Systems Start with Self – an interview with our President

Darcy Winslow, Academy President & co-Founder, found her calling after leading five large-scale change efforts at Nike.

In this episode of Let Go & Lead, Darcy is interviewed by Maril MacDonald and talks all things systems thinking and leadership, including the importance of embracing a creative orientation and navigating the complex vs. complicated.

Listen to the full podcast here.


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Academy Fellow Runs for Federal Office

Academy Fellow, Mike Morrice, has won the Green Party nomination for Kitchener Centre, and is now running as a Green Party of Canada candidate in this fall’s federal election.

Running on a campaign for a made-in-Canada Green New Deal, Mike has spent the last decade working to bring people together to shift to the green economy. As the founder of two effective climate-focused organizations, he truly gets the reality […]

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Visionary Leadership Makes All The Difference

Academy Fellow, Bob Carey, is Strategic Partnerships Director for The Nature Conservancy in Washington. Having recently experienced Bob’s leadership skills in action, Academy co-Founder and Board Member, Hal Hamilton, shares a snapshot of Bob’s current work. 

The Work
Bob Carey (pictured) used to be a backcountry ranger, and leading groups of teenagers to discover what wilderness will teach them is still something he enjoys. Bob’s current […]

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Academy President Shares her Journey through the Business World

Academy President, Darcy Winslow, was recently interviewed as part of a series of podcasts focusing on women in leadership, and you can listen to it here.


Women Express! by Denise Harrington opens up conversations around female voices; how to find them, use them and define them as we move to create social and personal impact with our words.


Darcy’s interview is instructive, […]

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A Conversation with Otto Scharmer

In this 60 minute recorded webinar, the Academy hosts Otto Scharmer in discussion about his work on Theory U, focusing on core principles and applications. Academy Founders, Peter Senge and Darcy Winslow, along with Academy Fellow and Strategic Design Manager, Katie Stubley, talk about turning theory into practice and take questions from participants as to how we can implement this work in our […]

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How to Double the Performance of your Team – a podcast from Peter Senge

Academy co-Founder and Board Member, Peter Senge, is a world-renowned expert in the fields of leadership and knowledge management. Peter is an American systems scientist who is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and in a recent podcast with The Influential Executive, he talks about the tools, processes and methods that enable you to double the […]

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Academy Fellow selected as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under Forty honorees for 2018

Academy Board Member and Graduate of our Fellowship Program, Stacey Tank, has been named as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 honorees for 2018.

Atlanta Business Chronicle spotlights the next generation of Atlanta business leaders, awarding 40 people under the age of 40 who are making significant career achievements and demonstrating social responsibility. Stacey, who graduated from the Academy Fellowship Program […]

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Meet the Academy Team

We are excited to announce a new addition to our Academy for Systems Change community, and would like to introduce Ginger Duiven who has joined our team as Director of Development. She’ll work alongside our President, Darcy Winslow, to lead the Academy’s fundraising and development work so please feel free to get in touch with her if you have any […]

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Academy President Receives Women’s Leadership Award

Academy co-Founder and President, Darcy Winslow, has been awarded the Athena Women’s Leadership Award. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a woman, or man, who is honored for attaining professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their achievement of professional excellence and leadership skills.

After being invited to be the keynote speaker at the 1st Annual Washington County Athena […]

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Academy co-Founder launches Systems Change and Leadership Institute in Taiwan

Academy co-Founder, Faculty and Fellow, Joe Hsueh,recently represented the Academy for Systems Change to launch The Systems Change and Leadership Institute (SCaLI) at the Chinese Cultural University (CCU) in Taiwan.

In collaboration with Professor Aaron Min-ren Yan, who will act as Academic Director for the institute, Joe will be the Executive Director of SCaLI.
The mission of SCaLI is to deepen systems […]

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Focus on a Fellow: Kanwer A. Saeed

Academy Fellow, Kanwer Anwer Saeed, is the founder and CEO of Ascend Consulting. Based in Pakistan, Kanwer joined our second cohort of Academy Fellows at the beginning of this year and has recently initiated the Jaulian Project in his quest to foster deep systems change in South Asia. The Jaulian Project is named after the Jaulian Buddhist Monastery in Pakistan […]

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Annual Board Meeting

Academy President, Darcy Winslow, offers some words from our recent Board Meeting.

