A transformation of social systems

The Academy is a 10-year initiative to enable leaders, communities and networks in critical systems to catalyze and facilitate societal, environmental and economic well-being on a scale that matters. The Academy convenes leaders to help lay a foundation of shared learnings to accelerate the growth of healthy social, economic and human systems.



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Our Work

We are in a time of deep questioning and change, a time of opportunity and possibility for a new way of being with each other and the earth. The questions we speak of are global in nature. We have surpassed seven billion people, we are experiencing the direct impacts of climate uncertainty, societal transformation and escalating globalization, and technology has transformed the way we operate, communicate and connect. We are becoming ever more aware of our unhealthy dependence on petroleum […]


Transforming primary, secondary and management education. We are creating a network of educators to develop and introduce new pedagogy that fosters the development of capacities for 21st century skills. Our benchmark is a global network in which schools are continually learning from each other and education reform is recognized upon reaching a critical mass of engaged students, master practitioners and transformed ‘sites’.


The health of our oceans and fisheries are inextricably linked to our health and well-being. The state of fisheries and oceans has now reached a high level of public concern, and key actors across multiple sectors are collaborating to restore these critical systems. The coalition is committed to engaging an influential leadership group to design a strategic plan for targeted fishery interventions and create a learning community to build capacities in management approaches, value chain innovation, and leadership skills.


A thriving community depends on the health and well being of each of its citizens. In transforming systems for youth at risk and rural development, our goals must include youth leadership, education, equity, prosperity and health.

Peter Senge, Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Sustainability at the MIT Sloan School of Management on fatalism.