Collective Leadership Hubs Network
Scaling up collaboration skills globally

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

Mahatma Gandhi
Vision: CLHs working in diverse languages on 6 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 2030 Agenda, or the 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 Collective Leadership Hubs Network around the world. CLI’s vision is:

A worldwide network of Collective Leadership Hubs that scale up collaboration capacity to empower individuals, teams, and stakeholder systems to achieve sustainability transformations.

CLI's Collective Leadership Academy vision

Collective Leadership Hubs are action-oriented centres around the world that seek to transform systems toward greater sustainability using CLI’s collective leadership approach.

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With over 4,700 course Alumni from over 100 countries, the CLI Network is constantly expanding. In addition to our offices, we have already established Collective Leadership Hubs in Cambodia, Egypt, Jordan, 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 Collective Leadership Hubs 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 one of our fluency courses (Art of Process Facilitation or Art of Transformative Change).
  • PRACTICE: Collaborate with CLI staff in jointly marketing, organizing, and co-facilitating both foundation courses and demonstrate to CLI fluency in the collective leadership approach, aptitude for facilitation and coaching, and a capacity for personal reflection and growth.
  • 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

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 by how comprehensive was the methodology in helping organize and plan 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 broadens your thinking to consider different actors, who are the leaders of change.

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

Click here to read Mai’s case study.

CLI's certification track is designed with attention to the process that supports the trainee in the process of learning the Collective Leadership methodologies, facilitation, and
personal reflection.

Maryana Zaviyska - acredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

Being a facilitator who uses dialogical methods in working with teams within complex processes, I was lacking a systematic meta-approach that can support my work with diverse groups. In 2017, I partnered with the Collective Leadership Institute as a local Ukraine-based consultant to support CLI’s work within the GIZ four-year project “Vocational Integration of Internally Displaced Persons”. I provided mentorship support on process design to six multi-stakeholders teams – core containers – in Eastern Ukraine, which had already started their structured dialogues on potential solutions for the employment of IDPs.

Since then, I continued to support CLI’s work in Ukraine. After another project and co-facilitating an open course, I am in the process of establishing “Collective Leadership Academy Ukraine,” which would mean that I can offer CLI open and on-site courses here in Ukraine for individuals and teams.

Click here to read Maryana’s case study.

The CLI approach turned out to be a perfect complement to my other theoretical knowledge and practical experience. That’s why I decided to continue my learning journey and become an accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator.

Jacob Fink Ferdinand - accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

I first learned about the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI) in 2018, while searching for new capacity to develop my partnership management skills. At that time, I had been working for many years as a project developer and manager. I had long observed deficiencies in how traditional project management tools deal with issues, like the facilitator role as a project manager, interrelationships among partners, and multi-stakeholder challenges in projects, for example.

The CLI approach turned out to be a perfect complement to my other theoretical knowledge and practical experience. That’s why I decided to continue my learning journey and become an accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator.

The CLI tools and ideas are already an active part of my toolbox in my consultancy work today, where I work with sustainable development for businesses and in larger multi-stakeholder development projects. As a CLI alumnus and now faculty associate, I am pursuing opportunities to expand my training and mentoring work and advocating for collective leadership approaches to transformational change processes.

Click here to read Jacob’s case study.

The collective leadership approach has been very useful in my personal and professional life. I learned more about myself: my development areas and how to work on them, and my strengths and how to use them to build myself and my skills in leadership.

Oumaima Selmi - accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

Oumaima Selmi is a Project Manager at We Love Kairouan (WLK), an association based in Kairouan, Tunisia. Being a youth activist since 2016, Oumaima has volunteered and worked with several organizations and associations across Tunisia and has gained work experience in project coordination, communications, and volunteer management. Omaima joined WLK in 2018 for the “Bab el Medina Dialogue Platform“ Project, through which she became a certified Collective Leadership Specialist and accredited Facilitator.

Click here to read Oumaima’s case study.

I proved what I am capable of throughout my learning journey, and it gives me the courage to drive collective change in the future.

