Was bewirkt die Global Leadership Academy?

Ziel der Global Leadership Academy ist es, den Wandel auf persönlicher, struktureller und systemischer Ebene zu ermöglichen. Unsere Programme setzen darauf, dass sich der Veränderungsansatz iterativ entwickelt – wir formulieren keine Ziele für Veränderungsinitiativen, sondern bieten einen Raum, in dem neue zündende Ideen entstehen, Netzwerke geschaffen und Wege zur Veränderung auf die Probe gestellt werden. 

Untenstehend finden Sie einige Beispiele der Veränderungsinitiativen, die unsere Mitglieder als Ergebnis ihrer Teilnahme an unseren Programmen ins Leben gerufen haben.

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The Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 2

Digital Memory Work

Remembering is usually confined to certain spatial and temporal contexts. Digital memory work overcomes these limitations and creates new, virtual spaces to share facts, stories and views. Three projects, that emerged from Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 2 set example of its potential.

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Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States
The Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 2

Podemos Ser

Overcoming social disruption is central to David Hernández-Torres’ work as a coordinator of strategic partnerships. He manages the campaign “Podemos ser”, that fosters reconciliation in Colombia’s largest cites. David participated in the Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 2.

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Colombia
The Power of Diversity Lab

Making diversity work

Allen Asiimwe is a trade and governance advisor and practitioner with many years of experience in the public sector. In her work, the passionate networker focusses on diversity and gender issues. She co-founded the Girls 4 Girls Mentoring Initiative in 2017 with friends and colleagues at Harvard.

Listen to her story

Uganda
The Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 1

Telling the painful truth

Jamie Bourque is a Film Producer and Director living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In his work, he aims to render visible the traumatic past of Canada's Indigenous peoples.

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Canada
The Urban Innovation and Leadership Lab

Shaping Municipalities

Building trust in the Afghan society is a truly demanding task: Decades of war, mismanagement and corruption undermined reliance in the public authorities. Many Afghans grew up without even knowing what it is like to live in a functioning municipality.

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Afghanistan
The Urban Innovation and Leadership Lab

Inclusive City Planning

How can we create a basis for inclusive city planning and policy making? This question led Richard Gevers and Geci Karuri-Sebina, two development activists from South Africa, to join forces and think about an innovative digital approach.

Hear their story

South Africa
Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

Transformative collaboration in the public services

After having served as the Director of Innovation at the Costa Rican Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, David Bullón Patton now dedicates his new initiative Micelio to transform public service through innovation, cooperation and mindful leadership.

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Costa Rica
The Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 1

The sound of understanding

Daniel Eduardo Rafecas is a Federal Judge of Argentina, professor for Criminal Law and member of several organizations like e.g. the academic council of the Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires.

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Argentina
Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

A collaborative effort to strengthen South African schools

Louise van Rhyn is a social entrepreneur whose purpose in life is to create a better future. She took up the cause of improving South Africa’s education system by introducing co-learning partnerships between school principals and business leaders.

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South Africa
The Migration Laboratory

Methodology makes a difference

Athanasia Ioannou is heading the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy’s Social Integration Division. She possesses lots of political experience on both, a national and EU level.

Read her reflections on the Lab

Greece
Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

Giving Love 3.0

Among a lot of other things, Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace.org, a community that connects volunteers and their projects around the world and today has over 500,000 members.

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United States
The Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 1

Trauma and the struggle for accountability in Argentina

Mariana Tello Weiss is in many ways involved with memory work on the human rights violations during the Argentinian dictatorship: As a researcher on trauma, memory and human rights, as an activist and, in a personal way, as the daughter of victims of the dictatorship.

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Argentina
Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

Devotion made sustainable

Maja Göpel is Secretary General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change. The role of paradigm shifts as strategic leverage points is crucial to her work.

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Germany
The Power of Diversity Lab

Creating Jobs for the Young in African Societies

Being an experienced entrepreneur herself, Elizabeth Maloba works freelance as an organizational change and business growth facilitator. Her main concern is the reduction of youth unemployment.

