THE WEAVING ACADEMY
EVERYONE A CHANGEMAKER
CHANGE LEADERS MUST CONNECT, COLLABORATE AND BE MORE ECOSYSTEMIC.
To bring about the massive systemic changes that are required to empower everyone to thrive in the new world, we need many, many more change leaders to:
- Align – mindsets to the shared purpose of empowering everyone as a changemaker – and narratives and resources towards that purpose.
- Collaborate – and co-create in teams of teams. Sharing resources and processes is now vital. Exceptional individuals will catalyse important changes, but collective impact is now crucial.
- Be ecosystemic – deepening their collective capacity for bringing about enduring systemic change – at every scale – together.
We need a new style of change leadership – a style that is all about connecting, collaborating and being ecosystemic. This is what we call weaving.
“Weaving is a new kind of leadership
that is implicit in the creation of
empowering learning ecosystems.”
Andreas Schleicher, OECD
Weaving is an approach to leadership that relies less on hierarchical authority and centralised control, and more on curating circles, hosting conversations and building trusted relationships. It involves taking the lead but, equally, empowering others to step forward and take the lead. Weavers talk about moving from ego to eco.
Weaving is a complex and nuanced discipline that involves shepherding people with highly diverse institutions, roles, backgrounds and perspectives into meaningful collaborations that have systemic impact.
Weaving involves developing communities and teams of teams – but centres on self-development. Weavers know they are part of the system – not outside of it – and know that to transform the system, they must transform themselves. This process of growing your self – and your teams – and your wider ecosystem – is a continuous process of:
- Aligning people: Crystallising worldviews, vision and purpose; growing a vibrant learning community with a common language, shared values and an agreed north star.
- Fostering collaborations: Creating teams with shared objectives, plans and resources; innovating for impact; connecting teams; maintaining momentum and direction.
- Being ecosystemic: thinking holistically and long-term; reading and diagnosing the system; envisaging a better system; defining impact chains; monitoring progress; iterating systemic solutions together.
- Becoming a better system: learning to learn; becoming empathic, self-aware, collaborative, creative, etc., so that the whole ecosystem becomes more empathic, self-aware, collaborative, creative, etc.
- Being well: Maintaining your own wellbeing; and supporting the wellbeing of others in the ecosystem.
As a result of the Weaving Academy, weavers completing the course are:
Accelerating their ecosystemic project
Becoming a better weaver
Advancing the discipline of weaving
Our aim is to build connected communities of weavers addressing each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) individually and collectively.
We first focused on convening the community of weavers in the Education field, as this is the most systemic long term way to impact all SDGs.
Our second program, Circular Futures, convened the community of weavers working in the Circular Economy field.