The In-Presence Festival. In Berlin.

Picture: Margarete Wheatley
Margaret Wheatley
Picture: Otto Scharmer
Otto Scharmer
Picture: Bayo Akomolafe
Bayo Akomolafe

Agenda Overview. Nov. 5-7, 2021.

Friday, Nov 5, 2021, 15:00-20:00 CET

The curtains will rise and our facilitators will open the space. We'll have a performance of music and arts guiding us into the sphere of the unknown. Meg Wheatley, one of the early authors on new leadership, will address us from Utah on why this it is the time to be brave and to become activists in a world which needs change more than ever. You will attend your first in a series of workshops. And you will meet lots of likeminded people. The joint learning journey will start. 

Saturday, Nov 6, 2021, 9:00-23:00 CET

A day full of interactive workshops, a panel discussion with change facilitators from around the world on what the world calls us to do, and a keynote by Otto Scharmer speaking to us from the US - who has been our guardian for the last 20 years - on how to see the future emerging in front of our eyes. Then join our party at which your legs simply will not be able to hold still. Remember: Life is a party, dance for it. The learning Journey continues.

Sunday, Nov 7, 2021, 09-14:00 CET

More workshops. A surprise visitor. The learning journey comes to an end. 

More gigs will be added to the agenda in the weeks to come.

Parts of our program (Keynotes, Panel) will be livestreamed into the internet. Ticketholders of The Virtual Conference will have access to these virtual parts as well.
Besides some keynote speakers and panelist might attend only virtually due to covid19 restrictions. However, the workshops host will all be on-site!



We are back: pleased to meet you! 

by Holger Nauheimer

A review of the crazy times we have been through and an outlook on things to be done. Holger will talk about how change has changed and how we as change facilitators have come out transformed.

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, 18h00 CET


Who Do We Choose To Be?

by Margaret Wheatley

As activists who want to make a difference, we need to open to the world as it is and, from that awareness, define what is the difference we can make in this ever-changing reality.  No matter what we do or external conditions beyond our control, we can choose to embody the best human qualities: generosity, compassion, presence.  We can choose to focus on what is needed from us, rather than what we want.  We can choose service rather than self. Meg will be streamed in from Utah, USA.

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, 18h00 CET


The future is already here, but we need to pay attention to it
by Otto Scharmer

The future is already here, but so is the past. The pandemic has laid bare everything broken in our current civilizational model: the ecological, the social, and the spiritual divides. What this moment and this decade is calling for is to reimagine and reshape our path forward. As change makers, we need to become stewards in activating and cultivating transformation literacy, both within ourselves, among ourselves, and in the systems that we collectively enact. 
Otto's keynote will be streamed in.

Panel Discussion - LIVESTREAM from Berlin, Nov 6, 2021, 14:30 CET

Bayo Akomolafe, Charo Lanao and Phobe Tickell will explore the future of activism

Bayo Akomolafe (virtual)

"What if the ways we respond to the crises that haunt us are part of the crises?"


Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea and Kyah, the grateful life-partner to Ije, son and brother. A widely celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books) and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak, Bayo Akomolafe is the Chief Curator of The Emergence Network and host of the online postactivist course, ‘We Will dance with Mountains’. 

Phoebe Tickell (virtual)

"How do we protect the sacred if we are out of touch with what is sacred to us?"

Phoebe Tickell is Director of Collective Imagination at Moral Imaginations, an organisation that is developing collective imagination practices to reconnect people to a sense of cosmic identity and restored meaning-making. She asks the question, “Can imagination power our moral courage and expanded empathy for the world?” Phoebe is a renegade scientist, systems designer and social entrepreneur, passionate about creating opportunities for transformation of people - and through that, transformation of society, and planet. Her field research areas include exploring molecular biology, the future of technology, designing a new food system, experimenting with new ways of working, or creating alternatives to our current education system.

Charo Lanao (virtual)


Mar del Rio Lanao (Charo) is a woman with a depth of knowledge and commitment gathered from her awareness and experience of ancient human systems, their myths and legends and their unwavering respect for Mother Earth. Her journeys of learning and facilitation have taken her across the continents, allowing her to experience and support communities North, South, East and West.

Our education systems teach the head, but without the heart change is often an ill-conceived thing that ends in disappointment and failure, which can be costly.  Charo redresses that balance, facilitating and hosting small or big gatherings to achieve more successful, sustainable, outcomes.  She supports her clients to think with their hearts and feel with their minds, to imagine possibilities, hold intentions and commitments and adapt, with creativity and flexibility, to uncertainty, to what lies ahead. Her style of listening and drawing out from participants their own unique solutions has made her an integral agent of change in over 15 countries worldwide. 