Soumaya Khalfaoui - accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

Soumaya Khalfaoui is a Project Manager of the association We Love Kairouan (WLK) in Tunisia. She has been active in several projects and activities that relate to sustainable development since 2013 and has been working as a coordinator, grant assistant, and project manager since 2015. At that time, she also started her personal learning journey with the Collective Leadership Institute, which led to her accreditation as a Collective Leadership Facilitator. Specialized in participatory approaches, she has the skills to integrate and collaborate with stakeholders from different sectors and generations.

Click here to read Soumaya’s case study.

The trainings with CLI helped me to build a strong connection with different stakeholders, which ultimately led to the successful "Bab el Medina Dialogue Platform“ Project in 2019.

Mahdi Ayadi - accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

Mahdi Ayadi is a founding member of the We Love Kairouan (WLK) association and a Project Manager in the “Young Leader Network in Central Tunisia” Project which is a cooperation between WLK and the Collective Leadership Institute funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen). Mahdi graduated from the Higher Institute of Computer Management in 2012 with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Networking. This IT background didn’t stop him from discovering the world of civil society. Since 2012, he has been engaged in civil society as a volunteer, taking part in numerous trainings on different subjects, amongst them the Collective Leadership Specialist certification track and Facilitator accreditation.

Click here to read Mahdi’s case study.

I like working with the Compass Dimensions in relation to the Dialogic Change Model, but I also love teaching those methodologies to other people. I believe that Humanity is the common world language.

Takwa Mallat - accredited Collective Leadership Facilitator

Takwa Mallat has been an active member of We Love Kairouan (WLK) since 2016, starting not as a participant but as a photographer in the first workshop with the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI). She soon became a participant in all CLI trainings and earned her certification as a Collective Leadership Specialist. As such, she became one of the WLK team members in the “Bab el Medina Dialogue Platform“ Project in 2019 and then a Project Manager in the “Young Leaders Network in Central Tunisia“ Project. Her experience with the collective leadership and the dialogic approaches has been an exciting challenge, helping her to discover her strengths and how to use them to drive collective change. Takwa holds an engineering degree in digital technologies of sound and image and a master’s degree in visual arts and communication. She is passionate about photography, planting, and old architecture.

Click here to read Takwa’s case study.

Establishing a Collective Leadership Hub

Once accredited, Collective Leadership Facilitators can establish a Collective Leadership Hub.

Hubs and CLI enter into a 2-year, framework memorandum of understanding (MoU) that outlines a desire and potential for collaboration. The MoU includes the following rights and responsibilities of accredited Hubs:

  • Each Hub may use the exclusive Collective Leadership Hub logo and identify as a “Collective Leadership Hub” connected with the Collective Leadership Institute.
  • Each Hub lists CLI on their website as a partner and links to CLI’s website.
  • CLI adds CLFs and Hub to the world map on CLI’s website.
  • Each Hub and all CLFs use CLI methodology, materials, and guidance documents (curricula, slides, and agendas, and marketing, organizational, and facilitation guidance sheets).
  • Each Hub and all CLFs stay true to the spirit, content, and integrity of CLI methodology.
  • Each Hub and all CLFs contribute to CLI’s four Strategic Pillars.
  • In order to stay in practice, all CLFs must regularly apply CLI methodology through projects and courses and/or participate in learning and exchange  sessions organized by CLI, focusing on practice exhange and conceptual discussions on CLI’s evolving methodology.

The terms for renewal and other terms are provided bileterally when you are about to open a Hub.

Some of our Collective Leadership Specialists and Facilitators

Collective Leadership Facilitators are enriched with Collective Leadership methodologies, facilitation skills and practice in personal reflection. Through their Collective Leadership Hub, they contribute to the following four strategic pillars:

  • Change Networks: The Network of Collective Leadership Hubs is a learning and mutual support structure that helps Hubs and Specialists to connect, learn, and become more transformative.
  • Transformation Support: Hubs may be lead or co-applicant with CLI on submitting grant applications for transformation support projects that draw on their thematic, regional, and/or contextual expertise, while using CLI’s field-tested methodologies.
  • Building Competence: In consultation with CLI, Hubs may co-organize and co-facilitate open or on-site courses based on CLI methodology, e.g. the Art of Leading Collectively and the Art of Stakeholder Collaboration.
  • Though Leadership: Collective Leadership Facilitators are encouraged and welcome to contribute written pieces to CLI newsletters and to co-author Collective Leadership Studies, for example on transformation support projects co-implemented with CLI.
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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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