Last week we held our annual face-to-face Board of Directors meeting in Stowe, Vermont. This meeting was followed by the annual Executive Champions Workshop (ECW), which many of the Academy community have participated in over the years. It was a rich week, and for me this week now signifies […]

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Full-time Program Assistant, Climate & Energy – Climate Interactive

Climate Interactive, a non-profit think tank, is hiring a Program Assistant to provide tools and insights that empower leaders around the world to address climate change. This is a one-year full-time position (possibly extendable) with a generous package of benefits (e.g., health, fitness, disability, and retirement) and would be a good fit for someone highly motivated to use their skills […]

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New online resources for leaders of systems change

We are proud to announce that the Academy for Systems Change has launched two new online resources for anyone leading deep systemic change in their organizations and beyond; the Systems Leader’s Fieldbook and the Academy Stories website. These resources share systems thinking tools, methods, approaches and real-life experiences from systems change leaders working to solve social, economic, and environmental challenges […]

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Social Gastronomy: Can Food Change the World?

At a recent gathering in Miami, Academy co-Founder and Faculty, Charles Holmes, facilitated a global group of individuals as they shared ideas about how best to work together to help push Social Gastronomy forward; a development that could be described in simple terms as ‘positively impacting society with food’. This article from Fine Dining Lovers was written by Ryan King, one of the […]

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Academy Fellow launches new book: Applied Empathy

Today is the day that one of our Academy Fellows, Michael Ventura, launches his new book – Applied Empathy: The New Language of Leadership.
As founder and CEO of brand and business consultancy Sub Rosa, Michael believes strongly that a world with empathy is a deeper, more interconnected world. With ‘Applied Empathy,’ he highlights how empathy has taken center stage as a competitive […]

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The Soil Under Our Feet

When people and organizations have different stakes and challenges within complex systems, how do we help them collectively create change?
The following is taken from an article (reposted from the Presenting Institute) written by Academy Board Member and co-Founder, Hal Hamilton, and Elizabeth Reaves of the Sustainable Food Lab. You can read the full article here.

This past June, while facilitating a learning journey […]

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Free Webinar – Restoring Leadership as a Noble Profession

Creating Islands of Sanity: Restoring Leadership as a Noble Profession

On May 11th, the Academy hosted Margaret Wheatley in discussion about her latest book: Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality. Claiming Leadership. Restoring Sanity.

You can watch the webinar here

Since 1966, Margaret Wheatley has worked globally in many different roles, as a speaker, teacher, community worker, consultant, advisor, formal leader. […]

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NEW Transforming Capitalism Lab

What if the change toward a more inclusive and sustainable society is actually much closer than we realize? What could we do now to help bring it into reality?

In April 2018, the Presencing Institute will launch the Transforming Capitalism Lab (TCL), in partnership with HuffPost, to empower and connect citizens from around the world to become active participants in creating […]

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Peter Senge: Systems Thinking in Education

Why Systems Thinking? Why Systems Thinking in Education?

In this Q&A at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico (Tecnológico de Monterrey), Peter Senge discusses systems thinking in education.


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Academy Board Member leads Home Depot in $50M trades training project

A participant in the first cohort of Fellows, and now a member of the Board for the Academy for Systems Change, Stacey Tank is the Vice President of Corporate Communications and External Affairs at Home Depot. At the end of last week, Stacey and her team formally announced Home Depot’s $50 million commitment to training 20,000 skilled trades people over […]

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Academy Launches Second Cohort of Fellows

The Academy for Systems Change has selected 25 extraordinary leaders to participate in the second cohort of the Academy Fellowship program.

