Strategic Planning Workshop on Palm Oil

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I had the opportunity to facilitate a group discussion last month. Although I was not familiar with the subject matter of palm oil, I still had the chance to use a few tools of collaborative and generative discussion to help facilitate the discussion. 

The focus of the group’s discussion was on sustainable palm oil production. One of the participants was from a malaysian producer. They shared their learning journey on working towards getting the RSPTO certification. There was also many other issues they had to discuss for an upcoming forum. 

It is truly an eye-openign experience, especially the showing of the two extreme ends of the palm oil industry; The Whitewash and Greenpeace viewpoints. Now I am more aware of the viewpoints of each extreme end and the reasons for their motivation. Its hard to reconcile until both ends begin to converse and wear the lens of each other to view the situation together and collectively emerge a solution….

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