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Leading From Within - Integral Leadership for Sustainable Development

Start Date: Dec 03, 2008
Completion Date: Nov 30, 2011
Country: Nigeria
  • Drishti - Centre for Integral Action
Key Contact(s):

Lisa Gibson

Breakthrough Initiatives

The Breakthrough Initiatives are the most tangible and powerful part of the Leading from Within project. Through these initiatives, participants will apply what they learn directly into their organization’s work and operations. Beginning with an assets-based assessment of a development and environmental issue, participants develop their chosen Breakthrough Initiative by compiling “stretch goals” that extend their thinking and planning beyond what was previously considered possible. To enable them to meet these goals, One Sky trains participants in new techniques and participatory methodologies that produce creative and lasting results.

For an initiative to be called a “breakthrough”, it must be both cutting-edge and sustainable. This means that it must draw on innovative models of change that expand the scope of innovation and impact. These initiatives not only anchor learning in action, they also achieve lasting results for sustainability and human well-being.

Some examples of Breakthrough Initiatives include:

  1. Initiatives that leap to a higher scale of impact (for example, synergizing efforts for promoting conservation at the community-level with the inter-community bioregion and beyond),
  2. Initiatives that effectively include a focus on the unseen factors contributing to a development problem (such as the traditional worldviews held by religious leaders that perpetuate stigma and thwart effective HIV/AIDS reduction strategies), and
  3. Initiatives that extend microenterprise skills development to broader entrepreneurial capacity and marketing at regional and global scales

Our projected outcomes of these Breakthrough Initiatives include:

  1. A larger generative force of leaders and new conversations within the environmental sector in Niger Delta.
  2. Increased potential for healthy and highly functioning multi-stakeholder dialogue.
  3. The presence of civil society leaders with a heightened awareness of the positive role that corporations can play through Corporate Social Responsibility and the potential for shared solutions.
  4. Breakthrough initiatives at multiple scales, which increase overall sustainability.

One Sky is working hard on fundraising efforts to support the six Breakthrough Initiatives that Leading from Within participants will work on in teams over the coming two years. For details about each intiative or to make a valuable contribution please follow the links below.

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