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Kenya
Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

Thinking global, acting local to promote sustainability

This is the story of Robert Axelsson. He is a climate change strategist at the County Administrative Board of Västmanland, Sweden. He is also a chairman of the Board of the Western Visayas Integrated Learning Centre at San Joaquin, Iloilo, Philippines.

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Sweden
The Power of Diversity Lab

Difficult but honest: Social cohesion after Brexit

Joy Warmington is founder and CEO of brap, an equalities and human rights charity that is exploring constructive ways of dealing with the social consequences of Brexit.

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United Kingdom
The Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 1

A network across frontiers

This is the story of Anna Kaminsky. She is the managing director of the Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED-Dictatorship in Eastern Germany

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Germany
The Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 1

Diversifying Cambodian memory work

Minea Tim is the executive director of Kdei Karuna – a Cambodian NGO working in the field of dealing with the past by conducting dialogues to transform historically rooted conflicts.

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Cambodia
The Passion and Politics Lab

Reviving ethical values in Egypt

Amr El-Fass is a professional in training, coaching, and business development who founded Mohazzaboon, an initiative to revive ethical thinking in society.

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Egypt
The Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 1

Remembering Kenya's history for societal change

Wachira Waheire is a human rights activist from Kenya who was a member of the parliament’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

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Kenya
The Passion and Politics Lab

The youth and Tunisia's political transition

Achref Aouadi is the founder of IWatch, a youth-led organisation and one of the prominent Tunisian NGOs established after the revolution.

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Tunisia
The Passion and Politics Lab

Societal accountability in the Palestinian Territories

Rola Jadallah is Professor of Biology and Vice President of Planning and Development at the Arab American University in Jenin, Palestine. In October 2012 she was elected vice mayor of Jenin.

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Palestine
The Passion and Politics Lab

Let's talk about reproductive health

Sali Mohsen M. Hafez co-founded the Arab States Youth Coalition on Population and Development. She made it her aim to empower women and girls to be able to autonomously access health services and information about reproductive health.

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Egypt
The Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 1

The Nelson Mandela Dialogues Canada

Following the Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 1, the Canadian participants decided to introduce the methodology to Canada.

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Canada
Sustainable Oceans Lab

The Kadavu prototype

How to increase local resiliency of island communities?
The group prototyped approaches to community resilience in island communities. In this regard, the prototyping team has focused on Kadavu in Fiji which includes about 70 villages, and narrowed the focus down to two priorities: Sustainable livelihoods and renewable energy.

To the Sustainable Oceans Lab

Fiji
Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

A Flourishing South Africa

A Flourishing South Africa brought to life multiple activities aimed at revitalizing the national vision 2030 and Ubuntu as a powerful connection point for South African society. Lab participant Louise van Rhyn and colleagues have run a series of Business in Education forums linking their work to Vision 2030 as well the SDGs – efforts they say would not have happened without the Lab. At least 1,200 people have been impacted by this commitment to Vision 2030.

To the Global Wellbeing Lab

South Africa
Sustainable Oceans Lab

The Kanan Kay Alliance and Future of Fish Prototype

How to strengthen and model multi-stakeholder initiatives around complex small-scale fisheries management?
Kanan Kay Alliance and Future of Fish are working together to address the challenge of how to strengthen and model multi-stakeholder initiatives around complex small-scale fisheries management. The prototype is looking at whether the Kanan Kay Alliance could be a model for other multi-stakeholder alliances looking at community based oceans management and how lessons learnt might apply to other initiatives.

To the Sustainable Oceans Lab

Mexico
Sustainable Oceans Lab

The Integrated Oceans Management (IOM) practitioners group

How to support the development and implementation of national Integrated Oceans Management in international and regional contexts?
The focus of this prototype was to set up an IOM Practitioner group with the aim to support development and implementation of national IOM in international and regional contexts. A first output of this practitioners group was a discussion paper on the challenges of multi-stakeholder engagement in IOM.

