Dr. Petra Kuenkel, full member of the International Club of Rome, is a leading strategic advisor to pioneering international multi-stakeholder initiatives that tackle common goods and sustainability issues. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Collective Leadership Institute, she promotes the scaling-up of global transformation and system theory awareness, as well as leadership and collaboration skills for people from the private sector, public sector, and civil society. She is a pioneering thinker on re-inventing leadership as a collective competence and has a profound background in leadership development and in conceptualizing dialogic change as an approach to effective change leadership in complex systems. She fosters mindset change among decision-makers and has developed a methodology for invigorating human competences that support result-oriented and value-based collaboration for the common good.

In 2005 she co-founded the Collective Leadership Institute a not-for-profit social enterprise that promotes the scaling-up of collaboration skills globally for change agents who have the sustainability of this world and the future of humankind as their focus. With more than 3500 Alumni the institute has built collaboration competence for change agents from public sector, private sector and civil society around the globe.

With the Institute and her ground-breaking conceptual work in stakeholder collaboration and collective leadership she brings a strong female voice not only to the Club of Rome, but also to the way international initiatives for sustainability and large systems change are designed. Her focus is on empowering people to make multi-stakeholder collaboration effective in addressing complex global and local challenges. She advocates for an approach to tackling complex sustainability challenges that models successful patterns of collaborative human interaction.

Her mission is to identify and disseminate knowledge about success factors for individual and institutional collaboration at scale – to find solutions to complex challenges such as water scarcity, environmental degradation, climate change impact, social tension, or unsustainable value chains. She raises awareness for the potential of collaborative inventiveness and invigorates the human competences to change the current state of affairs towards an agenda of sustainability.

As an expert of dialogue she contributes her profound experience for making dialogue and stakeholder engagement action-oriented to ensure real-time change in people’s behaviour as well as tangible results. She is a pioneering thinker on re-inventing leadership as a collective competence of a group of leaders that catalyse positive change for the common good.

She fosters mind-set change among decision-makers and has developed a methodology for invigorating human competences that foster result-oriented and value-based collaboration for the common good. Petra Kuenkel is part of an international think tank on large system’s change and co-founder of the Partnering Alliance, an initiative aiming at improving the quality of partnering for sustainability between the public sector, the private sector and civil society.

Prior to the founding of the Collective Leadership Institute she facilitated value-based leadership development programs for executives from multinational companies and held a management position at an international development organisation.

Highlights of past Events with Dr. Petra Kuenkel
28th August 2018 – Zukunft denken – Welt erhalten! 50 Jahre Club of Rome / Thinking the future – preserving the world! 50 years Club of Rome

On the 28th August 2018 the Forum “Thinking the future – preserving the world! 50 years Club of Rome” took place in the  Convention Center Castle Herrenhausen in Hannover, Germany.

Together with Prof. Dr. Mojib Latif (Head of Research Unit Maritime Meteorology, GEOMAR – Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel), Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert (Head of Energy Department, Transport and Environment, German Institute for Economic Research / Professor of Energy Economics and Sustainability, Hertie School of Governance),  Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker (Co-president, Club of Rome / University of Freiburg), Dr. Petra Kuenkel (Founder and Managing Director of the Collective Leadership Institute) discussed the questions When are the limits of growth exceeded? and the Future of the Club of Rome with its possible future tasks.

Listen to what Dr. Petra Kuenkel explained during the keynote conversation (German Language)

Link to the complete audio recording of the event (German Language)

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27th August 2018 – European Forum Alpbach – Political Symposium

From 15th – 31st August 2018 the European Forum Alpbach will take place in Alpbach, Austria.

On the 27th August 2018, whithin the European Forum a Political Symposium took place where the Club of Rome facilitated the break out session Nr. 16 “Promoting Sustainable Development” from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Together with Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Michael K. Dorsey, Maja Goepel, Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir, Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Petra Kuenkel talked about New economic and political models that are necessary to decouple economic prosperity from growth imperatives, and capital flows from the destruction of natural assets. Diversity and resilience should be key components of redesigned governance systems to achieve sustainable development and the well-being of citizens. The important question was “Which are the impact strategies, transformation pathways and indicators we are best to follow in order to achieve a vision for sustainability?”


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