Evolutionary Leadership for Systemic Sustainability.

The purpose of the program is to develop leaders who can create humane, just, thriving, and sustainable communities, institutions, and societies.

The course objectives are:

  1. To understand the world mega-crisis and its role in unsustainable social systems.
  2. To develop both a personal and social vision of sustainability.
  3. To learn a leadership discipline based on seven evolutionary competencies.
  4. To apply the competencies and principles of sustainability to your personal life, community or organization and assist your company in adapting corporate citizenship to its goals and culture.
  5. To design the technology, systems, processes, and products in support of sustainability.
  6. Create an action plan for translating your vision and knowledge into reality and results.

Some of the evolutionary competencies are:

  • Conscious Evolution – developing a new worldview for designing a sustainable future.
  • Systems Thinking – observing ecological and social systems and influencing their dynamic behaviors toward sustainable outcomes; creating societal learning systems between businesses, governments, NGOS, and civil society.
  • Language and Transformational Conversations – understanding that it is through language that we perceive our world and bring forth our human world; using conversations to create our social reality and take effective individual and collective action.
  • Ecological Literacy and Principles of Sustainability – using principles to design ecological sustainable communities, technologies, organizations.
  • Adaptive work and networks of collaboration. Complex adaptive work requires collective intelligence, dialogue, systems thinking, and collaboration among many of the stakeholders.
  • Systemic Sustainability looks at each of the three key systems that need to be sustainable, the Human, the Natural, and the Institutional, and how they mutually support each others sustainability, and as a result creating a whole system that is sustainable.

This course offers you the opportunity to become a leader who recognizes the need to be responsible for profit (wealth), people (citizenship), and planet (ecology), so that we create alignment and alliances between business, governments and civil society toward building sustainable institutions and societies.

Course length: Introductory seminar 2 days.
A longer 3 months program is also available. This program is designed around a three day module, followed by project work, and coaching, and ending in a three day module, three months later, where double loop learning and project impact are reflected upon, as well as further future collaboration among the stakeholders.

Recommended readings:

  • Sustainability by Design. John Ehrenfeld.
  • The Hidden Connections: Integrating the Biological, Cognitive, and Social Dimensions of Life into a Science of Sustainability. Fritjof Capra.
  • The Necessary Revolution. Peter Senge, Sara Schley, et al.
  • Sustainable Planet. Edited by Juliet B. Schor and Betsy Taylor.
  • Building a Sustainable Society. Lester R. Brown.
  • Eco-Economy. Lester R. Brown.
  • Natural Capitalism. Paul Hawken & Amory Lovings.
  • Evolution’s Edge. Graeme Taylor.


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