Leading Wisely In Complex Situations


We are delighted to inform you about two roundtable programs being run in parallel with each other in Nairobi on 22-26 Sept 2019 by OPEN co-founder and board member, Professor Jonathan Gosling.

Roundtables for experienced managers and for young leaders are a four day intensive course who find themselves managing and leading in complex environments. Over many years, the programme has influenced management in businesses, governments and NGOs around the world, including health and humanitarian work in Africa.

Find out more in the following downloads.

Nairobi RT Course Brochure_Senior Managers

Nairobi RT Course Brochure_Young Leaders

Notification: RMER 6th Responsible Management Education Research Conference, 30 Sept – 3 Oct 2019, Sweden

We are delighted to share with you news from Milenko Gudic and our friends at the RMER network.


RMER – Responsible Management Education Research

Theme: Engagement for Agenda 2030

30 September – 3 October 2019

Hosted by Jönköping International Business School, in cooperation with JU Sustainability & Diversity Network

The 6th RMER Conference hosted by Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) is a forum intended to engage multiple stakeholders in a dialogue around Agenda 2030 and enhance further collaborations in education, research and business practices to advance the SDGs.

The conference will address the following questions:

  • Who are the stakeholders and how to embrace their diversity?
  • What types of leverages do they have?
  • How can collaborations be encouraged?
  • What are the inspiring stories?
  • How to educate towards multi-stakeholder collaboration?
  • How to help our students engage with other disciplines, other individuals and organizations towards achieving Agenda 2030 and beyond?

An exciting program will include diverse formats such as prominent keynote speakers from academia (Prof. Rob Van Tulder, Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University), and private, public and not-for-profit sectors and youths, thematic panels and roundtables, parallel sessions on multi-stakeholder engagement for Agenda 2030, student posters, field visits, and other forms of interactive exchange.

Submissions can be considered for the Journal of Business Ethics Incoming Special Issue on Multistakeholder Engagement. Please notify your interest on the cover page. JBE Special Issue deadline March 2020). The special issue has been accepted and should be soon advertised on the Journal’s website.

The conference will be held in conjunction with the 7th PRME Chapter DACH Annual Meeting, PRME Nordic Chapter Meeting and Jönköping University Agenda 2030 Day, to which conference participants are invited to contribute.

For further information follow the conference link:


Webinar: The Theory of Transformation with Michael Quinn Patton and Jerald Hage

Thank you to CEO of Sustainametrix and friend of OPEN, Glenn Page, for sharing the following invitation….
As part of our webinar series to launch Blue Marble Evaluation – one webinar is coming up that deserves some attention. Date & Time = May 7th 5:00 pm EST. 
This one will focus on the Theory of Transformation and the Hage Hypothesis of Successful Transformation. This webinar will feature both Michael Quinn Patton and Jerald Hage. As you may be aware – Michael is in the final steps of publishing his groundbreaking book on Blue Marble Evaluation that will feature chapters on Global Systems Transformation, Theory of Transformation, Transforming Evaluation to Evaluate Transformation. Jerry Hagge is Emeritus Professor and Director of the Center for Innovation at the University of Maryland (USA)! Jerry authored Techniques and Problems of Theory Construction perhaps the best book on explaining the importance of theory for making sense of a complex world. Jerry is nearing the final steps of publishing a magnum opus entitled – Knowledge Creation and Social Change: New Minds, Adaptive Problems, Institutional Solutions and Novel Ideologies.  Jerald Hage also was MQP’s PhD Advisor – so there should be some great chemistry between them.
I hope you can attend and encourage others to join who are also navigating the Anthropocene and seek theoretical light to guide pathways to large scale systems change! Here’s an announcement and if you can plug it through your networks, that would be great!

For those who tweet: Amazing (and free) webinar on Theory of Transformation with Michael Quinn Patton and Jerald Hage on the Hage Hypothesis of Successful Transformation, May 7, 5pm EDT (USA) — a Blue Marble Evaluation webinar. Zoom link =  zoom.us/j/220765489

PLEASE SHARE: Vacancy for tenure-track Assistant Professor of Marketing at Regis University

OPEN Associate Dr Abby Schneider has shared the following vacancy information with us. Please share with your networks.
The Marketing Department in the Anderson College of Business at Regis University (Denver, CO) is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 1, 2019 (the start date is flexible). The department is particularly interested in scholar teachers who have a passion for transforming business education and are interested in being part of an innovative department that is redefining the field of marketing as a way to better foster consumer well-being, social justice, and environmental sustainability. 

Postcard from SUSTEX


A strong turnout from the OPEN community has gathered over 21/22 March in Killeen, TX for the inaugural SUSTEX summit, hosted by our wonderful partners at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

It’s been an amazing couple of days exploring our understanding of One Planet Leadership with presentations from many of the OPEN community present, including:

OPEN strategic advisor Thomas Jelley, Vice President of Sodexo, on what gets in the way of sustainability.



