Nov. 24 2015, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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COST: Free

VENUE: Färgfabriken

ADDRESS: Lövholmsbrinken 1, 117 43 Stockholm, Sweden


How can leaders apply a unifying systems perspective on sustainability to improve business? 



Our aim with this seminar is to bring people together with the shared purpose to take action for a positive systems change for sustainability. The seminar engages leaders on all kinds of arenas and scales, to work systematically and strategically towards sustainability. We will discuss how to turn unsustainable organizations into sustainable organizations, and to do so in a way that improves relevance as well as bottom lines as we move towards more sustainability driven markets. We will also identify some overriding challenges and opportunities to strategic sustainable leadership in general, and if possible identify activities for enhancing sustainability together in 2016.



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The greatest challenge to nature and people is not climate change, toxicity, shrinking biodiversity, poverty, degradation of food production capacity, or corruption. These are all great challenges, but our greatest challenge, driving it all, is that our political and industrial leaders typically do not know how the myriad impacts are rooted in a set of easy-to-learn overriding mechanisms of destruction of our ecological and social systems. So, our leaders do not lead systematically towards sustainability.


The StepWise group behind the seminar

The seminar is organized by the StepWise group, in cooperation with The Natural Step and Blekinge Institute of Technology. In Sweden, a unique and growing group of corporate leaders and owners have gathered since two years to apply modern science in their respective organizations. The StepWise group learns how to work with a Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD), including a robust definition of ecological and social sustainability and strategic guidelines, to deal with system boundaries, evaluate trade-offs, estimate sustainable resource potentials before investments in new technologies are made, manage supply chains and cooperate effectively across sectors and disciplines. Furthermore they explore how to design plans for change that contribute to society’s transition towards sustainability while being economically viable and competitive for their companies. The group of executives meets at regular intervals to allow the diversity of the group to be helpful for creative innovations regarding, for instance: new product-service systems, more effective business models and more effective cooperation with politicians to enable an increased pace of the change the executives are already driving. 

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The format of the seminar

During the seminar, we will introduce the members of the StepWise group and use the framework they apply in their strategic leadership to facilitate a cooperative learning and development endeavor with all participants. Questions to explore include:

  • Which are the leading approaches to strategic leadership towards sustainability today, and how do they relate?
  • What challenges of these, including the above mentioned framework, do you see? 
  • How could those challenges be overcome? 
  • How could the gathered wisdom be collected and transformed into new activities e in 2016, perhaps jointly launched between the participants?

We will gather on the top-floor at Färgfabriken, listen to inspiring speakers and apply round-table discussions. At mid-day we invite you to have an organic lunch. After the workshop, we hope you would like to mingle and take the opportunity to view an exhibition on lateral thinking, called “Experiment Stockholm” in Färgfabriken.

The seminar will be held in English.


Warm Welcome!


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