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Leadership in Sustainability Summit

Positioning Sustainability as the Ultimate Innovation Driver

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The world is changing. Fast. The USA election result, Brexit, underwhelming Federal and Central government action across Australia and New Zealand, the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, and other emergent social, technological, economic and political shifts are serving to simultaneously disorient, overwhelm, refocus and activate the sustainability enterprise. In response to this unique moment, we are offering one-day recurring Leadership in Sustainability Summits in three major cities to help refresh our individual and collective leadership vision, energy and impact in ways that are best attuned to the times.

These unique sessions will interest senior leaders, leadership teams and sustainability professionals from all sectors, introducing best in class content that has been validated through executive education programs offered at Harvard University. The value proposition is high for anyone seeking tangible approaches for increasing their leadership ability to co-create new organisational systems and leadership methods to navigate 21st century complexities.

Content, case studies and activities specifically address and advance a crucial new sustainability leadership framework focused on transforming organisations and communities to achieve a radical increase in: the flow of new ideas; group intelligence and learning; effective de-risking; complex stakeholder engagement; organisational agility; and shared purpose.

Participants will leave with a renewed sense of how sustainability can be the ideal adaptive challenge for helping individuals, organisations and communities develop a new kind of organisational fitness that will help us collectively evolve beyond out dated systems that are either too top down or too bottom up, too fragmented, rigid or disempowering.

At the very least, these sessions will provide a space where you will feel valued: valued for believing the sustainability leadership agenda is the path to averting large-scale and accelerating chaos arising from a failure to achieve global economic and social wellbeing derived from a regenerative relationship with our planet.

The world IS changing, and now is the time to direct it towards a better future for all through sustainability leadership. Be a part of this experience.

 

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What will you learn?

    • Discover a powerful new framework to help you embed sustainability within your organisation’s core mission and operations.
    • Dive deep into case studies of sustainability-driven innovation to discover the underlying patterns that you can replicate in your own organisation.
    • Learn from the successes and failures of trail blazers, and explore how they maintained their leadership or why they let sustainability slip.
    • Unpack the secrets of how to “do well by doing good” to unleash new levels of agility, engagement and innovation within your people.

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Who should attend?

This summit has been designed to help senior leaders, leadership teams and sustainability professionals from all sectors. Participants can be new to sustainability or already fluent in it – but the crucial mindset you should have is a desire to push beyond positioning sustainability as an “add-on” or settling for simply “doing less bad.”

We seek leaders with an appetite for driving sustainability into the core of their business and mission by unlocking its potential to improve employee engagement, organisational performance and innovation.

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Who is leading the Summit?

Leith Sharp has spent two decades examining success factors in sustainable leadership and driving real-world change throughout a range of organisations, and was the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. Leith will lead the Summits in Sydney, Melbourne and Sydney, sharing her knowledge and content that has been validated at executive education programs at Harvard Univesity.

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Who is speaking?

Each summit will present a range of specialist speakers, who will reflect on successes and challenges, and who will synthesise key insights and outcomes from the day.

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Sydney Program

The Leadership Challenge
The survival of organisations across all sectors, especially business, higher education and government – now depends upon increasing rates of change and innovation. To be truly sustainable, change and innovation need to be dedicated to the pursuit of global economic and social wellbeing that is derived from a regenerative relationship with our planetary life support systems. This is the most important and challenging leadership purpose of our times.

9.00am – Welcome and Framing the Day Ahead

Leanne Denby, Director of Sustainability, Macquarie University. President, Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) – Australia’s peak association for sustainability in Higher Education.

9.20am – Module 1: Core Concepts in Organisational Design and Sustainability

Leith Sharp, Harvard University
Whether you are leading from the top, middle or grass roots – championing change through your business, government or educational institution is typically exhausting and fraught with discouragement. Simply put, our current organisational models are not designed to optimise the healthy flow of new ideas.

