Leadership for Transition (LiFT) brings together innovative researchers, practitioners and citizens engaged in the fields of leadership, education and societal transition to promote more integrative, more effective and thus more sustainable ways of living in Europe and beyond. The project rationale holds that in times of multidimensional crisis, leadership increasingly needs to empower individuals and society at large to take over responsibility for working towards the common good.
Its main aims are to harvest experience gained with collaborative leadership formats in diverse context, reflect and standardize it for others to use and to develop training courses on this basis.
History of the LiFT project
LiFT has started off as a EU-funded Grundtvig Learning Partnership (2013-2015, LiFT 1.0) and has continued its work as a Strategic Partnership between seven partners within the Horizon 2020 funding framework (Period of funding: Aug. 1st, 2013 – July 31st, 2015, LiFT 2.0), hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, see Blog here).
LiFT 1.0 and 2.0 have focused on the Collaboratory method, a co-creative deliberation and decision-making process helping large and diverse groups of stakeholders to come up with constructive solutions to complex problems.
From 2019-2022, the 3rd Strategic Partnership continues its work as “LiFT 3.0 – Politics” around a more focused topic: collaborative politics. A short summary and the project folder can be downloaded here:
More info on LiFT 3.0 – Politics will shortly appear here.
Previous LiFT activities
LiFT 2.0 (2015-2018) has hosted the following six workshops*:
1. Luxemburg, Nov 18-20, 2015: Benelux Pop-up University: Learning Transition
2. Gotland/Almedalen, July 3-10, 2016: Collaborative Ideas for Doing Politics – Ideas to accelerate sustainable development
3. Trondheim/Norway, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2016: Adaptive Learning and Job Creation in the Digital Age
4. Ecovillage Sieben Linden/Germany, June 2-6, 2017: Gemeinschaftskinder/Growing up in Community
5. Murter/Croatia, September 21-24, 2017: Capacity Development for Transformative Learning Initiatives/Education for Sustainable Communities
6. Vienna/Austria, July 2-6, 2018: Learning from Social Entrepreneurs
and: Summer School on collaborative leadership
* Note that on our events page the numbering of our workshops starts with the first four events that have been hosted by the first LiFT Partnership (Grundtvig Learning Partnership).
Also, by August 2018, LiFT has produced the following tangible intellectual outputs:
1. A book on the foundations & resources of collaborative leadership
2. A book on the methodology of the Collaboratoy
5. A book with narratives from the field, summarizing the 5 “superpowers” that co-creators and change-makers should have for working towards the UN SDGs
If you have questions or wish to participate in one of our events please contact us via the comment function or send an email to: info [at] leadership-for-transition. eu.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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