New Leadership

“I most valued the time for self-reflection and to have an insight into how transformative self-leadership could be in a team with regard to ownership, responsibilities, motivations and even emotional connectedness”

(Feedback from former participant of the Everyone Leads Workshop)

Registrations are open for the 2021 Everyone Leads Online Learning Journey!

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What is this module all about?

This module is for change leaders to reflect, innovate, and deepen their ways of leading, organizing, and being - in order to empower their teams, and shift systems & mindsets. 

Ashoka Fellows are not only elected because of the impact their pattern-changing idea has on society. They also see that to drive big positive change on a system level in a world that is complex, interconnected and fast-changing, they need to create a space where everyone can participate in co-creating change. 

Therefore, to successfully lead systemic change, the core role of a leader shifts to that of creating spaces and roles that enable others to contribute to and lead change. This means questioning and innovating on how we lead and how we organize for system impact. 

We have two exciting New Leadership offers for our community: 

Learn about shared leadership and organization for effective changemaking within your teams!  

Ashoka Fellow organizations seek to shift systems and enable large scale change – in a world of complexity, interdependence, uncertainty and constant change and disruption. This is only possible with new models for leadership and organization: changemaking teams with shared leadership that allow for open collaboration and co-creation, for entrepreneurial freedom and risk-taking, for empathy and seeing the whole person in every colleague and individual we work with. 

Some of this includes: 

  • Maps for Collaboration 

  • Competencies for teams   

  • Change Processes and considerations to co-design the future of your team 

This online course will give you the space to gain in-depth knowledge on successful team leadership and develop an action plan with concrete exercises and examples to lead a change process in your team. It is developed in collaboration with Bettina Rollow, lead organization development coach and Rainer Hoell, an executive coach focused on self-organization and team leadership. 

Format of the online course: 

  • Bi- Weekly online learning materials: Recordings, practical applications and exercises to support your reflection on team and organization development. 

  • Bi-Weekly workshops for peer-to-peer learning: 28th April 2-4 p.m CEST.; 12 May 1-4 p.m CEST; 26 May 1-4 p.m CEST; 9th June 1-4 p.m CEST; 23rd June 1-4 p.m CEST. 

Dates: 28th April 2-4 p.m CEST.; 12 May 1-4 p.m CEST; 26 May 1-4 p.m.CEST; 9th June 1-4 p.m.CEST; 23rd June 1-4 p.m CEST. 
Where: Online
Deadline to apply: 18 April 2021
We have 30 spots for this experience. Priority will be given to those who are able to commit to completing the whole course. 

Who can apply: 

This online learning journey is open to Ashoka Fellows and/or one of their co-leaders (I.e. maximum of 2 leaders per Fellow Organization). Exceptions will be made for Ashoka staff members and Ashoka Support Network members on a case-by-case basis and depending on availability.   
"It helped me to improve and be aware of the empathic mind, and seeing people "as a whole", which I feel is one of the most important things in life/work."
(Former participant of the Team Leadership course)

Why you should apply: 

  • For Ashoka Fellows: This is for you, if…  

    • you want to explore best practices and methodologies for teams & organizations to share leadership 
    • you want to reflect about the internal & external conditions that equip teams & organizations to share leadership. 
    • you want to reflect on your personal role as a leader in creating a supportive space for teams to co-lead and collaborate. 
    • you want to take with you practical tools & approaches – to bring back to your organization. 


  • Ashoka Fellows: Participation is free for all Ashoka Fellows and one of their co-leaders. (I.e 2 co-leaders per Fellow organization). A reminder that we have restricted seats and will prioritize those who are able to commit to completing the whole course

  • Ashoka Staff: On a case-by-case basis and subject to availability. 

  • Ashoka Support Network members: On a case-by-case basis and subject to availability. 

If you have any questions around this offer, please reach out directly to Michela Fenech!


Join our inaugural course on ‘Leading Powerful Collaboration for System Change’ to deepen strategy and leadership skills for effective multi-stakeholder collaboration. This course is developed in partnership with CoCreative – global thought leaders and decades long practitioners in the field of collaborative action and features concrete tools and frameworks to employ in your multi-stakeholder initiatives. 

Driving deep social change most often includes working collaboratively with other stakeholders on shifting a system together. As reported by the UN as well: “transitioning towards more sustainable and resilient societies requires an integrated approach that recognizes that these challenges —and their solutions—are interrelated”.  However, fostering effective collaboration that drives systemic change is difficult and requires a different type of leadership and different processes to be successful. Yet, we rarely take the time to reflect on what works and what doesn’t work in our leadership quest to drive impact collectively, let alone learn from one another and from diverse sectors.  

This online course creates the opportunity and space for you to deepen your approach to facilitating multi-stakeholder collaboration for system change.  

We will explore various topics through following the journey and examples of successful collaborations deep dive into key lessons, enabling conditions, patterns and frameworks that supported their success. Participants are then invited to reflect on how the learnings, inform their awareness, intention, and choices as leaders --and where they feel confident or not in working this way. 

  • Weekly online learning materials: Recordings, practical applications and exercises to support your collaboration work.
  • Weekly group calls for peer-to-peer learning based on videos and exercises for Collaborations strategy development: Every Friday from February 2021 to March 2021, at 3-4.30 pm CET. The exact dates: Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 19, Feb 26 | Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, Mar 26 
  • Closing presentations and feedback by participants: April 9, 2021 at 1-5pm CET.   

Who should apply 

The content of the online course is curated for Ashoka Fellows and their leadership staff, but it is open to other participants subject to an application process. 