This module addresses this dilemma head on by introducing a sustainability leadership framework designed to help participants achieve a radical increase in: the flow of new ideas; group intelligence and learning; effective de-risking; complex stakeholder engagement; organisational agility, and shared purpose. This module helps participants to position sustainability as their organisations ultimate innovation driver.

10.00am – Live Polling and Discussion

10.20am – Activity 1: Who’s in the Room and Initial Reflections

11.00am – Morning Break

11.15 am – Module 2: Idea Flow

Leith Sharp, Harvard University
This module addresses how organisations can better enable good ideas to come from anywhere and go through healthy processes of de-risking, socializing and scaling. Participants will learn a new kind of design thinking applied to how ideas go through their life cycle in our businesses, government, education or non-profit organisations.

11.45am – Guest Presenter: Kate Harris, Chief Executive Officer | Good Environmental Choice Australia

Good Environmental Choice Australia is the only not-for-profit, multi-sector ecolabelling program in Australia.  The organisation helps companies in all sectors of the economy with their sustainability journey, driving meaningful change and celebrating those engaging in best practice. GECA fosters collaborations across businesses, distributors and consumers to make sure sustainability becomes an expected part of business delivery in Australia. Kate will share reflections on emerging opportunities for organisations to increase their innovation capability by driving sustainability into their core business.

12.30pm – Lunch

1.20pm – Activity 2: Forensic Idea Flow Mapping – A Powerful Tool for Understanding What Happens to New Ideas in Your Organisation.

Participants will learn the process of Idea Flow Mapping. Idea Flow mapping – a method of creating a visual story of an idea going through its full life cycle within its organizational/social context. There are two kinds of Idea Flow Mapping – Forensic and Forward. The Forensic method allows participants diagnose how new ideas travel through their organisations by learning from the past. Participants become better equipped to bring a new league of design thinking to the work of creating pathways for future ideas using Forward Idea flow mapping – later in the afternoon.

2.30pm – Afternoon Break

2.45pm – Guest Presenter: Leanne Denby, Director of Sustainability, Macquarie University

Sustainability leadership requires us to tap into enormous emotional, psychological and intellectual reserves. Navigating the complexity and the unexpected is half the battle. We each need our own compass to keep us moving forward, recognising your own strengths, and continuously renewing your commitment and focus. In this session Leanne will share her own personal story from almost a decade of sustainability leadership at Macquarie University and across the tertiary education sector. She will share the ups and downs, and what has been a guiding light for her in times of trouble and doubt.

3.15pm – Discussion

3.25pm – Module 3: Flow State Organisations, Decision-Making and Governance

Leith Sharp, Harvard University
This module will bring key themes of the day together by touching upon the enormous opportunities ahead for transforming the governance and decision-making architecture and co-creating a new organisational vehicle for the 21st Century.

3.45pm – Activity 4: Forward Idea Flow Mapping and Small Group Discussions

Forward Idea Flow mapping helps participants to apply design thinking to improve the flow of future ideas from inception to full implementation. This activity will introduce a scalable pathway for transforming organisations through increased engagement, decision-making agility and integrated business approaches that harmonise purpose and profit.

4.35pm – Activity 5: Final Participant Reflections

5.00pm – Wrap up and End

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Melbourne Program

The Leadership Challenge
The survival of organisations across all sectors, especially business, higher education and government – now depends upon increasing rates of change and innovation. To be truly sustainable, change and innovation need to be dedicated to the pursuit of global economic and social wellbeing that is derived from a regenerative relationship with our planetary life support systems. This is the most important and challenging leadership purpose of our times.

9.00am – Welcome and Framing the Day Ahead

Sue Hopkins, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator at The University of Melbourne

9.20am – Module 1: Core Concepts in Organisational Design and Sustainability

Leith Sharp, Harvard University
Whether you are leading from the top, middle or grass roots – championing change through your business, government or educational institution is typically exhausting and fraught with discouragement. Simply put, our current organisational models are not designed to optimise the healthy flow of new ideas.

