The In-Presence Festival. In Berlin.

Agenda, Nov. 5-7, 2021.

Agenda & Schedule: In-Presence-Festival
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Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. 09:30 - 11:00 CET

*Connect -> Focus -> Act -> Transform => BE*

Intuitive Archery as a Blue-Print for Embodied Leadership by Annette Birkholz

Am I connected? With my space? My surrounding? My future? I can find the answers in the way I take a stance, the way I focus (not only the target!), the way I release my arrows and the way I react to my results. 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 deep-dive holistic flow - on both the individual level and across all areas of organisations. Join us for the final synchronious and blind-folded final shot! And take away an embodied experience for life. LIVE IN BERLIN

Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. 09:30 - 11:00 CET

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

Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. 09:30 - 11:00 CET

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. 

Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. 09:30 - 11:00 CET

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. LIVE IN BERLIN


Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. 09:30 - 11:00 CET

(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

Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. 15:30 - 17:00 CET

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

Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. 15:30 - 17:00 CET

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


Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. 15:30 - 17:00 CET

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? 

Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. 15:30 - 17:00 CET

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 

Saturday, Nov 6, 2021. 15:30 - 17:00 CET

From ME to WE: Create a value based culture in teams and organizations by Hendrik Backera

Organizations need to successfully adapt quickly. This adaption is blocked or supported by many small and big decisions of all members of the team. An aligned understanding of the agreed values helps to make decision in alignment with the purpose of the whole organization. In this interactive session the participants will work with the mindset shift canvas to create an aligned understanding for their teams. It creates awareness of the current situation and the desired state in 3 dimensions: Strategic results, behavior and mindset. 

Having this unique dialog, it is easier for team members to find meaning in their work and develop an understanding of their own contribution to the change. LIVE IN BERLIN 

Sunday, Nov 7, 2021. 09:30 - 11:00 CET

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

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


Sunday, Nov 7, 2021. 09:30 - 11:00 CET

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

Sunday, Nov 7, 2021. 09:30 - 11:00 CET

Activism meets inertia: how to tackle immunity to change in social spaces by Marcus Jenal Christian Koch

Unfortunately Marcus and his support Bhavesh cannot make it to Berlin this year. On their recommendation committed Christian Koch is going to step into the breach. More to be announced.

Sunday, Nov 7, 2021. 09:30 - 11:00 CET

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

Sunday, Nov 7, 2021. 09:30 - 11:00 CET

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 start a new future proof belief. 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 Toronto 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 adopting a strong belief in ourselves. 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 belief 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 believing in ourselves and in the future together. And we can start it during the Change Days in Berlin. LIVE IN BERLIN