Forum Councillors Step Up

The first SDG Transformations Forum Stewardship Council has formed. The six individuals stepped forward in response to a call for Councillors in January, and met for the first time Feb. 15. They replace a Stewardship Team who led the early development of the Forum. Thanks go to former Stewards:

  • Christina Cook - Science Officer - Synthesis and Foresight, Future Earth
  • IoanFazey – Chair of Social Dimensions of Environmental Change, Geography, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee; and Chair, Transformations2017
  • Karen O’Brien – Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo; and Chair, Transformations2013
  • Per Olsson – Theme leader Resilience Science for Transformations, Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Chair, Transformations2015
  • Rebecca Oliver – Senior Engagement & Dialogue Lead, Future Earth
  • Steve Waddell – Principal, NetworkingAction

To form the new Council, each Working Group plus the Transformations Conferences identified a representative. As they noted at their first meeting, they must make stewarding development of a much more diverse group a priority! They are:

Councillor Bios

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John Colvin - Capacity Working Group Councillor
John Colvin co-designs and co-facilitates learning systems for transformational development. A widely- regarded sustainability entrepreneur and action researcher, he has pioneered the development of long term, multi-level institutional learning processes addressing a range of wicked problems, particularly those that lie within the water-food-energy-ecosystems-poverty-climate nexus.

As Executive Director of Emerald Network Ltd, he has led the development of a niche consultancy which addresses key dimensions of transformation including theory of change, scale, complexity, systems change, sustainability and normative/ethical dimensions of purpose and leadership. He has worked as a consultant and advisor to CARE International, DFID, Defra, Inter-American Development Bank, Oxfam GB, SIDA, SDC, UNEP, UNESCO, World Bank, WWF and the UK, South African and several Least Developed Country governments, and has extensive policy, planning, governance, research and evaluation experience. A former UK policy maker, he has over 15 years of experience working in international development, including in China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, India, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

On The Forum…

The world is now in a critical period of transition, requiring new ways of thinking and acting to tackle a complex set of wicked issues that underpin achieving the SDGs. The Forum represents one of the most ambitious and value-transforming attempts to address the SDGs in this way, drawing on the power of critical collaboration and inter-being.

On Being Councillor…

Much of my life's work has been dedicated to addressing wicked issues that shape the water - food - energy - natural resources - poverty - climate nexus. The Transformations conferences have provided am important source of inspiration and colleagueship in my recent journey and the Forum that has emerged from this is for me a next step on this journey. The synchronicity of the process, and my desire to help steward the emerging learning/action/reflection praxis of the network, has inspired me to step into the role of Councillor.

IoanFazey - Transformations Conferences Councillor
Ioan is Director of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience at the University of Dundee and Professor in Social Dimensions of Environmental Change. He is an interdisciplinary researcher with current research focusing on resilience, adaptation, what it means to achieve equitable and sustainable societal transformations and the practices that can help facilitate such changes.

He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles. His work has included international projects on diverse issues relating to ecosystem services, biodiversity, agricultural systems, social change, vulnerability and climate change. He currently leads a Joseph Rowntree Funded project focusing on climate resilience in flood affected communities in the Scottish Borders. He Chaired the Transformations2017 conference, and is supporting development of the Transformations2019 conference in Santiago, Chile. He is a Trustee ofH3Uni, a practice oriented organisation dedicated to developing capacity for transformation.

On the Forum…

The intense global challenges, including climate change, massive and rising inequalities, and the need for greater attention to social justice and human wellbeing are resulting in the emergence of an underlying current of change. Whether we like it or not, major change is coming. Yet how that change manifests will depend largely on the ability of humanity to come together and question many fundamental assumptions and values about what it means to be human and the goals and aspirations of the human global collective. This will necessarily include new formulations between science, technology, society and the environment. Enhancing understanding of what transformation is, how it comes about, and how academics and practitioners can best help shape the emergence of significant change along positive trajectories for humanity is perhaps the most critical question of our time.

