Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program

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The Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program launched in 2003 with the goal of accelerating the shift to global sustainability by increasing the effectiveness of well-positioned, mid-career sustainability leaders. Between 2003 and 2010, we trained seventy-four fellows in sixteen different countries in the tools of systems thinking, visioning, and reflective conversation. In addition to participating in four week-long retreats, fellows developed their skills through monthly coaching calls, homework, and meetings with small peer groups.

The Donella Meadows Institute is not currently accepting applications for new cohorts of Fellows. However, our sister organization the Sustainability Leaders Network (SLN) has taken on much of this coaching and convening work. The SLN actively works with the network of Fellows to expand their capacity for leadership and change, deepen their relationships with key partners and with one another, and enhance their ability to realize visions of sustainability. This work includes convening annual seminars for the Fellows, as well as facilitating in-person and online communication that provides Fellows with opportunities to continue to learn from one another, collaborate on projects, coach across sectors, and dive deeper into the skills they learned during their Fellowships.

The SLN maintains a wealth of information about the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows, including Fellow profiles, a blog, and recent publications and videos by Fellows. In addition, as experts in sustainability, visioning, systems thinking, and reflective conversation, the SLN offers services to individuals and organizations including coaching, learning journeys, workshops, and webinars. They are an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning these skills.

About DMI

Since its founding in 1996 by environmental leader Donella Meadows, our Institute has been at the forefront of sustainability thinking and training. Our initiatives have addressed economic, environmental, and social challenges from a range of angles and at many levels. In everything we do, the disciplines of systems thinking and organizational learning inform and shape our work. It is this focus on whole-system analysis, combined with careful listening, truth telling, and visioning, that make the Donella Meadows Institute unique among sustainability organizations.  Read More

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