Using the Compass is like learning to design and implement a pattern
of human competencies – by keeping the six dimensions in an appropriately balanced composition and ensuring that none gets lost. Implementing this patterns enhances the likelihood of better co-creation; we become more efficient, more effective, better at learning quickly, more adaptive, and above all, oriented toward a future that our kids want to share. As a collective, we become more resilient – a capacity we need in a complex, interdependent and quickly changing world.
The transformation of the world – suggested in the Global Sustainability Goals -can be captured as a collective leadership challenge. The key leadership
challenge is agreement between multiple stakeholder on aspirational guiding goals and acknowledging that the details of arriving at these goals may differ according to context, circumstances, preferences, culture and capability. Collective Leadership is the capacity of a group of actors to catalyze system’s change across institutional boundaries in multi-actor settings.
Transformation refers to change in human interaction patterns that
involves innovative approaches towards thinking, acting, structures and relationships. It is seen as a process of collaborative change through which progress towards sustainability gains traction and can be scaled.
Multi-stakeholder collaboration is a collaborative effort across stakeholder-groups, institutions and societal actors to achieve a commonly defined goal, solve a problem or address a challenge together. In the context of sustainability and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) collaborative change endeavors in complex multi-actor settings will become the norm and an integral part of the day-to-day management of change, no matter if in corporations, governments, and civil society organizations. Hence, the ability to navigate complex change in multi-actor settings will become a requirement for all actors engaged in change towards a sustainable world.
Implementing sustainability in our world requires many actors to build a multiplicity of nested collaboration systems, which are understood as issue-based systems of (institutional) actors aiming to change the status quo (usually a common good) for the better.
A collaboration system can be an organization (company, government institution, civil society organization, research institution or educational institution). It can also be a multi-stakeholder initiative or partnership of actors collaborating across institutions to achieve change for the common good.
In well-functioning collaboration systems, the diversity of stakeholders
brings in concerns, interests and expertise, and learns from one another about their respective thematic knowledge and geographic context.