OPEN Chairman Dr Jody Fry, Professor of Management at TAMUCT, on spiritual leadership.



OPEN Fellow Dr Eleftheria Egel on spiritual leadership, as well as on new models of social entrepreneurship.



OPEN Strategic Advisor Dr Isabel Rimanoczy, Convenor of LEAP!, the UN PRME Working Group for Sustainability Mindset, on the development of sustainability mindset.



OPEN CEO and Co-Founder, Tony Cooke on the changing nature of leadership for sustainability.


Our sincere thanks and congratulations to Lucas, Susan and all the team responsible for putting on SUSTEX. It’s been a terrific event, and we look forward to its second edition in 2020!


EVENT: The Nobel Factor: The Prize in Economics 50 Years On

This invitation is reproduced from an HTML e-newsletter from OPEN Fellow, Henry Leveson-Gower, founder of Promoting Economic Pluralism. For those able to get to London on Mar 12, it promises to be an excellent event.

You are invited to attend:

The Nobel Factor: The Prize in Economics 50 Years On

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 7:00 PM8:30 PM
***Cheap early bird tickets (1/3 off) on sale now until 5th March***
This event marks the beginning of a new initiative to use 50 years of Economics Nobel Prize winners to reflect on the impact of prestigious economists on policy and humanity for good and ill. We will be organising an online dialogue including voting, events, webinars and more resulting in a ‘People’s Verdict’. Make sure you are signed up to our newsletter lists here to keep in touch with developments.

We know that although economic theory may be speculative, its impact is powerful and real. Since the 1970s, it has been closely associated with a sweeping change around the world—the “market turn.” This is what Avner Offer has called the rise of market liberalism, a movement that, seeking to replace social democracy, holds up buying and selling as the norm for human relations and society. Our confidence in markets comes from economics, and our confidence in economics is underpinned by the Nobel Prize in Economics. Was it a coincidence that the market turn and the prize began at the same time? This and similar questions will be at the centre of a discussion which will also mark the beginning of an exciting new project of Promoting Economic Pluralism.

Avner Offer will describe the origins and power of the most important prize in economics, explore this and related questions by examining the history of the prize, the history of economics since the prize began, and the simultaneous struggle between market liberals and social democrats in Sweden, Europe, and the United States. His work draws on previously untapped Swedish national bank archives and providing a unique analysis of the sway of prizewinners, He will offer an unprecedented account of the real-world consequences of economics—and its greatest prize. His presentation will be followed by discussion and then a networking reception with wine and snacks.

Avner Offer is Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History at the University of Oxford and a fellow of All Souls College and the British Academy.  He was educated in Jerusalem and Oxford. Initially he wrote about land tenure and the economics of war, and published Property and Politics 1870-1914(CUP, 1981), and The First World War: An Agrarian Interpretation(OUP, 1989) as well as many articles. Subsequently he focused on consumption and the quality of life with The Challenge of Affluence: Self-control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain since 1950(OUP, 2006) as well as articles and edited books on reciprocity, well-being, working-class experience, and the social determinants of obesity. Currently he is studying  the transition from Social Democracy to Market Liberalism. Articles have covered Adam Smith and the invisible hand, the economy of obligation, and the American health system. Another strand investigates the links of finance, homeownership, and household debts and assets.  In 2018 he delivered the Ellen MacArthur Lectures in Cambridge on how time horizons define the boundaries between private and public enterprise.

The School of Economic Science

11-13 Mandeville Place

London, England W1U 3AJ

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WEBINAR: John Elkington on recalling ‘Triple Bottom Line’ – the term he invented.

The following invitation first appeared in an HTML e-newsletter from Impact Entrepreneur.

John Elkington Virtual Fireside Chat
Wednesday, February 27th at Noon Eastern (U.S.)
Now he wants to recall it…
In a 2018 article in Harvard Business Review, John Elkington, Chairman of Volans, writes: “How often are management concepts subjected to recalls by the people who invented them? It is hard to think of a single case. With this in mind, I’m volunteering to carry out a management concept recall: with 2019 marking the 25th anniversary of the “triple bottom line,” a term I coined in 1994, I propose a strategic recall to do some fine tuning.”

Elkington adds, “So why recall it now? The Triple Bottom Line has failed to bury the single bottom line paradigm. From the outset, the goal was system change — pushing toward the transformation of capitalism. It was never supposed to be just an accounting system. It was originally intended as a genetic code, a triple helix of change for tomorrow’s capitalism, with a focus on breakthrough change, disruption, asymmetric growth (with unsustainable sectors actively sidelined), and the scaling of next-generation market solutions.”

In this live, virtual fireside chat, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker discusses with Elkington the motivations behind his coining of the TBL concept, his perceived failure of the concept to achieve its intended ends, and how the concept can be updated to effectively leverage the kinds of system change necessary to transform business and contribute to the building of an authentically sustainable impact economy.

Register for this Webinar