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Co-creating the Emerging Future 2019: The Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation

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Key Info: 
  • Gain a model of new leadership and facilitation skills
  • Meet and get to know inspiring leaders
  • Develop capacity to inspire others
£ 1965.00
Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions.
The programme will run from Monday of the first week to Friday afternoon the last week, and includes eleven nights private accommodation with a shared bathroom from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.
There are 3 spaces remaining

Co-Creating the Emerging Future 2019: The Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation

Led by Jenny Mackewn, with Special Contributors, Satish Kumar, Stephan Harding, Rob Hopkins, Mac Macartney, Dan Burgess, Bill Plotkin (via video/Skype link) and Otto Scharmer (via video/Skype link)

An eight-month journey that consists of:

  • A period of preparation
  • A residential intensive
  • An 8 month community of practice through Virtual or Face-to-Face meeting

I found a deep connection to myself and my true aspirations and values via the great facilitation provided by Jenny and the fantastic visiting professionals and the inspiring content.
Hege Saebjornsen, Head of Sustainability, IKEA

Programme Summary

Join us for an eight-month learning adventure that consists of a period of preparation, an intensive residential at Schumacher College and a subsequent community of practice group which meets by Skype or face-to-face meetings.

This is an opportunity to develop leadership and facilitation skills necessary for a fairer and more sustainable world for all of us.

The programme, which leads to the Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation, has five interconnected approaches to leading and facilitating change in groups, organisations, communities and in the wider field:

  • A new model of leadership and facilitation – especially designed to meet the challenges of an increasingly volatile, unpredictable and complex (or VUCA) world
  • Skills  - we develop our leadership and facilitation skills through immersive learning and
  • The magic of practice – by practicing our leadership and facilitation skills during the intensive residential process and applying them in real life during an 8-month community of practice
  • Getting to know inspiring leaders – who embody and bring to life the skills of the new leadership and facilitation
  • An understanding of Theory-U – and how it informs and inspires new leadership

Who is the course for?

This course is for leaders, managers, facilitators, politicians and change agents from all sectors who wish to develop their leadership and facilitation skills in the service of life on earth, within a variety of settings such as groups, teams, organisations, communities and the wider field.

Full Programme Details

Before the Intensive Residential, a Period of Preparation:

Shortly after registering, one of the programme leaders will call you to help you:

  • Identify tangible projects which you are already leading and facilitating
  • Clarify issues and areas where you dream of taking a lead
  • Find books or DVDs, YouTube films or TED talks to read, watch or listen to in preparation

You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire to encompass your needs as much as possible in our final planning for the programme.

An intensive residential from 3rd – 14th June 2019

The intensive residential explores the skills needed for taking a lead in the volatile, uncertain, complex world in which we now live. We understand the relevance of continuous and immersive learning for the leaders of today; we find out how to rapidly prototype; we create common ground; we learn to implement with fierce resolve and deep humility; we discover how to actively collaborate with nature; and how to sustain our resolve – even when the going gets tough.   Throughout we are attending to letting go of the past - in order to sense and ‘Let Come’ the new.

We have time together as a group, time with our lead tutor and our special guest contributors, time on the land with nature, time to develop our ideas and above all time to practice.  See a Walk Through The Week for details of the residential intensive.

The 8-month community of practice invites you to:

  • Apply the skills you have learnt to your everyday or professional life
  • Continue to develop the areas in which you are already taking a lead (or dreaming of taking a lead)
  • Initiate new projects that you feel called to
  • Maintain practices of inquiry, collaboration and co-creation by meeting in small groups (virtual or face-to-face)

The Schumacher Certificate in Leadership & Facilitation is awarded to people who:

  • Complete the Residential Intensive
  • Participate in the Community of Practice and
  • Create ways to Show their Story of Taking a Lead in the Service of the Future

Previous groups have created reports, stories, films, collages, cartoon strips, animations, computer games and apps for mobile phones. The world is your oyster.

A Walk Through the 12-day Residential Intensive

On Monday, we gather at lunchtime for the first of many delicious vegetarian meals. We meet members of the College community; we discover the beautiful old buildings of Schumacher College and the attractive gardens, woods and forests which surround the College.  We are introduced to the flow of the week and we explore what we mean by leadership with Jenny Mackewn. We identify a breakthrough question for ourselves – in order to help us focus on how to apply the course to ourselves and to both our professional and personal lives.

On Tuesday Jenny introduces us to a new Model of Leadership.  On subsequent days we explore all aspects of this unique Leadership Model both intellectually and experientially. We practice Speaking Inspirationally and make a field trip to sea or moor.

On Wednesday, we hear from Schumacher’s Chief Ecologist, Stephan Harding, about the pressures on the earth’s system and the resulting dilemmas that we face as leaders.  We move from the macrocosm of the universe to the microcosm of our own dreams by considering and flipping the dilemmas which will inevitably arise/emerge as we try to make progress on our chosen path.

On Thursday, we meet Satish Kumar, who helps us consider how to Lead with Fierce Resolve and Deep Humility – how to Sustain Energy and Commitment even when the going gets tough.  Jenny Mackewn introduces us to different ways of Conceptualizing, Leading and Facilitating groups and explains leadership and facilitation projects envisaged for next week.

