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Our Approach

We convene senior leaders

These leaders are typically those who shape corporate strategy and government policy. We work with them towards a broader vision of leadership encompassing sustainability and transformational change.

We create an effective space for open engagement and constructive challenge, informing and inspiring leaders to shape strategic interventions that will deliver impact within their organisations and in their wider operating contexts.

We take a collaborative approach to leadership and change

The complex problems that societies face are impossible to solve by leaders or institutions working in isolation. Bringing diverse groups together is vital – whether it be across sectors and industries, between government and business, up and down the value chain, by breaking down functional silos within organisations, or crossing disciplinary boundaries among faculty.

We focus on the world’s most critical challenges

These challenges include climate changefood and resource security and achieving financial systems that support and reward sustainability.

Effective engagement with these challenges requires a deep appreciation for the interconnected nature of our social, environmental and economic systems. In order to embed this kind of systems thinking, the promotion and sharing of cross-disciplinary knowledge is imperative. This is reflected not only in the diverse array of our Faculty, but also in the spectrum of functional and industry leaders that we bring together.

We advocate and support change

We have an organisational purpose of helping to change systems, institutions and cultures to create a more sustainable and resource efficient world.

Our contribution to this change is not as campaigners for any specific political or commercial actions, but as champions for more informed decision-making and as catalysers of change. Our understanding of how change happens at the level of individuals, organisations and at a wider systems level is crucially important to this work.

We foster innovative solutions that will deliver significant change

We apply the knowledge that resides in the University, among our extensive network of Fellows and Senior Associates, and through our international network of business leaders to solve real-world problems and design effective approaches to scaling sustainable solutions. This requires that we understand and promote innovation, especially in business models, decision-making scenarios and in approaches to collaboration and co-creation. 

We deliver bespoke programmes

Each of our programmes – opencustomisedaccredited and online – is designed by hand. Our programmes have two distinctive features: the quality of the discussion and debate; and the extent to which we challenge and stretch participants to think more broadly and longer term about their own leadership role and the resilience and growth of their organisation. 

Our focus on participant needs and objectives – and those of their organisations – ensures that we select the most effective delivery methods to deliver lasting impact. Our programme design ranges from expert presentations and plenary debates, to small group workshops and innovation labs, to experiential learning through first-hand, on-the-ground engagement with challenges and solutions.