Workshops given in Berlin (more workshops might be added over time):


"Connect Focus Act Transformation:
Intuitive Archery as a Blue-Print for Leadership" 
by Annette Birkholz

In intuitive Archery there are four steps to build up a shot. As in Leadership it is a continuous transformation process. Approached with head, heart and hand it leads to a co-creative process and creates a holistic flow - on both the individual level and across all areas of  organisations. LIVE IN BERLIN


"Move and be moved - what body language means when coming back from social distance" by Rutger Bartelsman & Fere van Diggelen

As we all know, humans are flocking creatures. We concentrate our lives around each others presence for some very good reasons.  

These times have brought us some truly severe, but mostly technical challenges. On guaranteeing societal safety, on keeping our economies open, but more personally on dealing with social distancing, virtual working and protecting those we care for most. When we'll come back in a life without social distancing, we'll be facing something of a total different nature: a constant and repetitive adaptive challenge. On how to interact emotionally when the world around us keeps telling that the risks of human contact are high and dangerous. Some studies show that we're not used to crowds anymore - yes we'd all love to get back to festivals - but a crowded train or bus is too much. 

In this workshop we're going to enter a short action research into embodiment. Into what it means to be close, far away, in the same room, in the same team or even in physical contact. By moving around in a space (either in or outside, on site in Berlin preferably), we'll use various techniques to become aware of what our bodies find useful information, making sense of what others do (and maybe feel), how to process these cues and create some structure on what might help guide us into the (covid-measured) future. 

I invite you to dive into an experience of sensitivity towards the space around you. To understand what it means to move the field around us (in which most of us have learned last year that it has about a 1,5 meter radius), and to understand what it means when we gradually come closer to each other and be moved by those experiences. The result of your participation in this workshop is shared experience of embodiment and a personal awareness of something like a 'compass of values' to use in your movement through the world, by connecting again to each other and redefine the 'new normal'. LIVE IN BERLIN


"The Power of Peer to Peer feedback" 
by Angela Maus

At Resourceful Humans, we have the tagline “Tech to the Future” that simply means that we like to look at the past, and find simple management principles that were common identifiers of high performing teams and organizations in order to implement these today with the improved technological means at our disposal. One of these simple but extremely powerful principles is that of positive peer to peer feedback. 

Especially in the current context, we find ourselves more technologically connected than ever, able to collaborate with our pears to create value and contribute anytime, anywhere, but often fall short of recognizing our peers for the value they create. We at RH sometimes say that feedback is the “F-Word of Management'', nobody likes to hear it or talk about it, but we do know that having a good feedback culture is crucial for an organization and its workforce to stay connected. This leads us to the mantra that says bad feedback (or lack thereof) leads to bad performance within a team, whereas a high frequency of meaningful feedback creates the perfect environment for high performing teams. 

Ok, sounds easy, right? In truth, we see countless organizations struggling with this on the regular. Feedback is given at irregular intervals, used solely for performance appraisal and is sometimes not meaningful as the content does not give the receiver actual tangible insight into what action or contribution they are being recognized for.  

At Resourceful Humans this is not a problem, everyone shares positive feedback in the easiest way and stays connected by spreading some love and rewarding teammates' good work. We do this through a platform called staRHs. staRHs can improve the collaboration in your teams by enabling members to directly share more, better feedback. This way staRHs helps in creating a much more positive social experience during social distancing. Because staRHs connects. Within staRHs, we have an AI ally at work called AImee. Using super-advanced machine learning and other magic, AImee will help ensure that the feedback written within staRHs has real value. This comes back to our point of high frequency, high quality feedback - AImee helps to ensure that both these criteria are met. staRHs makes it easy to share feedback in a high frequency, AImee makes it easy to share feedback in a high quality and with having fun. 

Getting awesome Feedback the moment you do something amazing, just feels like a million Dollars. Fact - Great Teams share more, and more meaningful Feedback than poorly performing teams. 


"Let's start a new future proof religion. It can be better than we think." by Stephan & Sander Ummelen

Our Church of Change has dabbled with religious inspiration at the Change days for some time now. From delivering a sermon in Berlin to doing a key note in Totonto to bringing the confessional booth to the Australasian change days; where can we go from here?

The future can be better than we think. If we believe. If we believe in ourselves. While Europe is getting ever more secular, we need a new narrative about our future and who we are. We need a new religion.