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Steven Lovink - Financing Transformation Working Group Councillor
My core passion is to ‘connect the dots’ by building bridges involving potential break-thru initiatives, partnerships, and systems-oriented collaborations that stimulate creativity, community, entrepreneurship, and innovative financing and business models sustaining the whole of life. Always curious about what is next, I continue my life’s journey sensing humanity’s emerging future, including my own, from within.

My writing has become part of communicating and amplifying this work. The five meta tags that seem to describe me quite well are: visionary - bridge builder - unifier - philanthropreneur - writer.

During the first decade of my career, I successfully raised funds for an electronic signal processing enterprise my team built and sold, followed by a decade of providing finance and venture development services to early stage ventures in the areas of information technology, life sciences, online education, and nature conservation. I am founder/co-founder of a number of organizations and advisor to others, including Planet2025 Network, Power of One, Philanthropy4Life, the Institute for Environmental Security, Ethical Markets Media, LLC, member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communications, EthicMark judge, a member of the visionary leader circle of The Fountain, and an advisor to a series of emergent whole system oriented entrepreneurial client initiatives.

On the Forum…

My wish and hope for the SDG Transformations Forum is for it to develop into a lead catalyst, accelerator, and incubator that leverages its whole systems approach, collective intelligence, and conscious meshwork of connections to support and activate emerging initiatives that transform people and organizations from within and that embrace - and are operating in harmonious service with - all life.

Per Olsson - Innovation Working Group Councillor
Per Olsson leads the Stockholm Resilience Centre’s stream on Resilience Science for Transformation. His current research is in agency, social-ecological innovations, transformations to sustainability, and how to reverse current trends of crossing critical thresholds and tipping points in the Earth system. He has published in scientific journals including Science, PNAS, TREE, Ambio, Global Environmental Change, Ecology and Society, and the Annual Review of the Environment and Resources.

Olsson also previously co-lead the Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program on Social Innovation and currently is serving as the director for the LEAP program. Both programs have been designed to strengthen the capacity of leaders with a passion for change, a desire for action, and an interest in identifying targeted, innovative ways of tackling complex social-ecological problems at their roots.

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Glenn Page - Transforming Assessment And Evaluation Working Group Councillor And Lead Steward
For over 30 years, Glenn has been working on creating pathways to transformation of our coasts/oceans/watersheds. He did his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University in interdisciplinary marine science and has been working at the interface of science, policy and practice.

As restoration ecologist by training, he “grew up” designing and building natural systems (i.e. dunes, rivers, wetlands and forests), focusing on ecosystem function, equivalency and valuation. Currently, he is the President/CEO of SustainaMetrix, which is all about “Navigating in the Anthropocene” as Glenn leads a team of interdisciplinary experts who brings innovation, evaluation and systems thinking to complex, messy, cross-scale, wicked challenges of our time. A major contribution has been his work with interdisciplinary graduate students and how they navigate their career paths blending science, policy and practice. Recent partners include United Nations, Republic of Ireland, Shell Oil, IUCN, Luc Hoffmann Institute, Stockholm Resilience Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Tufts University, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of Maine and Oceana.

On The Forum…

I hope this Forum is part of a new enlightenment that contributes a pathway towards balance between economic and ecological goals for sustainable development.

On Being Councillor…

What led me to be a councillor: Serving as a Councillor for the SDG Transformation Forum is an honor and indeed a calling to be part of the new enlightenment to adaptive learning along this most urgent journey.

Sandra Waddock – Meta-Narratives Councillor
Sandra Waddock is Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and Professor of Management at Boston College's Carroll School of Management. Waddock has published 13 books and more than 140 papers on topics related to large system change, memes, intellectual shamanism, corporate responsibility, multi-sector collaboration, and management education, among others.

Her latest books are Healing the World (Greenleaf, 2017) and (Teaching) Managing Mindfully (with Lawrence Lad and Judith Clair) (Global Jesuit Case Series, 2018). Other recent books include Intellectual Shamans (Cambridge, 2015), which was preceded by Building the Responsible Enterprise (with Andreas Rasche) in 2012. Current research interests include system change towards wellbeing, dignity, and flourishing for all, corporate responsibility, intellectual shamanism, stewardship of the future, and management education.

On the Forum…

I hope the Forum will help to build a world of flourishing, wellbeing, and dignity for all, including all of Earth's creatures and ecosystems, with an economy that serves people and planet.

