Transformation Literacy
The day-to-day management approach of governments, development agencies, corporations and civil society activists
Collaboration is the pathway to transformation literacy

It is time to bring human beings back to where they belong: into the center of attention as transformation agents towards a thriving future in a sustainable and interdependent world. Collaboration literacy is a pathway to transformation literacy – the skill to steward transformative change collectively across the boundaries of institutions, nations, sectors and cultures. A skill that – given the current distance to the far ahead goal of a world that works for 100% of humanity and the planet – is not a nice to have option, but a must.

The urgency for humankind’s ability to consciously change behavior so as to stay within the ‘safe operating space’ of the planetary boundaries  suggests that designing and implementing transformative change is a skill requiring widespread distribution. It needs to become the day-to-day management approach of governments, development agencies, corporations and civil society activists.

Transformation Literacy conference

In Feb and Mar 2022 CLI's Transformation Literacy conference took place!
24 Feb, 3 Mar, 10 Mar, 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar
Always 2 - 4 pm CET

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Stewarding sustainability transformations is a collective task. It requires a mindshift towards global and local caring: a new approach that is best captured as collective stewardship. The world is sustainable when humankind as a whole is able to live well with each other and within the systemic logic of the planetary boundaries.

What is needed for sustainability transformations to happen?
The Art of Transformative Change

- 4 days of online-training
- core methodologies: CLI Collective Leadership Compass
- tuition fee: € 350 per online presence day
Registration status: LAST PLACES AVAILABLE!

8 December — 13 December 2022
Kurfürstenstraße 1, Potsdam, Germany
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What is meant by sustainability transformation?

Descriptions of sustainability range from the balance of people, planet and profit to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development goals; and from managing more than 10 billion people within planetary boundaries to planetary thrivability or to a mutually supportive harmony of people and planet. Transformation to sustainability is the pathway to co-creating a world that works for 100% of humanity and the planet. It needs to take place at all levels of the (global) society and requires a fundamental change in the way we operate with each other and the planet. Transformation has a range of meanings, but the term broadly captures the following characteristics:

  • Deeply innovative approach towards thinking, acting, power structures and relationships.
  • Both radical and incremental change in the global operating system.
  • An evolution of structures and systems into better functionality benefiting all of humanity and the planet.
  • A co-creative process of mutual learning towards increasing vitality of an integrated planetary life.
  • A re-purposing of institutions and economic structures so humankind operates with each other and the planet in a responsible way.

The ultimate goal is not only to stop climate change and maintain a safe operating space for humankind and the planet, but also invigorate the human competencies to co-create multiple forms of responsible citizenship in the era of the Anthropocene – the evolutionary period, in which the behavior of human beings determines the future of the planet.

What needs to happen together to enable transformations?
Six mutually supportive transformation enablers are the necessary components to develop transformation strategies

Do your own transformation enablers assessment with the Collective Leadership Compass.
➔ Get together in your transformation network and conduct the assessment as a basis of strategizing and improving your impact.
➔ Download the sheet, fill out the evaluation column, and find your visualized results on the second tab.

What needs to happen together to enable transformations

The six mutually supportive transformation enablers are based on the Collective Leadership Compass. Each of them is a necessary component to develop transformation strategies that become successful. Their mutually supportive character means that we need to combine them to be able to strategize the path together for that leads to tangible transformative change. Together, they function as a stewardship architecture for planning and implementing transformative change.

  • Enlivening narratives: What are the stories that inspire transformative change?
  • Enabling structures: How do we organize collective stewardship of change?
  • Life-enhancing innovation: How do we guide innovations towards regenerative futures?
  • Empowering metrics: How do we measure progress?
  • Multi-stakeholder governance: How do we learn collectively and navigate differences?
  • Guiding regulations: How do we safeguard the commons and planetary life-support systems?
Stewarding Sustainability Transformations
An Emerging Theory and Practice of SDG Implementation.

Dr. Petra Kuenkel's new book as a Report to the Club of Rome 2019
• Serves as a guidebook for decision-makers, researchers and activists who need to navigate complex change towards sustainable development.
• Inspires academics and practitioners alike to explore new routes towards co-creating responsible futures in the era of the Anthropocene.
• Translates a pattern approach to systems theory into a practical guidance for planning and implementing interventions across all sectors of society.
• Sets a new direction in the field of sustainability transformations and will become a foundation for planning collective action and achieving impact at scale.

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