Collaboration Academies Network
Scaling up collaboration skills globally

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi
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The vision is to have CANs in place on all five continents

We understand leadership to be the capacity of a collective to catalyse change for the common good. As our definition of the “common good” we embrace the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all countries in 2015.  Yet global aspirations are not enough. We recognize that building collaboration capacity for implementation of the SDGs is essential for bringing about the vision of a just, peaceful, and thriving world for all life.

The challenges we face in implementing the SDGs are complex, but not insurmountable, requiring a shift from a conventional to a collective leadership paradigm that honours the intention of the global sustainability movement. Indeed, our entry point is SDG 17 which aims to: “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.”

To meet this challenge, CLI – together with our accredited Collective Leadership Facilitators (see below) – is building a Collaboration Academies Network around the world. CLI’s vision is:

A worldwide network of Collaboration Academies that scale up collective leadership capacity to empower teams to achieve sustainability outcomes.

CLI's Collaboration Academy vision

By offering our proven foundation courses on “The Art of Leading Collectively” and “The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration,” our Collaboration Academies support teams in designing and invigorating multi-stakeholder initiatives that work to achieve outcomes across all of the SDGs from the local to national to global levels.

Join the Movement
Current status of Collaboration Academies Network

With over 3,000 course Alumni from over 100 countries, the CLI Network is constantly expanding. In addition to our offices, we have already established Collaboration Academies in Cambodia, Egypt, Switzerland, and Ukraine. We invite you to join us!

For over 15 years, CLI has conceptualized and field-tested collaboration methodologies and tools with partners – especially our Collective Leadership Compass and Dialogic Change Model – developing high quality and engaging training curricula, materials, and publications. Through our growing Collaboration Academies Network, we seek to transfer these approaches and materials to accredited Collective Leadership Facilitators around the world and, together, scale collaboration and impact for sustainability.

In order to become an accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator, individuals or teams must:

  • STUDY: Become certified as a Collective Leadership Specialist: successfully complete our two foundation courses in either order (Art of Leading Collectively and Art of Stakeholder Collaboration) and then our advanced course (Art of Dialogue).
  • PRACTICE: Collaborate with CLI staff in jointly marketing, organizing, and facilitating one or both foundation courses (depending on which one(s) will be offered through your Collaboration Academy).
  • REFLECT: Publish a short case study (see the case study example of Mai ElAshmawy, accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator) on the CLI website or newsletter structured around the Collective Leadership Compass and Dialogic Change Model on an initiative that the trainee has led, participated in, or studied.
Collective Leadership Facilitators build capacity among diverse groups

Throughout the entire process, trainees are responsible for demonstrating to CLI Faculty fluency with the collective leadership approach, aptitude for facilitation and coaching, and a capacity for personal reflection and growth. In order to become accredited, trainees must embody the values inclusivity, respect for diversity, professionalism, and a commitment to contributing to the sustainability movement. (A full list of required knowledge and proficiencies is available upon request.)

In the PRACTICE phase, trainees must actively collaborate with CLI in:

  • marketing the course,
  • conducting pre-course engagement of participants,
  • ensuring an appropriate venue,
  • checking off organizational details,
  • facilitating the course, and
  • following up with reporting and alumni engagement.

 

"The accreditation program opened to me a new horizon of capacities to contribute effectively to sustainable change initiatives within the Arab Region and the world at large.”

Mai ElAshmawy- acredited Collective Leadership Facilitator
Why did you decide to participate in the program and what are you going to do with new qualifications?

 

Mai ElAshmawy: “I wanted to join the accreditation program, because I was inspired how comprehensive was the methodology in helping organizing & planning relationship approaches with different stakeholders taking into consideration the different dynamics that motivates people to change.  The methodology also gives you an insight of the change processes from a humanity perspective, and broaden your thinking to consider different personnel, whom are the leaders of change.

I love to be CLI’s Ambassador to the Arab World, transferring the knowledge to the developing communities and help them achieving their sustainable country goals successfully.  Thus, help achieving the SDGs”.

Click here to read Mai’s case study.

Establishing a Collaboration Academy

Once accredited, Collective Leadership Facilitators can establish a Collaboration Academy through which they can market, organize, and facilitate not-for-profit CLI foundation courses. The Collaboration Academy, the Collective Leadership Facilitator’s profile(s), and related courses will all be added to the CLI website.

In order for a Collaboration Academy to be remain ‘active,’ it should conduct at least one course each year. In order for Collective Leadership Facilitators to remain accredited, each should satisfactorily co-facilitate a least one course every 2 years and participate in a CLI ‘refresher’ event – whether an online learning event, an open course, a CLI conference, or co-facilitation with a CLI Faculty person – once every 3 years.

Some of our Collective Leadership Specialists and Facilitators
Benefits

Collective Leadership Facilitators are enriched with Collective Leadership methodologies, facilitation skills and practice in personal reflection. Through their Collaboration Academy, they use CLI methodology, materials, and guidance documents; facilitate not-for-profit CLI foundation courses; and periodically contribute stories to the CLI website and/or the newsletter.

Importantly, each Collaboration Academy develops a locally-appropriate, non-competitive financial model in consultation with CLI, balancing international and local rates for course marketing, organization, and facilitation. For those Collective Leadership Facilitators who show initiative, leading a Collaboration Academy can contribute significantly to their income. (More information is available upon request.)

We believe that solutions to sustainability challenges cannot be found in isolation. Collective Leadership Facilitators join a growing Collective Leadership movement that builds capacity for SDG implementation.

We are in this together!
Become a Collective Leadership Facilitator

If you or your organization is interested in gaining collective leadership facilitation skills and teach them to others, get in touch with us!

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