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GIZ and the Global Leadership Academy

With its international, cross-disciplinary and practice-oriented dialogue processes designed to strengthen leadership skills and innovation capacity, the Global Leadership Academy at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH targets those in positions of responsibility from the North and the South. In this way, GIZ is supporting individuals and organisations worldwide as they work through change processes. GIZ has been commissioned to carry out this task by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The Global Leadership Academy brings together high-ranking participants from the worlds of policy-making, business, academia and civil society who might otherwise have never entered into dialogue with each other. The Academy provides a safe space for them to explore one another’s perspectives, look at things in new ways, be inspired and invigorated, and initiate changes where they are needed. Participants develop specific change projects that they implement in their home countries, providing impetus for positive transformation.

The Global Leadership Academy focuses on the specific problems and challenges faced by participants rather than employing ready-made concepts, and attaches great importance to values such as transparency and equal opportunities. The experiences and perspectives participants bring with them promote a creative exchange across continents and strengthen cross-sectoral thinking. Through networking, participants are empowered to expand their sphere of influence and their opportunities to effect change.

To provide its services, the Global Leadership Academy works with international cooperation partners such as the Presencing Institute, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Deep Democracy Institute and the World Bank Institute.

The Presencing Institute

The Presencing Institute (PI) creates awareness-based social technologies that help individuals, groups, organizations, and communities to respond to the disruptive challenges of our time, both individually and collectively. We believe that awareness-based social technologies are a powerful vehicle for building the deep human capacity to innovate from an eco-system awareness and act from our highest future possibility. We help change makers around the world to develop these skills not in an abstract classroom but in response to the concrete challenges they are addressing.

In order to reach this objective PI engages in

Research: PI pioneers awareness-based action research and collaborates with action researchers and universities around the world. Most research is cross-sectoral, and supports ongoing societal change processes.

Social Technologies: PI develops and disseminates tools that help change makers create deep innovation and change. Our tools are published under Creative Commons licenses, which enables users to download and use them free of charge.

Capacity Building: PI develops and delivers capacity building mechanisms such as the Presencing Foundation Program, the Global Presencing Forum, and a suite of online Global Classroom programs that feature live-online video lectures with local/virtual interaction in small groups. PI Programs are delivered in North America, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

Living Examples: PI supports and co-creates a variety of projects and innovation labs that use awareness-based social technologies for profound institutional and societal change. PI works in different sectors and different regions.

Social Presencing Theater: Deep innovation and change requires the capacity to access deeper levels of insight both individually and collectively. Social Presencing Theater (co-inspired and developed by Arawana Hayashi) allows people and communities to re-link their collectively embodied behavior with their individual and collective awareness.

Community: PI is building a global community of presencing practitioners and cultivating the capacity for deep innovation and profound change across cultures.

GNH Centre

The GNH Centre, a non-governmental organization (NGO), aims to manifest in living practice, Bhutan’s unique holistic development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH), which integrates equitable and sustainable socio-economic development with environmental conservation, cultural promotion, and good governance. In an era of unsustainable economic growth, widening socio-economic inequalities, and widespread environmental devastation, the Centre is relevant not only for shaping Bhutan’s own evolu­tion, but in facilitating the exploration of alternative development paradigms across a range of countries and settings. The Centre offers a diverse range of national and international programmes, all of which are designed to enable participants to:

  1. Engage in a transformative experiential process through dialogue, introspection and self-reflection – leading to a deepening of their understanding of GNH philosophy, principles and values
  2. Be immersed in a living experience of GNH by inhabiting, and co-creating a conducive environment, fully aligned with GNH principles and values; and
  3. Implement GNH inspired projects and practices in their families, communities, businesses, organizations, and/or countries

In the words of the former Prime Minister of Bhutan (and current President of the GNH Centre) Jigmi Y. Thinley: “what we want to see is nothing less than transformative — graduates who are genuine human beings, realizing their full and true potential, caring for others (including other species), ecologically literate, contemplative as well as analytical in their understanding of the world…appreciating completely that they are not separate from the natural world and from others – in sum manifesting their humanity fully…”

Key collaborating partners of the Centre include: the GNH Commission, the Royal University of Bhutan, the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research, the Early Learning Centre, BMZ/GIZ, The Presencing Institute, Schumacher College, the Mind and Life Institute, and the Global Peace Initiative of Women. and

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