Sustainable Leadership

Enabling, activating and inspiring transformative action in the world

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.” ~ June Jordan

Join us for a week-long community based sustainable leadership program at Kibbutz Lotan's Center for Creative Ecology.

This is an intensive and highly experiential yet practical program, offering both hands-on experience in cutting-edge sustainable development tools developed on Lotan, full engagement in community activities, as well as training in the latest transformational leadership skills and practices.

The program goes beyond ‘tools’ to explore the personal, professional, social and environmental dimensions of leadership and delves into the fundamental question, “What kind of leadership do we need to create the kind of world we want?” It offers a unique learning environment and experience, being delivered in a real context, in real-time, beyond the traditional classroom.

By immersing in community life at Kibbutz Lotan, participants will come face-to-face with the reality and opportunity of sustainability theory and practice. They will develop sustainable development skills, including:

  • Natural building using materials such as earth plaster, straw bales, non-organic waste

  • Permaculture ethics and principles

  • Organic gardening and local food production

  • Low-impact technologies such as bio-gas, solar ovens, composting toilets

  • Water management systems

Participants will also learn transformational leadership skills, including:

  • Connecting with a deeper purpose.

  • Developing greater awareness and understanding of themselves.

  • Navigating uncertainty and the unknown.

  • Assessing the context (the system) to make better decisions.

  • Adaptively manage and make progress on complex challenges.

  • Better understanding of sustainability issues and supporting the development of complex

    adaptive systems.

  • Developing resilience and fostering it in the system.

  • Creating a productive learning environment.

  • Mobilising others

    Whether they work in community, government or business, this program offers participants a unique and transformational experience.

    The program has been designed by Diana Renner and Kibbutz Lotan's Center for Creative Ecology.

    This programme is aimed for groups of minimum 10 participants.

Meet the Team


Diana Renner

Diana is a leadership facilitator, organizational consultant and author. She is the director and co-founder of the Uncharted Leadership Institute. Diana takes a psychodynamic approach in her work, weaving together adaptive leadership, complexity theory, and adult development, to help people become more effective and resilient in uncertainty and complexity. She is passionate about creating experiential learning opportunities where individuals focus on the dynamics of human behavior and engage with real social and business issues to learn how to make progress on complex challenges.

Diana has extensive experience designing and facilitating leadership development programs within Australia and internationally. She was a guest faculty member for ‘The Art and Practice of Leadership Development’ program at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2013. Since 2013, she has been a faculty member for the ‘Transformative Leadership Program’ run by the University of Adelaide and the University of Texas. Diana also designs and delivers executive leadership programs at the Melbourne Business School, Monash University, University of Adelaide, and the Australian Institute of Police Management.

Diana is the co-author of Not Knowing: the art of turning uncertainty into opportunity, with Steven D’Souza, launched at Harvard University in 2014 and translated into eight languages. Writing the book, she was inspired by her own experiences of ‘not knowing’ - fleeing her country of birth, Romania, to an unknown future in a new country; and her professional reinvention covering the fields of law, strategy, refugee advocacy and leadership development. Her follow-up book, Not Doing: the art of effortless action, also with D’Souza, is published in March .2018

Telephone: +61 447 246 264 |Email: | LinkedIn: Diana Renner

Mike Kaplin

The Center for Creative Ecology (CfCE) is a school for hands-on learning based on Mike’s philosophy that everyone is a teacher and everyone can choose to Do instead of just talk. He is one of the first Permaculture Instructors in Israel and has taken the formal Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) outdoors into the garden and the workshop. Together with Mike you’ll be planting food, mixing mud, constructing objects of beauty, maintaining conservation areas, having fun and laughing. As Director of the CfCE he oversees all of the staff’s activities and the content of our programs. Observing and interacting with Mike is a first-hand experience in successful business leadership with a big heart.

Alex Cicelsky

Alex teaches the theory of Permaculture Design, environmentally responsive architecture and renewable energy technologies. He mentors our Permaculture students during their course projects continues to support them as they’re building their businesses around the world. In regards to the buildings he’s designed on Kibbutz Lotan he says “We know how the buildings will save energy, that they meet safety standards and how much they cost. We don’t know what they’ll look like because that is in the hands of the people that join us to build them.” In addition to his practical work in researching energy efficient buildings for deserts, he writes about the spiritual connections of religions to caring for the earth.

Mark Naveh

Before joining Kibbutz Lotan, Mark was an underwater researcher in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. His work in marine ecology has extended to human ecology, a deep concern for protecting the environment, and curiosity into how society needs to evolve. Mark leads in-depth nature tours in the desert, practical technology lessons and sessions in new forms of economics and community organization. Mark is active in Israeli-Palestinian co-existance education and trains our staff which hosts thousands of visitors each year.

Maya Galimidi

Maya is an International Ambassador of Global Ecovillage Network. With all her experience, Maya is now the Global Business Developer for Kibbutz Lotan Center for Creative Ecology to bring associations, governing bodies, academic world, students and businesses from all around the world together to learn sustainable living techniques to care for the earth, its resources, each other, and to open new visions in this field.