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Leading & Learning for Sustainability
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Leading & Learning for Sustainability 

June 20 - 22, 2017

The Warren Center, Ashland, MA


It’s about learning how to lead complex system change in recognition of the larger system that the change is occurring in. And doing so in service of long-term social, ecological, and economic well being.

The Necessary Revolution

Learn how to successfully lead lasting systemic change in your organization. This program focuses on joint capacity building through collaboration and partnership throughout your organization, your supply chain and your community. Join Peter Senge and Darcy Winslow for this 3-day, intensive hands-on leadership workshop.

The program offers less lecture time, and more time for hands-on development of your leadership skills. You will strengthen your systems thinking skills so you can switch from reactive problem solving to initiating and creating new futures.

Leading & Learning for Sustainability provides the crucial tools and skills needed for groups engaged in challenging partnerships to achieve common goals that might otherwise be impossible. Making sustainability a core value across your organization, your supply chain and your community is the complex system used as the example throughout the program.

Program Overview:

Collaboration is the human face of systemic change. Effective collaboration in addressing truly complex problems requires more than good intentions. People and institutions working effectively across (intra- and inter-organizational) boundaries need new capabilities which few organizations have: building trust among diverse players and shared visions that transcend individual organizations' interests, fostering shared understanding of complex realities, developing shared strategies, the ability to observe and reflect on what is working and not and to adjust thinking and action. In short, effective collaboration is an ongoing learning process that demands an unusual degree of openness – of mind, heart and will - to challenge taken-for granted assumptions and ways of operating, and cultural norms. Sometimes, what will most limit progress will be the very behaviors that have made organizations effective in the past.

Leaders who want to build their capacity to lead change efforts, from wherever they sit within their organization, are invited to attend. The workshop will blend personal capacity building and application to real issues through a series of practice sessions using tools for systems thinking and collective learning. 
Leading & Learning for Sustainability will be both personal and collective: people learning how to work better together by working together to achieve common goals that otherwise might be impossible. 

Cost of Attendance

For SoL North America Members


Business: $4,190 (Tuition $3.695 + Program-related fee $495*) 
Non-profit: $3,390 (Tuition $2,895 + Program-related fee $495*)

For Non-Members

Business $4,490: (Tuition $3,995 + Program-related fee $495*) 
Non-profit $3,690: (Tuition $3,195 + Program-related fee $495*)

*Mandatory program-related fee includes program materials and food/beverage each day (breakfast, am/pm breaks, lunch, and dinner) as well as an evening reception on the second day.

Additional Discounts

Discount for teams of three or more people. Contact us for details. 

Peter Senge
Peter Senge

Founding Chair of SoL, Senior Lecturer at MIT and Author of The Fifth Discipline, the Art and Practices of the Learning Organization and The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organization Are Working Together To Create a Sustainable World.    

Darcy Winslow

Darcy Winslow 
Managing Partner and founding member of the Academy for Systemic Change. Former Senior Executive at Nike, most notably starting the Sustainable Business Strategies in 1999.

Complete facilitators biography


Program Description:


In this workshop you will:

  • Strengthen your systems thinking skills so you can shift from reactive problem solving to initiating and creating new futures,  
  • Learn how to create work cultures of openness and inquiry,
  • Gain exposure to and begin applying effective integration tools and frameworks to address complex change issues,
  • Work with and learn from a diverse group of peers who share your passion for supporting sustainable business systems.
This unique workshop:
  • Offers less lecture and more hands-on development of your leadership skills,
  • Strengthens your systems thinking skills so you can switch from reactive problem solving to initiating and creating new futures,
  • Provides a common language for talking about systemic change and building stronger relationships for continuing what starts in the three days.
Who should attend:
  • Business and functional leaders, managers, directors and influencers...not just people with 'sustainability' or 'corporate social responsibility' titles
  • People who want to build their leadership capacity to lead change efforts, from wherever they sit within their organization
  • Leaders who feel a personal commitment to building more sustainable organizations, value chains, industries and communities
  • Teams from all sectors who are working on sustainability initiatives in their organizations.


What Past Participants Say:

"I gained a deeper appreciation for the dynamics of systems thinking and the application of a systemic view on sustainability."

"This course gave me new tools for communicating about the difficult aspects of sustainability."

 "An amazing experience! I had very high hopes about this course and they have been exceeded."


When and Where:
June 20 - 22, 2017
The Warren Center, Ashland, MA

Registration coming soon! 



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