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11th April 2018 German Global Compact Partner Conference

The UN Global Compact Germany network invites its partners twice a year for a conference on current CSR topics. This spring edition is themed “Companies 2030: The Future of Work”.
CLI’s Martin Fielko is present on 11 April for meetings with CSR professionals, as well as NGOs. If you are interested in our training programmes for the private sector and NGOs, feel free to contact: martin.fielko[at] We will be more than happy to meet you in Berlin.

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The Art of Leading Collectively
Co-Creating a Sustainable, Socially Just Future

The new book by Dr. Petra Kuenkel with foreword by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsaecker, is a guide to collaborative impact for leaders in industry, government, and social change networks.

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Highlights of past Events
8th April 2018 The 50th Anniversary of the Club of Rome

The Club of Rome was celebrating its 50th Birthday.

Since its foundation in 1968 the Club of Rome is an important actor in helping humanity understanding its environmental responsibilities and its social liabilities as well as development.

Dr. Petra Kuenkel is a full member of the Club of Rome and part of the visionary network that strives to make a difference through scientific research, dialogue and promotion of the impactful results.

Together with like-minded colleagues and friends Dr. Petra Kuenkel commemorated this historic event in Switzerland. You can find some photos of the event as well as selected news reporting here.


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29th March 2018 Conference "Sustainable Development Goals: you can not escape it" in Rheden, Netherlands

On 29th March 2018 Dr. Petra Kuenkel was invited to give a keynote speech and an expert input at the conference “Sustainable Development Goals: you can not escape it” in Rheden, Netherlands.

The conference was focusing on implementation of the SDGs in municipalities. About 150 people with several representatives from different municipalities and VNG International were present to exchange about key succes factors for implementation the SDGs and creating positive impact.

Dr. Petra Kuenkel spoke about how to make this work in practice. Here is an excerpt from Dr. Petra Kuenkel’s speech:

With the Agenda 2030 “Transforming Our World” we have – for the first time in human history – a global agreement on our joint future. But the ambitious vision will only work, if life improves at the local level. Municipalities can become the key drivers in implementing the SDGs. Leading transformative change collectively in networks and collaboration across sectors or stakeholder groups is paramount.

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20th March 2018 Lecture on Patterns of Aliveness Theory at Institute for Advances Sustainability Studies

Dr. Petra Kuenkel gave her lecture on:

Patterns of Aliveness – an Emerging Theory for Stewarding Sustainability Transformation in the Era of the Anthropocene

at IASS Potsdam – Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V.  – Berliner Strasse 130, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

The IASS was officially founded in 2009 as a joint initiative of the German Federal Government, the Federal State of Brandenburg and the research organisations of the German Science Alliance. In its research the IASS aims to merge all relevant types of knowledge – both within and outside science – in order to jointly find solutions that help to initiate, support and scientifically accompany the transformation to sustainable development.

Patterns of Aliveness – an Emerging Theory for Stewarding Sustainability Transformation in the Era of the Anthropocene

The introduction of the term Anthropocene has raised awareness that humans are responsible for the planet as a whole. The question remains if an emerging sense of responsibility will grow quickly enough to induce a change in human behavior. Human-made technology has the power to change the entire planetary socio-ecological system in an unprecedented way. Risk and opportunity move closer together: moving beyond the threshold of planetary boundaries might spark spiraling dynamics. Hence, understanding more about the How of accelerating patterns of transformative change for sustainability has therefore been widely identified as a future research challenge. Yet, current human decision-making and implementation processes at global and local levels are locked in mindsets and operational logics that have led to the very overstepping planetary boundaries. Scholars suggest that more research should focus on the understanding of how actors could steward those co-evolutionary patterns that are able to accelerate sustainability transformation. The lecture argues that exploring the concept of patterns as a key constituting element for the way life emerges, evolves, disintegrates and regenerates can greatly enhance the human capacity to successfully engage in sustainability transformation. It looks at how cognition theory, ecology, and architecture have captured the issue of patterns, and emphasizes how sentience, or a subjective feeling of aliveness, can inform practical ways of stewarding sustainability transformation. It shows how propositions regarding essential features of living systems inform an emerging theory of ‘patterns of aliveness’ that creates a foundation for more life-enhancing human co-creation in large systems. The lecture argues that taking six essential organizing principles, which allow life to emerge, thrive, and re-create itself, into account when designing transformative change, increases the effectiveness of change interventions. With reference to different contemporary perspectives on sustainability transformation it illustrates how stewarding patterned transformation enablers can overcome the narrow focus on single change trajectories.

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9th - 10th November 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Club of Rome

Petra Kuenkel, full member of the Club of Rome, participated at the Annual General Meeting of the Club of Rome with the topic “The Political Crisis in the West”. Find out about Petra Kuenkel’s workshop session: Why is the way we design and implement sustainability transformation so important?

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11th October 2017 Österreichischer CSR-Tag / Austrian CSR-Day
Auf der Veranstaltung “Österreichischer CSR-Tag. Better together – Partnerschaften erfolgreich umsetzen!” in Linz, Österreich, wurde der Frage “Wie gestaltet man Partnerschaften erfolgreich, damit Potentiale genutzt und innovative Lösungen hervorgebracht werden können?” nachgegangen. Petra Künkel nahm als Expertin für Kollektive Führung und Kooperationen an dem ExpertInnenpanel Collaborate to Create teil.  Des Weiteren hat Petra Künkel eine interaktive und wissensreiche Workshopsession “Komplexität von Partnerschaftsprozessen managen – der Kompass für Kollektive Führung als Orientierung und Planungsunterstützung” gehalten.

