Adaptive Cultures Practitioner Development Program

Lead change.  Enable Transformation.

The world is evolving and most organisations are not keeping up – learn to enable ongoing cultural evolution to create real and sustainable change

Practical Wisdom for Transformational Change

A 12-month journey

Adaptive Cultures offers a 12-month experiential program in leading-edge cultural transformation methodologies.

The Adaptive Cultures frameworks enable organisations to evolve their ways of working by building genuine adaptive capacity.  The program is a uniquely transformative experience, providing leaders and practitioners skills, frameworks and support to transform themselves, their practices and their organisations.

This one year program focuses on immediate application and impact through organisational case studies. Practitioners find they develop greater confidence, courage and compassion in navigating the significant challenges of transforming systems.

Each year-long program blends face to face immersive workshops, online social learning and community interaction. There are a series of, webinars, instructional videos and frameworks provided, with regular sharing of insights and ideas. These are all aligned with guiding genuine organisational transformation.

Change management and other traditional approaches to culture reinforce existing problems.  They do not allow organisations to evolve uniquely, quickly or sustainably.

Leaders, facilitators, business transformation and culture practitioners, the Adaptive Cultures Practitioner Development Program is for you if:

You know that traditional change methods in an evolving world don’t work

You would like to influence organisations to adopt more adaptive, leading edge methods

You are motivated to become more effective in facilitating, leading and guiding change

A vibrant, global practitioner community

Join a community of leaders, change agents and culture practitioners reimagining the world of work, the role of organisations and the potential of humanity.

Participants are leaders and culture practitioners from inside organisations and external facilitators, coaches and educators and transformation agents.  Past participants have been leaders and practitioners from or consulting to the following organisations: ANZ, Super Retail Group, Genworth Australia, Visy, 7eleven, OI, Telstra, Siemens, AGL, NAB, Vision Australia.

Participants have included Executives, CIOs, GMs, Business Transformation leads, Project Managers, Customer Experience Executives, Heads of People and Culture and OD as well as exceptional leadership and culture facilitators, change practitioners and coaches.

Become a more adaptive and courageous culture practitioner, with the knowledge, skills and frameworks to guide effective cultural evolution.

Why Join Us?

  • Become part of a global community of practitioners applying contemporary methodologies for working with culture

  • Learn innovative methods for galvanising support and working with resistance

  • Create connected and vibrant environments in any organisation for reflection and challenging the status quo

  • Be supported in integrating and practising the methodologies in your daily work to create real-time impact

  • Learn methods specifically developed to support successful cultural evolution

  • Experience support on your own journey of development to become more capable and effective in guiding and influencing change

Participant Experiences

The Adaptive Cultures Practitioner Accreditation journey has been life-changing for me and quite simply, the most effective and powerful adult learning experience I have had. Alison and Andrew patiently guide us to be our best selves, celebrating our successes and challenging us to explore deeper and further, both individually and as agents for cultural transformation within our organisations, by drawing on their deep experience, methodology and pure passion for human connection. Although the pace of the program is flexible, the desire to learn is strong.  The work is infectious, sometimes exhausting, but continually raises our awareness to what is possible – providing a framework upon which we can build our capacity to lead cultural transformation –  celebrating small wins and realising the true impact of incremental change! The workshop setting is a haven away from the complexity and bustle of a workday where we can focus, reflect and collaborate in a way that enables building meaningful relationships with like-minded peers and developing an expanding practitioner community. Will you join us?
Although the pace of the program is flexible, the desire to learn is strong.  The work is infectious, sometimes exhausting, but continually raises our awareness to what is possible – providing a framework upon which we can build our capacity to lead cultural transformation –  celebrating small wins and realising the true impact of incremental change!
Dear Andrew & Alison, I want to thank you both personally for the energy, support and wisdom that you shared, both as a group and privately.  Despite all the pre-reading and thinking, I only now appreciate the beauty and clarity of the approach that you have developed, and how it interweaves and connects so many varying and critical principles, instruments and concepts into one unique kaleidoscope! We all have a challenging and complex journey ahead, and speaking for myself, I am now more clear than ever that I am on the right road together with the right people. In closing, allow me to thank you both for your humanity and generosity which you shared with us all so unreservedly, as we start our journeys.
I have been working with the Adaptive Cultures approach and framework for about 2 years now and find it the most impactful approach I have ever used. Although Kegan’s theory of adult development has long influenced my work in leadership development, for organisational change the adaptive cultures framework and the white paper are so very applicable and understandable to groups who normally do not think this way. In our corporate environment that emphasises the ‘hard’ over the ‘soft stuff’ and does not like the word ‘culture’, we find that engineers, project managers, IT guys and leaders have all been very responsive to the model. It is tangible for them to diagnose where they are and where they need to go for the business to stay successful. The steps to move from one stage to another, as described in the white paper, are practical and clear, and sit well with our groups. In these unpredictable times characterised by ambiguity and uncertainty, there is no question that we as individuals and organisations’ must increase our adaptability in order to survive. The Adaptive Cultures approach is the best one I know to help us get there.
When leading transformational change at the South Australian EPA I was blessed to be able to draw significantly on the cutting edge approach of Alison and Andrew from Adaptive Cultures. The best way I can describe their work is to say that it is as if they possess X-ray vision and can see right through to the bones of an organization, as well as ultra-sound-like perception of the vital organs! Their combined experience and unique insight equips them with the extraordinary capacity to ask the kind of questions which elicit and uncover new understanding about where an organisational culture is really at. Not always comfortable questions but essentially revealing in a most powerful way. It also enables them to advise wisely on the right interventions for the organization as a whole as well as the unique requirements of units within to make “change” initiatives more effective. Through their work it became apparent to me that culture change is an evolutionary process, how to wisely navigate the journey in a way that worked for my organizations stage of development, at each challenging step of the way. I wholeheartedly endorse Alison and Andrew.

