INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM ON THE MANAGEMENT OF SUSTAINABILITY (IPMS)
The International Program on the Management of Sustainability (IPMS) was created to help professionals and leaders around the world meet the central challenge of sustainable development: overcoming disagreement on how to balance economic, environmental and social priorities, by building consensus on innovative strategies and solutions that simultaneously sustain people, the planet and shared prosperity. Click here for more on the mission and story of IPMS.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Since 1994, over 800 mid-career professionals from more than 90 countries have participated in IPMS. They’ve come from Australia and Zimbabwe, prime minister’s offices and community-based conservation NGOs, management consultancies, mining companies and academic faculties. If your professional work and personal commitments require you to work effectively with other stakeholders to negotiate agreements, initiatives and partnerships that deliver economic, environmental and social benefits, then IPMS can help you become more effective in your work. Click here for comments from IPMS graduates.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN, AND HOW WILL YOU LEARN IT?
At the core of IPMS are three skill sets: Mutual Gains negotiation, multi-stakeholder consensus building, and multi-disciplinary analysis of sustainable development diplomacy. The negotiation and consensus building principles and skills we teach have been honed through more than 30 years of research and practice at the Consensus Building Institute, whose founders and senior staff are affiliated with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School), the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands. Our faculty also draw directly on a wide range of practical experience as facilitators of multi-stakeholder negotiation and consensus building processes in developed and developing countries. Click here for more information on the faculty.
At IPMS, you’ll learn a clear and useful framework of principles, strategies, and tools that integrate these skill sets through a carefully designed series of presentations, discussions, and exercises. You will practice applying them intensively through a series of multi-stakeholder cases and simulation exercises drawn directly from real life. The simulations are the centerpiece of IPMS. Each involves several hours of preparation and role-play with other participants, closely observed by the faculty, followed by group and individual debriefing and feedback. Along with the intensive group work comes the development of relationships with faculty and participants. The program also includes social activities and informal time in the beautiful setting of Driebergen, in the “Green Heart” of the Netherlands.
APPLYING THE PRINCIPLES AND SKILLS IN YOUR WORK
IPMS provides a substantial opportunity not only for learning through analysis and role-play, but also for direct discussion of issues and opportunities in your ongoing work. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own work into group discussions, and there is a carefully designed exercise for participants to present and work on their own cases, with feedback from faculty and peers. All participants have an opportunity to seek direct advice and guidance throughout the week from faculty, and many find conversations with their peers equally valuable.
JOINING A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
Your engagement with IPMS does not end after a number of days. You will become part of the IPMS alumni network, over 1200 strong, in over 120 countries. Using the IPMS alumni directory available through our Web site, and the secretariat at the Sustainability Challenge Foundation (the Netherlands-based organizer of IPMS), you can connect with colleagues in your own country, and those around the world working in the same field. Participants periodically post news of their challenges, successes and learnings, and faculty are available for informal consultation as well.
Most important, you will find thousands more colleagues around the world who will appreciate the principles and skills you have learned at IPMS, share your passion for bridging divides and building strong agreements and partnerships, and become your allies in the ongoing work of realizing sustainable development together.