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Knowledge to Impact:
Advancing our model of collective leadership

Fellows explain the dimensions of our collective leadership vision. We will continue to build on the foundation established by the network of over 200 exceptional, pioneering fellows in the Leopold Leadership Program.


We are using the term transdisciplinarity as another way to describe “knowledge to impact”. As cited by Janet Hering (2001) in a recent paper, the term refers to research that:

  1. Tackles real life problems

  2. Addresses the complexity of these problems by involving a variety of actors from science and practice and accounting for the diversity of their perspectives, and

  3. Creates knowledge that is solution-oriented, socially robust, and transferable to both scientific and societal practice.

Collective Leadership Framework

Addressing today's environmental and sustainability challenges calls for new forms of individual and collective leadership. The Earth Leadership Program has adapted the concept and dimensions of this framework to help academic environmental leaders around the world become agents of change within and beyond their universities.


Why “Collective Leadership?” We embrace a leadership model that encourages individuals to cross boundaries and work collaboratively to transform systems. This collective leadership model is well-suited to academic researchers who rely on broad networks to advance sustainability. 


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