Transformation Companionship

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Transformation companionship

The core of the Academy’s work is accompanied processes on specific sustainability topics that have a high potential from an UBA. Professional actors from different professional and institutional backgrounds work together over a period to solve concrete sustainability problems. The Academy accompanies these collaborations through goal-oriented didactic preparation, theoretical impulses and practical exercises.

The process of the series could extend over a period of six to nine months with one to three in person events, e.g. at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the process (in Dessau or at partner’s locations). However, the exact schedule is always adapted to the needs of a specific topic and its context. In addition, there will be regular online meetings and, if necessary, supplementary offers and supporting communication channels.

Preparation, Transformation companionship, postprocessing, different workshops inbetween acitvities, virtual TES, Onboarding of additional actors,Infrastructure and Communication, Documentation, Research activities
Draft process architecture
Source: German Environment Agency

Course of the process

Through targeted invitations, the Academy ensures that different (even controversial) perspectives on the sustainability problem are represented in a group. In the course of the process, participants are accompanied in this process to (as examples):

  • reach a consensually accepted evidence base on a specific sustainability problem and its causes;
  • develop accepted actions to address this problem that participants can implement in their respective professional contexts;
  • develop concrete collaboration plans among participants.

The basis of the elaboration of a concrete professional topic for transformational support are the guiding principles of the TES Academy.


Worldwide network

The Academy uses the above-mentioned instruments to connect actors worldwide and thus build networks and partnerships that contribute to the realization of the sustainability transformation.


Process themes

Partners, steps and elements of the collaborative process are symbolized in a graphic.

Diplomacy and Sustainability Actors Forging New Alliances

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Preventing corruption for a sustainability transformation

From 14 to 16 February 2023, the International Academy Transformation for Environment and Sustainability at the UBA (abbreviated to "TES Academy") held a three-day workshop on "Corruption Prevention as a Prerequisite for Successful Sustainability Transformation". In a video statement, the participating international experts call for cooperation in the prevention of corruption.Corrupt practices are... read more




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