Five Essential Capacities to Influence the Energy Transition: The Energy Futures Lab Leadership Bootcamp

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Navigating the interconnected web of issues surrounding energy, climate change and sustainable development is a complex task. Over the past year and a half, the Energy Futures Lab (EFL) has developed a platform for constructive dialogue and game-changing innovation. Through this process, we have identified five essential leadership capacities to succeed in this space.

This November, join other leaders and innovators in the inaugural three-day EFL Leadership Bootcamp to hone these five essential leadership capacities for shaping the energy transition!

    1. Systems Sensing – Develop new skills to map the complex parts and connections in the energy system, identify areas of need and promising solutions that enable transition.
    2. Backcasting – Begin with the end in mind, develop smart strategies to arrive in a future you want to create, rather than trying to project the past into the future. See EFL Director Chad Park’s recent TEDx talk for more on this.
    3. Self-Awareness – It can be difficult to even recognize, let alone look past, our own strongly held worldviews. But reflecting on the stories that have brought us to where we can help to clarify our individual role within the system. It also creates space for exploring and challenging personal and collective assumptions and narratives.
    4. Stakeholder Empathy – Deepening one’s understanding of others and their perspectives can unlock more thoughtful and informed relationships and solutions. EFL’s role playing simulation game, Energy Futures Lab: the Newtonian Shift, enables participants to gain new insight into the various stakeholders involved in the energy transition, and their unique challenges, priorities and needs.
    5. Collaboration – While it is widely recognized as necessary for creating the future we need, collaboration is rarely done well. Learn and practice active listening, constructive dialogue, embracing complexity, and participatory prototyping.

This November, join other leaders and innovators in the inaugural three-day EFL Leadership Bootcamp to hone these five essential leadership capacities for shaping the energy transition! In addition to developing and practicing these five capacities, participation in the EFL Leadership Bootcamp will provide insight into the latest energy trends and innovations. Bootcamp participants will also be given special consideration for more formal participation in the Energy Futures Lab as Associate Fellows. Stay tuned!

The EFL is seeking participation from a broad diversity of sectors, seniority levels, communities, professional and cultural backgrounds.

Register here today and recommend the opportunity to others. Are you ready to influence the future?

Alison Cretney manages the Energy Futures Lab and is Director, Knowledge and Design at the Natural Step Canada.