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Co-creating the Emerging Future 2018: The Schumacher Certificate in Leadership and Facilitation

Course dates: 
Monday, 4 June, 2018 to Friday, 15 June, 2018
There are 3 spaces remaining
Jenny Mackewn short course

Led by Jenny Mackewn with:
• Satish Kumar
• Mac Martney
• Sephan Harding
• Rob Hopkins
• Dan Burgess
• Bill Plotkin (via video link)

An eight month learnign journey that consists of:
• A short period of preparation (between April to June)
• A residential intensive from 4 – 15 June 2018
• An 8 month community of practice  (through virtual and/or face-to-face meetings)
• A reunion (face-to-face or virtual meeting) when we tell the stories of our successes and learning’s over the last 8 months

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 - 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 interconnected strands or approaches to leading and facilitating change in groups, organisations, communities and in the wider field: 
• A model of new leadership and facilitation skills – especially designed to meet the adventures of an increasingly VUCA world (ie. a world that is ever more Volatile, Unpredictable, Complex and Ambiguous
• Theory-U and Complexity
• 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

Shortly after registering (or after 1 April), your programme leader will call you to help you:
• Identify tangible projects which you are already leading and facilitating or
• Clarify issues and areas for which you dream of taking a lead
• Find relevant 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

Schumacher Certificate in Leadership & Facilitation is awarded to people who:
• Complete the Residential Intensive
• Participate in the Community of Practice
• Create a way to Share 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.
• For those who want more detail , A Walk Through the 2-Week Residential Intensive is included at the end of the description of the course.

Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackewn

Jenny Mackwen 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 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.

Dr Stephan Harding FLS

Stephan Harding

Stephan oversees the MSc in Holistic Science, teaching on the core models and as part of several of the short courses at the College. Stephan was born in Venezuela in 1953, and  came to England at the age of six with his father and housekeeper, with whom he spoke Spanish (his mother tongue).  Since childhood Stephan has had a deep fascination with the natural world, and his scientific cast of mind lead 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. After completing his first degree he returned to Venezuela where he was a field assistant for the Smithsonian Institute, studying mammalian diversity in the rainforest and in the lowland plains. After Oxford Stephan was appointed Visiting Professor in Wildlife Management at the National University in Costa Rica, where he lived for two years before becoming a founder member of Schumacher College in 1990.  The College’s first teacher was James Lovelock, with whom Stephan has maintained a long-lasting friendship and scientific collaboration that lead to their joint appointment 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, Vandana Shiva, David Abram, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.

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.

Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network. He has many years’ experience in education, teaching permaculture and natural building, and set up the first 2-year full-time permaculture course in the world in Kinsale, Ireland, which was also the first community to develop an Energy Descent Action Plan. Futhermore, Rob set up the Hollies Centre for Practical Sustainability in Ireland. He is author of The Transition Handbook and The Transition Companion, and publishes, recently voted the 4th best green blog in the UK.

Dan Burgess

Dan Burgess

Dan Burgess is a strategist, creative catalyst, activist, conscious innovator, co-designer and dynamic speaker.  He is co-founder of the Swarm Partnership, the Good-for-Nothing Enterprise and Wild Labs.  He leads a dynamic interactive session on the question that everyone asks – How can we engage a wider audience?

Bill Plotkin

Bill Plotkin

Joins via Skype

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

£ 1 965.00
NOTE: 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 from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.