Leadership for Transition
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2018
Leadership for Transition (LiFT 2.0) pilots and spreads an innovative cross-sector capacity building program offering next generation training and education in basic and transversal leadership skills for facilitating dialog processes with diverse stakeholders in transnational and intercultural settings. The project rationale holds that in times of multidimensional crisis, where fundamental values are simultaneously at stake, public leadership is faced with multiple adaptive challenges. Therefore, leaders, workers and citizens need to transcend narrow particularistic views and develop methods of dialog, intercultural communication and conflict resolution grounded in notions of global responsibility and interconnectedness. Based on innovative trends in leadership thinking, LiFT 2.0 applies academic and practical knowledge about Europe’s most pressing real world challenges to specific issues related to peace, justice and sustainability.
LiFT 2.0 is building on the successful Grundtvig learning partnership LiFT 1.0 (2013-2015) in which unique knowledge and experience in collaborative leadership has been gained, including, in particular, a holistic and integrative citizen engagement method called the “Collaboratory”. Drawing on the joint intelligence of a broad range of stakeholders, this method empowers participants to take responsibility for organizational and societal transitions, to think and behave in respectful, socially responsible and ecologically intelligent ways and to co-create innovative and powerful solutions to complex challenges. The focused yet flexible design of the Collaboratory allows for collective inquiry on the basis of multiperspectival dialog, deep reflexivity, and transformative learning.
The purpose of LiFT 2.0 is to prepare the ground for mainstreaming its collaborative leadership methods for broader use. Accordingly, the strategic partnership is committed to harvesting and disseminating best practices in the field. Based on an evaluation, systematization and prototyping of the previous project’s multiple insights and experiences, LiFT 2.0 develops learning, teaching and training tools and materials which enable others to adopt successful collaborative leadership practices in their own contexts.
LiFT 2.0 has three main goals: First, hosting and organizing international stakeholder workshops and learning events that support the development of a joint vision and corresponding actions across sectors, cultures, generations, persons and fields of activity, thereby helping individuals, groups and larger transformative projects to develop towards their full potential. Second, it condenses and documents its experiences in collaborative leadership for others to use. Third, it develops and implements a unique transnational leadership training format that enables multipliers to use and further spread collaborative leadership and communication methods across various contexts. Thereby it creates viable learning communities and a cohort of leaders who can better address big adaptive challenges on local, regional, European and global levels.
All activities of LiFT 2.0 combine public stakeholder involvement events with genuine training in collaborative leadership and practice based, problem-centered transformative learning. The project will conduct six public workshops, a summer school and a final conference which will reach a total of around 1.000 participants. Its cross-sectoral approach caters for a wide range of overlapping target audiences, from early school leavers and students to trainers, educators, innovative researchers, social entrepreneurs, practitioners and citizens engaged in working towards peaceful and sustainable futures in the fields of leadership, education, organizational transformation and societal transition. The six workshops focus on education for transition, alternative schooling to address dropout issues, transformative politics, innovative collaborative governance and community building, as well as social entrepreneurship. The consortium’s one week summer school, including a train-the-trainer course in collaborative leadership will be hosted at the end of the project.
To ensure academic quality and rigor, LiFT 2.0 will develop tangible intellectual and pedagogical outputs which enable multipliers to make use of LiFT’s insights, methodological knowledge and experience in their own fields of activity. The training and educational materials provided by LiFT will enable leaders to engage more effectively in dialogue and collaboration with key partners and stakeholders, and thus to empower individuals and society at large to take responsibility for working towards the common good in relation to the specific issues in their organizations and/or communities. The project thus brings positive and long-lasting effects on the participating individuals and organizations, their networks and local communities, as well as the institutional and policy systems they are embedded in.
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