Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World

Hope, Power, and Responsibility: Creating Healthy Societies 
Free Webinar with Kathryn Goldman Schuyler and Éliane Ubalijoro
11 May 2017 | 12:00 PM EDT
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Despite the complex problems we are faced with in the 21st century, the bubbling cauldron of life continues to nourish creative, powerful efforts towards a healthy world. These problems are often referred to as wicked because they hold unsolvable contradictions, involve interconnected complex systems and cannot be easily addressed. Building on their writing in the ILA's 2016 Building Leadership Bridges volume Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World, Kathryn Goldman Schuyler and Éliane Ubalijoro will dialogue about what each of us can do to harness our hope, power and responsibility to contribute to growing the leadership needed to co-create healthy societies.

Kathryn and Éliane will explore how our personal and collective leadership shape the interconnections among leadership, sustainability, the long-term viability of the planet, societal wellbeing, and organizational development. As foundations for our dialogue, Kathryn will discuss highlights of the book and share her action research on influencing culture change in a large Student Affairs organization through mindfulness moments, while Éliane will discuss her work advising emerging countries on green growth pathways as well as how she has been bringing leadership insights to her public-private partnerships consultations related to technology, science, and innovation. Together they will ask: What are we engaging in to really have an impact? What is the quality of presence that we need to bring? How is this informed by our suffering?

They will incorporate and move beyond the interviews with key thought-leaders from the book — Otto Scharmer, Edgar Schein, Peter Senge, Robert Quinn, and Meg Wheatley — to look at concrete examples of how we influence teams, organizations, and even societies through leadership that engenders hope while acknowledging our own responsibility. They will also discuss the importance of balancing feminine and masculine leadership styles for the 21st century in the context of Éliane's contribution to Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World, on Women and Leadership in Rwanda.

Intended Audience: Leaders, policy makers, corporate sustainability officers, organizational consultants as well as Leadership scholars and practitioners with an interest in resilient ecosystems, social innovation, transmuting suffering and contributing to global joy.

Kathryn Goldman SchuylerKathryn Goldman Schuyler is a sociologist, organizational consultant, and somatic educator, supporting leaders in moving with awareness through challenging change. She has helped hundreds of executives to cultivate healthy organizations and creates learning about leadership, ethics, sustainability, research, and consulting skills for graduate students as a professor of Organization Development at Alliant International University. Dr. Goldman Schuyler has published widely on mindfulness, leadership, and change and is the author/editor of the ILA's 2016 Building Leadership Bridges book Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World (Emerald, 2016), as well as it 2014 volume Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity. In her private practice, she teaches children and adults with mild to severe neuro-motor challenges to move, learn, and live well. Dr. Goldman Schuyler earned her doctorate in sociology from Columbia University following a Fulbright Fellowship in Paris, and lives with her husband in San Francisco. Many of her articles can be downloaded from her website http://Coherentchange.com.

Eliane UbalijoroÉliane Ubalijoro is the founder and executive director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc., a consulting group harnessing global networks for sustainable systems development. She is a professor of practice for public and private sector partnerships at McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development. She is a member of Rwanda's National Science and Technology Council. Éliane has given a TEDx talk on Reimaging the World from Scarcity to Prosperity. She is a Founding Signatory of the Fuji Declaration that was launched in Japan in May 2015. She has contributed to the Leading Thoughts section of the New York Times in Education online platform. In 2016, Éliane co-lead a scoping exercise on Current and Future Science Leadership Development Needs for the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa. She was a mentor for the first Global Women in Science Leadership Workshop held at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity by the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research. More recently, she contributed to a panel on Strengthening the Interplay between Discovery and Innovation at the invitation of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.