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Purpose Quest – Finding inspiration in challenging times

In this Purpose Quest, which builds on a successful inaugural event in 2022, we invite sustainable change agents, entrepreneurs, consultants and activists – anyone who wishes to make a positive impact – to come together and deepen our individual and collective purpose.


Our world is facing a polycrisis. While many of us are struggling with worry, anxiety or overwhelm, some are called to act and create sustainable solutions; doing so in collaboration and community strengthens creativity, inspiration, courage and commitment.
Exploring the deeper interconnected patterns that have shaped the crisis, we can find new empowering perspectives of what we are called to do. Grounding oneself in an authentic purpose helps one to more consistently navigate and harness the swirling emotions that occur in front line sustainability change agents. Working together and with clarity of vision and purpose, we can better create our path towards a resilient, sustainable future, and motivating others to do the same.

Edie Farwell

A partnership between Sander Tideman – author and executive director of Triple Value Leadership  – and Edie Farwell – executive director of Sustainability Leaders Network – welcome sustainability leaders from around the country for a three and a half-day  Shared Purpose Quest at the height of the foliage season in Norwich, Vermont.  We are called to action by the knowledge that:

  1. The effects of the polycrisis are visible and increasing.
  2. Climate change is the greatest challenge the world has ever faced.
  3. We can cultivate the power of our purpose when we offer our full awareness to face the challenges straight on and see their systemic interconnected nature.

Sander Tideman

Centering our work together in systems thinking theory from Donella Meadows, Tideman’s Triple Value Leadership and the Purpose Quest methodology, and Farwell’s rigorous and empathic analysis of the systems we seek to change, the group will strengthen leadership identity with a systems being approach for positive change. This will be done through exploration of three levels of awareness – thinking, feeling, being.

Using a transformative process, immersions in nature, discussions, meditation, haiku, dance self-reflection, and small group dialog, the shared purpose quest journey amplifies the resources of the participants as they collectively address the challenge of creating solutions to successfully address climate change.

Leaders with a deep sense of purpose and commitment are key to turning the tide.

Purpose-based leadership transcends our innate ego-body to support leadership vision and action through a balance of self and surrounding. This is a powerful way we can choreograph a response to the greatest human challenge we have ever known.


“The least obvious part of the system, its function or purpose, is often the most crucial determinant of the system behavior” — Donella Meadows


At the conclusion of the workshop, participants envision future impact by creating a community of practice for continued inquiry as part of a global network of change leaders. Their connection will continue the shared work that began in the workshop in respective fields, specialties, and impact around the world.


Previous participants comments:

Working on sustainability is an inner and outer job. In this program amazing people are working together for evolution on both fronts. I found it really inspiring!” — Anders Ferguson”

I gained valuable insights about interconnectedness and collective spirit. I also learned a lot about finding joy. “— Nathaniel McCoy

The Purpose Quest was such a transformative opening for me.  I feel connected to the natural world in new and powerful ways.  I emerged with a stronger foundation; a more direct connection to the Earth; and clarity about where I will get energy for the work ahead. I am perfectly on my path. It’s just what I needed. – Kirsti Kimball

I left with a new gratitude for my work.” — Sally McGee

The program has helped me tremendously at a critical point in my careerThrough reconnecting with my own authentic being, I found the passion, purpose and courage that was needed to grow into this new role, and it has carried me ever since.  Alan Jope, former CEO Unilever


For whom?

  • Private and invitational event for close network of people
  • Designed for people who want to expand their capacity for systems change
  • Change leaders, (social) entrepreneurs, activists, coaches, and consultants.
  • Maximum of 12 people


  • $ 1600,- for corporate executives
  • $ 700,- for solo entrepreneurs and not-for profit executives
  • Includes lunch and dinner / overnight stay is not included

June 1-4, 2024

Norwich, Vermont

Edie Farwell:  +1802-291-2896

“If we stop being blinded by the illusion of control, we can see that the future cannot be predicted but it can be envisioned and brought lovingly into being” — Donella Meadows
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