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KOSMOS Conference - Navigating the Sustainability Transformation in the 21st Century, August 2019

From the 28th till 30th August the KOSMOS Conference – Navigating the Sustainability Transformation in the 21st Century  will take place at the Humboldt University in Berlin.  On the 30th August together with  Alina Gruen (Project Manager, Collective Leadership Institute) I will attend the KOSMOS Conference. I have a pleasure to join the first session of the expert forum from 12:30 pm-15:00 pm and the Public debate session from 18:00 pm-20:00 pm and explore the topic Transformation Literacy for a Responsible Anthropocene.

More on the expert forum and the public debate can be found here.

Registration to the conference is possible here.

Past Speeches
New Business Models NBM Berlin, June 2019

On 1st and 2nd of July I attended the conference New Business Models NBM Berlin 2019, where I had the pleasure to join a panel discussion with the topic „Rethinking Strategic Management: Can business lead the way to a sustainable future?” on 2nd of July from 17:00 to 18:00. The panel discussion was hosted by Dr. Thomas Wunder from Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences, author of the book Rethinking Strategic Management. Sustainable Strategizing for Positive Impact with my contribution “What Corporate Strategists Can Learn From International Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration ­- A Conceptual Architecture for Transformative Change”.

Click here to see the video of the panel discussion.

More on the panel discussion and panelists can be found here: https://www.nbmconference.eu/abc-showcase-panel-academic-business-consulting/ and here at page 16 in the PDF Document.

Stewarding Sustainability Transformation – An Emerging Theory and Practice of SDG Implementation at the 50th Anniversary Conference of The Club of Rome.
From October 17 to 18, the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Club of Rome brought together an outstanding group of cutting-edge speakers. The aim of the conference was to increase awareness about the obstacles humanity is facing today and start focusing on new ideas and initiatives designed to make the world more sustainable. During the two days of the 50th Anniversary Conference of The Club of Rome the following topics were addressed:
1.The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-Today’s Implementation Challenges.
2.Adressing a Planetary Emergency: Global Climate Change
3.What Economy is needednfor a World of 10 Billion People?
4.Prospects for Renewable Energy and a True Green Economy
5.Insuring Humanity Survives the Anthropocene
6.Human Values for the Anthropocene.
During the keynote conversation together with Hans Herren (President Millenium Institute), Enrico Giovanni (Universitá die Roma Tor Vergata, Spoke person Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development), and Frans Timmermans (Vice President European Commission) I discussed “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Today’s Implementation Challenges”,  how best to think globally and act locally, how to implement the SDGs, and how to turn challenges into opportunities.
In my presentation I focused on how we can invigorate human interaction systems as core drivers of transition processes to assess, plan, and enact the collaborative change required for sustainability with the help of the meta – level guiding tool, the Collective Leadership Compass.
Stewarding Sustainability Transformations.
An Emerging Theory and Practice of SDG Implementation.

Dr. Petra Kuenkel's new book as a Report to the Club of Rome 2019
• Serves as a guidebook for decision-makers, researchers and activists who need to navigate complex change towards sustainable development.
• Inspires academics and practitioners alike to explore new routes towards co-creating responsible futures in the era of the Anthropocene.
• Translates a pattern approach to systems theory into a practical guidance for planning and implementing interventions across all sectors of society.
• Sets a new direction in the field of sustainability transformations and will become a foundation for planning collective action and achieving impact at scale.

Learn more Order here
Structures and Ways of Thinking for Sustainability and Transformation. Annual Meeting of the German society Club of Rome e.V.

I had a pleasure to give a speech on Structures and Ways of Thinking for Sustainability and Transformation at the Annual Meeting of the German society Club of Rome e.V. The Annual Meeting gathers people from various sectors who share the concern for the humankind and the planet. The aim of the annual conference was to cultivate the spirit for changing perspectives, processes of reflection and further development.

Thinking the future - preserving the world! 50 years Club of Rome.

In August 2018 I had a change to speak at the Forum “Thinking the future – preserving the world! 50 years Club of Rome” which took place in the  Convention Center Castle Herrenhausen in Hannover.

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), I discussed the questions “When are the limits of growth exceeded” and the Future of the Club of Rome with its possible future tasks.

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ACCIÓN Meeting on Sustainable Development in Chile: Collaboration for catalysing sustainable productivity.

In mid-August 2016 I had a chance to participate at the 16th ACCIÓN Meeting on Sustainable Development in Chile. With my speech “How to unleash the potential of collaboration? – Leading collectively as a pathway to effectiveness” I gave an introduction about my approach and an insight into my  books. Furthermore Icontributed as a speaker to the panel society with the topic “Collaboration and collective leadership”

My speech at the 16th ACCIÓN Meeting is available here.

"How can we shift the way we co-create?" at the Women's International Network Conference.

On 30th of August, 2015 I participated at the WIN’s conference “Inspire the world: with insight, grace & action.” More than 800 leaders from across the world join together to prepare for the future, expand possibilities and realise new opportunities. I held a speech on “How can we shift the way we co-create?” in front of hundreds of inspirational women who want to change the world.

You can read more on the Women’s International Network here.

Speaking about the main traps leaders face everyday, interviewed by Dr. Mariana Bozesan.

In this podcast serie of Dr. Mariana Bozesan I speak about leadership and disclose the main traps leaders face every day and show how to avoid them. I dive more into the Collective Leadership Compass, its six dimensions, and explain how this model can empower leaders and organizations to lead a transformative change.

My talk with Daniel Natrup on Collective Leadership.

I had a pleasure to be interviewed by Daniel Natrup, the owner of the blog CurvN, which provides high qualitative news and knowledge for professionals that dedicate their working life to lead the change from our present linear economic system to a more sustainable circular economy in the future. I shared with Daniel my insights on Collective Leadership, Collective Leadership Compass, transition to circular economy, sustainability and innovation.

My talk with Dr. Humberto Maturana about “The Systems view of Life”.

Dr. Humberto Maturana, the well-known Chilean biologist and philosopher who created the term “autopoesis” and I talked on the development of living systems and what fosters the enhancement of living systems. We exchanged our perspectives and their expertise on what people can do to take conscious decisions to enrich aliveness in living systems to steward change initiatives for the better.


Together with Wim Hafkamp (Professor of Environmental Economist at Erasmus University) and Derk Loorbach (Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at Erasmus University) I got invited to answer series of questions within the Interview series “Let’s Talk Renewables” organized byVCA-Spaces- an online community that combines a variety of functions to provide members with Value Chain Analysis knowledge and tools.

Let's Talk RENEWABLES: Are Multi-National Enterprises Being Accountable? (from 04:10 min)
Let's Talk RENEWABLES: Are Governments Taking The Energy Transition Seriously Enough? (from 06:45 min)
Let's Talk RENEWABLES: Why Should We Be Passionate About The Energy Transition? (from 05:55 min)
Let's Talk RENEWABLES: Who Are The Top 3 Stakeholders Closest to an Energy Transition Plan? (from 04:22 min)
Let's Talk RENEWABLES: How Can Empirical Data On The Environment Measure Progress? (from 04:02 min)
Let's Talk RENEWABLES: Could Changes Happen Faster? (from 08:25 min)