Public Purpose Leadership
Our online program gives you the skills, capacity and space to recharge in times of unrelenting challenges.
Program starts 11 November.
5 weeks, 3 hours per week online
Interactive online workshops
Create meaningful connections with like-minded leaders
Deepen your focus, purpose and impact in the world
From a climate “code red” and a global pandemic to declining biodiversity and rising inequality, recent times have been tough on everyone.
And that’s particularly true for those working towards the common good and a better future (what we call public purpose). Perhaps now, more than ever, it is the time to slow down, take stock and ask how we can best lead and influence change.
The ‘Public Purpose Leadership (ppl) in disrupted times’ program is an opportunity for changemakers to regroup, reconnect and refocus. The world needs leaders who are at their best in all aspects of their lives. Leaders who are authentic, driven by a purpose, and aren’t afraid to face the most challenging questions of today.
The program is a 5-week facilitated online journey that will provide you with strategies and practices to develop the resilience and agility needed to stay the course in uncertain times.
Through engaging and evidence-backed workshops, where experiential learning and personal reflection are at the core, the ‘ppl in disrupted times’ will help you craft your vision forward and have you feeling refocused and inspired to meet the year ahead.
On completion of the program, you’ll walk away with:
- Greater clarity on your own unique capabilities and how to use your passion and strengths to contribute to the common good
- New tools, frameworks and practices to support you as leader in an uncertain present and future
- A strong network of supportive change makers and leaders you can rely on for support
- Guidance from leading MSDI experts, and access to the official MSDI Alumni group on LinkedIn
You can expect to walk away feeling inspired, motivated and recharged and ready to bring your best self to what you do.
Week 1 - Setting the scene - ‘A meaningful contribution’
Begin by exploring what leadership means to you and how, in these disrupted times, you can achieve a rich and meaningful purpose.
Week 2 - Exploring Leadership
Assess where you are as a leader and, by studying various leadership styles and frameworks, explore what you need to develop into the change maker you want to be.
Week 3 - Balance, Burnout and Wellbeing
Explore ways to build resilience and manage your personal and professional self to ensure you can be the most effective leader.
Week 4 - Creating Change - ‘staying the course’
Build networks and explore strategies to continue leading for change in the face of escalating challenges.
Week 5 - Visioning forwards
Be guided through strategies to design your leadership future and take your next steps in following your public-purpose career.
|20 September||Registrations open|
|17 October||Early bird (10% discount) registrations close|
|31 October||Registrations close|
|11 November||Program begins|
11, 18, 25 Nov &
2, 9 Dec 2021
9:00 - 12.00 (AEDT)
|Workshops (5 weeks, every Thursday)|
Cost: $1,980 (incl. GST).
Monash staff and alumni, and early bird registrations (completed before 17 October) will be eligible for a 10% discount. Discounted cost is $1,782 (incl. GST). The cost for the program has been subsided through a contribution by the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
ppl is facilitated by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, led by our Deputy Director (Education) Associate Professor Annette Bos and our Learning Design and Facilitation Specialist Aaron Densham.
Aaron is a dynamic facilitator, energetic community builder and creative experience designer. He has designed and built transformational growth experiences for groups, teams and organisations all over the world. His passion for education and social impact has seen him working at the coalface with young people as well as designing programs at scale with leaders and stakeholders across multiple sectors. He has been a lead facilitator at the Centre for Social Impact Strategy (University of Pennsylvania) and is an Associate Facilitator with Kaospilot business, design and leadership school (Denmark) and current Faculty member at The School of Life.
Annette is passionate about developing the capacity of individuals and organisations to collaborate, influence and lead innovative responses to complex, interconnected sustainable development challenges. She works to provide a range of diverse transformative educational experiences to equip people and organisations to be changemakers. Annette leads the Sustainable Development Education program at MSDI. She also developed, and currently coordinates and co-delivers the Leadership for Sustainable Development specialisation that is part of the Master of Environment and Sustainability at Monash University. Annette has worked across the world and has developed training for a range of industry, government and non-for-profit partners.
The program is designed for participants to collaborate, engage and interact. The small cohort size provides a more intimate context for learning and gaining personal insights.
- Bring a renewed focus to how you lead and influence for change
- Be equipped with a new mindset and refreshed toolset
- Develop a vision to stay the course – both professionally and personally
- Connect with fellow leaders who are working on similar mission-driven goals
Are you committed to making a difference in the world - in social change, socially-responsible business, education, politics or the public service? We invite participants who are influencing change in a variety of ways and encourage a diversity of professional backgrounds, lived experience, learning styles, and personality types. The course is best suited to people who have 5-10 years of work experience.
The ppl program builds on the legacy of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL). After transforming the careers of more than 700 people with its award-winning courses, CSL closed its doors in December 2018. Since taking the reins from CSL, MSDI undertook a review of the program and introduced the revamped Public Purpose Leadership (ppl) program. Due to the pandemic, the launch of ppl’s in-person program was put on hold in 2020.
To adapt to these uncertain times, MSDI has designed a tailored version of ppl called ‘ppl in disrupted times’. The past 18 months have created incredible challenges for those working towards the common good – the public purpose. It has left many of us feeling burnt out, tired and rundown. ppl in disputed times offers an opportunity for people to come together and pause, reflect and recharge.
- Is ppl in disrupted times formally accredited?
No, but participants will receive a certificate of completion from MSDI.
- Will I be required to complete activities between the online workshops?
Participants are expected to complete some preparatory work for the live online workshops. It is estimated this would require a commitment of 1-2-hour each week, in addition to the live sessions.
- What platforms will be used?
Participants will need to be able to use Zoom to access the live online workshops. Access to the pre-workshop requirements will be made through Monash University’s learning platform, Moodle.
- Can I apply for the broader ppl program next year ?
Yes, the ‘ppl in disrupted times’ has been designed to address the leadership context of ‘right now’ while the full ppl course, which is set to take place in 2022, will provide a broader and more intensive experience.