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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 course

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

    Illuminate important ideas with a loving form of humour

    16 Sept to 28 Oct 2024

    The course

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

    Class 1 (Finding the beauty beneath): Monday 16 September, 5pm to 6.30pm Berlin, Germany time.

    Class 2 (Aiming for average): Monday 23 September, 5pm to 6.30pm Berlin, Germany time.

    Class 3 (Love as a sponsoring energy): Monday 30 September, 5pm to 6.30pm Berlin, Germany time.

    Class 4 (Structure which clarifies): Monday 7 October, 5pm to 6.30pm Berlin, Germany time.

     

    Individual, online coaching (30 minutes per person). We'll find a time that works for us between 9-11 October.

     

    Class 5 (Finalising the content): Monday 14 October 5pm to 6.30pm Berlin, Germany time.

     

    Class 6 (Physicality and rehearsing): Monday 21 October, 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 26 October, 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): Monday 28 October, 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.

     

     

     

     

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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.

  • Book your place now

    Check out our courses above.

    Sustainable Stand Up Online Course 16 Sept - 28 Oct 2024

    Sustainable Stand Up Online Course 16 Sept - 28 Oct 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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  • Click 'Buy now' to book your place on the course.

    A word about VAT:

    If you are an individual based in Germany or if you are paying via a German company - you need to add the 19% VAT.

    If you are in the EU and are an individual who is VAT registered or are paying through a company that is, then VAT is 0%. If you are in the EU and not VAT registered, the VAT is 19%.

    If you are outside of the EU and paying for yourself, the VAT is 19%. If you are paying through a company outside of the EU, VAT is 0%.

    What happens when you book your place? You will receive a nice confirmation email from us, with more details about the course, within 12 hours. Usually a lot faster.

    If for some reason PayPal isn't working for you, or if you prefer to wire the funds to us instead, please email us here.

    By booking, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions here.

     

  • We do in-organisation and public workshops exploring ways to learn how to be engaging, smart and funny about stuff that matters.

     

    Here are some public workshops we have coming up. 

    For in-organisation or public workshop in your city,

    contact us (Maffick.com is where this project comes from).

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

     

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    Compassionate Climate Comedy Workshop

    Tips for thinking about and communicating this stuff with impact

    Online, live, 90-minutes

    Date TBA

     

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

    In this interactive, online workshop, we explore three key tools which help us to think about and communicate climate issues with more compassion, clarity, and humour.

     

    We'll explore:

    - The rule of 3

    - Finding the beauty in your anger

    - Using metaphors/domain shifts to illuminate disfunction and possibility

     

    No comedy experience needed. Just a desire to help make the world better.

     

    WHEN AND WHERE

    Next workshop will be announced shortly.

    The event will be on Zoom. Be prepared to have your cameras and mics on.

     

    WORKSHOP FEE

    Regular individual rate £55.

     

    IMPORTANT WORKSHOP INFORMATION

    Course limited to 10 participants.

     

    Please read the course terms and conditions.

     

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

     

  • Course option 1: Individual €380 plus 19% VAT

    You have a German VAT number or you do not have an EU VAT number.

     

     

  • Paying for your place on our Climate Comedy workshop

    Click 'Buy now' to book your place. (What happens when you book? You will receive a nice confirmation email from us, with more details about the course, within 12 hours. Usually a lot faster.). If for some reason PayPal isn't working for you, or if you prefer to wire the funds to us instead, please email us here.

    For the Thursday, 9 March Climate Comedy Workshop, click below.

  • 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.

  • Conferences. Got a big cool or boring sustainability-themed conference?

    Let us bring relevant material, laughter, and lightness to your event

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    I do keynotes

    Getting people to think differently in an enjoyable way

    Humour is so important to our psychological well being, especially when we face difficult and often overwhelming concepts. Sometimes what we need is for someone to speak the truth about how hard the human side to all this is, while being wildly funny.

     

    I do highly engaging conference keynotes.

    Email me.

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    And so do some of our awesome alumni

    Subject matter experts from around the world

    We can put together a few wonderful, and very funny subject matter experts for your conference.

     

    Tempted?

    Email me.

  • The Russians are coming...

    ...or, more accurately, we'd like to run a course over there. If you are in Russia, and would like to be notified once we get a course going there, click the below 'Keep me informed' button and let us know a tiny bit about yourself so we can optimise a course there just for you!

  • Ways to learn how to be engaging, smart and funny about stuff that matters

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

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    Canberra, Australia

    Just opened. Nice comedy about meaningful stuff.

    When

    Course from May 15 to June 19.

