Sheesh! Look at the sustainability leadership stacking up at Dana Meadows legacy project in Vermont!
The new crop of Meadows Fellows come from 10 states and 5 countries with 16 women and 4 men, and were selected for their ability to grapple effectively with multi-stakeholders and diverse issues, and to influence thinking in wide circles of people.
Each Fellow employs an approach to sustainability that displays analytic clarity, systemic change and attention to spirit, values, and meaning.
This program honors my hero, Donella (Dana) Meadows, in its focus on combining analytic clarity with reflection and vision.
Meadows' affection and brilliance were contagious. Her guiding message was quite simple:
We humans are smart enough to have created complex systems and amazing productivity; surely we are also smart enough to make sure that everyone shares our bounty, and surely we are smart enough to sustainably steward the natural world upon which we all depend.
The Fellows Program nurtures such qualities in a selected group over two-year cycles.
The mission of the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program is to accelerate the shift to global sustainability by increasing the effectiveness of well-positioned sustainability leaders. Fellows learn to address social, economic and environmental issues at their root causes while benefiting from a national and international network of talented and supportive colleagues.
Being an effective leader for sustainability requires:
Skillful learning within complex economic, social, and environmental systems
Acting effectively in change processes involving multiple stakeholders with diverse goals and needs
To promote these abilities, Fellows receive training, coaching and practice in systems thinking, reflective conversation and visioning. Concurrently, they build learning partnerships with each other and Sustainability Institute (SI) staff that will support their continued use of these skills long after the end of their tenure as current Fellows.
Check out this rack of talent:
- Karabi Acharya Senior Program Officer, Academy for Educational Development Washington, DC
- Gabriela Anaya Executive Director, Sociedad de Historia Natural Niparaj La Paz, Mexico
- Nicole Betancourt Producer, Director New York City, New York
- Josephine Brennan Director of African Development, BioAlcohol Fuel Foundation Johannesburg, South Africa
- Laura Freeman President and CEO, Laura’s Lean Beef Company Lexington, Kentucky
- Lena Hansen Energy and Resource Consultant, Rocky Mountain Institute Boulder, Colorado
- Danielle Hirsch Operational Manager, Both ENDS Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Karin Jakubowski Coordinator, Northeast Science Center Collaboration Clean Air-Cool Planet Northford, Connecticut
- Anna Jones-Crabtree Regional Sustainable Operations Coordinator, US Forest Service Helena, Montana
- Dana Lanza Executive Director, Environmental Grantmakers Association New York City, New York
- Maria Latumahina Director, Papua Civil Society Support Foundation/ UK-Department for International Development Jayapura, Papau, Indonesia
- Justin Maxson President, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development Berea, Kentucky
- John Mlade National Market Sector Research Manager, Perkins + Will Architects Atlanta, Georgia
- Susanne Moser Research Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research Boulder, Colorado
- Nirmala Nair Director, Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives Cape Town, South Africa
- Brooke Simler Smith Executive Director, Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS) Corvallis, Oregon
- Steven Smith Coordinator, Iowa Network for Community Agriculture Marshalltown, Iowa
- Maria Suarez Co-Director, Feminist International Radio Endeavour Co-Coordinator, Wings of the Butterfly Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
- Catharina Any Sulistyowati Coordinator, Kuncup Padang Ilalang (KAIL) Bandung, Indonesia
- William Young Director of Operations, 388th Electronic Combat Squadron US Air Force Oak Harbor, Washington
Making the shift to a sustainable society involves changing complex environmental, social, and economic systems. This is a challenge that requires strategic analysis and action coupled with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.
The sort of people who apply to this program are up to big things in their lives but at the same time feeling stuck or at a platuea in their ability to accomplish what they are committed to. They are open minded rather than being attached to existing methods and techniques.
Dontcha wish they had training and talent like this in each community? Then, mebbe, we could get'r done!