Virtual Collaboration, Powerful Projects, and In Transition
As former IUCN staff, I love the serendipitous connections in the CEC network that further the exchange on effective environmental communication.
Get off your high horse and stop pretending that you have all the answers. This planet is bigger than us. If the world could be saved with reports and awareness raising it would have happened by now.
For a moment, look beyond your analysis and pay attention. What really keeps you from doing the work? What really keeps others from joining you? The pieces of the puzzle are everywhere. The way to find them is to listen and connect.
Bringing about a just world that values and conserves nature will be messy and complex and diverse, because that is the nature of people.
Change begins with shared work and conversation.
As a sustainability communications expert and facilitator, Wiebke Herding is helping world-changing organizations communicate better since 1998.
How can we collectively work towards a better world? This is the question that guides Wiebke Herding’s work, which has led her to campaign with social movements, serve as head of communications for IUCN and other international environmental organizations, and act as a consultant for the UN, the EU, and large corporations. Today, she specializes in the collaborative design of changing processes in order to increase their sustainability.
Originally from Northern Germany, her journey has taken her from a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh and studies at the Chartered Institute of Marketing to Brussels and Amsterdam, where she continued her education as a coach, Certified Professional Facilitator and practitioner in the Technology of Participation.
What kind of leadership is needed to address today’s global challenges? In 2013, the German development cooperation agency GIZ decided to take the next step in their e-learning program and began experimentign with MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses. For it’s initial course, the organization selected “Leadership for Global Responsibility” as the topic.
In March 2014, 3,500 learners from 100+ countries followed GIZ’s invitation to embark on a 7-week online leadership journey that explored the domains of diversity, collaboration, transformation, and innovation. The course used a combination of live webinars, individual exploration, group assignments and online conversations to give participants the opportunity to engage with global issues, reflect upon values, develop their own skills and connect with others to take innovative action. International experts including Peter Senge (MIT School of Management), Otto Scharmer (Presencing Institute), Maja Göpel (Wuppertal Institute), Ceren Özer (World Bank Institute), Dirk Messner (German Development Institute) as well as experienced practitioners and regional facilitators from around the world, shared insights and inspiration to encourage participants to create the change they want to see in the world. The course contents and recordings continue to be publicly available at www.leadership-mooc.net.
ON:SUBJECT supported the project team with technology advice, didactic design and facilitation.
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