Thought Leadership for Systems Transformation – experimental online programme


Thought Leadership for Systems Transformation


Developing Evolutionary Leaders for Systems Transformation

Thought Leadership for Systems Transformation

Q&A Sessions for Prospective Participants:

on Clubhouse: Wednesday, February 24 at 9:30 am Pacific Time

on Zoom: Wednesday, March 3 at 9:30 am Pacific Time
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    Systems transformation practitioners across all domains and levels of experience
    Broaden awareness of available approaches, tools, and practices that can support systems transformation
    April 14, 2021
    March 19, 2021
    Pay What You Wish
    We do not offer certificates of completion for this program but participants will be publicly credited for contributing to group reflections.
    1 week per confirmed guest teacher (up to 22 guest teachers depending on the total amount of participants’ contributions)
    8-10h/week (5-7 hours of self-study, 2 hours of peer learning, and a 1-hour group call with the teacher); attending only some of the sessions will be allowed.
    • Peer learning sessions: Wednesdays from 9 am to 11 am Pacific Time.
    • Calls with guest teachers: Fridays from 9 am to 10 am Pacific Time unless schedule adjustment is requested by the teacher.
    Open registration​

Register here


Whether you are working on place-based systemic change, prototyping new paradigm organizations, taking action to reshape global narratives, or engaging in some other aspect of systems transformation, you are contributing to a conscious social evolution that encompasses many interconnected contexts that evolve over time. For this experimental program, we invited thought leaders across some of these contexts so that participants could broaden their awareness of various approaches, tools, and practices they can use to advance and evolve their work.

Initially, we planned to offer this format as an optional addition to the Articulating Your Evolutionary Work (AYEW) program hosted by the Evolutionary Leadership Community but eventually decided that it would be equally valuable for change-makers with different levels of experience. As a result, anyone can register just for this part though we still expect that a significant number of participants will come from the AYEW program.


​We live in a time of content abundance: it is possible to access valuable information in virtually any field through books, articles, blog posts, videos, podcasts, and other easily accessible sources. With the democratization of content production and distribution, inviting guest teachers to simply repeat the same message that can be found on the Internet feels like a waste of opportunity. In this experiment, we want to maximize the value of the precious real-time conversation with thought leaders by doing quality pre-work to get the dialogue grounded in the groups’ specific context from the start.

This pre-work consists of self-study and peer learning. Before one of our guest teachers spends time with the group, we will ask the participants to review related publicly available materials and dive deeper into the content that would add the most value in the context of their own work. Then we will facilitate a 2-hour virtual World Café gathering to discuss individual reflections, enrich these reflections through generative dialogue, look for patterns, and articulate feedback and questions that the group wants to share with the teacher beforehand.

The teacher will review the collective narrative from the World Café conversations to prepare for a 1-hour call with the group. That call will start with the teacher sharing their response to the collective narrative which will be followed by Q&A (questions and answers). So with each guest teacher, participants would be going through these 3 stages:

  1. Self-Study: Navigate publicly available content to identify and study the most valuable material in the context of your own work.
  2. Peer Learning: Bring your reflections and questions to a 2-hour virtual World Café to enrich your learning through generative dialogue and shape the group’s interaction with the teacher.
  3. Meeting the Thought Leader: Attend a 1-hour Zoom call to hear a tailored message from the guest teacher and ask more questions along with your fellow participants.


​We will pay our guest teachers for their time according to their requests. The number of guest teachers we are able to confirm will depend on the total amount of financial contributions made by the participants. When registration closes on March 19, we will confirm guest teachers starting with the most popular ones and going down the list for as long as we have funds to confirm more teachers.

To use the potential of this selection process to the fullest, we invite you to have a look at the available guest teachers before you register. You can see a brief description of each teacher’s background below. If you click on the “Learn more” button, you will see a list of highlighted materials that you can explore.

When you fill out the registration form, please select as many guest teachers as you can realistically engage with.

