Through our programs, we seek to increase leadership capacity in champions for sustainability in service of a just, healthy, and peaceful world. Building on successes, we strive to bring more and more people into the sustainability movement, thus inspiring further action.
Our current programs are:
• Deepening Impact of the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Network. We convene a talented network of sustainability leaders from around the world who practice sustainability from a strong, integrated personal and professional foundation. They know – and we offer approaches and tools to reinforce – that life-sustaining change comes through shared vision and communities of diverse actors learning and working together.
• Facilitating Young Leaders Initiatives. Our primary youth initiatives include courses and presentations in high schools and universities on sustainability, leadership and systems thinking. We also promote youth engagement and intergenerational partnership through writing and policy change efforts.
• Launching the Farmers Apprenticeship. For those interested in taking up sustainable farming as a livelihood, with a particular emphasis on learning to farm with draft horses. In addition, apprentices engage with market gardening, dairy production, and community living. The time commitment can range from one season to two years.
• Emphasizing the Art of Sustainability in social and environmental change movements. We offer workshops based on the conviction that creative problem solving is essential for addressing the many challenges we face in bringing about a sustainable future for people and planet. Art and creative expression stimulate the right side of the brain, and seek meaning, expansive possibilities, and the big picture. Those who engage in creative processing often experience a profound sense of new possibilities and are more effective in their work place.
We also offer Services to the general public in an array of leadership practices and issue areas.