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Josh Tewksbury - Executive for Future Earth in the US

The Forum is pleased to announce that Josh Tewksbury has joined as a Councillor-at-Large. Below Josh gives us his background.

I am currently the lead executive for Future Earth in the US, and one of five executives for Future Earth globally. Future Earth is a network organization with global hubs, regional offices and national structures in 25+ countries. We exist to focus the efforts of global research and innovation communities on the major sustainability challenges we face and to connect these communities to private and public sector decision processes. A lot of this work is about creating pathways for the best ideas to come to light faster, and building structures that speed the transition from results to scalable solutions.

I am also the co-founder and executive editor of Anthropocene Magazine with the concern that our capacity to scale research and innovation is limited more by imagination and communication than by technical ability.

I was raised on farms by artists and I became a scientist because I thought that studying the world would keep me outdoors a bit more than other disciplines. My training (Undergrad, PhD, Postdoc) was in landscape ecology, conservation and evolutionary biology. I have spent a lot of time with climate change impact (people, flora, fauna), landscape fragmentation, landscape connectivity, invasive species, and the loss of key native species on surviving populations and communities.

I was raised on farms by artists and I became a scientist because I thought that studying the world would keep me outdoors a bit more than other disciplines. My training (Undergrad, PhD, Postdoc) was in landscape ecology, conservation and evolutionary biology. I have spent a lot of time with climate change impact (people, flora, fauna), landscape fragmentation, landscape connectivity, invasive species, and the loss of key native species on surviving populations and communities.

Somewhere in the midst of this research, I became concerned that far too much science is done in stove-piped disciplines, and there is little support for researchers working to align their work in support of major sustainability goals. I started working on the formation of a new integrative “College of the Environment” at the University of Washington. I was Full Professor in 2012, when my family and I moved to Switzerland, where I launched the Luc Hoffmann Institute, a global research center embedded in the International Secretariat of the World Wide Fund for Nature. I launched a dozen research projects, including work on the Food-Energy-Water nexus in Southeast Asia, assessments of development corridors in East Africa, and the development of regionally-appropriate low-carbon sustainability targets for cities. The work in WWF was an excellent springboard for my current role in Future Earth.

Hackers series, where Josh and he speak about the need for science to become more trans-disciplinary and the perverse disincentives that hold it back, about the need for scientists to join bigger tables alongside other stakeholders, about the importance of ‘public scientists’ leading public debate on science and the contemporary need for an ‘army of Galileos’ rooted in their own contexts, about the need for scientists as servants rather than heroes, and about his preference for being part of driving systems transformation over personal legacy.

Council Structure Adopted

 

As its first act, the Council adopted a Terms of Reference (ToR) approved by the Forum Stewardship Team that formerly led the Forum. Holding to the principle of “emergence” associated with transformation, the ToR is held as a living document that will be amended as the Forum’s experience reveals needed changes. The Council’s role is described as “to steward the development and activities of the Forum to realize its Mission and Vision” which are:

  • The broad vision of the Forum is a world that is undertaking the transformational change necessary to realize the 2030 Agenda and flourishing futures for all .
  • Its mission is to emerge connected transformation system communities, which are analyzing, connecting, acting, and learning for transformation and the 2030 agenda and flourishing futures for all.

 

A key quality of the ToR is a “light” structure, appropriate for this time of the Forum’s development. “It’s important that people feel supported to focus on their work, rather than spend time talking about rules and structure,” comments Forum Lead Steve Waddell who drew from decades of work with networks to draft the ToR. “The structure should grow out of the patterns of how people do their work, and this is reflected in the Council structure grounding in work groups.”

The diagram describes the evolving Council structure, reflecting its role as a space to share work across the emerging transformations systems. The Transformation Analysis Working Group has not yet been formed, hence there is no Councillor. Its formation awaits financing of the Working Groups, so it can play its role of conducting mapping and analysis for the Working Groups. The diagram also indicates provision for external transformation leaders to be appointed to Council by the internal Councillors. Appointees will come from external groups and networks which are committed to transformation work, to enhance the Forum’s role as a meeting space for those from the emerging transformations systems. These could be appointees from organizations such as the UNDP SDG group, from Future Earth, from a newly forming global group called We All (the (Well-Being Economy Alliance), and from funders and their networks. These appointments will be considered in the near future, as the Councillors put in place the necessary groundwork.

