Foundations of Awareness-Based Systemic Change


Peter Senge, Darcy Winslow, Robert Hanig

October 2-5, 2017
Monday-Thursday, 3 nights

$3250 Tuition

Plus 3 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

What does it mean to grow our awareness and capacity as systems leaders? An often-neglected aspect of systemic change is that it is deeply personal. Leaders who are unwilling or unable to see their own personal share of the challenges they address are ineffective in nurturing deep change.

Join an engaging exploration with Peter Senge, Darcy Winslow, and Robert Hanig, founding members of the Academy for Systemic Change.

This workshop grows out of the leadership development process originally described in The Fifth Discipline. With special attention given to the domains of personal mastery, mental models, and systems thinking, it will provide you with the tools and frameworks to be more effective in developing collaborative systems-change efforts that produce meaningful and sustainable results.

You will learn to:

  • Identify underlying systemic structures and how they shape behavior—and how to shift those structures
  • Expand your capacity to make sustainable strategic choices
  • Nurture a common sense of purpose and shared commitment
  • Engage in conversations that promote learning and collaboration
  • Use a practical challenge to focus leadership development
  • Practice the application of systems change tools, applied to your individual critical leadership challenges.

Through the interplay of personal and interpersonal work, you will see how systems leadership is ultimately about the capacity of a human community to shape its future and bring forth realities aligned with people’s deepest aspirations. As a result, you will discover your own abilities to contribute as such a leader in your personal life, your organization, and the larger system in which you live and work.

Faculty Bio

Peter Senge

Peter Senge is senior lecturer at Sloan School of Management at MIT, founding chair of the Society of Organizational Learning (SoL), and co-founder of the Academy for Systemic Change, which seeks to accelerate the growth of the field of systemic change worldwide.

Peter is author of three books, including The Fifth Discipline, with more than 2 million copies sold, and recognized by Harvard Business Review as ‰”one of the seminal management books of the last 75 years,‰” and one of five ‰most important management books by the Financial Times.

The Journal of Business Strategy named Peter one of 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy in the 20th century. His work centers on promoting shared understanding of complex issues and leadership for healthier human systems and involves cross-sector projects focused on global food systems, climate change, regenerative economies, and the future of education. Peter was named part of The Thousand Talents Plan to help China become a leader in systemic change.

Darcy Winslow

Darcy Winslow is CEO, managing partner, and cofounder of the Academy for Systemic Change, an organization focused on advancing the field of awareness-based systemic change to achieve economic, social, and ecological well-being.

For more than 20 years, Darcy has been a pioneer in developing businesses and implementing protocols for sustainability and social responsibility. In 2008, she founded DSW Collective, LLC, which focuses on aligning values and principles with practical and aggressive sustainable design strategies.

In 2012, she cofounded the Generative Council as part of the Center for Nature and Leadership, supporting the inner and outer growth of women leading organizational sustainability.

Darcy worked at Nike, Inc., for more than 20 years in senior management positions, most notably spearheading their sustainable business strategies.

In 2003, Darcy graduated from the Stanford Executive Program. She is currently senior lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and serves on the board of directors for several educational institutions.

Robert Hanig

Robert Hanig consults with companies throughout North America, Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East in areas including leadership, organizational learning and change, applied creativity, and dialogue.

He currently directs a project in the design and delivery of integrated leadership development programs and associated senior team interventions for the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

A founding member of the Academy for Systemic Change and the Society for Organizational Learning, Robert works extensively with Peter Senge and contributed to The Dance of Change, coauthored by Peter Senge.

Robert is founder of RLH Consulting, with a client list that includes many prestigious companies, including Prudential PLC, BP, and DuPont. His programs have had unprecedented success in terms of popularity with the target populations and applicability to real work challenges and aspirations.

Robert has formerly served as partner at Dialogos, LLC, and vice president at Arthur D. Little and Innovation Associates, Inc.


Why Attend

  • Develop your skills for facilitating effective systems change by understanding and addressing the personal aspects that underlie the multidimensional systems of today’s world.

  • Expand your professional toolkit for cultivating collaboration and inspiring a shared vision of goals.

  • Deepen your ability to lead from your most authentic and skillful capacity, and learn how to support others to do the same.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    This program starts Monday October 2, at 7:00 p.m. and ends Thursday, October 4, at 3:00 p.m. Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Details

    We invite you to participate individually or come with others from your organization or team. We will be happy to confer with you regarding what might make a good workshop team. The key ingredients are genuine personal interest in the sort of deep developmental work the workshop entails, as well as the ability to play an important role in addressing important practical challenges in your work, organization, or institution.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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