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The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS)

The Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) is emerging as a global hub of inquiryteaching, and dialogue on enabling the transition to more fair and sustainable societies. 

The challenge of social, environmental and economic sustainability requires "sustainable leadership" - ways of relating that promote change that is mutually beneficial for the person, organisation, stakeholders and world at large. The scale of the sustainability challenge means it is best characterised as a "transition" from unsustainable ways of living and working.

Part of the University of Cumbria Business School, our campus in the British Lake District was founded in 1892 as a place of experiential learning. IFLAS continues this tradition of approaching inquiry and education as adventure. The local landscape provides a venue, and the heritage a compass, for personal and collective transitions.

Our provision

With our postgraduate degrees, short courses, research programmes, inspiring events, world-class staff and associates, and global networks, we are supporting a new generation of sustainable leaders: well-balanced professionals for a better-balanced world.

IFLAS focuses on knowledge for systemic changes in society and economy, and as such is emerging as a centre of excellence on alternative currencies and exchange systems.

In 2014, IFLAS launched a new course - the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership - and in 2015, an MA in Sustainable Leadership Development.

Our activities

We are the first public university in the world to accept tuition fee payment using Bitcoin.

In July 2015, IFLAS hosted the Leading Wellbeing Research Festival in partnership with the Brathay Trust.

The launch of IFLAS was celebrated at the Adventures in Sustainability event hosted at London's Royal Geographical Society in May 2013. 

IFLAS is ably informed by an Advisory Board of sixteen leaders.

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