The options that you have to empower people to address complex challenges in collaboration are diverse.

Over the years we developed eight ways to create issue-based collaboration that delivers resilient results and impact - with help of the Collective Leadership Academy, Transformation Support and Network Building.

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One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda. 

The world is behind schedule for meeting almost all of the goals. The financial, human, and natural resources are simply not sufficient to address the world’s enormous challenges through incremental solutions that follow our existing pathways.

The Collective Leadership Institute is a cutting-edge organization with deep expertise in bringing emerging paradigm leadership concepts to multi-stakeholder processes and projects in support of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This work is vitally important to the long-term flourishing of the human family, as well as serving the preservation of life and its beauty on planet earth.

Collective Leadership is essential to change the world towards more sustainability, more human thinking, a better distribution of resources and efforts.

  • Because we share a planet, we share humanity, we share a mutual benefit in a smaller world
  • Because solutions cannot be found in isolation and the challenges cannot be tackled by solitary action
  • Because dealing with the challenges requires the combined efforts of governments, private sector companies, and civil society.

The Collective Leadership Institute responds with the vision to empower people to lead collectively towards a sustainable future and the mission to support, build competence, and invigorate networks for responsible business, people-oriented public service, and a strong civil society.


New York this week will see the largest gathering of world leaders at a U.N. Summit meeting to formally adopt the Agenda for Sustainable Development, with a set of 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) succeeding the Millennium Development Goals and set the global agenda until 2030. At the center is the intention to eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day. From experience we all know that setting goals is one thing – and commendable when they are so all encompassing and are agreed on at this global scale. However it is a whole other story to implement goals. Finance is one thing but what will be the mechanisms to fulfill these promises of eradicating poverty and protecting the environment?

 “The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) achieved significant progress over the past 15 years, but persistent gaps in official development assistance and insufficient access to markets, affordable medicines and new technologies have highlighted the need for a rejuvenation of the global partnership for development, according to a new United Nations report launched today.” – United Nations News Centre


One pathway is clear: collaboration is the order of the day. No one actor can single-handedly reach the SDGs. All sectors have to work together across borders.  We need multi-stakeholder partnerships (MAPs) between business, NGOs, government, the UN and communities will be needed at a scale and quality that dwarfs current levels of collaboration.  This is a tall order. The process of partnering is generally tedious and often it is unclear what a partnership actually entails. There are high transaction costs in setting up the partnership, building trust and communication channels.  Partners often find themselves falling into the same traps and reinventing the wheel. Managers of such partnerships have to learn new skills of how to build, what we call a collaborative field. For practical tips, read Petra Kuenkel's blog.


The concept of partnerships and the skills of how to build them are still fuzzy for most practitioners – groundwork needs to be done in collecting and sharpening knowledge around Multi-Actor Partnerships. This knowledge then needs to be made accessible to those involved in partnerships, and learnings need to be fed back into the iterative process.  The contribution of the Collective Leadership Institute is to take a step in this necessary direction. Together with the Partnering Initiative, we have founded The Partnering Alliance (TPA).  A multi-stakeholder partnership itself, the TPA intends to develop open source best practice reference standards for collaboration that can be widely adopted by all sectors of society and support the highest quality and continuous improvement of the majority of types of cross-sector partnerships for development. By integrating common best practice into how organizations approach collaboration, into the development and implementation of partnerships, and into partnering training, tools and guidelines, we aim to instill a shared partnering language and approach that will provide an essential boost to scaling up the effectiveness and impact of cross-sectoral collaboration worldwide