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Co-creating the Emerging Future 2017: The Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation

Course dates: 
Monday, 5 June, 2017 to Friday, 16 June, 2017

This course is full, but please sign up for our waiting list here.

Within an 8 month supported programme and community of practice

Led by Jenny Mackewn 

With Satish Kumar, Tim (Mac) Macartney, Stephan Harding, Julie Richardson, Iris Schoenherr, Bill Plotkin (Skype) 

An eight month learning journey that consists of:

  • A period of preparation (from now until 5 June)
  • A residential intensive from 5 – 16 June
  • An 8 month community of practice through Virtual or Face to Face meetings

This course gave me access, insight and experience in the latest systems thinking and practices which in turn developed my purpose and confidence in my next steps career wise - and life in general. Schumacher College is such a magical place where the community live their values and the beautiful food and surrounding nature nurtures the soul. The connections with amazing  people, knowledge, practice and opportunities I experienced on the Ecological Leadership course supported me towards landing my dream job to lead the creation and development of sustainable places at IKEA UK/EI. I get to share it all with the world now! Hege Saebjornsen, Head of Operations for Sustainability at Ikea, UK and EI

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 that will help us to co-create a better, fairer and more beautiful world for all, enabling us to lead from, and for, the emerging future. 

The programme, which leads to the Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation, has four interconnected strands or 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 adventures of an increasingly VUCA world (ie. a world that is ever more volatile, unpredictable and complex)
  • Getting to know inspiring Leaders - who embody and bring to life the skills of the new leadership and facilitation
  • The magic of practice – by practicing  our own leadership and facilitation skills during the programme, we grow in confidence and presence
  • Skills - we develop our capacity to  Inspire others; to Face  Dilemmas and turn them into opportunities; to Engage a wider Audience; to Make a new future inspired by bio-mimicry; to Let Go of the past in order to sense and ‘Let Come’ the new;  to Rapidly Prototype;  to Create Common Ground; to Implement with Fierce Resolve and Humility; to Actively Collaborate with Nature; to Sustain our Resolve – even when the going gets tough - all through immersive learning experiences. 

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 Residential Intensive:

Shortly after registering, your programme leader will call you to will help you:

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

You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire to ensure that we encompass your needs and interests in our final planning for the programme.

The Residential Intensive

Week 1: Deepening our skills in new leadership & facilitation

Monday Day 1:    Arrivals, Welcome, Connecting to our Sense of Purpose, to the Wisdom of Nature and Wild Goose Leadership

Tuesday Day 2:  Creating inspiration, Vision and Passionate Intent

Wednesday Day 3:       Facing the Big Problems; Flipping Dilemmas into Opportunities

Thursday Day 4: Reaching a Wider Audience: Creating a Swarm through Connection, Complex Adaptive Systems and Emergence 

Friday & Saturday Days 5 & 6: Getting a sensed experience of Theory U through a mini Vision Quest in the Wild: Sensing, Presencing, Letting Go, in order to Let Come,.

Sunday Day 7 (optional): Self Organising day of Community and Connection with others, with the Moors, the Rocks, the Sea and Sand

Week 2: Taking a Lead in Prototyping,  Making and Co-creating the future

Monday Day 9:  Rapid prototyping; Practicing taking a Lead in Designing generative events and experiences

Tuesday & Wednesday Days 10 & 11: Practicing Leading and Facilitating   

Thursday Day 12: Implementing with Fierce Resolve and Deep Humility

Friday Day 13: Sustaining Commitment - while designing our own immediate future and making arrangements for our community of practice; Completion by 2.15 p.m. 

NB This programme will certainly change to meet changing field conditions - as well as the evolving needs and interests of the group

After The Residential: A Community of Practice….

Will be led and facilitated by Jenny Mackewn, by some of our Special Contributors and by Group Members.  It meets for both virtual and person to person sessions in places and forms chosen by the group.