The Development Journey

  • Your Development
    • Understand your own world views and stage of psychological development and how this impacts your ability to influence leadership and culture
    • Learn ways to develop yourself to be a more effective change leader and culture practitioner
    • Learn to hold the tension and be patient yet persistent in your culture work
    • Understand and develop the attributes of an effective adaptive culture practitioner
    • Uncover the beliefs and assumptions that may hold you back and begin to work on these
    • Develop expertise in navigating complexity and ambiguity
  • Your Organisations Development
    • Understand the characteristics of adaptive cultures and how to support them to flourish in your organisation
    • Diagnose your organisation’s current and aspirational stage of cultural evolution
    • Apply your knowledge (with expert support) to a live case study, creating real-time shifts in your team or organisational culture
    • Understand the impact and consequence of language and narrative, enabling communication that supports the organisation’s cultural aspirations
    • Learn to create environments where people are willing and able to constructively challenge the status quo
    • Learn to accurately read, observe and influence systems
    • Constructively work with resistance to change
    • Gain insight and apply interventions specific to various stages of cultural evolution

Meet Your Guides

Together, Andrew and Alison’s wisdom and experiences uniquely combine to create extraordinary results for their clients. Adaptive Cultures is their highest expression of being the type of change they wish to see in the world.

Alison Cameron, Co-founder and Director

Alison is passionate about supporting organisations to be more connected, vibrant and alive.  She believes that business can be a vehicle for social transformation and is focussed on enabling more leaders and practitioners to reimagine the world of work, the role of organisations and the potential of humanity.

Alison has worked in social transformation, leadership and culture for over 20 years in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Andrew Brown, Co-founder and Director

Andrew’s passion is to support people to bring their innate compassion and wisdom into creating humane and impactful places to work. Andrew has been drawn to the work of building adaptive capacity, as he believes it is essential in order for our organisations, industries and communities to grow and thrive.

His previous experiences include Head of Learning and Leadership Development for AXA Asia Pacific Holdings, and Chief Actuary and CFO at AXA in Singapore and The Philippines.

Practitioner Development Process


Step 1

Upon receiving your application enquiry, we will organise an initial phone call to explore participation and assess your suitability for the program

Step 2

Prior to workshop one you will receive access to our online community portal where you will find preparation work and start engaging with the community
Development Program

Month 1

Workshop 1 – Adaptive Cultures (3 days)

Month 2-4

Online learning, case study application, 2:1 Coaching, webinars

Month 5

Workshop 2 – Diagnostic Accreditation Workshop (2 days)

Month 6-8

Online learning, case study application, 2:1 Coaching, webinars

Month 9-11

Online learning and case study application

Month 12

Workshop 3 – Deepening practise and application (2 days)
Program Completion


Review of learning and application.


Ongoing professional development and community engagement


  • Build your capacity to support groups to transform resistance to unleash the adaptive potential of your organisation
  • Understand how your stage of development impacts your ability to influence as a culture practitioner
  • Develop yourself to be more effective as a culture practitioner
  • Learn to apply the knowledge of cultural stages of maturity to your organisation
  • Work with and effectively influence cultural narratives
  • Create a map of your organisation’s culture journey along with initiatives, interventions and changes required along the way
  • Join a group of passionate and purposeful leaders and practitioners, in an extraordinary location with gourmet lunches included

Enquire about our next virtual global program

Commencing February 2022

2022/02/01 08:00:00

Workshop Locations

Southern Hemisphere

Location: Our Australian workshops are held in Queensland, at Villa Sanchea, Currumbin Beach. The villa is a 10-minute drive from Coolangatta Airport.

Workshop Dates: 
Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 August 2020 – First Workshop
Thursday 18 – Friday 19 February 2021 – Diagnostic Workshop
Monday 24 – Tuesday 25 May 2021 – Final Workshop

Accommodation: Our recommendation for accommodation is The Rocks Resort, which is a short stroll from the villa. Please phone the resort directly for bookings.

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Northern Hemisphere

Location: Our UK workshops are held at Capron House, West Sussex, within the stunning grounds of Cowdray Estate. Cowdray Estate is a 1-hour train journey from Heathrow Airport.

Workshop Dates:
Friday 2 – Sunday 4 October 2020 – First Workshop
Thursday 4 – Friday 5 March 2021 – Diagnostic Workshop
Thursday 17 – Friday 18 June 2021 – Final Workshop

Accommodation: Accommodation is available onsite at the Golf Lodge, or at the nearby  Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa. Please contact us for pricing.

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