Developing Transformative Leadership Capacity

Transformative educators and process facilitators reflect on their experience engaging in transformative leadership development and discuss how to cultivate and support effective and inclusive leadership of transformations initiatives. Table discussion will consider:
  • How do we cultivate and support effective, inclusive, and adaptive transformative leadership necessary for these types of organizations/initiatives?
  • What are we doing right and what have we been getting wrong when it comes to leadership development?


Speakers: Julianna Gwiszcz, Douglas Williamson, Fern Wickson, Elisabeth Kuehn, Luea Ritter



Developing Transformative Leadership Capacity
Speakers: Elisabeth Kuehn, Douglas Williamson, Julianna Gwiszcz

Innovative leadership capacity builders and educators will reflect on their experience in transformative leadership development and discuss how to cultivate and support effective and inclusive leadership of transformations initiatives.

What does it take as “process stewards” to co-hold space for complex, inclusive and diverse endeavors?
Speakers: Luea Ritter

The WEFo is a global inquiry-based living lab for our common regenerative future. It’s a unique international platform that takes a multistakeholder, cross-sector, intergenerational, and long-term approach to foster healthy relationships, respect, and inclusion of all voices and forms of life as a norm (ecocentric philosophy). It is based on the assumption that in order to do so, it requires restoring and rewiring our social and relational fabrics and how we relate and interact with one another. The presentation shares some of the WEFo’s set of core practices, principles, and capacities that get fostered and tested in a wide range of areas and contexts to meet the complex challenges of the polycrisis we are in. It shares our experiences in co-holding a large group process over a longer period of time and the bigger questions we grapple with, such as: What does it take as “process stewards” to co-hold space for complex, inclusive and diverse endeavors? How do we continuously connect to ourselves, each other, the group, the wider community, nature, and the subtle? How do we learn from and with each other across cultures and contexts in a way that helps address both our local as well as our global challenges? What does it mean to sit with questions that address the root causes rather than jumping too early to solutions or approaching challenges mainly with our cognitive capacities? The presentation explores the WEFo’s overall process design and work that enable collaborative actions on cross-sector and transdisciplinary themes and challenges (Ethical Ground Work, Decolonisation, DEI, Reconciliation, Stewardship of Bio Regions, Intergenerational Dialogue,, Responsible Economy, and more). After the presentation, we will proceed into a generative dialogue to open up for resonances and a space of co-learning with participants about the important inner attitudes and co-creational leadership.

What makes an organizational transformational: A panel discussion from global north and global south perspectives
Speakers: Elisabeth Kuehn, Douglas Williamson

This panel dialogue will explore several key questions related to different perspectives on the process and methodologies that constitute a transformational organization. As transformation as a practice is still relatively new, undefined, and practiced in different ways depending on geographical and cultural contexts, this discussion seeks to explore some of those differences, as well as commonalities. The panel will consist of transformation practitioners from two global south countries and one global north country, as well as be moderated by the Collective Leadership Institute, a German transformation practitioner organization. The event is planned to be a hybrid event, with the principal facilitator in Prague with members of a live audience, and the secondary facilitator and panelists joining online and with an online audience too. The session facilitators are from the Collective Leadership Institute (CLI), a German transformation organization working at the international level. CLI teaches its own methodologies to empower transformation agents and is expert in guiding transformative processes within international development projects. CLI has approximately 6,000 alumni, around 300 of whom have gained a certification as “Collective Leadership Specialists”, reflecting an intermediate level of knowledge and practice in applying CLI’s transformation methodologies. These Specialists are also CLI’s core network. CLI holds the Transformation Literacy Conference annually to explore topics related to the capacities and qualities needed to foster systemic transformation in sustainable development contexts. The panelists include: SA: Brazil: Finland: The outcomes of this session will initially be a short report, highlighting the major insights and most relevant questions regarding the different regional perspectives of transformation practice. Depending on the insights and questions generated, the organizers expect to explore more detailed investigation for the eventual publication of more detailed essays and short documentary videos.