1st Edition

Leading Transformative Change Collectively A Practitioner Guide to Realizing the SDGs

    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book directly helps decision-makers and change agents in companies, NGOs, and government bodies become more proficient in transformative, collaborative change in realizing the SDGs.

    This practitioner’s handbook translates a systemic – and enlivening – approach to collaboration into day-to-day work and management. It connects the emerging practice of multi-stakeholder collaboration to easily understandable models, tools, and cases. Numerous, concrete cases not only bring this methodology to life, but also help identify the challenges and avoid common mistakes. The book can be used as a guide to apply a breakthrough approach for navigating the complexity of stakeholder systems, designing results-oriented process architectures, ensuring the success of cross-sector change initiatives, and enlivening collaboration ecosystems for SDG implementation. It is designed to enhance high quality stakeholder engagement, dialogue, and collaboration.

    A must-read, the book sets a new standard for the collaborative implementation of Agenda 2030 and is a foundational guide for leading sustainability transformations collectively to achieve climate change mitigation, social integration, equitable value chains, and broad sustainability challenges.


    1. Getting Started – Understanding Collaborative Action for Transformative Change

    2. Getting active – Making Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations Work

    3. Ensuring Success – The Role of Dialogic Process Facilitators in Enlivening Collaboration Ecosystems

    4. Becoming Transformative – Process Architectures for Building Impactful Collaboration Ecosystems

    5. Becoming Reflective – Cultivating a Culture of Learning

    6. Epilogue


    Petra Kuenkel, Executive Committee Member of the Club of Rome and Founder of the Collective Leadership Institute, is a systems psychologist, visionary author, and expert in complex multi-stakeholder collaborations. She drives SDG implementation by scaling-up collective stewardship skills for corporations, public sector, and civil society.

    Elisabeth Kühn is an expert in transformative sustainability initiatives that empower civil society actors. As a managing partner at the Collective Leadership Institute, she has worked extensively in facilitating and building capacity for collaboration of change agents in sustainable resource management and good governance.

    Dominic Stucker’s passion is engaging multi-stakeholder teams to lead systems transformations for sustainability. As a Donella Meadows Fellow and managing partner at the Collective Leadership Institute, he is an expert dialogic facilitator, systems thinker, and process steward working across borders to help realize the SDGs.

    Douglas F. Williamson is a managing partner at the Collective Leadership Institute, an education, facilitation, and sustainability communications expert, and an award-winning environmental filmmaker. He has substantial experience in working with international environmental NGOs, the United Nations University, and the US EPA’s Climate Change Division.