This course is for you if...  

  • want to expand your range of choices for how to collaborate as a leader so that you can act with increased capacity, confidence and courage 

  • .. you want to gain new insights, strategies, processes and resources available to apply directly to your collaboration work 

  • want to leave with tools and methodologies to facilitate multi-stakeholder collaborations with alignment, engagement & momentum 

  • want to establish strong peer connections and exchange knowledge with other social entrepreneurs and change leaders — also beyond the course. 

“I found it a wonderful and inspiring experience. The learning space you create is interesting, genuine and fun. It has given me so much valuable input!”  
(Participant from the Collective Action online learning retreat in June / July 2020) 

Why you should apply 

We welcome social entrepreneurs and change leaders who are either driving a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative for systems change or are planning to do so.  

We will explore topics such as: building strong alignment, convening and organizing networks, developing insights into a system and prioritizing critical shifts for the system, using culturally integrative approaches to our collaboration, maintaining momentum, building a strong culture and funding strategies for multi-stakeholder collaboration. 

This course supports you to apply learnings directly to your collaboration work (present or future).


We are collaborating with Russ Gaskin & Heather Equinoss from CoCreative to bring this online course. CoCreative has decades of practice in facilitating and cultivating multi-year, multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral collaborative processes that contribute to system change. Ranging from:   

  • an 18-year collaboration that has catalyzed massive innovation and growth in the global solar industry   

  • to a global network of 400 hundred human rights workers who co-designed a new approach to advocacy based on rigorous measurement of countries’ human rights performance 

  • to a collaboration that is dramatically expanding the role of U.S. health systems from providers of clinical services to wealth building catalysts in low-income communities 

  • to a diverse network in which the world’s largest electronics brands are collaborating with workers to eliminate exposures to the most hazardous process chemicals used in electronics factories around the world, and many more.  

For the module leads from the Ashoka Europe Fellowship team, see their profiles at the end of this page.  


  • Ashoka Fellows and/or their team members | Join for free 

  • ASNs (members of the Ashoka Support Network) | Join for free 

  • Change Leaders in Education | Join for free 

  • Partners of Ashoka | The regular costs of 2.000€ apply (core partners of the Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program join for free. If you want to become a partner reach out!) 

  • Other interested change leaders | The regular costs of 2.000€ apply* 

  • Ashoka Staff | Join for free  

*You can ask for a stipend in the application form. We have limited stipends for participants in need, so please evaluate and request a stipend only if financial reasons hinder your participation. 
If you have any questions around this offer, please reach out directly to Nicole Pagan!
Applications are now closed


We are collaborating with leading organizational developer Bettina Rollow & leadership facilitator Rainer Hoell to bring this online learning journey. 

Bettina Rollow is a uniquely skilled and experienced facilitator, executive coach and senior advisor. Before working as an organizational developer and coach, Bettina received a Masters in international business studies and worked for several years as a senior consultant for the Volkswagen Group. As a coach, Bettina is focused on complex projects, creating collaborative working models across companies and countries. Trained as a Gestalt therapist, she addresses the organizational structure as well as the individual employee. Many of the companies she works with radically explore new ways to lead and collaborate, often involving collective leadership and self-management. 

Rainer Hoell has had a 15-year career as an executive and as a pioneer for Social Entrepreneurship and self-managed organizations in Germany. His typical coaching clients are executives, entrepreneurs, leaders and top professionals in the for-profit and non-profit sector. In addition to individual coaching, he is coaching and consulting teams and organizations on their path to self-organization. As CEO of Ashoka Germany, he facilitated the transformation of his own organization into a completely distributed leadership model, abandoning all formal hierarchies. During his 10 years at Ashoka, he personally advised more than 100 social entrepreneurs in Europe and founded and initiated 10+ organizations and programs supporting social innovation and the purpose economy. Since 2010, he has held a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School where he also co-taught classes on Adaptive Leadership.  

For those who are interested in the content of this course but cannot commit to the whole course. Here is an interesting and valuable resource for your learning journey. 

If you have any questions around this offer, please reach out directly to Nicole Pagan or Michela Fenech

Meet the module leads: 

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Michela Fenech co-created and co-leads the Ashoka Europe Fellowship program including the New Leadership & Wellbeing Co-Learning Modules and co-facilitated the development of the newly established Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs. She is also a Product, Program and Partnership Lead for the Ashoka Globalizer Program, Ashoka's leading accelerator for system change strategies. Michela is interested in creating learning spaces that explore and support questions on the leadership and wellbeing for system change and collective impact.



Florian Rutsch co-created and co-leads the Ashoka Europe Fellowship program including its co-learning modules on system change, new leadership, and wellbeing as well as its ecosystem initiatives on funding and support for systems change. He co-published the report Embracing Complexity: Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change which is a collaboration among several leading sector partners and based on, among others, his previous report Seven Steps for Funding System Change. He is also a co-creator of Catalyst 2030 and the Elders Council as well as a thought partner in the Ashoka Globalizer, Ashoka's leading accelerator for system change strategies.


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Nicole Pagan is Project Manager at the Ashoka Europe Fellowship Program. She is also co-lead at Ashoka Switzerland for the selection and support of Ashoka Fellows. Nicole studied Political Sciences, with a focus on International Relations, at the University of Bologna and at Sciences Po. Alongside her studies, she dedicated to organisations in the fields of anti-corruption, migration and climate change. She is strongly passionate about these issues, carrying additional projects on the side.

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