New Leadership Lab for Sustainability Professionals

The Academy for Systems Change has partnered with the Sustainable Food Lab to deliver a two-year leadership program in response to requests from food and beverage company professionals:
“When we’re at professional meetings we’re all peacocks. We need a safe space to support one another.”

“My company touches much of US agriculture and I want to learn how to stretch our corporate […]

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SoLEd Partnership joins the Academy for Systems Change

We are very excited to announce that the SoL Education Partnership, the group that runs Camp Snowball, is now a part of the Academy for Systems Change.
Camp Snowball is a summer “camp” experience that brings together teams of students, parents, educators, and business and community leaders to build everyone’s capacity for learning and leading in the 21st century. Find out […]

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Academy welcomes four new Board Members

The Academy for Systems Change has welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors:

Armando Estrada is the co-founder and current Executive Director of Via Educación, an organization based in Mexico that seeks to generate opportunities for sustainable social development through the design, implementation and evaluation of educational initiatives. Vía’s primary focus is the development of better and new ways to engage […]

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Academy co-Founder launches new book

Academy co-Founder, Ken Leinbach, is the author of a new book called Urban Ecology: a Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World.

As Executive Director of the Urban Ecology Center, Ken shares the story of how the center was started, and describes its growth into three vibrant Milwaukee branches. The Urban Ecology Center provides year-round educational programs for kids, families […]

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Drawn Together through Visual Practice – new anthology released

Academy Co-Founder, Claudia Madrazo, and Academy Advisor, Stina Brown, are two of 27 contributors to a new anthology – Drawn Together through Visual Practice.

The new anthology demonstrates the power of visuals as a sensemaking device in an age of unprecedented complexity. In the book, 27 contributors share experience-based methods and insights. Leading professionals in visual practice, alongside cross-disciplinary practitioners in other […]

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Work with us!

Administrative Assistant – Deadline: February 10, 2017
The Academy for Systems Change is looking for a new team member to provide administrative support. The position, located in Norwich, Vermont, is part-time and will involve up to 20 hours per week. If you possess strong organizational skills, have a confident, eager and positive attitude, and would like to be part of a […]

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Fellow leads Sacred Passage in Costa Rica

At the end of January 2017, our very own Faculty member, John P Milton, and Academy Fellow, Jenny Menke, will be running their 4th annual Sacred Passage retreat at Luna Lodge in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.

Taking place January 29 – February 9, this program offers deep restoration, inner transformation and deep ecological communion in the heart of the primary […]

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How to Harness the Power of Systems Change

Two of our Academy Founders, Darcy Winslow and Peter Senge, were recently interviewed by Conscious Company Magazine and spoke about how to get started with systems thinking – take a look at the article and find out how to harness the power of systems change for your business! […]

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The Academy for Systems Change is born!

We are happy to share that we have completed, as of October 4 2016, our due diligence and associated work, and have finally signed all the papers to complete combining forces and assets between the Academy for Systemic Change and the Donella Meadows Institute!

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2017 Next Generation Leaders Gathering

The 2017 Next Generation Leaders Gathering will take place in Crestone, Colorado (September 24-28). This year the Gathering will be preceded by a three-day Nature Quest, led by Academy co-Founder John Milton.

This event is for the first cohort of Academy Next Generation Leaders and is not open to the public. If you are interested in becoming a Next Generation Leader, […]

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Restoring the Bay – A cultural transformation

Academy Fellow Liliana Gutierrez:  “Here is a link to the story of El Manglito community and the restoration of the Bay of La Paz. This is OUR work….all of this has been achieved through the power of all our hearts and minds, we have learn so much from John (Milton) and Jenny (Menke) and from EVERYBODY in the Academy that we truly […]

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A Journey of Discovery into Reconciliation Ignites Deeply-felt Change

Hosted by Reconciliation Canada in partnership with the Academy for Systems Change, the Reconciliation Leadership Learning Experience (RLLE) convened about 18 people representing a diverse group of leaders – national Indigenous leaders, key network influencers and advisors as well as Reconciliation Canada ambassadors, community partners, funding partners, and facilitators. The highly participatory gathering is part of an effort to cultivate and […]

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Foundations for Awareness Based Systemic Change

June 8-10, 2016

Colorado State University, Ft Collins, CO

Join us for an upcoming workshop offered by the Academy for Systems Change. Facilitated by Peter Senge, Robert Hanig, Charles Holmes and Darcy Winslow, this workshop will focus on systemic change tools and practices in each of the following areas; Development of Self, Leading in Teams, Leading in Organizations and Networks, and Leading and […]

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Come to Camp Snowball this Summer!

July 11-15, 2016   Sacramento, CA

Gain the tools you need to significantly impact student success and help all students develop the skills and capacities they need to succeed and lead in the 21st century.

This highly interactive five-day professional development program brings together district- and school-wide teams of teachers, administrators, students and business/community members with renowned leaders in the fields of education and […]

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Collaborating for our Collective Future

“Courage is simply doing whatever is needed in pursuit of the vision.” – Peter Senge

We are honored to announce that the Academy for Systems Change and the Donella Meadows Institute will begin the process of uniting visions and assets to accelerate our potential for collective impact and transformative change. Following months of exploration and dialogue, we have discovered countless connections […]

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Peter Senge on Innovation and Learning at the World Bank

Why do large organizations struggle with harnessing innovation? Peter Senge, a renowned learning expert and professor at MIT speaks to IEG on what it takes to nurture innovation in large organizations such as the World Bank. View video […]

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Academy’s Managing Partner, Darcy Winslow, recognized internationally as a sustainability pioneer

Academy Managing Partner, Darcy Winslow, recently took the stage at the Julius Baer Next Generation Summit in Zurich,  Switzerland as a keynote speaker, where she shared her wisdom about the complexities in tackling the world’s complex social and environmental challenges. The Guardian covered the story in this recent feature article.