When you think about it, the belief in change is the belief in that things can get better. And if things can get better it means that what there is underneath it all is already good, ready to manifest itself in ways that surpasses what we have already accomplished together. How can we share this belief and tie our intentions together, all across the world? How can we outdo our previous appearances at the various Change Days? 

By taking the weekend in Berlin to start a new religion together. Not one based on power. But one based on trust. What would our communal belief be? What would its' rituals look like? How can we invite others to join and share the common ground of our belief in change; in a shared faith in the common good that has yet to manifest itself fully?

What religion became was a truth in and of itself. A force to subject others. Our religion will be one that lifts people up. Not one professing truth, but one reclaiming the role of belief in change: that things can get just as good as they already are.

We can start that new religion about believing in ourselves and in the future together. And we can start it during the Change Days in Berlin. LIVE IN BERLIN



"Kenats - a toast to connection." 
by Melina Garibyan & 
Mané Mehrabya


How can organisations and societies learn to reconnect in a humane way? In a way that touches and makes us binding and loyal "family members". Families laugh, cry and argue with each other and accept each other in their diversity. They say a company should have a purpose, but what is it? In families, that purpose is the family itself. Acceptance and love are especially strengthened in rituals. But this rituals should not just be a date  in the calendar. The reason why a company is should be a collaborative process that is evolving, flexible and growing. In order to better create these moments of deep connection, we will explore three concepts from the old and combine them to create an experience that is surprisingly new. First a rich multi-sensory environment choreographed with the utmost love and care. Secondly, a toasting ritual thousands of years old from Armenia, where toastmasters called tamadas help the collective eternalize moments around a table. We as the tamadas and facilitators will use immersive facilitation to not only immerse through story the participants into the magic of connection, but also share the age old knowledge passed down to the toastmasters about how to touch someone into either laughter or tears in the span of a couple of minutes. And lastly, just like at any family gathering, the mystery and magic that comes from all those around the table bringing their own talents, moments, and toasts. Our workshop is designed to work in both analogue and in the digital space.


"Finding New Inspiration - Taking a hard look at people, places and facts" by Sakshi Bansal

The world has always dealt with change and after a shockwave of COVID-19, it might be left with wider inequities than ever! As practitioners and psychologists, we are actively trying to embody the values of SDG's, sustainability and larger impact in our practice. Recently, our conversations have focused on topics like vulnerability, authenticity and kindness. As we are starting our journey's to incorporate these terms in our practice, it can serve us well to find inspiration from the practices of three psychologists from Ghana, New Zealand and India who have been working with these communities at the front line by bringing in these very values and drawing on their expertise in psychology! Not only these countries have been dealing with fa greater uncertainties in their histories, but these psychologists have also found a way to make our everyday practices even more focused on a truly sustainable world. LIVE IN BERLIN


"Embodied Facilitation – dare to expand" 
by Anja Louisa Schmidt & Jutta Weimar

How can you offer resourceful facilitation in challenging times? Your body is of immense help. By listening to your body you receive precise information on how you are at the moment. And by using movements you can influence the way you think, feel and act and how you are in touch with a group.  In this session you are invited to:  Listen to your bodily voice, dare to do unusual stuff, expand your patterns and change yourself, thus change the world.  

Bodily awareness and conscious movement can accelerate your own development, raise your presence and bring your practice as a facilitator/ change maker to the next level. LIVE IN BERLIN


"(Re)connect with your resources – becoming aware of our symbiotic relationship with our environment and enhancing the space of your inner visionary for action" by Eva Apitzsch

Global responsibility is a huge term and evokes resistance in many of us, more than actions. We just don’t dare to start. But even the biggest changes start small. I’d love to support you in becoming aware of your range of options and resources again, by connecting with yourself and with your environment. During this workshop, you will experience the symbiotic relationship we have with our planet through a guided meditation. And use visual and/or kinaesthetic coaching methods to connect with our unconscious minds – creating awareness and hopefully ideas to start making a difference in this world. LIVE IN BERLIN


"Activism from below and above" 
by Elisabeth Heid

Traditionally, we associate activism with driving change from below – as the protestor or whistle-blower. And we tend to think that it would be so much easier to drive change from a position of power – as the boss or president. In this workshop, we will explore the possibility of activism from different positions in an organization and community. We will uncover resources and constraints that come with each role and think through how activists might partner more effectively across boundaries. Participants will work their own examples, identifying an issue on which they want to drive change, think through their authority and its implications for being more impactful activists. LIVE IN BERLIN