This module addresses this dilemma head on by introducing a sustainability leadership framework designed to help participants achieve a radical increase in: the flow of new ideas; group intelligence and learning; effective de-risking; complex stakeholder engagement; organisational agility, and shared purpose. This module helps participants to position sustainability as their organisations ultimate innovation driver.

10.00am – Live Polling and Discussion

10.20am – Activity 1: Who’s in the Room and Initial Reflections

11.00am – Morning Break

11.15 am – Module 2: Idea Flow

Leith Sharp, Harvard University
This module addresses how organisations can better enable good ideas to come from anywhere and go through healthy processes of de-risking, socializing and scaling. Participants will learn a new kind of design thinking applied to how ideas go through their life cycle in our businesses, government, education or non-profit organisations.

11.45am – Guest Presenter: Alicia Darvall, Executive Director, B Lab Australia & New Zealand

‘B Corporations’ represent an emerging group of companies that are using the power of business to create a positive impact on the world and generate a shared and durable prosperity for all. Together, B Corporations redefine success in business by competing not to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. This session will connect participants to what’s going on in Australian and New Zealand B Corporations and how this feeds into the wider imperative for purpose driven, agile organisations.

12.30pm – Lunch

1.20pm – Activity 2: Forensic Idea Flow Mapping – A Powerful Tool for Understanding What Happens to New Ideas in Your Organisation.

Participants will learn the process of Idea Flow Mapping. Idea Flow mapping – a method of creating a visual story of an idea going through its full life cycle within its organizational/social context. There are two kinds of Idea Flow Mapping – Forensic and Forward. The Forensic method allows participants diagnose how new ideas travel through their organisations by learning from the past. Participants become better equipped to bring a new league of design thinking to the work of creating pathways for future ideas using Forward Idea flow mapping – later in the afternoon.

2.30pm – Afternoon Break

2.45pm – Guest Presenter: Michael Whitehead – Sustainability Lead at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation

Environmental sustainability is a core focus of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth games, with an eye to leaving the city a green legacy. The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) is literally raising the bar in global best practice in the integration of sustainability into the core operations and culture of large scale sporting events. Michael will give participants a sense of the scale, pace and complexity of this remarkable sustainability enterprise, sharing key insights on what he and his team are discovering along the way that could have wider value to anyone seeking to drive sustainability into complex organisational and community contexts.

3.15pm – Discussion

3.25pm – Module 3: Flow State Organisations, Decision-Making and Governance

Leith Sharp, Harvard University
This module will bring key themes of the day together by touching upon the enormous opportunities ahead for transforming the governance and decision-making architecture and co-creating a new organisational vehicle for the 21st Century.

3.45pm – Activity 4: Forward Idea Flow Mapping and Small Group Discussions

Forward Idea Flow mapping helps participants to apply design thinking to improve the flow of future ideas from inception to full implementation. This activity will introduce a scalable pathway for transforming organisations through increased engagement, decision-making agility and integrated business approaches that harmonise purpose and profit.

4.35pm – Activity 5: Final Participant Reflections

5.00pm – Wrap up and End

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Auckland Program

The Leadership Challenge
The survival of organisations across all sectors, especially business, higher education and government – now depends upon increasing rates of change and innovation. To be truly sustainable, change and innovation need to be dedicated to the pursuit of global economic and social wellbeing that is derived from a regenerative relationship with our planetary life support systems. This is the most important and challenging leadership purpose of our times.

9.00am – Welcome and Framing the Day Ahead

Dr Lesley Stone, Manager, Sustainability and Environment, The University of Auckland

9.20am – Module 1: Core Concepts in Organisational Design and Sustainability

Leith Sharp, Harvard University
Whether you are leading from the top, middle or grass roots – championing change through your business, government or educational institution is typically exhausting and fraught with discouragement. Simply put, our current organisational models are not designed to optimise the healthy flow of new ideas.

This module addresses this dilemma head on by introducing a sustainability leadership framework designed to help participants achieve a radical increase in: the flow of new ideas; group intelligence and learning; effective de-risking; complex stakeholder engagement; organisational agility, and shared purpose. This module helps participants to position sustainability as their organisations ultimate innovation driver.

