Monthly Archives March 2016

Collective Leading in Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

If multi-stakeholder collaborations can be viewed as unique manifestations of eco systems what would leading in such a system entail? Leadership for SDG implementation in multi-stakeholder partnerships The recently adopted 17 Sustainable Development goals  are complex and interlinked. In order to achieve them by 2030 we are all called to rapidly shift the way we lead. Similar to eco-systems, partnerships in multi-stakeholder collaborations do not have a single entity shaping the future of the system. Instead, all parts depend on each other in order to survive as well as mutually evolve. The leadership capacity of each individual part and the
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Sustainable action, Systemic relationships and Multi-stakeholder initiatives

We constantly learn as we move toward sustainability. As we find solutions that work, these solutions create new problems, and subsequently we have to find new solutions. As a result, we need to acquire new competencies on a daily basis, at the local, national, and global level, in order to bring about collective change on a broad scale. Moreover, there are issues with new levels of complexity that surpasses the ability of an individual, a team or an organisation to solve them. Isolated instances of passion, intuition, or exceptional plans are no longer enough. Instead, we need to learn to
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Biodiversity, Complexity and Collaboration

You may have sensed that the challenges of sustainability are complex. Take biodiversity loss as an example. This problem has so many multi-level causes that we are often unsure where to even start. A good place to start is to gather a variety of stakeholders in order to combine our expertise and make better decisions. Yet, these collaborations in turn create whole new systems of complexity. No wonder we get confused. Complexity, however, is the future normality so we might as well learn to enjoy it, rather than struggle in order to reduce it. Just as maintaining the complexity of biodiversity could
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Multi Stakeholder Collaborations Functioning As EcoSystems

What is an eco-system? An ecosystem is a dynamically alive collection of, what appears to be, loosely interconnected components and processes. An ecosystem can be a purely biological system within the natural environment, a group of companies united in finding sustainable solutions or even culturally replicating information patterns commonly referred to as memes. What all ecosystems have in common is that all parts are dependent upon each other to survive as well as mutually evolve. Furthermore, an eco-system thrives when the individual species within it thrive – albeit in a dynamic balance. In a similar way, each part of the
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