"Activism meets inertia: how to tackle immunity to change in social spaces" by Marcus Jenal & Bhav Patel

We will start the session by inviting you to experience interconnectedness in an embodied way. We will then move on to jointly explore why there is immunity to change in groups and organisations and what to do to overcome it. Activism often uses a brute force method, defining a future state of how things ought to be and then pushing hard to get there. This can be very frustrating; social systems are inherently resistant to change, as they have evolved for stability. If we approach change from a complexity frame of reference, setting an ideal future state is not the best way to act. We will explore how to, instead, better understand the constraints and potentials in the present and creatively work with them. LIVE IN BERLIN


"Art is the highest form of hope - A taster of artistic activism" by Esther Barfoot

In this workshop, we are going to hang out on the cross roads of art, activism and change. Why this particular cross roads? Because: 
Artists can see what has never been seen before. Artists can make you see what you have never seen before. Art tickles the more intuitive parts of the brain. Art creates connection. Art provokes dialogue and silence. Art helps you get used to trying. And failing. And trying again. Art gives birth to resilience. And all of this is essential to create change. No wonder that currently there are many wonderful and cool initiatives popping up around the world that combine art, craft or design with activism to promote change. In this workshop, we are going to have a look at a variety of these initiatives (such as the Advocacy Innovation Lab, a variety of artist inventors, The Craftivist Movement, etc) and the ways in which they operate. Then we ourselves are going to combine art & activism, when each of us creates our own personal Manifesto (text & design) on our role in bringing about change. We are going to work with methods and materials that make it easy to create a Manifesto with impact. And that make sure this workshop can be easily reproduced by anybody in all kinds of contexts. LIVE IN BERLIN


"Organizational Origami: an embodied practice of unfolding the future from the present." by Jouke Kruijer

We live in multiple realities some identifiable, some hidden in field of emergence. The purpose of the workshop is to experience these two realities of processual change. Its modest format offers a radical challenge to a world that expects us to plan our way out of uncertainty. Your hands will remember how the future really unfolds. LIVE IN BERLIN


"Let's have fun with Complex Systems!" 
by Bess Stonehouse

From creating Human Sensor networks to Mapping Stories, let's look at some processes for change-making that really get stakeholders engaged. Inspired by Dave Snowden at the Cynefin Foundation, we'll have a look at the basic precepts of adapting in complexity, the future of a million interactive systems that are all begging for change. Then we'll do some simple story mapping to get a feel for the reach of what we can do, simply by leveraging what's there, what seems to be there, and what wants to be there but isn't yet. Discover together ways to look and ways to see. And why not ways to be? LIVE IN BERLIN


"Re-sounding: exploring an alternative metaphor for organization change" by Simon Martin & Rik Span

Building on dialogic views of organizations as ongoing conversations (or “ensemble improvisations”) we'll explore the metaphor of organizational sound (and music), and how it might open up practical choices for working with change.  We'll lightly link into social-constructionist and dialogic theories of organization as key sources for our thinking. Then introduce the idea of the metaphor of organizational sound as a frame for examining what it is we are currently doing in our organizations, and by extension what we might like to do differently. We’ll also work with (live) musical examples. LIVE IN BERLIN


"On Networks, Communities and Hierarchies" 
by Eugenio Molini

We will explore a framework with three basic patterns to orient your work as a Change Agent: hierarchy, community, and network.

You will learn to choose which is the most adequate to reinforce depending on the context and how to do that with different interventions, what each one requires of a change agent and how to detect people’s preferences.

These patterns coexist in all contexts, so we will go up to a higher level of complexity to understand the interplay. Some situations that will be highlighted: What happens in a hierarchy when you develop internal networks? How are networks affected when they develop stable structures? How do communities resist networks? 


"Creative resilience – rise and reinvent during crises" 
by Ulla Raithel-Beck, Andrea Griesinger & Claudia Weiss

Churchill’s well-known quote "never waste a good crisis" goes beyond the normal understanding of resilience. During crises, we seem to be more open to make a fresh start even outside of what we previously imagined. There is great creative power in this new beginning. We call this creative resilience and mean not only a return to a former state, but also a conscious further development, a new beginning, a reinvention. In the workshop, we want to show and discuss examples of creative resilience (on individual and organizational level), collaboratively develop patterns, and identify how an agile approach can help us to take advantage of these opportunities and transfer them to non-crisis times. LIVE IN BERLIN