10.00am – Live Polling and Discussion

10.20am – Activity 1: Who’s in the Room and Initial Reflections

11.00am – Morning Break

11.15 am – Module 2: Idea Flow

Leith Sharp, Harvard University
This module addresses how organisations can better enable good ideas to come from anywhere and go through healthy processes of de-risking, socializing and scaling. Participants will learn a new kind of design thinking applied to how ideas go through their life cycle in our businesses, government, education or non-profit organisations.

11.45am – Activity 2: Forensic Idea Flow Mapping – Mapping the Life Cycle of Past Ideas to Surface Key Insights Into How Your Organisation Functions.

Participants will learn the process of Idea Flow Mapping. Idea Flow mapping – a method of creating a visual story of an idea going through its full life cycle within its organizational/social context. There are two kinds of Idea Flow Mapping – Forensic and Forward.
The Forensic Idea Flow mapping process allows participants to better understand how past ideas have journeyed through their organisational context and to engage as a group to tease out any patterns and insights that emerge. By conducting “forensics” on past idea flows first, participants become better equipped to bring a new league of design thinking to the work of creating pathways for future ideas using Forward Idea flow mapping – later in the afternoon.

12.30pm – Lunch

1.20pm – Activity 2 cont’d: Forensic Idea Flow Mapping

1.45pm – Guest Presenter: Alicia Darvall, Executive Director, B Lab Australia & New Zealand

‘B Corporations’ represent an emerging group of companies that are using the power of business to create a positive impact on the world and generate a shared and durable prosperity for all. Together, B Corporations redefine success in business by competing not to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. This session will connect participants to what’s going on in Australian and New Zealand B Corporations and how this feeds into the wider imperative for purpose driven, agile organisations.

2.15pm – Discussion

2.25pm – Afternoon Break

2.40pm – Guest Presenter and Discussion Facilitator: Dr Lesley Stone, Manager, Sustainability and Environment, University of Auckland

Tertiary education institutions are service organisations that already have at their core the aim to create a positive impact on the world through the educational opportunities they provide. But, like other organisations, they too face challenges in aligning their pursuit of economic and social well-being with the regeneration of planetary life support systems. This interactive session uses the techniques identified in earlier sessions to provide insights on the potential for organisations that already see themselves as having strong economic and social mandates, to effectively move beyond the status quo.

3.20pm – Module 3: Flow State Organisations, Decision-Making and Governance

Leith Sharp, Harvard University
This module will bring key themes of the day together by touching upon the enormous opportunities ahead for transforming the governance and decision-making architecture and co-creating a new organisational vehicle for the 21st Century.

3.40pm – Activity 4: Forward Idea Flow Mapping and Small Group Discussions

Forward Idea Flow mapping helps participants to apply design thinking to improve the flow of future ideas from inception to full implementation. This activity will introduce a scalable pathway for transforming organisations through increased engagement, decision-making agility and integrated business approaches that harmonise purpose and profit.

4.35pm – Activity 5: Closing individual Share

5.00pm – Wrap up and End

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Date and location

Sydney | The University of Sydney
9am – 5:30pm, Thursday 23 March 2017
Holme Building, Science Road, The University of Sydney

Melbourne | The University of Melbourne
9am – 5.30pm, Tuesday 4 April 2017
Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Building 158, Swanston Street, Carlton

Auckland | The University of Auckland
9am – 5.30pm, Friday 7 April 2017
1-11 Short Street, Level 3, Room 340

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Cost & Registration

This catered event includes the full day’s interactive program, featuring some of Australasia and the world’s most influential speakers in sustainability leadership.

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Collaborators

The Leadership in Sustainability Summit is proudly hosted by ACTS, with supporting key stakeholders: The University of Auckland; The University of Melbourne; B Lab Australia and New Zealand, Macquarie University; Good Environmental Choice Australia; Future Business Council; Australian Packaging Covenant and Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association.

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