LEAP! is a global open network of faculty and scholars interested in promoting the sustainability mindset in the business leaders of tomorrow. The scholars were brought together by the desire to explore how to engage, motivate and develop a new generation of leaders to act with a sense of planetary responsibility. The genesis of this network arose from research conducted by Dr. Isabel Rimanoczy into the dimensions and characteristics of the sustainability mindset, and from her efforts to design a program to develop the mindset in business leaders of tomorrow.
The motto and mission has been to Leverage resources, Expand awareness, Accelerate change and Partner (LEAP).
LEAP was officially designated the PRME Working Group on Sustainability Mindset in June 2015 at the Global Forum of UN PRME in New York. Today, the Working Group has 100 members from 87 institutions in 32 countries. The academics range from young doctoral students, to senior lecturers; they are scholars of different business areas, but also from outside management schools: Tourism, English, Writing, Education, Agriculture.
We realize that a sustainability mindset is the result of knowledge about the state of the planet, processed with a systemic framework to understand the interconnections. But it really becomes settled when we engage the being dimension, when we explore our values, as they are expressed in our actions, and how they relate to our sense of purpose, to the difference we want to make in the world. That is when the sustainability mindset becomes a way of looking into the world, a new narrative, a questioning of our decisions, a revision of who we want to be, and it fuels action.
The SDGs are the platform for the ‘Sustainability Mindset in action’. Members weave into their classes and exercises the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), providing a scaffolding within which the students can analyze facts and develop initiatives.
Sustainability Mindset Working Group research and materials widely used to benefit students in classrooms and communities.
The Working Group has a high rate of participation (79%) with 79 of our 100 members involved and connected. This results in a large impact as these individuals incorporate aspects of the sustainability mindset into their teaching, writing, development of assessment instruments and research.
Furthermore, the acceleration of change is going beyond the classroom, impacting communities. This is the case of students creating social enterprises that bring a tangible benefit to their community, or students influencing their family businesses by sharing materials, educating them and fostering new ways of doing business. For example, recently a student at a university in the Philippines indicated that her family had a company to produce plastic bags, and that as a result of the dialogues in the classroom, she was addressing her father to explore bio-bags that are environmentally sound.
Members of the Sustainability Mindset Working Group are actively connecting to each other, visiting their institutions, sharing experiences and providing mutual support. Recently a member created the Center for Sustainability Mindset and Corporate Responsibility in her university in Jakarta; the Sustainability Mindset became a core component of a new higher education initiative in Ghana. Other members are in close collaboration with UNESCO, chambers of Commerce, local business, and the media, promoting their work and the SDG beyond their institutions.
Anchored in the vision of Achieving the SDGs by developing a Sustainability Mindset, we hold the following goals:
- To reach more academics in more countries
- To multiply the Sustainability Mindset in Action process, fostering student entrepreneurship focused on the SDGs
- To accelerate change by inspiring business, civil society, other players beyond academia, broadcasting stories about what students/leaders are doing with a new mindset
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Find more information here, or contact Dr. Isabel Rimanoczy