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GET INVOLVED

As an open, decentralised grassroots organisation, we welcome everyone who shares in our three aims with an interest in the built environment to join us. 

 

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ACAN is structured into a number of working and thematic groups tackling different areas. If you are interested in a particular topic please contact us for details about how to get involved in these groups.

FIND A GROUP

Can’t find a group? Set one up!

 

START AN ACAN GROUP

If a group does not already exist in the country where you live/work/reside we can offer the following guidance on setting one up:

Step 01/

Gather together a group of 10+ committed “initiators” within your country who are keen to help you to start an ACAN group.

  • Try asking friends, colleagues and peers. Make announcements on social media, linkedIn etc to see if you can reach out to a wider group of people. 

  • You may want to add everyone to a shared whatsapp group (or similar) for ease of communication.

  • Try asking friends, colleagues and peers. Make announcements on social media, linkedIn etc to see if you can reach out to a wider group of people. 

  • You may want to add everyone to a shared whatsapp group (or similar) for ease of communication.

Step 02/

Contact us to arrange an induction meeting.

  • In this online video call, we’ll explain what ACAN is, how it works and how we set-up.

  • We’ll talk about how the group has evolved so far and the kind of development process you might expect to go through with your own

  • We’ll run through some advice, guidance and support we can offer and answer any questions you have.

Step 03/

Plan a Launch Event!

  • Initially the focus should be a launch event to put your group ‘on the map’, we’ll offer some suggestions and guidance on this.

  • The state of the group up to this point could be described as gestation or ‘embryonic phase’. Like a seed, the launch event should represent it’s sprouting.

  • The initial set-up phase can be quite intense for the ‘initiators’ group and you will need to have regular meetings (we suggest weekly) in order to maintain sufficient momentum. Ultimately the launch event will seek to onboard a much wider group of people and take some of the pressure and workload off of you.

 

REGIONAL AND LOCAL GROUPS

Regional groups purpose / objectives:

  • To provide a place for like minded individuals within the built-environment sector to connect, form community, knowledge-share and support one-another in addressing the climate crisis.

  • To campaign on issues relating to regionally-devolved regulations.

  • To campaign and work on matters relating to local policy.

  • To address context-specific challenges in relation to the built environment in the time of the climate emergency.

To the greatest extent possible, people living and working regionally are encouraged to join in with working groups and campaigns at an overall national level - to facilitate knowledge sharing and avoid duplicating our efforts. In the time of a global pandemic with so much happening remotely and digitally, there is plenty of opportunity for this. However, regional groups can serve a number of important functions. Please follow the process above if you would like to start a regional group.

To join our Student Groups, have a look our ACAN Student Group Map.

 

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ACAN is a network of individuals within architecture and related built environment professions taking action to address the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown. 

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