To the Sustainable Oceans Lab

Global
Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

Eileen Fisher Inc.

Eileen Fisher Inc., a leading innovator in women’s clothing, was inspired by the Lab to aim for 100% sustainability by 2020 and, in the longer term, to transform the entire fashion industry (one of the planet’s highest-polluting industries). The company is now a triple bottom line company, setting not just financial targets, but environmental and internal/external social targets as well. They are currently in the process of strategic planning work related to these and in January 2016 received their B-Corp certification.

To the Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

United States
Sustainable Oceans Lab

The Sargasso Sea and Fiji Prototype

EBSAs and how to mitigate impacts from industry?
The prototype of this group was a develop a process to involve industries in the assessment of industry impacts in ecologically sensitive marine areas and in respective mitigation measures to limit the negative impact.

To the Sustainable Oceans Lab

Bermuda, Monaco, United Kingdom, United States
Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

Conversatories – Towards an Ecosystem of Civic Learning

Contributing to a "Civic Learning Ecosystem", based on broader social and environmental values, such as those included in the GNH concept, Lab participant Fredrik Bjork has developed a conscious dialogue space – Conversatories – that brings together diverse actors and people in a learning atmosphere. More than 20 such events have taken place already in Malmö, elsewhere in Sweden and in Italy.

To the Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0

Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany

“Ich bin anderen gegenüber offener und einsichtiger, und entdecke viel Neues durch den Lernprozess.”

Minea Tim, Executive Director of Kdei Karuna, Participant of the Mandela Dialogues on Memory Work 1

Monitoring und Evaluierung

Die Evaluation der Wirkung von Programmen für langfristige, systemische Veränderungen ist ein anspruchsvolles Unterfangen.

Um die Wirkung unserer Arbeit beurteilen zu können, haben wir einen umfassenden Monitoring- und Evaluationsrahmen entwickelt, der die Relevanz unserer Methoden, die Gültigkeit unserer Theory of Change und die Angemessenheit unserer Kooperationsmodelle überprüft.  

Die Erkenntnisse und Einblicke aus unseren Evaluationsprozessen fließen kontinuierlich in unsere Arbeit mit ein, damit wir unsere Leistungen verbessern und unsere methodischen Ansprüche überprüfen können.  

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In 2018, our cooperation partner New York University ran an expansive study of GLAC’s accumulated impact between 2014 and 2016 based on participants’ self-reports and additional written and audiovisual material. The study comes to the conclusion that Labs “do what they say they are going to do”. Intermediate outcomes of the Labs show strong achievement: Participants report that their leadership skills improved and they gained a deeper understanding of complex challenges in the field of development, as well as of the complexity of solutions needed to meet those challenges. While organisational and systemic outcomes are often difficult to attribute causally to the Labs – a challenge that many development programmes are grappling with –, the research also confirms that participants report actively transferring their new skills to their organisational environment and some initiate systemic change in or through their organisations. This evidence is particularly interesting as the researchers note that making the leap to home organisations is difficult to achieve, as indicated in numbers of a 2008 World Bank study on its training programmes.

According to another study by USAID (2018), many international development projects and training programmes are not faithfully implemented and invest little effort into collecting and analyzing data. Hence, the NYU study on GLAC’s Leadership and Innovation Labs emphasizes that GLAC’s engagement in conducting evaluations, which critically examine if Labs works and how they can be improved, is indicative of GLAC’s commitment to learning and improving. The researchers note that the uniqueness of Leadership and Innovation Labs makes it difficult to compare their efficacy to other development programs. The latter mostly employ standard training and workshop methodologies, while in contrast, Leadership and Innovation Labs intertwine the development of innovative solutions, leadership development and dialogue between very stakeholders with different perspectives.
The researchers conclude that the “focus on hands-on and applied learning activities, as well as the direct prototyping of change initiatives likely offer a comparative advantage […] for seeing intermediate outcomes”, as their 2018 study of GLAC’s programmes confirms.