Lead the Real Transition

A course for leaders going beyond business as usual with the support of real time insights and networked community.


Over the past 36 months of intense research and development in the fields of Transition strategy, leadership and engineering, we have concluded that business as usual thinking and approaches won’t come close to delivering the transition that is needed. Most likely if we rely on what we are comfortable with it will make things worse.

All organisations desperately need leaders that are continually finding the next steps on the pathway to our long-term sustainable future and have the required mind-set, tool-set and access to leading edge learning and ongoing support from an evolving and committed community.



You'll already be familiar with the significant challenges of climate change and rapid reductions in carbon emissions and are probably in a management, leadership, directorship or influencer role right now.

Or, you’ll be an interdisciplinary group within an organization that wants to get together and moving at pace.


As part of a group of 6–12 colleagues and kindred spirits you'll work together over six weeks to evolve your own theory of transition and opportunities to make a difference. Sessions are virtual (via Zoom) for 90 minutes each week, with a face to face workshop option available.

The Real Transition programme is led by Grant Symons and Fiona van Petegem and features specialists and content from the THQ network. It is intended that sessions are typically 20-30% 'content provided' and the rest of the time is interactive, situational and self monitored. You will have access to online content, a community discussion forum, innovation challenges and personal coaching. 



  • Enhanced understanding of what is physically and scientifically possible

  • Ability to describe significant drivers to others

  • Insights into significant opportunities and risks

  • Knowledge of pre-conditions for successful transitions

  • Access to an evolving reference community

  • Key definitions, models and approaches

  • Perspectives on growth

  • The big picture on energy transition

  • How to frame transition challenges for innovation

  • Making sense of your Transition interest and developing a theory

  • How to increase influence and progress

What others are saying


“The Real Transitions Leaders course is an opportunity to thoroughly examine the key issues that need to be faced if we are to successfully decarbonise economic activity over the next ten to fifteen years and secure a better future for our children. The course is taught in a relaxed format with plenty of opportunity for reflection and discussion. Transition as a concept is placed in the context of a social process as well as a technical process, that is, true transition is about people. Fiona and Grant are great facilitators who bring experience and wisdom to the discussion. I have no hesitation is recommending this course to others”

     - Senior policy advisor

“It was great to be part of this super motivated, cross sector group. I could tell right from the beginning that everyone had been living, thinking, reading and talking about all sorts of ‘Transition’ matters for a long time.  I really liked the simple steps presented and that the facilitators left it open for us to talk about the need for learning and community engagement all the way along. It has been a long time since I worked with such a group and would recommend this course to people interested in the transition to a low carbon and low energy world ”

     - Innovation manager

“I have found this course an incredible opportunity to collaborate with other leaders across New Zealand from a variety of backgrounds and industries to support each other on the journey and deep dive into the process of transition. The information and course content is second to none with ample dedicated time for collaborative engagement what Energy Transition is, the challenges ahead to get transition success, and where we can make improvements, generate ideas and mitigate green-wash. I highly recommend this leading-edge course to anyone who is keen to change their perspective, identify opportunities in the Transition space and bring positive change for future.”

     - Transition Leader

“Anyone who has a stake in developing a new future should give this course a serious look. The Real Transition Leaders programme hits the right note of engaging participants with new concepts and helping ground them in easy-to-understand examples. Helping ourselves and others think differently about the way we plan and develop our ability to transition is of paramount importance for our future”

     - Policy advisor

Is this course right for us?

The price is $2750.00 +GST per participant.

Includes course content, online platform and community access for 1 year.
Each group includes one 'no fee' place for a student.


This is a unique opportunity to be part of an emerging and ongoing movement dedicated to a Real Transition. Register your interest below to join us and explore the opportunity to make a positive long term impact.

Once you have registered your interest, we will make contact with you to discuss your situation, objectives and whether the course is right for you. If you just want more information or want to explore when future courses commence go right ahead contact us and we will be in touch to book a follow up call.

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