Conference 5


24 Mar 2022 | 2 - 4 PM CET

How do we learn collectively and navigate differences?

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2.00 - 4.00 PM CET


Introduction to the conference

Dr. Petra Kuenkel

Global Transformation and Leadership Expert; Member of the Executive Committee, Club of Rome, Founder, Collective Leadership Institute, Fellow World Academy of Art and Science

How do we learn collectively and navigate differences?


Keynote conversation: Migration governance

Dr. Leander Kandilige

Senior Lecturer of Migration Studies at the Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana

How South-North migration movements impact policy development


Keynote conversation: Reconstruction and Sustainability of civil society cooperation in uncertain times

Barbara Anna Bernsmeier|

Programme Lead, Culture

The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

Interactive session

How do we leverage multiple perspectives and expertise?


Multi-stakeholder governance in practice

Lulekwa Gqiba

Managing Director CLI Office South Africa and Senior Project Manager


Water Security and Governance

Eddy Chikuta

Coordinator Lusaka Water Security Initiative


Navigating a complex stakeholder landscape: Lessons from a local development platform in Morocco

Ahmed Bouyahiaoui

Technical advisor for the German Development Cooperation

Interactive session

How can governance mechanisms help sustainability transformations?


Where from here?

Governance mechanisms have come into existence as a pathway to human wellbeing, as a check on power concentration, and to arrive at solutions in a negotiated balance between the interests of the individual and the interests of the whole. The concept of governance is complementary to the role of government. The participation of various societal groups in policy development, city development, renewable energy strategies, nature conservation, or water management has become increasingly common.

We have learned that to best solve complex societal and global challenges we need to integrate different perspectives. But how do we establish result-oriented structured dialogues and negotiate future pathways successfully? Transformation Literacy fosters our understanding of how stakeholder participation creates trust and legitimacy.

“Which resource is most important for our future? Not oil. Not even the money (anymore). Not even attention, the artificial currency of the hypermedia age. It's trust. Trust reduces the interaction costs of a society.”

Mathias Horx, Futurist and bestselling author

How do we leverage multiple perspectives and expertise?

Multi-stakeholder governance is in its essence a mechanism that helps us learn faster together and creates a sense of ownership, which in turn, accelerates active transformative change. Plans that we have not participated in developing, or decisions that we did not help to agree on, are subject to skepticism and resistance. On the other hand, we happily help to implement what we have contributed or co-created. Well-organized dialogues, transparently managed and reliably documented, create the level of trust that is needed to overcome challenges together. Governance mechanisms done well help us to:

  • integrate perspectives and expertise of different stakeholders;
  • develop appropriate strategies across societal sectors and institutions;
  • establish peer reviews and effective formats collective learning cultures.

In this conference session, we will explore when and how governance mechanism support collective intelligence so that we can become more successful in collaborating and stewarding transformative change.