Skills, Systems & Synergies for Sustainable Development
Helping people to think, talk, act and lead on Sustainable Development
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was agreed by world leaders in September 2015. The Agenda offers a clear vision for the future for the world’s people, for the places where they live and for the planet.
4SD helps people working on sustainable development to have strategic influence within challenging situations. 4SD equips them with the skills they need to make a lasting difference. 4SD accompanies them as they nurture their skills in their professional practice.
4SD encourages the use of Living Systems approaches: these enable more effective engagement across sectors and among multiple stakeholders.
4SD fosters integrated people-centred action in ways that are inclusive, always connecting more stakeholders and offering the promise of generative futures for all.
In 2019, 4SD offers you the following:
- Collective Mentoring: small-group residential immersions and a facilitated network of practitioners;
- Process Mentoring: support to specific systems initiatives focusing on food, nutrition, climate & health.
- Personal Mentoring: regular one-to-one engagement with a 4SD Mentor
4SD is also involved in applied interdisciplinary learning within universities and staff colleges internationally.
Living Systems Leadership
Comfort in complexity
One step at a time with the direction in mind! Find out more about the characteristics of
All human systems are
#LivingSystems; when we engage with them, we recognize how generative they are. Ideas & capacities grow, sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly, sometimes predictably, often not.
Seeing into systems
The ability to see into multiple systems creates opportunities for leading change that is substantial and significant.Download article (PDF) Read full article on HeartOfTheArt.org
Taking Action on Complex Challenges
Executive Summary as preview of a full report which will be published in early 2019 by the Corporate Responsibility Initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School.Download »
Inter-disciplinary science for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
At the launch of the Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions (MAK'IT) on 7 March 2019, David Nabarro and Louise Fresco, President of Wageningen University & Research, spoke on how to work across disciplines to shift systems so they work better for people and the planet.
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: What it means for all of us
On 20 November 2018, David Nabarro, Strategic Director of 4SD and Professor of Global Health at Imperial College, London, held the 2018 Annual Lecture of the Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI).
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22 October 2018: Lawrence Haddad of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and David Nabarro of 4SD were awarded the 2018 World Food Prize. Watch the video of the Laureate Award Ceremony.
11 October 2018: Op-Ed by Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro: Sustainable Development Depends on Better Nutrition for All Nations
- devex: Nutrition gets a moment at the World Food Prize as global hunger rises
- The Telegraph: Malnutrition is a staggering global burden – we must give new meaning to the food we eat
- Iowa State Daily: World Food Prize Laureates discuss importance of proper nutrition
- The Lancet: 2018 World Food Prize recognises advances in nutrition
- The Washington Times: 2018 World Food Prize laureates: Ending malnutrition for mothers and young children
25 June 2018: The World Food Prize Foundation announced the award of the 2018 World Food Prize to Dr. David Nabarro, Strategic Director of Skills, Systems & Synergies for Sustainable Development (4SD) and Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).
In making the formal announcement World Food Prize President Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn said, "For their extraordinary intellectual and policy leadership in bringing maternal and child nutrition to the forefront of the global food security agenda and thereby significantly reducing childhood stunting, it is truly most fitting that Dr. Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro join the list of illustrious scientists, policy officials and hunger fighters who have been named World Food Prize Laureates over the past 32 years."