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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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How collective leadership helps VW transform into a better company

Step 2: Seeing the bigger picture In my last blog I continued the imagined story around a big transformative shift at VW. Imagine a totally transformed VW in the year 2030 that looks back at the 2015 test manipulation crises with a smile, because it caused VW to become a pioneer in the future world of mobility. Let us see, how our avatar MM, the CEO of that imagined VW, takes the next steps on his path towards transformation as he decided to give the Collective Leadership Compass a try. In a situation where the chances for failure definitely outweighed the
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How collective leadership can help VW transform into a better (not only stronger) company? Step 1: Being Human

In my last blog I started creating a story around a big transformative shift at VW. I suggested imagining a totally transformed VW in the year 2030 that looks back at the 2015 test manipulation crises with a smile, because it caused VW to become a pioneer in the future world of mobility. Let us see, how our avatar MM, the CEO of that imagined VW, reconsiders his path. “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end”. This quote from Robin Sharma, a Canadian leadership guru should guide us into the imagined story of
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Is there a need for system’s change: Can Volkswagen be saved by collective leadership?

Following the scandal on emission test manipulations one might be wondering, if a corporation with such a severely damaged image and in need of extremely high investments in recalling and re-equipping cars will ever be able to get a minimum level of trust back. How can VW at all survive in the global competitive market of car manufacturers? That the task of the new CEO is difficult beyond comprehension, is undoubted. Here is a more systemic question: Can VW overcome the damage it caused to people, the climate, the world, the German trademark and its own employees with the same
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A new economic system: radical or gradual change?

The year’s annual general meeting of the Club of Rome has as one of its topics the fascinating question, if it will be possible to move towards a new economic model in the world without us experiencing a collapse of the existing one. This poses an interesting question: if the change needed in a system needs to be radical, one could even say, disruptive, can we manage such a change collectively without a complete destruction of the old system with all the implications this may have? Our economic system, and, as David Korten expresses it in his book Change The
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