On Friday and Saturday, we embark on an immersive learning journey – a mini Vision or Purpose Quest which enables us to connect deeply to nature, to sharpen our sense of purpose and to Let Go our past mindsets and to Let Come our future.

On Saturday evening and Sunday, we relax and follow our own timetable.

On Sunday evening, we reconnect to reflect on the experience and theory of Theory-U – as encapsulated in the vision/purpose quest.

On the second Monday (10th June), we learn how to engage a wider audience with Dan Burgess of Swarm and Good for Nothing.

On Tuesday (11th June), Jenny explains and offers an opportunity for practicing Open Space Technology.  In our small groups we finalise the design for the leadership and facilitation task.

On Wednesday (12th June), the small groups design, lead and facilitate a session for the rest of the group and we make a field trip.

We meet Mac Macartney, founder of Embercombe village and author of the book The Children’s Fire and Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Towns movement and author of The Transition Handbook.

As the second week draws to a conclusion, we consider the wider inquiry question – what can we do/change as a group?   We start designing our community of practice (the next 8 months) and our final reunion called a Creative Feast – to which participants return in person or virtually – to tell the story of how they have applied their learning at Schumacher to the real world and taken action (however modest) in the service of a better, fairer and more sustainable world.

There are 3 spaces remaining
Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn is a Creative Catalyst who designs and leads innovative learning programmes and co-creative events.  She has recently initiated a Masters programme in Transformative Organisational Development (for Middlesex University): A leadership programme in Co-creating the Future (at Schumacher College) and a Focused Training in Constellations and Systemic Embodied Coaching (with ICF Accreditation).  She is developing a set of programmes in Holistic Business Development and Leadership for the Earth for Schumacher College and the Dartington Estate.

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

Satish is a former monk and long-term peace and environment activist. He has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.

In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College. Satish has authored numerous books including No Destination: Autobiography of a Pilgrim, Soul, Soil, Society: a new trinity for our time and most recently Elegant Simplicity: The Art Of Living Well.

Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He is also the founder of Embercombe, the centre for leadership and learning with a mission to catalyse the emergence of leaders and change-makers for a just, peaceful and sustainable future.

Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders. During this training and ever since, he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world-view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the significant challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

Mac works with leaders across all walks of life – from business to education – inspiring them to put up their hand and join the chorus of people who are singing alive the world of our longing.  He was a faculty member of the WWF/IMD Business School ‘One Planet Leaders’ programme in Lausanne for three years and received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Plymouth University for his work in service to community.

In 2016 Mac co-founded Liquid School, a network of experts helping organisations imagine a sustainable future. He sits on the Advisory Board for DanoneWave, the largest Public Benefit Corporation in the U.S. and is an Associate with Leaders’ Quest, collaborating on global issues with leaders across business, government and civil society.

Dr Stephan Harding FLS

Stephan Harding

Stephan coordinated and lectured on the college’s MSc Holistic Science for nearly two decades, teaching on the core models of the programme, as well as on several short courses at the College.  He was born in Venezuela in 1953, and came to England at the age of six.  Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world which led him to do a degree in Zoology at the University of Durham and then a doctorate on the behavioural ecology of the muntjac deer at Oxford University.  He later returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. He also spent two years as Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica.

In 1990 Stephan was one of the founding members of Schumacher College where he worked closely with James Lovelock, with whom he has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration.  They were jointly appointmed as founding chair holders of the Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment at the University of Oslo.  At Schumacher College Stephan has taught alongside many of the world’s leading ecological thinkers and activists, including Arne Naess, Fritjof Capra, Brian Goodwin, Vandana Shiva, David Abram, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.  He is now the Deep Ecology Fellow at Schumacher College.

Bill Plotkin

Bill Plotkin

Dr Bill Plotkin, describes himself as a “psychologist gone wild.” An underworld guide, depth psychologist, and agent of cultural evolution, he’s been blazing new trails for decades. His ecocentric re-visioning of psychology invites us into a conscious and embodied relationship with soul and with the more-than-human world. As founder of southwest Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute, he has, since 1980, guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages. He’s also been a research psychologist (studying nonordinary states of consciousness), university professor, rock musician, and whitewater river guide. In 1979, on a solo winter ascent of an Adirondack mountain, Bill experienced a “call to spiritual adventure,” leading him to abandon academia in search of his true calling. Bill is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche (an experiential guidebook), Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (a nature-based stage model of human development), and Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche (an ecocentric map of the psyche — for healing, growing whole, and cultural transformation). To learn more about Bill and Animas Valley Institute, visit

Otto Scharmer

Otto Scharmer

Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management and founder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation, which helps leaders in business, government, and civil society to innovate at the level of the whole system. Scharmer introduced the concept of “presencing” — learning from the emerging future — in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers). He co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) for leading profound change, which has since activated a global eco-system of societal and personal renewal involving more than 100,000 users from 185 countries.    More recently he has developed the concept of transforming capitalism in his co-authored book Leading from the Emerging Future and written The Essentials of Theory U (2018).  Otto Scharmer has earned many outstanding honours and awards.

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