Major points of the ToR include:

  • The Councillors are considered the “membership” of the Forum, in terms of those with power to decide the overall Forum direction. Working Groups identify Stewards who are likewise “membership” for their Working Groups, who shall decide on the overall direction of their WG.
  • The Forum does not yet have any legal form.
  • Councillors make a one-year commitment, when the Working Groups will reconsider their representatives – with particular attention to needed diversity.
  • Meetings will be at least every two months.
Upcoming Council Meetings

A March Council meeting will focus on clarification of the value proposition of the Forum. Today, there are numerous ways this can be described and both clarity and alignment are important. The Councillors also committed to a two-day meeting in Marseille May 12-14, in conjunction with Towards Mutuality of Impact, an event organized by the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative whose Executive Director, John North, is active with the Forum's Capacity Working Group. Although no funding could be obtained to cover meeting expenses, Councillors committed to covering their costs.

Working Group Lead Stewards

Each Working Group has identified a Lead Steward with responsibility for advancing their Group’s development and action plans. Although the activity is low while funding is being raised, the Lead Stewards provide an important point of contact to organize non-cost activities such as webinars and submissions to the Forum blog.

Special Thanks to Rebecca Oliver & Christina Cook

Two strong supporters of the Forum at Future Earth have left that organization, and hence their participation in the Forum has changed. Many thanks to them for their invaluable help.

Rebecca Oliver
Rebecca Oliver worked out of the Future Earth Stockholm office, and was with the Forum organizing Stewardship Team from the beginning. In December she left Future Earth, and is currently taking a break from all activities. She made particularly valued contributions to the Transforming Assessment Working Group.

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Christina Cook
Christina Cook at the Montreal Future Earth office was a willing recruit of Rebecca’s and joined as a Forum Steward in June, 2017. She made particularly important contributions with support for the Forum-Future Earth webinars and as Lead Steward for the Capacity Working Group. She leaves Future Earth at the end of February, but intends on remaining active with the Forum.

Tony Cook - Capacity Working Group Lead Steward
Tony Cooke is CEO and co-founder of One Planet Education Networks (OPEN), an education non-profit launched in 2017 with support from WWF in order to mainstream sustainable business practice. OPEN works with educators, employers and learners to accelerate the creation and sharing of innovative educational content designed to inspire and support learners to become effective change agents for sustainability.

Tony's background is as a sustainability strategist. Up to 2012, he was Vice President of Sodexo, the world leader in quality of life services, where he was responsible for driving transformation of social and environmental outcomes across the business. Previously, he led the UK Government’s national strategy for sustainable food and agriculture, having spent the first decade of his career running his family's award-winning sustainable agri-food business.

Tony holds an MBA from University of Exeter Business School and a Bachelors degree in resource management from University of Reading. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.

On the Forum…

I believe the Forum could give the world a radically new kind of purpose-led decentralised organisation dedicated to accelerating humanity’s progress toward transformation for sustainability. The spark has been lit.

Our work at OPEN is deeply aligned to the mission and vision that has emerged from the Capacity Working Group. It therefore makes sense for me to volunteer as Lead Steward to ensure we take an intelligent, joined-up approach to working together to supporting a generation of change agents for transformation.

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Matthew Reading Smith – Innovations Working Group Lead Stewardt
Matthew is project coordinator for the global civil society network, Action for Sustainable Development, which mobilizes citizen participation in the monitoring and implementation of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals. Matthew has over ten years experience in communications and environmental policy.

Matthew works at CIVICUS and coordinates the organisation´s programs related to the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement. Prior to CIVICUS, Matthew was responsible for web development and energy research at the partner organisation, Stakeholder Forum. In his other posts, Matthew has acted as an environmental accountant, policy adviser, web developer and a media liaison. Matthew is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States, where he has earned separate degrees in environmental policy and communications.

