If we analyse three decades of applied change management we get a mixed bag. While every year tons of new models and tools pop up in our field, there are too few shining examples of successful, orchestrated large scale change. Whether in corporations or societies, it seems like fundamental transformations have only happened after revolutions.
The capacity of systems to react to change drivers from outside or inside has not grown substantially and in most cases the resisting forces are stronger than those forces which try to drive change. And yet the current dynamic of change is unprecedented. Business models that have existed for decades if not centuries expire at the speed of imagination. Social contracts that have existed for long are disintegrating rapidly. Historicists might look back at our time and call it the Age of Disruption.
At the Berlin Change Days 2016, we want to have a closer look at the phenomena that accompany this development. Can disruption be peaceful? Have all lessons learned become obsolete? What are the new stories that inspire us? How do we support new ideas? Are there models and tools that can help companies and communities to deal with the current dynamics of change? How can we support systems that are growing rapidly to remain healthy in their growth? How can we support systems that are dying to keep their dignity in the process of passing away? How can we reduce the fear that comes with uncertainty? What is the role of change facilitators in such processes?
As we believe that our rational mind is overwhelmed by what is happening around us, we will need to tap into that part of us that works by intuition and the unconscious mind. Artists have always helped us to take a different perspective on reality. In that sense, the Berlin Change Days 2016 will be a festival of arts – the art of doing things totally different.
October 28-30, 2016. In Berlin, where else?
The Berlin Change Days is the global Agora for people who are passionate about organizational and personal development. It provides a forum where practitioners meet to look at trends, hear about new tools, network and celebrate.
What participants of the Berlin Change Days say about the event:
"I would describe the BCD in three words: Wow, wow and wow!"
"It is one of the most important annual conferences for me to keep on track concerning megatrends, news in facilitation and consulting for "change", and to meet inspiring people."
“This event has made me realize that change-setting is never too late. We always have ample time. We just have to jumpstart it in our unique individual contexts and capacities. There will always be like-minded individuals who are willing to join.”
"Great connection. Great people. Good learning. Absolutely worthwhile. Thank you."
"I felt enthusiastic and full of new energy. The Berlin Change Days left me inspired and with concrete ideas for how to implement some of these ideas. Thank you very much for this great conference and the co-creation!"
"I feel thankful for the great opportunity meeting so many great people, changing thoughts and ideas and learning a lot. I take lots of inspiration into my work. Thanks to Holger and the team for organizing such a great event. Looking forward to meeting you next year. Good time!"