The NXplorers workshop in Egypt
In October 2017, Shell ran the first of its global NXplorers workshops in Egypt. During two sessions over two weeks, participants from oil and gas companies as well as new geology and geophysics graduates from local universities were asked to think of a real-world challenge that they wanted to see solved.
A wide range of challenges emerged with participants exploring issues from: “How can we improve access to energy in rural parts of Egypt?” to “How can we improve the quality of data reporting in our organisation?”.
Over the course of the workshop teams were taught how to further define and explore their chosen issue. They were shown how to use scenario planning to consider different possible futures in relation to their problem. And they were encouraged to evaluate and rationalise the feasibility of various solutions, including examining the intended and unintended consequences.
By the end of the workshop, all participants had created an action plan to address their chosen problem, a plan that they presented to the wider group.
“It’s a perfect programme,” grins Mariam El Gabry who participated in the first NXplorers workshop. “I liked the process of understanding the tools because it helped me to see much more than one point of view. Nxplorers makes me optimistic about the future.”