The deep changes necessary to accelerate progress against society’s most intractable problems require someone who catalyzes collective leadership.
We face a host of systemic challenges beyond the reach of existing institutions and their hierarchical authority structures. Problems like climate change, destruction of ecosystems, growing scarcity of water, youth unemployment, and embedded poverty and inequity require unprecedented collaboration among different organizations, sectors, and even countries. Sensing this need, countless collaborative initiatives have arisen in the past decade?locally, regionally, and even globally. Yet more often than not they have floundered?in part because they failed to foster collective leadership within and across the collaborating organizations.