Upcoming courses

Stakeholder Dialogues

  7 - 10 April in Hammamet
24 - 27 June in Potsdam/Berlin
21 - 24 October in Cape Town
11 - 14 November in Lima
  2 - 5 December in Potsdam/Berlin

Stakeholder Engagement

25 - 26 September in Berlin

Dialogic Facilitation

8 - 11 in July in Potsdam
18 - 21 November in Bangkok
9 - 12 December in Potsdam/Berlin

Collective Leadership

3 - 5 June in Berlin

Process Designs for Stakeholder Engagement

1 - 4 July in Potsdam/Berlin

Success Factors in Stakeholder Dialogues

28 - 31 October in Cape Town

Young Leaders for Sustainability

Module 1: 21 – 26 July
Modlue 2:   4 – 8 November 
Module 3: 18 – 21 February
Module 4: 16 – 19 April


Course overview 2014 (pdf)

A dialogic way of change

Success and failure of sustainability initiatives is often dependent on the capability of leaders to engage in good conversations, to truly listen, build trust-based relationships, and design and implement result-oriented processes. The ability to think together effectively is a vital building block for an emerging sustainable future. Our capacity building approach is therefore rooted in an integrated approach.

A dialogic way of change towards sustainability creates commitment and the willingness of all to find innovative solutions to today's challenges. When co-creation of the future is more consciously understood as a collective task, active engagement for a sustainable future follows - by individuals, companies and political actors. Dialogue enables the transcendence of self-centered views - a pre-requisite to successfully address the challenges of globalization.

Dialogic process competence is a key to success in Collective Leadership for sustainability and requires the alignment between personal and professional values.

It means:

  • Developing common goals that can be owned by different stakeholders
  • Accessing the capacity to innovate
  • Using the potential of collaboration successfully
  • Rooting change towards sustainability in effective transformation designs
  • Enabling leaders and change agents from diverse backgrounds to master complex challenges
  • Facilitating consensus building
  • Connecting partners to take on collective responsibility
  • Reaching practical solutions through dialogue

Dialogue is a stance

It is a different way of bringing oneself into the world. At the core of it is the quality of presence, a way of being in the world that helps others to bring out their best. As practice among a group of people, it is also the cornerstone for an approach to significant systems change.

The purpose of negotiation is to reach a compromise between parties who differ; the intention of dialogue, however, is to reach a new level of understanding and, in doing so, to form a new basis from which to think and act collectively. Dialogue, therefore, is the basis of collective leadership for a more sustainable world.


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