Ecosystems Leadership Co-op

FEBRUARY 22-23, 2018

ecosystems leadership co-op

February 22-23, 2018  |  TUCSON, AZ  |   Agenda  |  Apply

The Ecosystems Leadership Cooperative is a 2-day, collaborative exploration of what it means to lead place-based, equitable systems change. Think of it as a micro-sabbatical when you have the space & time to move beyond the ordinary — to think, learn, and do with others, share your knowledge, and add to your systems change toolkit.


Groups of interconnected elements formed by interactions of a community of living organisms and their environment. Ecosystems are different than other systems. They are place-based and alive. The locality and individual members of an ecosystems are it’s defining factors.


The activity of leading or guiding a group…or as we see it: the work of listening and inspiring others to help make space for more equitable, inclusive and diverse approaches to local participation and regenerative growth.


Involving mutual assistance in working toward a common goal–owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits. Cooperation is about working together, which if you do it right is fun, delicious, and surprising!

You already know this…but our communities face historically situated obstacles that can’t be fixed by the same old colonial, industrial strategies that got us in this mess in the first place. And it is going to take more than “seed grants” and “partnerships” to get us out. Sure, there are plenty of smart theories and ideas about how to do this. Most of them trickle down from the growth poles and the ivory tower, but the atmosphere here on the ground is different than it is up there in the clouds–we want to know what actually works when Harvard or IDEO aren’t involved?

To address persistent, systemic problems of inequity and stagnation, we need to reveal collaborative, place-based approaches that can only emerge from respect and authentic, boundary-spanning relationships in local communities.

The Ecosystems Leadership Co-op will spend 2 days asking tough questions and sharing tools and tricks for leading from where you are. Whether you are part of our community here in the desert or you’re struggling to DO good work anywhere else, join us on our exploration of what it takes to lead equitable, culturally-relevant, inter-generative systems change.


DAY 1 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday, February 22 @ LeadLocal

We can’t share much more than the basic times. Why? Because our agenda and workshop topics will come from co-op attendees. It’s not an un-conference, but like an un-conference the focus of the workshop will be determined by participants. Everyone who joins the co-op will be asked to share tools and local knowledge from their work and begin to unpack what it means to create systems that are equitable and inter-generative.

8:00 – Urban Hike + Breakfast

9:00 – 3:00 Workshops (to the Revolution)


5:00 – 7:30 – Systems Leadership Micro-summit (a public event in partnership with Cohado + LocalFirst Arizona)

DAY 2 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, Feb 23 @ LeadLocal

Day 2 is all about customizing tools and strategies for work in your local ecosystem. Participants will continue to learn from each other and work  to develop their own leadership toolkits to share with other ecosystem leaders.

9:00 – 3:00

3:00 – 4:00 – What’s next?

We will add more details as participants register and develop their workshop contributions.