Following an extensive nomination, application and interview process in 2017, the 25 successful candidates came together in-person in Maine this February to officially launch the program and begin to build the community that will support them for the next 3-years […]

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Academy Faculty featured in Atlanta Jewish Times

Academy Board Member and co-Founder, Ken Leinbach, is a nationally recognized educator and leader in community-based environmental education. He is the founder of the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, and author of “Urban Ecology: A Natural Way to Transform, Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World.”

Ken is featured this month in Atlanta Jewish Times following his participation in an ecological Partnership2Gether delegation from Milwaukee to Israel last […]

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Free Webinar: Collaborating with the Enemy

Collaborating with the Enemy: The Academy for Systems Change hosts a virtual discussion with Adam Kahane 

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In this free online webinar, the Academy for Systems Change hosts Adam Kahane in discussion about his most recent book: Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with Or Like Or Trust.

Adam Kahane has faced […]

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Systems thinking in Costa Rica

In 2015, several members of the Academy for Systems Change came together in the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica to develop a collective financing strategy that would support the overall health of the Peninsula ecosystem, community, and economy.

I received a deep calling from the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica to help protect its rainforest and marine ecosystem in a way that would […]

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“We need to stay within our carbon budget”

The New York Times has released an interactive tool that helps people quickly understand what the ‘carbon budget’ is, and how close we are to its bounds.

The climate simulator lets users explore more than 8,100 climate scenarios, providing an incredible tool for teaching, educating and change-making.

Developed in collaboration with Climate Interactive, many Balaton Group members had a hand in the […]

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Camp Snowball 2017

To thrive in our changing world, students need to think in systems and take action for a healthy future. Using systems thinking as a foundation through the week, Camp Snowball — a summer professional development program that brings together school and district-wide teams of educators, youth, parents, business and community leaders — increases everyone’s capacity for learning and leading.

At Camp Snowball, […]

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Focus on a Fellow: Stephanie Daniels

Through our Academy Fellowship program, we work with an extraordinary group of accomplished systems change leaders, each working to inspire and demonstrate ecological, social, economic, and spiritual well-being within themselves and for the communities, organizations, and networks that they serve. In this Focus on a Fellow, Madison Sabol, the Academy’s Summer Intern, interviews Stephanie Daniels (pictured above, left) on her work […]

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Peter Senge in discussion with Teach For All

Academy co-Founder and Board Member, Peter Senge, in discussion with Teach For All. In this conversation, Peter discusses his passion for education, and what is needed for each of us to realize our potential as change makers.


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Bridges of Collaboration and Exchange

Academy Fellow, Kim Kita, is Director of Special Projects and Partnerships with Colorado State University (CSU), where she leads CSU’s work in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Kim recently co-wrote an article in the Journal of Sustainability Education (JSE) with biologist, educator, and researcher, Aines Castro Prieto. We’ve added a sneak-peak below. To read the full article, visit the JSE website, which […]

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10 Minutes with Courtney Lareau, Mars

Courtney Lareau, Mars Petcare sustainable sourcing insights manager, is one of the participants of a two-year leadership program for sustainability professionals launched this year by the Academy for Systems Change and the Sustainable Food Lab.

In a recent interview with Bob Langert, Editor at Large for the GreenBiz Group, Courtney discussed all things sustainability, and discussed her first meeting with Academy President, Darcy Winslow. Here’s a […]

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Donella Meadows Summer Internship

The Donella Meadows Project at the Academy for Systems Change is offering a paid summer internship. The position, located in Norwich, Vermont, is part-time and will involve up to 25 hours per week. If you are a Dartmouth student with strong communication skills and are passionate about social change and systems thinking, this could be a great role for you.

The […]

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Focus on a Fellow: Beth Heller

Through our Next Generations Leaders program, we work with an extraordinary group of accomplished systems change leaders, each working to inspire and demonstrate ecological, social, economic and spiritual well-being within themselves and for the communities, organizations, and networks that they serve.

Each month, we focus on one of our incredible Academy Fellows, helping you to get to know these inspiring change-makers.

For […]

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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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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

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


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


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 (  with its 2013 Leadership Award ( Read more here and join in the evening with other honorees ( 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
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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