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How we see change

Collaborative change

cCHANGE connects people with the knowledge and tools to enhance leadership capacity and collaborative power. New understandings of the relationship between individuals and collectives show that the quality of collaboration is key. When diverse skills and passions are brought together in pursuit of a common goal, collaboration can generate amazing results.

Creative change

cCHANGE focuses on the power of imagination and creation, bringing together the best of art and science to facilitate new types of responses to climate change. Art has the potential to reveal patterns and connections within complex systems. This makes it possible to discover new perspectives and ways of thinking and being that can turn problems into creative solutions.

Conscious change

cCHANGE works with individuals and groups to enhance their capacity to eliminate blind spots and assumptions that can be barriers to successful transformation. Transformation can come about simply by viewing problems and solutions differently. Understanding the role of consciousness in change processes is a powerful leverage point for systems change.


Karen O’Brien

Professor Karen O’Brien is an internationally-recognized expert on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. With 25 years of experience in climate change research, her work focuses on human responses to environmental change, with an emphasis on the relationships between personal, cultural, and systems transformations. Download CV.

Linda Sygna

Linda Sygna has 15 years of experience working with climate change, and has expertise on climate change impacts and responses, particularly the implications for human security.  She has managed international projects, collaborations, and events, and is skilled in fostering networks for collective learning and action. Download CV.

Teresia Sætre Aarskog

Teresia Sætre Aarskog holds a Master of Philosophy in Development, Environment and Cultural Change from the University of Oslo. She is experienced with interdisciplinary work on the human and cultural dimensions of climate change and other environmental issues. She is now working at cCHANGE to communicate, develop and deliver projects to engage people as the solutions to climate change.

Dina Hestad

Research Advisor
Dina has 10 years of experience researching and working with NGOs, businesses, and governments from around the world in promoting climate change adaptation and transformations. She holds a DPhil (PhD) from the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University exploring how Sustainability-Oriented Hybrid Organisations can help promote sustainability transformations in cities. She is experienced in communicating complex environmental problems and multi-lateral negotiations through her work with the Reporting Services branch of the International Institute of Sustainable Development.  

Leonie Goodwin

Advisor / Operations
Leonie has over 10 years’ experience working across many sustainability domains including global change research, corporate sustainability and ethical trade. She has worked in Australia, Switzerland and Norway in the private sector, NGOs, academic, and intergovernmental organizations on projects, communications, events, reports, and coordinating multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Heidi Arctander


Heidi has a Masters in Human Geography with a specialization in climate change adaptation and social transformation. Her thesis focused on transformative learning, empowerment, youth and climate change education in Norwegian high schools. Heidi plays a key role in our work on the EU Horizion 2020 SEAS project, as well as assisting other education-related projects

Robin Leichenko

Expert – Climate change (social and economic dimensions)
Prof. Robin Leichenko is an internationally recognized expert and educator on the social and economic dimensions of climate change. Her work explores the implications of climate change for different regions, sectors, and social groups and identifies openings and opportunities for equitable and sustainable transformation.