Leading on Sustainability programme pioneers
Published 5 December 2010
Ann McCracken from O2 receiving her certificate of attendance from Professor Cary Cooper from LUMS, with Judi Marshall from LUMS on the left and Gudrun Cartwright from BITC on the right.
Participants and tutors recently celebrated the successful completion of the first Leading on Sustainability programme.
The six-month programme was created to support organisations in the North West and is aimed at future leaders who are interested in organisational and social change. It takes an action-orientated approach to learning in pursuit of effective sustainability.
Leading on Sustainability stems from an innovative partnership between the Department of Management Learning and Leadership, Lancaster University Management School and Business in the Community (BITC).
“The Leading on Sustainability programme is a fantastic opportunity to explore the challenges of sustainability, from a practical business-focused approach. It’s also a great opportunity to build relationships with other practitioners. I've found the networking opportunities invaluable!”
The workshop was held at Forrest Hills, an outdoor activity and small conference venue run by one of the course participants, Ginny Newsham, and her family.
“For me the programme is giving me just what I wanted. As someone in a small business it is a great opportunity to meet people in very different organisations and with very different approaches. Through both the university and BITC I feel connected to something much bigger.”
The next intake of the programme begins in April 2011.
The key features of the programme are:
- Six weekly workshops
- Inspirational speakers
- Explorations of change and leadership practices
- Action Learning on participants’ live issues
- Network Learning (web based)
Programme participants have now become initiating members of the Leadership for Sustainability Learning Network (LSLN) which is an ongoing community of people in the North West who want to engage with others across different sectors to help them take effective action for sustainability in their work and professional communities. It will enable the sharing of resources as well as emphasising inquiry and learning.
Participants and tutors on the first Leadership on Sustainability programme
A number of events and gatherings to develop the LSLN and continue the networking of the Leading on Sustainability programme will be held during the coming year.