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Global Coaching Movement - The World Game (Part II)

written byKasia Hightonon 09/01/2019

You might ask what do issues of sustainability truly have to do with coaching? The World Game Team believes it is the core foundation of the coaching movement. Coaches, as leaders in multiple organizations and governments, truly begin to address the issues systematically. There is both will and visible interest of government and business, as well as individuals, who are now taking steps to change the fate our world will otherwise meet. Coaches can aid the ‘choice making process’ by assisting leaders to develop the teams that make change happen quickly, as well as to assist them in long-term thinking and focusing on the most powerful, ethical choices. 

On September 25, 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, more than 150 world leaders adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will support governments around the world in tackling the new agenda and taking it forward over the next 15 years.   

The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals, aim to end poverty, hunger, and inequality, take action on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, and build strong institutions and partnerships. We, the World Game organizing committee, is flagging and supporting these carefully thought through goals and initiatives by the United Nations. We will be doing everything we can to support them moving forward.

“Ours is the last generation which can head off the worst effects of climate change and the first generation with the wealth and knowledge to eradicate poverty. For this, fearless leadership from us all is needed,” said Helen Clark. “If the global community collectively is prepared to step up to the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, then there’s a chance of achieving sustainable development – and with it better prospects for people and our planet.”

With 50 years of experience supporting countries in their development, UNDP will be the first port of call for support for many governments as they implement the SDGs.

On the international business arena there are more and more companies addressing the 21st Century sustainability issues, among them we can name a few:

  • McDonalds collaborated with PETA to carry out its business practices systematically. In 2012, the company got rid of all foam coffee cups by switching to double walled paper containers, which are 100 percent recyclable. The next plan is to install distinct trash containers for cycling and composting.
  • DuPont appointed the ex-Greenpeace head as an adviser to the board. The company reduced greenhouse gas emission by 63%, which is far beyond the timetable set in the Kyoto protocol.
  • Coca Cola narrowed down 3 environmental goals to direct their effort to green business practices – sustainable packaging, water stewardship, and climate & energy protection. Coca Cola has involved itself in the recycling program and came up with sustainable packaging design.
  • Walmart launched an ambitious long-term plan to power its stores using 100% renewable energy sources. Wal-mart uses it waste eliminating corporate philosophy to make its operations more eco-friendly than ever.

And the list of companies turning their businesses and focus towards more green and sustainable solutions is growing day-by-day. We can also observe the same shift on the small, local business level as well. Individuals and businesses are striving to leave their green mark, as well as support local initiatives both on an ecological as well as a social level. Owners of small and medium sizes businesses now begin to recognize the need for sustainability on a fundamental level of basic community contribution.

Education approaches and initiatives are catching up to the necessity for real recognition. Erickson Coaching International is engaging in cooperation with foundations and movements which are able to impact the education and thereby the standards of living and sustainability of life for many poor groups. In China, Erickson is partnering to assist support the educational opportunities available for ‘left behind children'. Erickson's initiatives are assisting groups to meet educational challenges in many areas of the Far East, South America, and in Russian speaking regions.

Another example of an Erickson initiative is the partnering with the Africa Royal Eagle Alliance Foundation (REAF) to improve the quality of life of youth and women in Africa through relieving suffering and providing relief aid programs that target poverty. To affect life-long efforts and bring about the sustainability of improvements, REAF and Erickson have embarked on coaching education and other services to assist poverty elimination and economic employment that will help to improve the lives of those involved in the programs.

With all these changes and shifts, the World Game Project is based on the recognition that there is a rising need for a new level of coaching that will be able to support individuals, businesses, and organizations in creating and undertaking systemic sustainability projects on local, business, and global levels. The challenges that these projects and initiatives will be addressing, and the level of solutions that will be required to match the need for sustainability, calls for a higher level of coaching skills and a higher level of focused awareness by coaches. We are particularly focusing on the impact of coaching on leadership development. By developing specific leadership coaching skills focused on a higher level of consciousness about the nature of future-focused, creative leadership, coaches are able to support their clients in raising their capacity for long-term thinking. Strong coaches generate new levels of visionary focus, so they can assist leaders in carrying out the projects, which will be affecting all of us systemically and globally from now into the future.

As Einstein said, we cannot solve a problem at the same level of consciousness with which it was created. As World Game thinkers we recognize the new responsibilities for developing leadership coaches. We see a great opportunity for all of us to be a part of the next stage of human development. In every way possible, we intend to assist the development of 21st Century coaches for current local and global issues.

Coaches are in a very privileged position as we have great skills to support ourselves and our clients, as well as different levels of experience, choice, and vision than many of our clients. The time has come for a major visionary shift and further development of these skills as a contribution to all of us and to our future.

It is time now for World Game Coaches to stand in contribution. How will we support the clients, their projects, and our future in the best possible way for the 21st century? How can we personally grow and step up our game? How can we use our unique skills and reach for the highest level of consciousness to be able to step into the next level of Coach Position as Coaching Presence? What can we do next to create a true impact?

This will be the focus in the upcoming World Game Conference in Antalya, Turkey – April 12-20, 2019. Not only we will co-create, co-work, learn, and expand our consciousness as a community, but we will also have the opportunity to learn new skills for our 21st Century reality.

The World Game Coach program was created especially for coaches who would like to step into the next level of coaching and become fully equipped for the demands of 21st Century coaching. In order to do that, coaches will need to step into the next level of coaching vision, learn how to step into a higher level of Coach Position, and learn how to apply new skills that can serve the world!

Learn more about how coaches can assist individuals and organizations to face the challenges of the 21st Century in Part I of this article.

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