of Germany paying for the course) don't book here. Email us and once you confirm your VAT status and relevant address, we'll issue you an invoice including 0% VAT for a place on this course.
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    28 October to 2 December Sustainable Stand Up hybrid online & Melbourne Course

    28 October to 2 December Sustainable Stand Up hybrid online & Melbourne Course

    355,81 € - 399,00 €
    The course
    Live, online, this ain't your normal Zoom call...
    Class 1 (Finding the beauty beneath): Monday 28 Oct, 7.30-9pm Melbourne time.
    Class 2 (Aiming for average): Monday 4 Nov, 7.30-9pm Melbourne time.
    Class 3 (Love as a sponsoring energy): Monday 11 Nov, 7.30-9pm Melbourne time.
    Class 4 (Structure which clarifies): Monday 18 Nov, 7.30-9.30pm Melbourne time.

    Individual, online coaching (30 minutes per person). We'll find a time that works for us between 20-22 Nov.

    Class 5 (Finalising the content): Monday, 25 Nov 7.30-9.30pm* (Note - 2 hours) Melbourne time.

    Live, in-person, in Melbourne
    Class 6 (Physicality and rehearsing): Thursday 28 November, 4:30pm-7:30pm Melbourne time.

    The Show (a live, public comedy show with a lovely, supportive audience, in a theatre): Satursday 30 Nov. Time to be confirmed - we think it will be 5.15pm Melbourne time show start.
    (We meet at the venue 60 minutes before the show starts.)

    Live, online, this ain't your normal Zoom call...
    Class 7 (Reflections and next steps): 2 Dec, 7.30-8.30pm Melbourne time.
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  • High level course terms and conditions

    For the public courses:

    If you cancel up to one week before the course starts, you’ll get a total refund. If you cancel after that or during the course, we refund you up to 50% of your fee, proportional to the amount of the course taken before the cancellation. If you are under halfway through the course, or if you are beyond that, we invite you to re-take the course again at the special alumni rate.

     

    For both public and in-organisation courses:

    How many classes of a course can you miss? Ideally none. We understand that sometimes things come up that make missing a class unavoidable. If you are going to miss a class, tell your facilitator. You are able to miss up to 2 of the first 4 classes in a course, as long as you keep up with the homework and you work with the facilitator to keep on track. The rest of the classes, and the show, are mandatory.

     

    For courses and workshops:

    Sometimes, and very rarely, there is a mismatch between what we are trying to nurture in the course, and a participant involved. If this is the case, it is our call to invite a person to leave and revert to the refund policies above/below.

     

    For in-organisation courses:

    If individual participants from an in-organisation course cancel up to two weeks before the course starts, there is no penalty. If a participant cancels after that, they must refund the organisation personally for their course fee.

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    Topic: Humour in the communication of complex & difficult topics of climate and humanitarian issues

    Belina Raffy of Maffick/Sustainable Stand Up, Pablo Suarez of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and Anna Ramskogler-Witt of Aktion Gegen den Hunger and the Berlin Human Rights Film Festival

    In this Human Rights Film Festival Berlin podcast, we explore how humour can help us to communicate complex, difficult issues like climate change and humanitarian work.

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    Smile! It's Climate Change

    In this podcast with Life-Sized City presenter Mikael Colville-Andersen, Mikael and Belina discuss how to make climate communication and climate action better through compassionate comedy and improvisation.

  • The SusStandUp Team

    Let's play!

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    Reminder: Sustainable Stand Up is a project of Maffick.com.

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