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Co-Creating Leadership Best

Practices for a Sustainable Future

Welcome to our test drive site! We would love your feedback on the kind of features you would want to have in an online curriculum portal for developing the next generation of sustainability leaders.

Site Purpose

Here you will find detailed steps to bring the ANGLES curriculum to your institution or organization. We have designed the workshop materials so that they can be replicated step-by-step.

We are seeking your feedback on the design of the site (not the content contained within each module) so that we can build a standardized template. Currently, these are workshops from the Boreas Leadership Program at the University of Minnesota but our goal is to add additional workshops and curricula from other institutions.

Module Template


ANGLES communications and media workshops help prepare participants to communicate complex interdisciplinary issues using experiential activities.

Building Better Presentations

IonE communications director Todd Reubold has been helping raise the quality of presentations at the University for years. Now you, too, can benefit from his insights and coaching. Learn presentation design and delivery best practices. Explore presenting to scientific and general audiences. Improve one of your own presentations.

Click here for the Building Better Presentations curriculum.

In My Opinion

It’s easier than ever to enter the public conversation through a variety of forums such as Facebook, tweets and tirades at your local bar. Still, a well-crafted opinion piece holds sway. If you have the skills, discipline, rigor and leadership to put your ideas out into this more formal public conversation, you can share your viewpoint with thousands or even millions of influential people. This workshop will introduce you to the art of the op-ed, get you started on your very own op-ed and offer ideas on where you can pitch your finished piece. We bring in experts, including editors from major Twin Cities media, to help.

Click here for the In My Opinion curriculum.

Interacting with the Media

You have interesting stories to share — stories that can help make the world a better place. And journalists can help you share your story, especially if you help them do their jobs. In this popular Boreas workshop, you’ll get to meet, conduct mock interviews with and learn from local reporters. Learn how to pitch stories and give a great interview.

Click here for the Interacting with the Media curriculum.

Telling Your Story

Storytelling is an important leadership skill if you’re interested in science, policy and having an impact. This workshop will help you understand others’ stories and get better at telling your own. You’ll be able to answer the questions: Why do you do what you do? Why does your work matter? You’ll even gain a few ideas about how you can practice telling your story and so grow your leadership.

Click here for the Telling Your Story curriculum.

Your Life Online

What is the world is finding out about you online? How can you be more strategic about that? How can the internet help you advance your career? This workshop will help you think broadly about your online presence and the world of social media.

Click here for the Your Life Online curriculum.


ANGLES public skills workshops prepare students to contribute to policy-making and collaborate with others as both colleagues and citizens.

Building Communities & Networks

Mentors, collaborators, colleagues, teams, networks. Leaders, by definition, don’t work alone. Collaborating with others helps us get things done. This workshop will focus on why networks matter, why communities matter and why mentors matter. You’ll acquire new tools to help you think through your own relationships and how to make them better.

Click here for the Building Communities & Networks curriculum.

Developing Intercultural Competence

In this workshop, we focus on how intercultural competence can be used first, as a starting point for self-awareness, and then from there, how this understanding can funnel out through the lens of intercultural competence with other cultural contexts.

Click here for the Developing Intercultural Competence curriculum.

Engaging with the Legislative Process

The legislative process is meant to facilitate public conversations about issues. But it’s pretty confusing. This workshop will help you better understand the legislative process and develop strategies for getting involved. Learn about your legislators and discover tools to help you follow the action. Think through how to do more than write a letter to your elected officials. The workshop focuses on the Minnesota legislative process and is led by a former state legislator.

Click here for the Engaging with the Legislative Process curriculum.

Meetings that Matter

You’ve almost certainly sat through a bad meeting. But have you ever been part of a meeting that feels transformational? Done right, meetings facilitate great work. In this workshop, you will learn and practice new strategies to become a master of meetings. Try out some meeting games, and get ready to harness the contributions of colleagues and collaborators while earning gratitude for not wasting time with bad meetings.

Click here for the Meetings that Matter curriculum.

Negotiating Basics

We don’t always agree, especially on really important matters. But we still need to make decisions and figure out how to move forward collectively. Strong negotiation skills will help you facilitate decision-making and make you a better leader. This workshop introduces participants to basic principles of negotiation and provides the opportunity for practice. Margaret Kelliher, former speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, teaches this workshop. She’s negotiated state budget deals and taught negotiation at the Humphrey School. Now she’s bringing her unique perspective to Boreas.

Click here for the Negotiating Basics curriculum.

The integrative leadership workshop empowers participants to work across diverse and conflicting disciplines to effectively address environmental challenges.

2-Day Workshop

Integrative Leadership

Solving environmental challenges requires the best efforts of teams of people with diverse skills and perspectives. The Boreas integrative leadership workshop empowers participants with integrative leadership skills for making meaningful progress on tough problems.

The workshop takes place over two days. Participants learn about leadership practices and then practice and apply them in an experiential, learning lab format. Participants sharpen their abilities to address common challenges in leading diverse groups working on wicked environmental problems, practice conflict management and polarity mapping tools for engaging in thorny environmental dilemmas, learn from examples of successful integrative leadership, and build networks among participants with differing perspectives and skills.

Click here for the Integrative Leadership curriculum.

The systems thinking and tools workshop develops participants’ ability to deconstruct, describe and address environmental problems using systems tools.

2-Day Workshop

Systems Thinking & Tools

The complexity of the social, biological and physical worlds often defies human intuition. Few people are prepared to work through the complexity within a discipline, much less through problems that transcend disciplines.

Systems thinking is a set of approaches and modeling tools used to describe and simulate the interactions among components of complex systems. With these tools, systems thinking provides insights into the functioning of systems and solutions to today’s difficult problems. This two-day workshop introduces the vocabulary and skills needed to think about, unravel and build models of real-world problems.

Participants will learn to fend off simplistic and static thinking with tools as diverse as causal loop diagrams, stocks, flows, time lags and simple computer modeling. Connections with leadership challenges will also be part of the mix.

Click here for the Systems Thinking & Tools curriculum.