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At the event “Österreichischer CSR-Tag. Better together – Partnerschaften erfolgreich umsetzen(Austrian CSR Day – Better Together – Successfully Implementing Partnerships!) in Linz, Austria, the question of “How do you successfully form partnerships so that potentials can be used and innovative solutions can be produced?” was investigated. As an expert for collective leadership and collaboration, Petra Kuenkel took part in the expert panel Collaborate to Create. Furthermore, Petra Kuenkel held an interactive and knowledge-rich workshop session “Complexity of Partnership Processes – the Compass for Collective Leadership as Orientation and Planning Support”. (German language only)

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Book Petra as a speaker

The new paradigm we must establish is about creating systems that bring out the best in us!
Book Dr. Petra Kuenkel as a passionate Keynote Speaker for your Event and get inspired by her mind changing and empowering speech.
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19th - 21 st September 2017 Zukunft Personal / HR Fair

The Zukunft Personal in Cologne is Europe’s hot spot for HR decision-makers. More than 16,000 HR professionals are expected to come to the fair. The topics covered range from recruiting and human resource services through work-related training courses, leadership and employment law to human resource software and the future of the workplace.

CLI’s Martin Fielko was at the Zukunft Personal on 19th September for meetings with HR professionals, as well as training providers. If you are interested in our training programmes for the private sector, feel free to contact: martin.fielko[at]

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05th September 2017 Potsdam Summer School

The fourth Potsdam Summer School from the 4th to the 13th of September 2017 addressed the central question: “How can transdisciplinary knowledge production be integrated into inclusive governance processes towards the achievement of sustainable development as in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?”

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Petra Kuenkel gave a speech about challenges of SDG implementation on the 5th of September 2017 from 13:30 to 14:30 pm (CET).

The Potsdam Summer School 2017 took place at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Albert Einstein Campus, and the University of Potsdam. For more information click here or contact Alina Grün:

30th Aug - 01st Sep 2017 Transformations 2017: Transformations in Practice

Transformations 2017 –  In Scotland (the UK) at the University of Dundee, the third in a biennial series of international interdisciplinary conferences took place on transformations towards sustainability, addressing contemporary challenges, and creating conditions for enhancing people’s well-being today and in the future while strengthening the Earth’s support system. Petra Kuenkel presented two practice sessions.

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13th June 2017 Kooperation: Gemeinsam gehen und stärker werden
Auf der Veranstaltung Kooperation: Gemeinsam gehen und stärker werden wird der Frage “Was macht eine gelungene Kooperation aus und welche Perspektiven ergeben sich aus dem Zusammenwirken unterschiedlicher Handlungsfelder?” nachgegangen. Sabine Heckmann, Projektmanagerin CLI, hat einen Vortrag über “Kooperationskompetenz -Wie tragfähige Partnerschaften entstehen” gehalten.

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At the event Kooperation: Gemeinsam gehen und stärker werden (Cooperation: Going together and becoming stronger) the question “What makes successful cooperation and what perspectives arise from the interaction of different fields?” was discussed. Sabine Heckmann, Project Manager at CLI, gave a speech on “Cooperative Competence – How to build viable partnerships.”
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23rd to 25th May 2017 Collective Impact Forum

The Collective Impact Forum, an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, was the field’s premier annual collective impact convening on May 23-25, 2017, in Boston.

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The 2017 Collective Impact Convening builds on the success of the 2016 convening in Seattle that attracted more than 450 funders, backbone leaders, and other collective impact community partners. CLI’s experienced colleague Dominic Stucker contributed to this event as a keynote speaker. You want to get more information, please do not hesitate to contact:

16th May 2017 - Meeting of Club of Rome Members in Europe

On the 16th of May 2017, the European Club of Rome Members met in Brussels.

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The topic of this meeting was “Implementing the 2030 agenda when the winds are changing: the SDGs and the interconnected challenges of a changing political landscape in Europe and the US”. Petra Kuenkel, as a full member of the club or Rome, was part of this networking event. For more information, please contact:

OECD Workshop – Measuring Business Impacts on People’s Well - Being
From the 23rd to 24th of February 2017, Petra Künkel, the Collective Leadership Institute’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, participated in a workshop on Measuring Business Impacts on People’s Well-being at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) headquarters in Paris.

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Participants from across sectors discussed and created standards for measuring business impacts on well-being. The
OECD organised the workshop in collaboration with the Society and Organisation Center of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Paris), the Humanistic Management Network, and Fordham University.
The workshop was part of the Leading for Well-Being Initiative, which is “an international coalition of organisations, scholars, business people, media experts, and policy makers seeking to integrate the emerging practice of well-being with more sustainable practices at the corporate, community and policy levels.”

Collaboration is key to SDG implementation – but how to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

During the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Nairobi, Kenya, Petra Kuenkel facilitated a side event on “Raising the bar for effective partnering”.

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The Promoting Effective Partnering Initiative (PEP), which was introduced at the Meeting, identified 17 effective partnering factors for 17 SDGs. Petra Kuenkel stressed the issue of learning in partnerships.

IWaSP Second Annual Partner Exchange on “Collective Leadership for Water Security: Strengthening multi-stakeholder collaboration for achieving common goals” Kampala, Uganda 25-26 October 2016

To deal with the complex and urgent challenges of water security, a new leadership paradigm – collective leadership – is required that recognises the diversity of involved actors as a strength, pools and leverages resources, and improves collaboration across sectors for achieving common goals. Indeed, collective leadership and effective partnerships are essential for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the local to the global levels.

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Combining the wealth of innovative practices and lessons learned from over 12 IWaSP partnerships and the Collective Leadership Institute’s (CLI’s) expertise in multi-stakeholder collaboration, this interactive event was useful to individuals and teams for building capacity for initiating and invigorating partnerships, ensuring high-quality dialogue and engagement processes, and delivering concrete results

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