On the 18th – 20th June 2018 the Symposium “Transformative Designs for Sustainability – Facilitating mindshifts for collective action and Anthropocene prosperity” took place in Hannover , Germany.
The Transformation Lab is an interactive and co-creative event with a diverse community of scientists and practitioners that connects the inner journey to transformative collective behavior change with deliberate process designs and transformative structural interventions. The Transformation Lab builds on the insight that transformative and systemic change can start at all levels and for all issues. Furthermore, it follows the idea that the human capability to design and steward change is at the core of a responsible Anthropocene.
The two main conceptual and methodological approaches the Transformation Lab is based on are The Collective Leadership Compass (CLI – Collective Leadership Institute: www.collectiveleadership.com) and the roceedings of the project: „A Mindset for the Anthropocene“ (IASS – Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies: http://www.iass-potsdam.de/en/research/mindset-anthropocene-ama).
The conceptual thinkers behind the Transformation Lab are Dr. Petra Kuenkel and Dr. Thomas Bruhn.
Dr. Petra Kuenkel is a Full Member of The International Club of Rome and the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Collective Leadership Institute. She is a leading strategic advisor to pioneering international initiatives that address complex sustainability issues in collaboration. Dr. Petra Kuenkel promotes the scaling-up of collaboration skills and transformation literacy for change agents from the private sector, public sector and civil society. With more than 3000 Alumni globally the institute has built transformation competencies for sustainability change agents around the globe. On the basis of more than 20 years experience in complex change, in-depth research into systems transformation and complexity science she has developed the COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP COMPASS. The methodology has taken many international collaborative initiatives to success. It invigorates the human competencies for collective action and value-based collaboration. More recently she developed the Compass into a conceptual architecture for transformative change designs.
Dr. Thomas Bruhn is a physicist working transdisciplinarily at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam since 2012.
Since 2016 he is leading the project AMA (A Mindset for the Anthropocene) on the question how the cultivation of mental qualities like mindfulness and compassion can contribute to sustainability. He is also engaged in research on collective learning and co-creation in the context of political decision-making for sustainability.
His earlier work at the IASS focused on the implications of climate engineering and CO2 utilisation. Before joining the IASS he did research in the field of semiconductor nanomaterials and self-organization.
Thomas’ key ambition is to bring together a variety of stakeholders in reflexive processes that allow for the emergence of truly shared perspectives and action pathways for a context-specific implementation of specific sustainability targets. He is a member of the thinktank30 (tt30) of the Club of Rome and the German Association of Scientists (VDW).
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