Talking ecoLogical

40 Cards for building conversations towards sustainability

$59.95 inc. GST

Product Code: 4940

Conversation starters for designing a sustainable future

Many of us are having conversations around sustainability and creating a healthy future for our planet and its inhabitants.

Talking ecoLogical is the perfect tool to inspire conversations and change, focusing on environmental sustainability, climate change, zero waste practices, land management and more.

The set includes 40 individual cards with 40 intriguing conversation-starting questions, 40 statements and 40 inspiring quotes. It is perfect for prompting rich discussions about environmental sustainability and how we as individuals and teams can design the future.

Talking ecoLogical can be used in various ways, including team building, personal reflection, to prompt journaling and creative writing, evaluation and assessment, goal setting and planning, research, and initiating organisational change.

Talking ecoLogical also comes with a digital booklet with helpful suggestions on how to use this resource.

Suitable for:

  • Educators/Schools
  • Local government and councils
  • Sustainability practitioners
  • Local communities and clubs
  • Green teams
  • Managers and leaders
  • Business owners

Additional resources

Published by Innovative Resources
40 full-colour cards and downloadable booklet 160mm x 140mm
Presented in a polypropylene box

ISBN:  978 1 920945 70 1
Author: Ian McBurney
Designer: Mat Jones

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Stories and Reviews

What kind of discussions do people have when they use the Talking ecoLogical cards? Here’s a mash-up of  one conversation Ian McBurney, the author of Talking ecoLogical, overheard at one of his recent workshops. What conversations will you have?

‘I am offended at this Food card from the ‘Imagining the Future’ suit!’


‘Because farmers have been doing amazing things to improve soil quality for years!’

‘But they’ve been adding too much fertilizer and chemicals and feeding cows pellets and caging chickens and removing vegetation.’

‘That is a very simplistic and stereotypical judgment to make. Farmers care a great deal about their land and are always thinking about the next generation.’

‘But couldn’t you say the same about businesses in the city? They are wrecking the planet for different reasons even though they have people who care running them. Farmers might care, but they are doing damage.’

‘Some are doing damage. Many are doing wonderful things. And the examples you just used are not black and white. There are a lot of grey areas. Define ‘free range’ for example? And cows are mostly grass fed in Australia. I think businesses in the city and farmers are facing the same issues. In many ways it’s the big systems we’ve set up that are the problem. Fossil fuels, global companies, politics and media slogans make it feel too hard for farmers and businesses to run a good business without ignoring the environment. I just get sick of people going off at farmers when they have no idea how hard they are trying.’

‘So wouldn’t getting back to local help if the big companies are the problem? I’ve heard about Food Hubs in America that set up to supply their local area first and to keep the profits local. If local people were more connected to local food and local place wouldn’t that in turn help farmers care even more for their land? They would know the people buying their food and visa versa.’

‘I guess so. I haven’t heard about food hubs…’

‘Are you still offended at the food card?’

‘Yes. But I guess given our chat it’s done its job.’

Using Talking ecoLogical in training

‘I ran four 75-minute workshops over 4 days that I called ‘Community: a Cosmos of Conversations’. At one of the workshops I did a serendipity activity asking each person to randomly choose 3 Talking ecoLogical cards and then to talk about one of these that had most relevance to their environmental concerns, the concerns in their community and what they were doing with these concerns.

It worked a treat. Everyone has an interest in the environment. And the cards were praised for the way they opened up the conversations. And as you know, when the cards work it is hard to shut people up!’

Russell Deal, trainer and facilitator (Bendigo, Australia)

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