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Sustainability Leadership Labs - short courses in Cambridge

Our two-day Labs are short courses offering a deep dive into topics which have been shaped primarily around two key themes: circular economy and leadership.


Upcoming topics include:

Business Model Innovation for the Circular Economy: 25-26 February 2019

Discover how to transform your business to deliver sustainable value, through the use of cutting-edge business model innovation tools designed by the University of Cambridge.

Intrapreneurship: 20-21 May 2019

Transformational Leadership: 15-16 October 2019

Collaboration and Partnerships for the Circular Economy: 2-3 December 2019

Duration, format and location

Two-day residential seminars; Cambridge, UK

Fee

The course fee is £700 to £2,250, including accommodation and meals (see fees table below). Lower fees are available for multiple delegates or Labs, not-for-profits, developing countries, and self-funded individuals.

How to apply

Submit your application or find out more about the selection criteria.

 

Responding to topical sustainability trends in a practical way


These two-day immersive workshops will help you tackle emerging opportunities for a more sustainable business. With access to cutting-edge insight and best practice, you will continue your professional development, collaborate with practitioners and network with peers – with real application to your organisation.

Shaped primarily around two key themes; circular economy and leadership, each workshop will provide a deep dive into topics such as life cycle analysis, big data, sustainable investment, employee buy-in and vision, environmental impact assessment and frugal innovation.

Future topics will be decided based on emerging trends and delegate demand. We welcome your suggestions and encourage you to get in touch if you would like to recommend course content or discuss further.

Read about our previous Labs or to find out more.


Why should I apply?


Deliver business impact

The workshop is committed to delivering action-based learning. Participants are invited to submit a case study about their organisation which may be discussed during workshop exercises. The course will also include structured planning sessions for all participants to reflect on their learning, develop an action plan and articulate this plan to peers for constructive feedback. As a result, you will return to your organisation with a clear direction of how to create leading-edge responses to sustainability opportunities and challenges.

Find out how other attendees have used the workshop to deliver business impact.


Network with over 8,000 global sustainability leaders

Having attended the workshop you will join a network of nearly 8,000 global sustainability leaders and benefit from access the latest thinking and action, the space to debate ideas and share experience, and the chance to collaborate and influence change.


Benefit from our actionable learning approach

The workshops use a collaborative and innovative learning approach with a strong emphasis on sharing real-life experiences and best-practice case studies. Attendees are encouraged to co-create sustainability solutions using creative problem-solving techniques and develop action plans to become effective change agents. There will be ample opportunities for discussion and debate, building on the knowledge and expertise of peers, academics and expert practitioners.


Continue your professional development

We welcome you to join the Lab as a standalone CPD course or sign up for multiple as part of your long-term development. At the end of each Lab delegates will receive a certificate of participation. You can also use your attendance as credit towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business (PG Dip).

The PG Dip offers a ‘deep dive’ into topical and emergent leadership responses to sustainability in a business context. Equivalent to two-thirds of a Master’s, the PG Dip is worth 120 CATS points and provides an academically rigoruous but practically focused alternative route to the full Master’s programme.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Business.


Application


To apply for a Lab, please complete the online application form. If you have any questions, please .

Selection criteria

Applicants should be committed to using learning from the Labs to lead or influence change within the business context and should been proficient in the English language.

We also ask that applicants have either completed a previous programme at CISL or hold a sustainability position with significant work experience in sustainability. In some cases non-alumni who are not in sustainability roles will be accepted on a Lab at the discretion of the Lab Director and dependent on the applicant’s experience, interests and motivation for attending. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements please contact

Apply to attend a Lab here

 

Funding


Funding for marine and ocean health sector applicants

Vestas 11th Hour racing

In June 2018, in recognition of the impact that a CISL sustainability leadership programme had on the Vestas 11th Hour Racing team, CISL received a grant as part of the team's Volvo Ocean Race legacy programme. This was the 10th grant of the team’s legacy project in conjunction with their partner, 11th Hour Racing, which awarded a grant to a local environmental organisation at each of the Volvo Ocean Race stopovers. It will provide funding for up to four applicants working in not-for-profit organisations in the marine and ocean health sectors to attend CISL’s Sustainability Leadership Laboratories.

Funding criteria

The funding will cover up to four applicants working in not-for-profit organisations in the marine and ocean health sectors. Applicants must evidence that they work in these sectors, and set out how attending the Lab will benefit them and their organisation. Participants must also meet the selection criteria for the Labs, see below.

Timeframe

The funding will cover Labs until May 2019.

Apply for the Lab and funding here

 

Fees


 

No. of Labs (b):

Inclusive fee per participant (a)

1

2

3+

Corporate/ private sector

Standard

£2,250

£2,000

£1,750

CISL alumni or Platform member

£1,750

£1,550

£1,375

Financial need (c)

£1,500

£1,350

£1,200

Not-for-profit 

(NGOs, public sector or academia)

Standard

£1,250

£1,125

£1,000

Financial need (d)

£1,000

£900

£800

Self-funded individual

Standard

£1,000

£900

£800

Based in a developing country

£900

£800

£700

Notes

a) Includes accommodation and subsistence during the Lab, but excludes travel costs.

b) The discount is available to more than one participant from the same organisation attending a particular Lab, or an individual attending more than one Lab. (Our long history of running professional development courses has shown that there is an increased value to organisations when they send multiple participants to share the learning experience.)

c) For example: consultancy, SME, or based in a developing country.

d) For example: small, recently established, or based in a developing country.

 

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