Please note that your preferences will contribute to the final line up but other participants will have an equal say in shaping this collective experience which means that it is possible that only some or even none of the teachers you select might be confirmed at the end. Therefore it is important that you don’t rely on this program to make a specific connection: if what you want is to learn from a certain individual, we encourage you to check out their own offers instead or to use publicly available materials. By submitting your preferences in the registration form, you are trusting the “collective intelligence” to determine key choices that will enable the most productive peer learning experience for this group of people at this moment in time.

​With this, we are very excited to present some of our most inspiring teachers and colleagues who agreed to participate in this learning experiment:

Regenerative Design

Dr. Daniel Wahl

Mansi Kakkar

Dr. Tamsin


Graham Leicester

Systems & Complexity

Dave Snowden

Nora Bateson

Place-Based Systems Transformation

Cleofash Alinaitwe

Deborah Frieze

Dr. Krzysztof Dembek

Phionah Musumba

Process Art

Ria Baeck

Chris Corrigan

New Paradigm Organizations

Travis Marsh

Rani Langer-Croager

Michelle Holliday

Antony Upward

Evolutionary Visions
Creativity, Worldviews & Narratives

Dr. Peter Stonefield

Mary Alice Arthur

Kathy Jourdain

& Dr. Jerry Nagel

Bruce Honig

Social Capital & Global Weaving

Bert-Ola Bergstrand

Rehan Allahwala

Evolutionary Visions

Dr. Robert Gilman

Dr. John Ehrenfeld

Register here


At the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership, we keep experimenting with creative ways of using the institution of money in a way that allows for nourishment and agency as opposed to extraction and exploitation. It is important for us to make our programs affordable while paying our teachers well.

For this experimental program, we asked potential guest teachers to let us know how much they would like to be paid for reviewing a collective narrative and spending 1 hour online with the group. We asked teachers to make sure that they request compensation that they feel 100% comfortable about. We know that contexts are very different and so are the factors that each teacher needs to consider, so we completely trust the teachers to set their own fees considering the scope of the commitment, the design and purpose of the program, and their own personal and professional contexts. 

For participants, registration is based on the Pay What You Wish pricing model. This means that you can pay whatever you feel is right. We want you to feel 100% comfortable with what you pay considering your expected level of engagement (whether you plan to only attend sessions with a couple of teachers or you want to interact with as many teachers as possible), the impact of your financial contribution on the number of confirmed teachers, your financial situation, your excitement about the program, and any other factors that make a difference for you. Registration fees are non-refundable but completely flexible. For technical reasons, the registration form includes a number of pre-set options but you can always contact us if you prefer to name a different amount.

In addition to the work done by our guest teachers, we will also be facilitating and documenting World Café gatherings. Given the time it takes to produce a high-quality collective narrative, it will require a full day of work by one of our core team members to prepare for, facilitate, and follow-up on each World Café. In the future, we plan to include this time in the budget, but with this pilot run of the program, we decided to use 100% of registration fees to pay our amazing guest teachers (this includes any applicable taxes and transaction fees). Here is how this works:

  1. When participants fill out the registration form, they are able to indicate which guest teachers they would like to engage with. Participants will also pay flexible registration fees before submitting the form.
  2. After we confirm the total amount of participants’ contributions, we will rank all potential guest teachers based on how many participants expressed interest in learning from them.
  3. We will then invite as many guest teachers as the budget allows according to each teacher’s financial request and starting with teachers that were selected by the greatest number of participants. 
  4. As we go down the list, if the remaining budget is not enough to invite the next teacher, we will skip that candidate and move to the next guest teacher we can confirm given the remaining budget.
  5. If there is a leftover budget that is too small to hire any of the remaining teachers, we will add an equal share of this leftover money to each paycheck we send to our guest teachers for contributing to this iteration of the program.

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Thought Leadership for Systems Transformation