International, Online

26 October – 27 November, 2020

Systems Leadership, the Earth Charter and the SDGs

ONLINE & FACILITATED. This course is an opportunity to build a global system of systems leaders who help their organizations to discover meaningful ways to turn conscience into action to accomplish the Earth Charter and the SDGs.

Take charge of your ability to leverage the outcomes in systems to accomplish the goals of the Earth Charter and SDGs.

The Earth Charter, the SDGs, and other frameworks work to protect the integrity of our planet and its ability to support life on it in a just, inclusive manner. They seek to transition our ways of living on the planet to become sustainable. Organizations working to accomplish these goals; however, are independent, fragmented, working to relatively narrow mandates with closed decision processes. To ensure the success of humanity at transcending these challenges we need to create institutional capacity for systems leadership.

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The course brings together those motivated to lead and accomplish the missions of the Earth Charter, the SDGs, and other similar programmes. It equips them with the ability to recognize the systems that drive outcomes for their missions, discover places to intervene, and build systems that overcome fragmented, independent, and closed decision processes and build responsive ones.

The course will build individual and organizational capacity to address the systemic causes for the problems and challenges of the systems that decide to embrace the vision of the Earth Charter and the SDGs. It will provide participants with an opportunity to develop habits to see the whole relating to the Earth Charter or the SDGs. It will provide them with the opportunity to build the habits that drive the behaviour and change that affects the Earth Charter and the SDGs, not just the parts that constitute the indicators of the symptoms that they work hard to hide.

This course is an opportunity to build a global system of systems leaders who help their organizations to discover meaningful ways to turn conscience into action to accomplish the Earth Charter and the SDGs.

This course will have live sessions every week that will be recorded for those who might not be able to attend.

This course is designed as a complementary course to the Introduction to Systems Thinking course, which begins on 21 September 2020.


Anupam Saraph

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Systems thinker, Future Designer, and scientist, Anupam Saraph established the actor-based understanding of systems laying the foundation of the practice of change research and future design, as a means to create symbiotic, sustainable, anti-fragile, and resilient systems.

His research for the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, in 1993-94, gave rise to actor based modelling that models the interaction of individual actors in a system, allowing them to recognize the consequences of their actions and search for interventions that accomplish the common purposes of their systems.
He has been applying actor-based understanding of systems and the principles of governance of complex systems to design legislation, policy, strategy, and business models.

He works with leaders, and mentors’ teams, to help them to identify their systems, recognize the common purposes of its actors, and accomplish their toughest shared challenge – their mission.

He also serves on the boards of Public and Private Sector companies and NGOs and as a Professor of Sustainability and Governance of Complex Systems at universities in Asia, Europe and the United States.


This course was developed under the framework of the UNESCO Chair in Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, coordinated by the Earth Charter Center for Education. The Chair is a collaborative effort between UNESCO, Earth Charter International, and the University for Peace to develop educational programmes and research activities related to education, sustainability, and ethics using the Earth Charter as a fundamental reference.

Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development

The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development, established by Earth Charter International, has a mission to “promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care of the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace,” with a special focus on education.

The Center offers a variety of executive, formative, and educational programmes in leadership for sustainable development, for policy makers, education professionals, youth, and the general public. Research projects are specially developed in partnerships with institutions of national and global relevance.