On the Forum…

I hope we will design scalable and resource efficient solutions for the sustainable development goals.

Chris Riedy – Meta-Narrative Working Group Lead Steward
Chris Riedy is Professor of Sustainability Governance and Director of Higher Degree Research at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. He is a transdisciplinary academic with a research focus on governance for sustainable futures.

Chris draws on sociological and political theory, futures thinking and transformative science to design, facilitate and evaluate practical experiments in transformative change towards sustainable futures. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance project and is on the Editorial Boards of Futures and the Journal of Futures Studies. His current projects include a feasibility study on providing broader social access to solar power in Australia and an Australia Awards Fellowship to build the capacity for transdisciplinary research at the Royal University of Bhutan. He has published two books, 40 peer-reviewed articles or chapters, more than 60 research reports and hundreds of web articles. He writes a blog on living within planetary boundaries called Planetcentric.

On the Forum…

I hope the Forum builds global capacity to realise the transformative imperative of the SDGs
I am passionate about surfacing the new stories, narratives and meanings we will need to find ways to thrive within planetary boundaries.

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Steve Waddell – Financing Transformation Working Group Lead Steward
Steve had worked for over 30 years for large systems change. Over that time, the finance system has played a particularly important role in his work. In the 1980s, he was one of a group of reformists who led the transformation of the world’s largest community credit union, VanCity Savings in Vancouver, to reframe its purpose as supporting the economic well-being of the community.

In the 1990s one focus was the relationship between banks and communities in the United States. In the ‘00s he led the development of the Global Finance Initiative, a multi-stakeholder project to integrate sustainability into the logic of the finance system. Over the years he has developed relationships with numerous global financial actors, most recently with the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System and analysis of the evolution of the Kenyan banking system.

Steve also acts as Lead Staff for the Forum. He is also Principal of NetworkingAction. He has a PhD in sociology and an MBA. His many publications includethree books, the most recent Change for the Audacious: A doer’s guide to large systems change for flourishing futures. He is a Canadian-American, living in Boston.

On the Forum…

The Forum has a unique role in stewarding the development of transformations systems. Supporting its development reflects my passion to support expression of our highest ideals and greatest potentials.

What are “Transformations Systems”

The mission of the Forum is to develop powerful “transformations systems”. That concept easily provokes confused frowns at first, but it is relatively simple. The Forum developed out of conversations with people who were perceived to be working on transformational change in contrast to incremental and reform. Transformation is distinguished from other types of change by profoundly challenging assumptions and traditional goals, power structures and processes, ways of thinking and analysing – with the belief that those are limiting us from effectively addressing challenges like the SDGs. The work of all those people interviewed and others who are working on transformation, collectively form “transformations systems”. Just as we have food systems to provide food, we need transformations systems to support societies’ transformational work.

 

However, the transformations systems are not very developed today, as can be seen with intransigence and prolonged crises. The systems are highly fragmented, skills and knowledge are relatively low, and the ability to work at scale that transformation requires is lacking. The diagram represents the fragmentation in terms of knowledge and action relevant to transformation.

Each of the Working Groups are seen as “subsystems” of transformation systems, working on particular issues that must be addressed to develop powerful transformations systems. There must be system “consciousness” of those working in it, and connections are required amongst those in the transformations systems to support collaboration and smooth exchanges.

Of course, transformational action is highly unpredictable in terms of directions, but much recent work suggests people are learning better how to take purposive transformational action and nudge our current world in desired directions – such as realization of the SDGs and flourishing futures for all!

Brief Action Plans, Initial Budgets Completed!

Forum Working Groups (WGs) have completed their Action Plans In Brief. This marks a major milestone in the community’s development, since the Action Plans are products of groups identifying the challenge of their transformation issue and what they intend to do to address it. The Plans are available on each WG web-page.

The first major step was formation of Working Groups around topics that require addressing to develop powerful transformations systems. The current ones are not thought of as “permanent” or definitive. They may fold or arise dependent on people’s energy and the stage of development of the transformations systems. Indeed, they may arise independently of the Forum – Johan Schot’s leading development of the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium around policy issue – and the Forum should investigate potential collaboration. A major part of the Forum’s value proposition is the facilitation amongst WGs.

