16 good reasons…
...why 2016 was a good year for collaboration


Dear Friend,

The Collective Leadership Institute is committed to increasing collaboration capacities to make a difference towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This is highlighted in our many activities worldwide. For the end of this year, take a short trip with us around the world and review some of
CLI’s highlights of 2016.

You will also find articles on our latest activities with the PEP initiative and our courses in South Africa and Germany, as well our current projects in Zambia and Morocco. For your planning for the next year, check the CLI course overview 2017. Feel free to share it with colleagues and partners.

Wishing you all a wonderful time at the end of this year and looking forward to our collaboration in 2017!




Changing the way we co-create for a more sustainable, socially just future!

Our Collective Leadership and Stakeholder Collaboration trainings in 2017:

20 - 23 Feb 2017 | Tunisia
9 - 12 May 2017 | South Africa
20 - 23 Jun 2017 | Germany
26 - 28 Jun 2017 | Germany
9 - 12 Aug 2017 | Asia
26 - 28 Oct 2017 | Germany
14 - 17 Nov 2017 | Germany
21 - 24 Nov 2017 | South Africa

The above-listed open courses can also be adapted to your specific context and challenges in a tailor made format for your team, partners and stakeholders.


Collaboration is key to SDG implementation  but how to achieve the 17 SDGs? 


Lusaka Water Security Initiative




During the Second High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Nairobi, Petra Kuenkel facilitated a side event on “Raising the bar for effective partnering”. Within the PEP initiative presented there, 17 effective partnering factors for 17 SDGs were identified. Petra Kuenkel stressed the issue of learning in partnerships. Which guiding questions and recommended practices are there, you can find out reading the following article. Read more >>


In 2016 CLI partnered with the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) to offer process coaching, capacity building, and  facilitation support  for the Lusaka Water Security Initiative (LuWSI) in Zambia. LuWSI’S objective is to improve water security and prevent a water crisis for Lusaka’s residents and businesses through multi-stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and action. As a result of LuWSI’s efforts, in an example project for wellfield protection, the water security of 80,000 people will be improved. Read more >>

Tailor-made courses for Morocco


Open courses in South Africa and Germany




In November, CLI conducted trainings for two groups from Morocco. The country is facing economic challenges, so scaling up collaboration skills among relevant partners is essential for the region. One group dealt with the topic of promoting micro-enterprises and auto-entrepreneurs, while the other one was focussing on disadvantaged regions. People from different sectors gathered to have a capacity building on how to engage the stakeholders in each GIZ project. Read more >>


The peak season for our open courses was between October and November, when CLI organised three trainings in three different cities. The Art of Leading Collectively in Potsdam kicked off with a strategic view on how we could bring sustainable change to the world. While the foundational trainings on The Art of Stakeholder Collaboration 1 which were taking place in Cape Town and in Berlin built collaboration capacities for achieving common goals. Read more >>

The Future of Leadership is Collective - Petra Kuenkel's Blog

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 This is Petra Kuenkel's
personal blog on Collective Leadership. She writes for all who believe that this world needs more collective action for sustainability and shares her experiences  on how you can lead collectively in these complex processes in her diverse blog posts.

 Neues-Cover2 4 Petra Kuenkel’s list of publications grew significantly in 2016. Apart from the ground-breaking The Art of Leading Collectively which received great attention among the international publishing industry during Frankfurt Book Fair 2016, two books in German about Stakeholder Dialogues and Leading by Meaning were published at Springer. The latter one even made it on the Chinese list of German Book Office in Beijing. We are always happy to find reviews of our books online, feel free to write one!

Making America Great Again! How the same slogan can describe a completely different approach you can read at Petra’s latest Huffington Post article.

Find more information about CLI's publication on our website.

ILA (International Leadership Association) Webinar, 15 March 2017, 17:00 CET. “Leading transformational change - A Compass for Better Co-Creation” is the title of Petra Kuenkel’s first webinar for ILA. She will present the Collective Leadership Compass and its dimensions. More information and registration at http://www.ila-net.org/webinars/.
2nd Annual Women in Leadership International Conference, 18 – 19 May 2017, Zurich, Switzerland. Themed “Step Up to the Next Level - Achieving Influence and Success through Effective Self-Leadership”, Petra will be a keynote speaker at the second edition of this conference for strategies and practical solutions for enhancing leadership effectiveness for women. More information at
Welt im Aufbruch - Wie zukunftsfit sind Organisationen und Führungskräfte? (Emerging world - How prepared for the future are organizations and leaders?), 10 January, 18:00 CET, Berlin, Germany. The event is in German and in conjunction with the launch of the book "
Anders wirtschaften" in which Petra Kuenkel wrote a chapter on collective leadership. More information here (in German).


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