You Can be a Sustainability Leader! Applications Now Open for innovative MSLS program

Dec 7, 2011 1:00 PM ET

You can be a sustainability leader! Applications now open for innovative MSLS p…

There are signs all around us that our society is out of balance. Our institutions are failing us, we are riddled with debt, we are lacking social cohesion and trust, and we are consuming at an ever-increasing rate – all the while becoming less happy. These patterns are wreaking havoc on the habitat that sustains us - the Earth - and the social systems on which we rely. If we draw these patterns out to their logical conclusion, the story does not unfold happily.

To address a series of massive and interconnected challenges that includes poverty, pollution and toxicity, species extinction, and climate change, we require a) a unifying strategic planning approach that will allow us to thrive within the planet's limits, and b) leadership that inspires systemic change across sectors, borders and disciplines. The Master’s programme in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) offers these two things in spades. I attended this program in 2009-10, and it has given me an incredibly sound footing in systems thinking, a science-based approach to sustainability, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people. I also gained skills and valuable experience in strategic planning, project management, team work, group process facilitation, presentation, and more.

The MSLS program is offered in beautiful Karlskrona, Sweden, where I forged strong friendships with 67 brilliant and passionate change-makers from 29 countries. It became clear to me early in the programme that great things can be achieved when groups rally around a common vision for a better future, build community, listen deeply, lead authentically, and collaborate in their work. This is the type of foundation on which a sustainable society can be built.

Applications are open for the 2012-13 cohort of the MSLS programme until January 15th, 2012. If you feel an impulse to lead meaningful change toward a vibrant and sustainable future, and want to be part of a global network of people who share the same vision, this is the programme for you.

Please visit the website to see the full programme brochure and application procedures. If you are an EU citizen, the Swedish Government fully subsidizes your tuition. For students from outside the EU, tuition is 100,000 SEK (just under $15,000) for this 10-month program. Scholarships are available and if you are a fee-paying student, you are welcome to visit to find out more about the free services available to assist you in the application and funding process.

About The Natural Step Canada
The Natural Step Canada is a dynamic non-profit organization with over a decade of experience helping organizations and individuals understand and make meaningful progress toward sustainability.

WE ENVISION... a sustainable world in which individuals, communities, and businesses thrive within nature's limits.

WE STRIVE... to inspire, educate, and connect Canadian leaders to accelerate the transformation toward a sustainable world.