Working systemically, identifying leverage points and different theories of change

Presenters: Daniel Wahl and Tom Henfrey
Facilitator: Juan del Rio


Brief summary: In this webinar we will explore what do we mean by systemic change, why we need to foster it and how to do it. Among different topics we will bring the idea of scale of community and bioregion and we will dive on how to leverage change. We will also look at different theories of change and their relation with the transition process towards sustainability, especially putting detail on resilience theory and political ecology. Finally we will have time to share experiences from the participants to learn from different ways of promoting positive change.



Daniel Wahl
Daniel Wahl has 14 years of experience in sustainability education and consultancy and has been a careful student of nature and ecological systems for more than 20 years. Originally biologist and zoologist (University of Edinburgh), in 2002 he completed his MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College with distinction, and in 2006 received his PhD in Natural Design (University of Dundee). Between 2007 and 2010 Daniel was the director of Findhorn College based at the UN-Habitat Award winning ecovillage in the North of Scotland. He now works independently as a consultant and educator with organizations like Gaia EducationBioneers, the Clear Village Foundation, and the UNITAR training centre CIFAL Scotland. He is a member of the International Futures Forum and a fellow of the “Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce’ (RSA).


Tom Henfrey
Dr. Tom Henfrey is Senior Researcher at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems in Bristol, UK. His work combines research and practice on how autonomous human groups self-organise for sustainability, social justice, equity and resilience. He is active in permaculture and Transition, is a worker-director in several small enterprises supporting community-based action for resilience, and is an elected Council member for ECOLISE, the European network of community-led initiatives on sustainability and climate change.



Juan del Rio
Biologist, activist, facilitator, educator and researcher for sustainability. Coordinator of Red de Transición and member of the Municipalities in Transition core team. For the last 15 years he has focused his work on promoting new models of sustainable living and local resilience.  Having worked in Europe, Latin America and Middle East, in projects like Smart CSOs Lab, fostering systemic change within CSOs or SwitchMed, promoting and giving support to Grassroots Initiatives linked to Sustainable Production and Consumption in Middle East. . Author of Guía del Movimiento de Transición and numerous articles in publications such as Ecohabitar or 15/15\15. Juan lives in Cardedeu, Barcelona, where he has a small permaculture garden and takes part in local projects like Cardedeu en Transició and Cardedeu Autosuficient.

Event Details

  • November 29th, 2018
  • 16:30 – 19:00 CET