     

    Four live, online classes taught by Belina Raffy

    Class 1 May 15, 630pm - 745pm*

    Class 2 May 29, 630pm - 745pm*

    Class 3 June 5, 630pm - 745pm*

    Class 4 June 12, 630pm - 745pm*

    * If there are more than 7 people in the class, we'll split the online classes into two cohorts

     

    Online individual coaching by Belina, 30 minutes

     

    Two in-person classes taught by Phil Dooley

    Class 5 Thursday June 14th 530pm - 730pm

    Class 6 Saturday June 16th 1030am - 1230pm

     

    Show June 19 at Smiths Alternative, with MC Phil Dooley.

     

    Where

    Online via Zoom. In-person tbc shortly.

    The show will be at Smiths.

     

    Taught by

    Belina Raffy (online) and Phil Dooley (in person)

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    Melbourne, Australia

    Combine your passion for making a difference with kind comedy

    What

    Course from May 28 - June 23

     

    Four live, online classes

    Monday evenings Oz time (7-815pm) May 28, June 4, 11, 18

     

    Online individual coaching by Belina, 30-minutes

     

    In-person classes

    Thursday June 21 and Friday June 22 from 6-8pm, taught by Tejopala Rawls.

     

    Show

    Saturday June 23 from 515-630pm at the Butterfly Club. MC Alanta Colley.

     

    Taught by

    Belina Raffy and Tejopala Rawls.

     

  • The Blog

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.

    December 12, 2020 · Zoom,Comedy show,Compassion
    We did it. Our first online Sustainable Stand Up course comedy show. Before this purely online course, we had done 37 courses across 10 countries, all with in-person course shows on a stage. Here is what I learned when our stage was Zoom. What went wellOur acts were already familiar with Zoom....
    (Contains spoilers - please see the film first) I just watched the stunning film by Todd Phillips, The Joker. Part of why I loved this film is that it made me reflect on the role of societal institutions in engendering human dignity. The film does this by showing us what happens when our real and...
  • The SusStandUp Team

    Let's play!

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  • Let's keep in touch. Connect with us here...

    We will send you information tailored to your interests.

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

  • Contact us

    Got a question?  Contact us

     

    Sustainable Stand Up is a project by Maffick Ltd. 

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  • We do public and in-company courses Sustainable Stand Up courses

    Here is some information and the ability to sign up

  • If you are looking for individual

    presentation coaching, go to our Maffick site. Click here.

  • Four things

    Our project does 4 things...

     

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    Courses

    We create inspiring courses where you discover a safe environment and new friends. Where you develop and hone stand up material, in a loving, clear way, on stuff that matters.

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    Shows

    We showcase our course participants, as well as the best of today's and tomorrow's stand up comedy on sustainability issues.

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    Connections

    We help connect alumni scientists, sustainability experts, science communicators and others from around the world with each other.

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    Conferences

    We offer our stand up comics to major sustainability events and conferences.

  • Our online course in

    Sustainable Stand Up

    Sometimes, we run online courses

     

    Come connect with funny, lovely people from around the world, get some personal coaching, and do something transformative. And all in the comfort of your own laptop...

     

    This online workshop happens once a week for six weeks.

     

    This six-class plus we support you doing a local open mic show. The course is for people who do good in the world and are interested in presenting more engagingly about stuff that matters. We practice a nice, smart, engaging form of stand up comedy, coming from the ‘I’m ok, you’re ok’ space. Learn this all in the comfort of where ever your computer is. You will also be invited to perform your set at a local ‘open mic’ event.

  • More details about the in-person six-week workshop in London and Berlin

    Book your place - this is going to be awesome

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    Our course...

    Whether you plan a career on the stand up stage, want to speak more powerfully on issues that matter to you, or just want to build your confidence and presence, no experience of stand up or improvisation is necessary.  Register now below.

     

    The introductory course focus on writing and performing stand up comedy, while using the practice of improvisation to help cultivate:

      - playfulness and creativity in crafting your material 

      - confidence and ease on stage, and

      - generosity and connection with your audience.

     

    It emphasises creating content that tackles the big issues in a funny, smart and loving way.

     

    In the workshop sessions you will:

    - with our support, develop your own 5 minute set of stand up material 

      - practice connecting with the audience in delightful, powerful and generous ways

      - introduce good mic and presentation techniques

      - explore positive ways to deal with failure and the unexpected

      - at the end of the course, showcase your set live on stage in a  theatre
     

  • Why do we get out of bed in the morning?

    We help people who do good in the world to do that better.

     

    We help people to combine stand up comedy, playfulness, content about stuff that matters, a focus on positivity and inclusion, and love.


    When combined, these are wildly powerful forces to get important information across.

     

    Join us and stand up for things that matter.