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Challenges in transnational cooperation and international collaboration committed to transformational change: Cross-sectoral (personal) learnings

Innsbruck-based EDiTE-ESR Malte Gregorzewski was last week away on an EDiTE outreach mission to Mainz (Germany) which is located next to Wiesbaden and Frankfurt (Main). Malte was invited by a member of the German Federal Association for Innovative Educational Initiatives and enjoyed this privilege by introducing EDiTE in an elevator-pitch-alike situation to 90 executes/leadership personnel from the private sector in Germany and abroad convincing many of them to attend his workshop about “Challenges in transnational cooperation and international collaboration committed to transformational change: Cross-sectoral (personal) learnings”. The workshop aimed at introducing EDiTE more thouroughly than in the pitch and was carefully designed to enable a structured exchange about the participant’s very own personal drivers for transfomational change within their organization. In the second and final step Malte´s goal was to understand more how leaders from the private sector would tackle the obstacles and challenges of a project bringing transformational change on a transnational -European- level to national public sector institutions.
On the one hand the workshop clearly promoted EDiTE to the non-academic field, on the other hand Malte gained some insights about how the participating leaders would deal with challenging transformational processes. From their perspectives and within their framework of responsibility, it proves to be crucial to align and – within the duration of the project – live up to aims and goals of each particular institution towards a common vision and agreed mission; to hold every stakeholder accountable for its action and – sometimes more important – non-action; to commonly develop growth-mindsets and – last but not least – enact a sense of trust and solidarity amongst each party involved in such an endavour.
The participants were both thankful and happy to have such a deep and meaningful exchange about leadership and transfomational change as well as intensive and thoughtful discussions about personal key success drivers towards the fruitful enactment of the emerging future.