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Next Generations Leaders Gathering at Brew Creek, BC, October 5-9, 2015

 

In early October, for the first time, the entire Academy will convene in British Columbia for the third of three gatherings in our pilot year of the Next Generation Leaders Academy for Systems  Change – Faculty, Coaches, Fellows, Advisors, Executive Champions and Sponsors, and leaders of two First Nations tribes. This will be a significant transition for all as we […]

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TDIA Recognizes Academy Fellow Jensine Larsen, Founder and CEO, World Pulse

Jensine Larsen, an award-winning social media entrepreneur and international journalist and founder of World Pulse has received recognition from The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA). TDIA celebrates those whose ideas have broken the mold to create significant impact and showcases applications of disruptive innovation. See more here

 

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Spotlight on Academy Fellow: Ecology Project International Celebrates 15th anniversary

Since 2000, co-founders Scott Pankratz (Academy Fellow) and Julie Osborn of Ecology Project International have been integrating art, culture and science programs to help local and international youths learn more about threatened species and habitats. Friday, June 5, marked the 15-year anniversary of Ecology Project International. One of their students drew the non-profit’s logo, displayed by Scott in the photo.

(As […]

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A Milestone Reached for Academy Next Generation Leader, Kim Kita

Academy Fellow Kim Kita has spent the last two years leading the efforts to bring CSU’s vision of an international Center into reality. Kim’s focus has been to create a genuine presence for CSU in Baja California Sur such that the newly opened educational center functions as a vibrant hub for dialogue, learning, and exchange. “There are issues of deep […]

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The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education

 

 

“Two seminal thinkers have written a slim book with big ideas that are well worth pondering.”
–Howard Gardner, co-author of The App Generation

92 pages
Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge provide educators with a rationale for incorporating three core skill sets in the classroom—understanding self, other, and the larger systems within which we operate—and show why these competencies are needed to help students […]

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U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education

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By Michele Molnar on July 20, 2014 9:11 PM | 8 Comments

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U.S. schools and classrooms rank near the bottom among the countries studied in a first-ever report on education innovation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.

Only the Czech Republic and Austria ranked lower, with New Zealand tying the United States in the OECD’s point system, which used data spanning 2000 to 2011. […]

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Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit

What?

Flourish & Prosper: The Third Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit explores how cutting-edge innovators and forward-thinking leaders are moving beyond traditional notions of social responsibility and sustainability. Participants will examine and embrace the new spirit of business—the shift to “full-spectrum flourishing.”

Unlike typical business conferences, Flourish & Prosper will offer participants the opportunity to learn from […]

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PIONEERS OF SUSTAINABILITY – Lessons from the Trailblazers

Sustainability has arrived. Not too long ago – perhaps two decades or so – the fledgling field was considered niche. While still far from becoming universally and uniformly adopted, socially responsible business practices today are much more a part of commerce than ever before.

While no one person, company, or non-governmental organization (NGO) can take credit for the current state of […]

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Hal Hamilton to receive Leadership Award!

The James Beard Foundation is recognizing Hal at its annual food conference (http://www.jamesbeard.org/events/2013-jbf-food-conference)  with its 2013 Leadership Award (http://www.jamesbeard.org/awards/). Read more here and join in the evening with other honorees (http://www.jamesbeard.org/awards/leadership/event-details). Congratulations Hal – well done! […]

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Common Core State Standards Systems Map

Joe Hsueh and Peter Senge
Two Systems Maps
Enclosed are two systems maps capturing the complexity and interdependency of the Common Core State Standards implementation:

Stock-and-Flow diagram
Core Reinforcing Loops

 
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Educators – Camp Snowball Alert!

Camp Snowball provides hands-on tools that can support teachers during this time of rapid change and give students the critical thinking skills they need to be college and career ready.

The tools can be used with all curricula and support the development of the skills the Common Core State Standards focus on.

Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, and many others will be […]

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‘Designers Paradise’ Prototypes New Business Prize

Delegates underscore this ‘has to be much more than a prize’

Monday March 04, 2013 — Michelle Strutzenberger

CLEVELAND – Having jokingly settled how they would address one another — by name, not title — a nun and a business student turned their attention to the task at hand — rapid prototyping a new process that will celebrate businesses that are agents […]

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12 Day Sacred Passage Costa Rica with John Milton and Jennifer Menke

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Come explore the depths of your true nature in relationship with one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in Central America. This 12-day, all inclusive, Sacred Passage has been uniquely designed to bring you into deeper communion with inner and outer nature in order to facilitate greater vitality, purpose and authenticity in your […]

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The Art of Systems Thinking in Driving Sustainable Transformation

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Changing systems, and helping multiple stakeholders find a common vision, requires expertise and a deft touch

Jo Confino
Guardian Professional, Monday 15 October 2012 11.52 EDT

Creating systems change: it is important to develop a vision of a positive future.

Photograph: Alamy

Systems thinking may represent the next phase in the evolution of sustainability, but it is not an arena for corporations to enter lightly.

While collaboration […]

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3 Postures of Relationship

3 Postures of Relationships pdf.
Our message to our children needs to be seek out learning partners – those who will be in-learning with you, who value walking beside you.
How do you present yourself to your family, your friends, your work relationships, new acquaintances or strangers? We continually shape the experience of our relationships and the world around us. As you approach your different relationships, are […]

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