The community of practice has four facets:

  • Support for Practice in Taking a Lead in Co creating the Emerging Future and Bringing to Life initiatives that you will have  identified during the Schumacher College Intensive
  • Regular meetings (by Skype and in person) to tell the stories of our progress
  • Inspiration & Input from leaders who are working with organisations that are making a difference
  • Adventures that we co create with people that we invite to travel and collaborate with us. In the past these have included Bill Plotkin, Polly Higgins, Martin Kalunga Banda and Peter Senge. 

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

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

Previous groups have created events, stories, films, collages, cartoon strips, animations, computer games and apps for mobile phones


Programme Leader: Jenny Mackewn

Jenny is a creative catalyst.   She convenes pioneering programmes and generative events. She has recently launched an exciting Masters Programme in Leading Transformative Change; a Certificate in Leadership & Facilitation for Schumacher College; and an extended Focussed programme in Eco Coaching &

Eco Constellations. She is a Director of Green Vision, a movement that supports teenagers, the leaders of tomorrow, to design, organise and facilitate events about issues that matter to them.  She works as consultant, catalyst and coach across private, public and third sectors. 

Satish Kumarsatish kumar  - Holistic Living & Sustainability Courses

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.

Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney’s work is divided between his work with business organisations and other diverse individuals and groups. In all aspects of his work he seeks to inspire people to step forward and participate in creating a socially just, ecologically sustainable, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on earth. He is the founder of Embercombe, a social enterprise located on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park in the UK, with the mission to ‘inspire people to deepen as human beings and take courageous action to change our world’

He has been a faculty member for IMD Business School/WWF ‘One Planet Leaders’ Programme in Lausanne for three years, and regularly contributes to the Exeter University Business School ‘One Planet Leaders’ MBA programme. Mac has co-facilitated leadership, values, and sustainability workshops with INSEAD Business School (Singapore), Lafarge, P&G (Europe), PepsiCo, Nokia Siemens Networks, and WWF amongst others.

Stephan Harding

Stephan Harding is Programme Coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science and resident Ecologist at Schumacher College teaching on the MSc core modules and on most short courses at the College. He holds a doctorate in behavioural ecology from Oxford University, and before coming to the college taught ecology at the National University in Costa Rica. He is a close associate of James Lovelock and an expert in the study of Gaia theory and deep ecology. He is the author of Animate Earth and Grow Small, Think Beautiful: Ideas for a Sustainable World from Schumacher College. 

Julie Richardson

Julie is a Senior Lecturer in new economics and Head of the Schumacher Worldwide Programme.  She teaches on the MA in Economics for Transition at Schumacher College. She has over 20 years international experience working across a range of sectors and organisations covering different aspects of sustainable development in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. She has taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of London and in the African and Asian School at the University of Sussex.

More recently she has worked as a senior environmental policy advisor to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and as Principal Sustainability Officer for Jonathon Porritt’s Forum for the Future. Here her work included advising the business sector on how to incorporate sustainability issues into their corporate strategy including measuring and reporting their wider social and environmental impacts. Julie has published widely, including her most recent co-authored book, The Triple Bottom Line: Does It All Add Up? The book highlights a fresh approach to organisational performance that takes account of environmental, social and economic impacts. Julie Richardson was also a Trustee of the Transition Network in its start up phase.

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D.

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., is a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and agent of cultural evolution. As founder of western Colorado's Animas Valley Institute in 1981, he has guided thousands of women and men through nature-based initiatory passages, including a contemporary, Western adaptation of the pan-cultural vision quest. Previously, he has been a research psychologist (studying non-ordinary states of consciousness), professor of psychology, psychotherapist, rock musician, and whitewater river guide. For More Information on Animas Valley Institue visit is external)

In 1979, on a solo winter ascent of an Adirondack peak, Bill experienced a call to 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 through the entire lifespan), and Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche (an ecocentric map of the psyche — for healing, growing whole, and cultural transformation). He has a doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


£ 1 965.00
Course fees include single accommodation, all vegetarian meals and snacks, field trips, materials and teaching sessions. Reserve your spot for only £150.00 deposit. This course is expected to be held at The Old Postern.
This course is full.