Leadership for a resilient world: Climate Quest, London, July 2016

Systemic stories

Melanie Jamieson

08 June 2016

COP 21 in Paris produced remarkable outcomes, and set the stage for the vital task of implementing change on a bold scale. The work ahead is challenging, urgent and long-term. In many ways, this is where the work begins.

As we move into 2016 and beyond, leaders across the spectrum – whether they’re aiming to transform business, reinvent economies or drive policy change – need to find the energy, passion and resilience for the journey ahead.

In partnership with We Mean Business, Leaders’ Quest hosted the Climate Quest in July. This three-day London retreat brought together a group of invited leaders and influencers who are working to address climate change, in a spirit of regenerative hope and higher purpose. It comprised a spectrum of proven leaders from business, global institutions and NGOs.

The Climate Quest 2016 provided the opportunity to pause, take stock and reflect on what’s most important – individually and collectively. It was chance to focus on the quality of relationships and what it takes to be personally sustainable for the long-haul ahead. Climate Quest 2016 was a direct call to change our traditional mind-set.

The Quest comprised a mix of workshop time – to deepen relationships, build momentum and explore key themes – combined with a day of immersive visits to companies, entrepreneurs, social enterprises and communities. The group met with inspiring people who have a strong sense of purpose and an ability to drive results. There was also time for personal and group reflection – to distil learning from the visits, share insights and foster new thinking.


We will continue to track the impact of the Quest over the coming months and the outcomes to include:

  • New insights, new relationships and new energy for participants.
  • Increased levels of trust, collaboration and understanding – within and between sector leaders.
  • A group of change agents re-inspired to tackle the complex issues needed to address climate change.
  • A roadmap for complementary and coordinated action.