The Global Leadership Initiative, a division of Generon International, is an unprecedented global effort dedicated to developing, applying, and mainstreaming advanced methods for multi-stakeholder, trans-boundary, dialogic problem solving and leadership development to the world’s most complex global challenges.

GLI was born out of a sense of urgent need for a fundamental shift in human relationship – not just with each other – but with all of Nature.  GLI was conceived under the notion that groups of leaders from business, government and non-governmental organizations could work together and influence resolutions to the most vital global issues of our time.  As no one sector alone can address the major issues we are confronting, developing the maturity of these multi-sector groups to creatively work together is paramount (link Advent of Stage IV Leadership essay on Generon International site).

Our established ways of solving problems — attacking each problem individually, and imposing or negotiating solutions based on past experience — do not work when applied to problems of such complexity.  Mediation and bargaining will only get us so far.  It is time for a radical shift — a quantum leap in our ability to address our most vital global issues.  If we do not find an adequate response to these problems, we face the possibility of catastrophic failures on a massive scale — perhaps within our lifetime.

Moments of great danger can also provide unprecedented opening.  Today, the opportunity exists for the world community to come together in an intensive and ambitious effort to create a breakthrough social technology — one whose aim is not military victory, but peace and sustainable development.

The Demonstration Projects

Three multi-sector global Demonstration Projects were launched under the auspices of the Global Leadership Initiative between 2002 and 2006:

The mission of the Sustainable Food Lab (SFL) ( is to bring sustainable food supplies into the mainstream and foster collaborative learning across the supply chain.  Through this mission, SFL’s goals are to accelerate the shift toward sustainability; facilitate market-based solutions to key issues including climate, soil, poverty and water that are necessary for a healthy and sustainable food system to feed a growing world; and use collaborative learning to incubate innovation at every stage along the supply chain from production to distribution.

The vision for the Partnership for Child Nutrition (PCN) ( is to contribute towards reducing moderate and mild malnutrition by 50% by 2015 with a focus on children less than 3 years of age; pregnant and lactating women; and women of childbearing age.  Through this vision, PCN strives to demonstrate the efficacy of a multi-sectoral alliance in addressing complex problems such as under-nutrition.

The vision of the African Public Health Leadership and Systems Innovation Initiative ( is to enhance the quality and performance of health leaders; align the vision, values and commitments of senior health leadership teams; and capacitate health leaders to themselves design and test new approaches to scaling and problem solving from within the system itself.

A multi-sector regional Demonstration Project was also launched under the auspice of the Global Leadership Initiative in 2004:

The purpose of the Meadowlark Project ( is to develop current and emerging leaders who care deeply about the economic, social and environmental future of the Northern Great Plains to work together to cause long-term systemic change in the regions.  Representatives from agriculture, youth, education, manufacturing, government, finance, the arts, urban and suburban areas, conventional and alternative energy, community activists, immigrant populations, the faith community, philanthropists, transportation and others have committed themselves to creating a sustainable future for rural life in the Northern Great Plains.