Master Class in Change and Sustainability
Join us in Stockholm, May 16-21!
Everyone working on sustainability needs a break sometimes … but often, the best kind of “break” comes in the company of other people like ourselves, from other parts of the world, who are also dedicated to making change. I personally take this kind of “break” at least once a year to refresh my knowledge, sharpen my skills, and re-ignite that feeling of inspiration.
So I am very happy to announce the opening of the new ISIS Academy! Because our intention is to help you do just that. I and Axel Klimek, the CEO of ISIS Academy, warmly invite you to participate in one of our Master Classes on change and sustainability.
Below, you’ll find a letter from myself and Axel describing how came together to create this exciting new enterprise. You’ll also find a list of the courses we are currently offering.
Our 3rd Annual Master Class in Change and Sustainability will happen on May 16-21, here in Stockholm Sweden. Please join us!
Please spread the word about this and other Master Classes. See the website for details!
We are also developing our network of trainers to deliver core classes on the ISIS Method and on our sustainability tools and methods; watch for more information on this in the near future.
Finally, in this newsletter you’ll also find information about some other initiatives that are launching this Spring … for 2011 seems to be a time for creating new projects, programs, even whole new institutes.
Please be in touch! We would love to see you in Stockholm this May …
Alan AtKisson, CEO, AtKisson Group
A Letter from Alan AtKisson and Axel Klimek
… on the launch of ISIS Academy GmbH
We are happy inform you of the launch of our new company: ISIS Academy GmbH. Offering an array of Master Classes and professional development services in sustainability and change, ISIS Academy has just opened its doors. But it already has a solid history …
For more than 20 years we — Alan AtKisson and Axel Klimek — have had the chance to work on many different aspects of sustainability and change, from large multinational companies to development programs, in many different countries.
And since 1992, ISIS Academy workshops have been helping people responsible for sustainable development projects and programs, all around the world. ISIS training programs help people build the understanding and expertise they need to work successfully on some of the most demanding — and critically important — challenges of our time.
The new ISIS Academy GmbH, based in Germany, serving an international market, will build on that history.
Over the years, we have learned that the success of sustainability and change programs depends on much more than a technical solution, or a logical project design. In almost all cases, there is also the need for a change of attitudes and behaviours, a shift in the existing culture, a transformation of organizational processes. In addition, it is very important to integrate the interests of different stakeholders and develop shared goals. These human skills must be effectively integrated with intellectual and technical knowledge to achieve lasting success.
So last year we decided to take the ISIS Academy to a new level, and create a world-class professional training institute offering the best in current knowledge about what makes sustainable change processes work. Our sincere hope is that ISIS Academy will help make the transformation towards a sustainable world more possible.
Attached to this email you will find a brochure for ISIS Academy’s first offering, three five-day Master Classes, which we will offer in the coming months:
- Master Class in Stockholm in May 16-21, 2011: Sustainability Change Agentry: how to accelerate transformation
- Master Class in Frankfurt in June 2011: Transformational Coaching in sustainable change processes
- Master Class in Frankfurt in September 2011: Designing, implementing and steering sustainability change projects with success
To learn more about the new ISIS Academy, please visit us at our new homepage, http://www.isisacademy.com. There you can also find out about ISIS Academy Core Classes, short workshops offered by our affiliates around the world on the essential tools for making sustainability happen.
Or please contact us directly at:
ISIS Academy GmbH
D 65719 Hofheim GERMANY
office [at] isisacademy.com
With our very best regards,
Axel and Alan
Watching Egypt, Helping Serbia, Visting Japan … and Exploring Happiness
[NOTE: This newsletter was written prior to the earthquake and related events in Japan. Our thoughts are very much with our friends and colleagues in Japan as they cope with this severe set of challenges.]
As we all know, early 2011 brought with it enormous changes in the Arab world. Alan AtKisson was working in Egypt last year on a project to help create a new “Green Transformation” strategy for the country, and also visited Syria just before the “Arab Spring” began. You can read his reflections on what the future holds for this fast-developing region on his blog, http://alanatkisson.com.
Alan has also been working with the Research Institute on Managing Sustainability, in Vienna, on a project to support the Serbian Government on its new Sustainable Development Strategy. Serbia, too, is a land in enormous transition, and a place where sustainable development could made a huge difference. For a sense of what that nation is thinking, you can visit the English-language website:
And finally, Alan AtKisson recently returned from Tokyo, Japan, where he was the opening speaker for the launch of the newly formed Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy, and Society (ISHES).
Over 200 people attended the event on March 4, 2011, including government officials and business executives.
The Institute has been formed at the initiative of Junko Edahiro, a well-known figure in Japan’s sustainability movement and a frequent advisor to government and corporations. She is also an author and professional translator, and she has translated the books of Al Gore, Lester Brown and others into Japanese (in addition to Alan’s book Believing Cassandra).
ISHES is dedicated to exploring the meeting point between the emerging science of happiness and well-being, its measurement in economic terms, and the implications for social development and economic policy making.
Alan summarized the “state of the field” for the audience, covering the historical background, the relationship between economic growth and measured individual and social well-being, how recent brain research has increased our knowledge about what makes us happy, and other topics.
The lecture made the point that this is a field still in formation, with more questions than answers. In fact, the title of Alan’s talk was “37 Questions on Happiness, Economy, and Society … and One Statement.”
What was the statement? you might ask. Watch for the next issue of WaveFront … or, sign up for our upcoming Master Class, and Alan will send you a personal email that includes a very interesting quote from one of history’s most influential economists …
See you next month!