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Our societies today are confronted with disruptive change.

Climate change, digitalization, mass migration, and economic inequality are some examples. These disruptive changes not only create challenges, they also invite us to innovate and think outside of the box.

Values-based banks use finance as a tool to address these challenges. Leaders in values-based banks need to develop the capacity to work with these disruptions in positive and innovative ways.

To help leaders develop these skills, the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, in collaboration with the Presencing Institute and the MIT Community Innovators Lab, has launched a leadership development program: the GABV Leadership Academy.



The program combines three in-person modules with individual and group coaching between the modules. Modules 1 and 2 will be hosted by a GABV member bank, and module 3 by the MIT Community Innovators Lab and the Presencing Institute in Cambridge, USA.

Each of the three modules has two parts:

Part I is focused on discussions with thought leaders and innovators, and includes learning journeys to places of innovation and clients of values-based banks.

Part II of each module explores concepts and theory on leadership, values-based banking, and innovation, and has a strong focus on personal and reflective leadership practices as well as on tools, best practices, and state of the art leadership approaches.



The Leadership Academy is built around the Theory U method of leadership development. Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from.

Theory U is both a framework for innovation and a method for leading profound change.

You can learn more about Theory U on the Presencing Institute website.


Throughout the eight months, participants will:

  • Develop and advance their leadership capacity;
  • Explore a wide variety of values-based banking models;
  • Develop personal and cultural skills;
  • Practice innovation techniques and initiate individual change projects;
  • Explore societal challenges and innovative solutions to address them;
  • Engage with GABV CEOs and other leaders

Key themes include:

  • Values-based Banking Models
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Client relationships in values-based banking
  • Digitalization, financial technologies, and values
  • The role of money in society
  • Methods for dialogue and listening
  • Prototyping

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