SHARED GREEN DEAL Arena guidelines

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This report delivers guidelines for designing an interactive multi-actor process to co-creating transformative pathways to achieving the EU Green Deal. Our design approach builds upon principles of ‘Transition Management’ to explore the challenges, innovative interventions, trade-offs as well as co-benefits across the six different Green Deal streams with a diverse group of actors. The process follows a set of guiding principles derived from theories of transdisciplinary and action research. These address how to convene a diverse coalition of the willing, to build upon insights from sustainability transitions research, to create a safe-enough space for critical reflections, to ensure strategic insights through a forward-looking perspective, as well as to develop concrete steps and generate action-oriented knowledge during the arena process. 

Four key steps are guiding the selection of methods for this process: 

  1. Problematise: problem structuring and analysis of dynamics 
  2. Envision: define principles of desired, shared futures 
  3. Co-create action: develop an action agenda with strategic pathways 
  4. Reflect: explore the trade-offs and synergies actions between pathways 

A coherent facilitation approach guarantees the process being carried out in a series of online and hybrid events over a period of three months in 2022.

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Languages: English

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For further details please contact co-leads Professor Chris Foulds ( and Professor Rosie Robison (

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 101036640. The sole responsibility for the content of this website lies with the SHARED GREEN DEAL HAS project and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union.