A second major development was identification of a framework to work across WGs to provide coherency for the Forum overall. Each plan follows this structure:

Purpose:
A statement of what the WG intends to achieve.

Challenge:
What is happening today, that gives rise to the need for the WG.

Seeing:
Analyzing of the transformations systems – for example, the dynamics, initiatives and people in the emerging system to develop transformational capacity – to provide easy ways for people to “see” and therefore discuss the parts of the transformations systems they’re working in.

 

Connecting:
People are brought together who are working on parts of the transformations systems (i.e.: Working Group topics). Seeing the systems allows discussion about how they can take more effective action to realize their goals and develop the power of their part of the transformations systems.

Radical Learning & Acting:
Out of these insights, people will co-create initiatives to experiment with and develop the transformations systems. The projects themselves are anticipated to be existing ones or new ones financed outside of the Forum. The Forum’s role is to spur their development and to curate learning and advance development across the transformations systems collaboratively.

The Action Plans themselves are still “in Brief” over three years. All together their budgets total over $9 million. However, this is seen as a visionary envelope that can be approached in several ways, including:

1) The Whole: Either a single funder or a consortium commits funding for something approaching the total over three years. Foundations and high networth individuals are the most likely sources.

2) A Shorter Time Period: There could be a commitment of a year, with various degrees of commitment to subsequent funding pending success of the first period

3) A Specific Working Group: A funder might have a particular interest in funding a particular WG.

4) A Specific Issue: A funder might support application of the Forum’s approach around a specific issue, SDG, or combination of issues.

5) A Specific Geography: There may be interest in applying the Forum approach to a specific location.

6) Development of a “Service-Provision” Approach: A particular organization or stakeholder group might want to pay for some defined services. For example, the Forum aims to generate social entrepreneurial action and many are interested in "social entrepreneurship production"; the Forum could provide “learning journeys” for high networth individuals as a “lead” for building a Funders Group.

Of course, two or more of these options may be integrated. At this stage it is important to explore these options and identify one or more that will work.

Forum-Geographer Publication

The Forum and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society have paired up to produce a special issue of the Society’s magazine, The Geographer, on transformation. Two dozen Forum participants responded to calls for short articles that will also be posted as blogs on the Society’s and the Forum’s web-sites. “The Geographer has a reputation for tackling key issues of geographical interest and bringing together voices from a whole range of different perspectives who can help elucidate and illuminate the topic,” says RSGS Chief Executive Mike Robinson. “The need to shape and drive solutions to global problems has never been more necessary, and working with the Forum has tapped a vast pool of expertise in the whole process of creating transformative change.”

The Geographer is a quarterly magazine with a readership of around 12,000, and will be available on line later in the year. The transformations issue will come out in April and copies are available from RSGS. Articles will be available online through RSGS’s blog and via the Forum website.

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California/Bay Area Forum

A second meeting of some transformation leaders in Oakland (across the bay from San Francisco) produced an enthusiastic response to the idea of starting a Forum node in the Bay Area or California. Participants included Heather Grady who attended the Forum’s founding Dundee meeting and is a Steward in the Financing Transformation Working Group, and Forum Lead Steve Waddell.

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The meeting followed one last October organized by Russ Gaskin of CoCreative, based near Washington, DC and often working in the Bay Area. His invitation was “…about the need to develop collective capacity for leading effective cross-sector collaborations around complex systems change.”

At the last moment Russ was not able to attend the February meeting, so it was led by Steve Waddell and local leaders Manuel Manga of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership and AnjieRosga of Informing Change.

“The Bay Area is one of the pre-eminent global spots in terms of people working on transformation,” commented Steve. “Although they clearly could make an important contribution working with the Capacity Working Group of the Forum, their work is much broader. We hope this will help demonstrate how the Forum can play an important role in the rallying to advance transformation at scale.

Kevin Jones, entrepreneur, co-founder of Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) and of Impact Hub San Francisco, offered the Hub for the next meeting March 20. Marilyn Paul of Bridgeway Partners and Todd Erickson of Cocreative have also joined the organizing team.