Bethan Gritten
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Where do you live and work (City)?
What are your top professional skills?
Project management
What kinds of management education and development services are you involved in?
Developing a community sustainability group
What is your main interest in the AMED network?
education, inspiration, collaboration, personal development
Please share your favourite management development insight or quote.
If we are not modelling what we teach, then we are teaching something else (Helen Flanagan)
What kind of person are you?
More about you (Short Bio or any other details you’d like people to know)
I am approaching the end of the two year 'national graduate development programme for local government' (, sadly disillusioned with the sector. I entered Local Government with conceptual ideals surrounding the adaptive superiority of distributed systems, thinking I would be part of a responsive decision-making node embedded in its environment. What I got was a down-trodden delivery arm for a pre-decided central agenda to whose driver it displays almost Stockholm Syndrome-like deference. As a sector we are excluded and distrusted whilst being told to include and trust; given no power to relinquish whilst being urged to let go. To make a meaningful contribution to an equitable and sustainable future, Local Government needs to be prepared to consider and question what it is told to implement, demonstrating leadership by resisting directives where they are judged unhelpful. As yet, I have seen precious little of the courage required to do this.
What I’d like from the AMED network is…
I would like to make a living doing something which is truly helpful. I am interested to hear about how other people go about it!
What do you do for your own development?
Reading, self-development, meditation, walking, talking, thinking, doing!

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At 4:35 on August 22, 2011, Bethan Gritten said…

Hi Marc

Thanks so much for your reply - great advice.

I'll see if I can get in touch with Rolf Harris' production team - massively long shot but why not!

Is Helen a Welsh speaker? I am trying to cover the bases of gender, nationality, prominence in the art world and prominence in environmentalism with the judging panel...

What would be amazingly helpful is if you or she have an in with any of the larger welsh galleries so we can display winning pieces there.

Thanks again,


At 7:43 on April 13, 2011, Penny Walker said…
At 3:08 on April 8, 2011, Penny Walker said…

Hi Bethan


Thanks for you message to the SDN group.


I've been privileged over the past couple of years to be working with some of the communities which received funding from DECC's Low Carbon Communities Challenge


The is a huge amount of experience now in these communities about supporting and catalysing behaviour change and about which technologies seem to have worked best in different circumstances.


A lot of those communities are also members of the Low Carbon Communities Network.


So if you haven't already, check out the sources and resources on those two sites, and get in touch directly with places like Hook Norton and Chale Green to talk with their active people.

Good luck with this!



At 7:29 on April 7, 2011, Sandy Rodger said…

Hi Bethan, I saw your request for support for your North Wales project. I've been trying to do something similar with my own home and lifestyle. I don't claim this is best practice, but some learnings would be:

- To keep it simple and track most of the likely changes you would make, you can focus on domestic electricity and fuel (gas, oil, others), plus car fuel. These are easy to quantify and to convert to CO2 content.

- You also have to decide whether you consider it OK to buy electricity on a renewable contract - some argue this adds impetus to for generators to invest to "green the grid," others say it makes no difference (certainly in the short term) to the actual balance of power generation.

- If you want to be more sophisticated include other forms of travel, water consumption (because water utilities are themselves big power consumers), and embedded carbon in bought items (from day to day groceries to construction materials). But it's harder to measure these things and it may be simpler to apply rules of thumb about maximising public transport use, local food sources etc.

- It's harder to retrofit old houses to be energy efficient, than to build new ones (or even retrofit relatively new ones). This is driven by physical design and materials, and sometimes by planning constraints. Assuming your group have a variety of buildings, you may want to focus on CO2 reduction rather than absolute levels, because different people's homes will have very different potential.

- Real-time information makes a real difference to behaviour. We have a real time electricity meter in the kitchen and it does drive us to go and check what is switched on and makes us aware of the relative consumption of different appliances. The real time fuel consumption meter in the car is even better because you can use your right foot accordingly!

I hope that's some help - good luck and please do share your learnings!

At 15:00 on April 28, 2010, David F McAra said…
Hi, Bethan. Welcome.

I hope you'll be happy to put up a photo in your profile. and help our site to stay friendly and personal.

I like the quote too. I first noticed its truth in the prosaic world of presentation skills training!

At 12:04 on April 28, 2010, Penny Walker said…
Hi Bethan

Good to see you here on the site. You may want to join the Sustainable Development group too... if so, click here.

I love the Helen Flanagan quote!




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