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SoL's Leading for Sustainability with Peter Senge and Darcy Winslow
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6/24/2013 to 6/27/2013
When: From 6/24/2013 7:00 PM
Until 6/27/2013 5:30 PM
Where: The Warren Conference Center & Inn
529 Chestnut Street
Ashland, Massachusetts  01721
United States
Contact: Lisa Kim

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Leading for Sustainability

June 24 (dinner) - June 27, 2013
Ashland, MA, United States

Now is the time to integrate sustainability 
into how we do business and lead organizations!
Learning Competencies

The Necessary Revolution

Join Peter Senge and Darcy Winslow for this 3-day leadership workshop and learn how to successfully and collaboratively make sustainability a core value in your organization, supply chain and community. The overall focus of this workshop is joint capacity building in service of developing new capabilities for generative partnerships and collaboration for systemic change.

Leading for Sustainability 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.


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.

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 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. 

Peter SengePeter 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.

Peter SengeDarcy 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:

  • Increase your capacity to lead systemic change with sustainability as the overarching principle,  
  • Learn from and network with leaders with diverse vantage points who share your passion for supporting sustainable business systems,
  • Gain the tools to integrate sustainability into your organization and its related systems,
  • Strengthen your systems development skills,
  • Sketch a sustainability plan for your organization.

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 

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."

Program Details

June 24, 2013 7:00 PM (Dinner) - 
June 27, 2013 5:00 PM
The Warren Conference Center & Inn
529 Chestnut Street
Ashland, MA, United States 01721 (MAP)

$1,995 (Business); $1,695 additional participant(s)
$1,695 (Non-profit, Government); $1,395 additional participant(s)
$2,295 (Business); $1,995 add'l participant(s)
$1,995 (Non-profit, Government); $1,695 add'l participant(s)

Accommodation and Food & Beverage fee
Participants are responsible to make their own hotel reservations. Rooms have been blocked at The Warren Center at a special group rate of $279 (USD) per night for single and double occupancy. Room rates include: room charge of $139 (dinner inclusive) and program related food & beverage charge of $140 per day. Participants NOT staying at The Warren Center will pay an additional commuter fee of $140 per day for program-related food and beverage charge which includes breakfast, am/pm breaks and lunch, and an evening reception on the third day of the program. 


Learn more? Download an excerpt of 'The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organization 
Are Working Together To Create a Sustainable World
' by Peter Senge et. al.

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