ALIA Summer Institute

Empowering Leadership, Shaping the Future

June 16-21 • Mount Saint Vincent University• Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

At the heart of authentic leadership is the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply, and to take action even in the midst of change and uncertainty. This June, join 200 leaders and change-makers who dare to engage their work with presence, bravery, and compassion.

At the Summer Institute you will deepen your leadership, learn from people working at the front lines of transformational change, and apply new skills that prepare you to shape the future of your own project, organization, or community.

Learn more about ALIA’s integration of mindfulness, skill-building, and community.


Mindfulness and creative process cultivate the kind of attention, creativity, and tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty needed to work with complexity at all levels of scale. Each day of the Summer Institute begins with a Foundation session led by experienced mindfulness teachers and professional artists.


Choose one of these small-group tracks, which meet for a total of 15 hours.

Focus on Leadership

Focus on Strategic Change and Innovation

Concurrent with the tracks is a session for past ALIA attendees. Contact us to register.

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The Summer Institute attracts an extraordinary learning community of people working at the leading edge of new models and approaches. Mealtimes, self-organized conversations, and designed sessions during the week provide opportunities to explore critical questions, share learning across tracks, and invite peer input into current projects.

As highlights within this rich exchange, ALIA is delighted to welcome Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simon, who will bring their considerable experience working at the centre of a “movement of movements” that is applying the wisdom and expertise of living systems to social change. We’ll also hear from Danny Graham, who is working with others to engage Nova Scotians in a new narrative about their future. And Adam Kahane will present the most recent iteration of his work on “shaping the future” in complex, sometimes intractable, social environments.

Read more about this year’s Speakers and Events.


Fee: C$2,500. Team discounts available.

Includes 15-hour skill-building track and all program events, including keynotes. Also includes 16 meals, starting with dinner on June 16 and ending with breakfast on June 22. Does not include accommodations, which are available onsite (approx $45/night) by contacting Mount Saint Vincent University directly.

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