The future of our world depends on effective collaboration between different sectors of our global and local society, between different institutions and between men and women. This calls for a paradigm shift in the way we conceptualise and enact leadership. We need to see leadership towards a more sustainable world as the capacity of a collective to catalyse and implement change for the common good jointly.
Petra Kuenkel’s ground-breaking conceptual work and practice in stakeholder collaboration and collective leadership empowers people to actively shape the future and inspires them to co-create change in a collaborative way.
The Global Context
The challenges of our globalized world like poverty, climate change, war, resource inequity, health and biodiversity require us to emotionally engage with a vision for the future of humankind that we can all be proud to live in.
Addressing these challenges requires functioning collaboration between different stakeholders, as well as actors from institutions with different interests, viewpoints and competences.
The answer to the urgency of sustainability challenges is tapping into the potential of the human heart that is nourished by stories of possibilities. We need to empower us to invigorate the human competence for collaboration in organizational, societal and global change processes.
A new leadership paradigm
Leadership towards a sustainable future implies the capacity of a collective to catalyse and implement positive change for the common good. We need to learn how to make collective efforts more effective. This is what the Collective Leadership Compass does.
The future of humankind needs to be built on human competences to leading change jointly, on the capacity for networked action, as well as on resilient self-organization and iterative learning.
Developed by Executive Director Petra Kuenkel and derived from 20 years of practice in complex multi-stakeholder settings around system’s change for sustainability as well as scientific exploration, the compass is both a diagnose tool and a process methodology.
How to up-scale collaboration skills globally is one of the most important questions facing sustainability and social change professionals around the world, and it is a question that Petra Kuenkel answers in the forthcoming publication (Jan 2016) from Chelsea Green, US.