Project Description

Raising awareness of sustainability across the NW of England

In 2003, pixelfountain approached the NWRA with the opportunity to develop a learning simulation to educate decision makers about the importance of sustainable development.


The Regional Assembly and Government Office for the North West were keen to find an interesting way to promote sustainable development and the regional framework (AfS) and saw the benefit of our approach. From this fortuitous beginning emerged the widely praised Planit-NW. After the development phase, the North West Development Agency joined the partnership and helped fund the delivery of 42 workshops to the Local Strategic Partnerships of the North West.


Planit-NW programme used the Planit-Sustainability. The workshop setting encourages collaboration, improves team working and allows coaching from experts. In addition to the learning simulation, other non-computer based activities encourage the delegates to consider local issues and how best problems can be solved (Action Planning).

Fun, interactive and thought provoking. Kept all the participants’ interests.
Jon Parkin, Deputy Regional Director- Places, Government Office for the North West



say the workshop increased awareness and understanding of sustainable development.


say Planit-NW improved their decision-making.


say the workshop has increased the importance of sustainable development and joined up thinking in community plan.


say Planit-nw workshops have improved working relationships and joint working within local communities.

Government Office for the North West has actively supported the development and use of this training tool. It clearly demonstrates the added value in systematically considering the wider economic, environmental and social implications of the activities we undertake and influence through partnership working. Planit-NW is used as part of our internal training programme to equip our staff with the skills they need to meet the challenges of the future and I would highly recommend its use to any organisation or partnership.
Neil Cumberlidge, Director Environment and Rural Group, Government Office for the North West


Planit-NW programme used the Planit-Sustainability learning simulation.