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Michael Narberhaus

Michael Narberhaus is the founder and coordinator of the Smart CSOs Lab, an international network of civil society leaders, academics, and funders aiming to develop and put into practice strategies that embrace the cultural and systemic root causes lying behind the social and environmental crises of our times. He has an academic background in economics and business and worked several years in the private sector before developing a passion for research and strategizing for a socially and environmentally sustainable economy. Among others, he has worked for WWF-UK to engage policymakers, business, and civil society in more systemic approaches to transform consumption and production systems towards respecting environmental limits and well-being for current and future generations.



Tellus Publications (Selected)


Civil Society Organizations: Time for Systemic Strategies

Michael Narberhaus, Orion Kriegman, Pamela Pezzati, Paul Raskin

Myriad civil society organizations (CSOs) are addressing the full range of environmental and social problems, including climate change, food insecurity, droughts, resource scarcity, and poverty. Despite many successes, these perilous problems (and more) constitute a sustainability crisis that calls into question the efficacy of current CSO strategies. More transformative approaches, drawing on cutting-edge theory and practice, are required for CSOs to fulfill their role of helping humanity meet contemporary challenges. The Great Transition scenario offers a holistic framework for changing course.