From systemic violence to climate change, from mental health to forced migration, our toughest problems are outpacing our solutions. While the field of systems change offers promising methods, even our best attempts to address these challenges often end in breakdown or disappointment. The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted in 2015 by the world’s nations, offer an inspiring shared vision for humanity, but to practically realize them, we need a transformative approach that entails new levels and forms of collaboration, innovation, and leadership.
Systems change requires not only strategy, method, and tools; it also requires inner work, leadership presence, and the ability to work creatively. We call this “creativity competency,” and it has two aspects:
- Inner capabilities. How can you help shift stuck dynamics, heal wounds, and bridge differences? How can you penetrate to the root and heart of the challenge? You can guide others only if you know the terrain inside and out — and that requires developing rigorous experience, and sufficient capacity of mind, heart, and will to lead others in their most difficult shifts.
- Creativity know-how. To create something truly new is to realize a creative act. Every creative act follows distinct and common archetypes, and if you learn and practice these, you will understand a great deal more about how change actually happens.
During our days together, we will focus on these two areas with hands-on experiences and a maker’s approach. We will practice tools for inner work, collaboration, and creativity.
Today’s challenges require leaders who can think and act creatively in all kinds of situations.
In this three day immersive retreat you will
- Take a deep dive into the vital but often missing capability in social change efforts around the world: creative leadership.
- Explore the links between the inner work of individuals and groups and the outer work of making a difference on tough social and environmental issues.
- Discover why creativity and inner work are missing skill-sets in many social change efforts, ultimately resulting in high potential for failure.
- Experience key tools and practices for developing a source of real strength, creative agency, resilience, and insight for all your social change work.
- Learn how you can grow your creative leadership to achieve even your toughest goals: in your personal life, within your institution, and in cross-sector collaborations.
Jeff has more than twenty years of experience in supporting multi-stakeholder, multi-sector collaborative endeavors focused on positive change, and regularly advises and supports multi-stakeholder initiatives around the globe. His work in Magenta focuses on Social Sculpture, a participative methodology mobilzing many people to co-create healthier society together. A practicing multi-media artist, Jeff advises artists, business leaders, and multi-stakeholder alliances how to utilize creativity in their work. In 2007, Jeff co-founded Reos Partners and was a partner in the North American office until 2014.
Louisa co-leads the training arm of Magenta as a communication and inner work expert. An executive coach, she focuses on the challenges of inner development, trauma, and mental illness in leadership contexts. Her work is informed by studies of anthroposophy, consciousness, and meditation, and emphasizes practices of building inner capacities for self-mastery and leadership presence. Louisa also consults with companies on their culture development programs, bringing an approach that includes Non-Violent Communication techniques, creativity training, and culture regeneration. She trained as a classical violinist and singer, and continues to study music.
Mille leads the Reos Partners office in Geneva, Switzerland. She has served large-scale multi-stakeholder projects for systems change for 15 years, addressing challenges including HIV/AIDS, Children, Education, Democracy, Civil Society, Justice, Oceans Management, Health, and Sustainable Development. She has worked at community, national, regional and global levels with intergovernmental organizations, civil society, foundations, business, and government institutions. She is author of Mapping Dialogue: Essential Tools for Social Change, several articles related to multi-stakeholder collaboration and systems change, and a cookbook.