Celine Schillinger will keynote the Berlin Change Day 2018


What Are You Fighting For? At Work

What is corporate activism, why does it matter, how to stay safe?

Lessons learnt from an epic change journey


It’s astonishing what a small step into corporate activism can lead to. In my case, it happened 8 years ago. From there, a whole transformation process has unfolded, that changed me, many of my co-workers, and our enterprise for the better.


The activism journey brought us into the unchartered territories (so far, in the big pharma world…) of radical inclusion and the redistribution of power between those doing the change and those affected by it, of courageous leadership and passion-driven performance. A bigger diversity in imagination, decision-making, innovative action changes everything. Corporate activism is now a proven way to change relationships in organizations and make a positive difference for their people and their business.


Yet, these ideas not easy to implement and do involve significant changes in mindset and behaviors at all levels of the organization. Alongside successes and rewards, there have been push-back, disappointments, dashed hopes. All have been amazing learning opportunities. I am thrilled to share the essence of those with the Berlin Change Days folks.


This keynote is built upon some of my recent publications, events, and course of action:

  • Corporate Activism & Leadership Transformation: why corporate activism is among the most powerful drivers for excellence and innovation today, and the type of new leadership it requires
  • One Human at a Time: ten lessons learnt from a four-year transformation journey
  • Courage Camp: two-day retreats in the South of France and in the USA in the summer 2018, exploring the concept of courage for self and for the others

Celine has been recognized multiple times for her innovative engagement initiatives in the pharma world. A global engagement influencer, Celine designs & implements new leadership strategies at a global scale that mobilize internal or external stakeholders, enable corporate transformation and boost business value. Celine was awarded the Medal of the National Order of Merit by the French government in 2017 for her efforts for diversity in the workplace. She blogs at WeNeedSocial.com and tweets at @CelineSchill

Esther Barfoot and Yannis Angelis will be the key-facilitators at the Berlin Change Day 2018


Ready for the courage challenge?

Esther Barfoot & Yannis Angelis


In these times of huge environmental, societal and business challenges, we all have to do something courageous. Something that maybe scares us a bit. That means we have to leap, climb or just about crawl over our ‘courage edge’ and act on it. 

What really matters to you? What can you do to serve it? Does it scare you? What is, so to say, your ‘courage edge’? Do you have the courage and agency to step over it?


At Berlin Change Days 2018 we are offering you the chance to experiment with that. To discover your courage edge and to practice leaping from it. 


And, in the meantime, do something activist with it.


Are you ready?



Discovering alternative futures. And helping them along. That is what drives Esther Barfoot in her work as a communication activist. Many systems, such as our democracy, financial system, ways of organising and communicating seem broken or faulty. Esther develops and realises communication concepts for bottom-up and future-oriented movements, such as a movement by police people in the Dutch National Police reclaiming their professionalism, a community initiated by Rotterdam council to prepare the city for climate change and the WE Programme, set up by Tchibo to improve human rights in the factories in their supply chain.

Activist communication stands between the innovators and change agents and is co-created with them. It focuses on change that wants to happen. To do so, activist communication addresses the intuition and experiments freely and eagerly with a great diversity of work forms and (artistic) concepts. It is not an omniscient communication, but open to discover the future together with the participants.


 Yannis is a Facilitator, Coach and Narrative Futurist. He is the Co-Founder of BEYOND STORYTELLING, a global network of experts who work with the narrative approach as a transformation elixir for organizations. He has developed the Disruptive Story-work method a story-based approach, which supports people to become resilient and turn disruption into an opportunity for creative thinking, innovation and efficient collaboration in fuzzy and complex environments.

He is the Co-author of the "Beyond Storytelling", a book which demonstrates how to work with stories in organizations, communities and as an individual. He has also designed the “Lov-e & Car-e-osity™” model, a story-harvesting oriented process mainly for e-learning development. 



Annette Birkholz & Sylvie Balloffet

Your attitude counts! Hit the target without targeting and set resilience anchors in body and mind.


Focus alone is not enough to trigger change. Fixation on your target can even stand in your way. Your attitude counts! Close your eyes and hit the target without targeting. Use your intuition, trust and courage. Set anchors of transformation in body and mind.


For a comprehensive changing journey a holistic approach is beneficial: What is your attitude, your standpoint, your perspective? How much do you trust in your abilities and your intuition? Do you stand truly to your decisions and actions? Is your resilience strong enough to deal with unforeseen challenges? How do you deal with your results or even “mistakes”? Are you courageous enough to let the arrows fly - blindly?


First Level – self-awareness

Dealing with bow and arrow individually helps you to reflect on your individual patterns. It will boost your self-awareness, self-esteem and strengthen your courage for and belief in change.


Second Level – mindfulness/togetherness

Collective team archery combines self-awareness with mindfulness. We need to open our horizon to be aware of what happens around ourselves in order to be able to connect with each other and jointly reach our transformation targets. The collective simultaneous shot - released out of a deep concentrated silence and connection - will symbolize its power in the one big "PLOP".


Combining both levels is the secret of successful change agents and changing teams dedicated to jointly move forward. You will discover how the preparing stations for a shot are a meaningful blue print for any courageous and sustainable actions for change.


Having worked as a systemic consultant and coach in Berlin and London Annette became more and more convinced that the most important skills in life and business cannot be trained for and that learning only happens through personal involvement and experience. She returned to Berlin without a single client but with an idea in her head. Her plan was to facilitate learning, leadership and change with two simple tools - bow and arrow. Against all odds she launched her own organization: the Archery Academy Berlin (www.bogenakademie.de). It took some courage, hundreds of clients and thousands of shots until she finally had developed a method that she is now teaching across Europe to organizations of all kinds: from non-profit to international corporates. She works at international change summits, global leadership retreats and leadership journeys as well as with individual clients, artist and performance companies. Sometimes she is still astonished that her own dream became true and she is convinced: What counts in the end is the belief in ones own idea and the courage, to go ahead with it and to share it.


Belina Raffy

Humour, if done well, gives us the ability to focus on and to understand difficult, complex situations which we would normally be inclined to avoid. It can give us courage to feel like we are all ‘in it together to create a better response. And it can help to reveal current dynamics in the situation which are ridiculous, silly, or genius - increasing our ability to hold ourselves and others accountable, and to adapt changes as needed.


In order for us to find humorous aspects, we must mentally temporarily ‘step out’ of the situation and of how we typically think of the situation. Just doing that reminds us that these are not fixed and can change.


In this highly interactive workshop, we will:

  • Go through the basics to create a compassionate form of humour
  • Learn a basic joke structure
  • Practice exploring ideas our brains don’t normally entertain
  • Use humorous metaphors to explain aspects of complex situations
  • Understand how to become an adorable version of yourself when you present
  • Discuss how to bring these skills back to work to support corporate activism

This workshop addresses a way of communicating which helps to engage others in co-created change using compassion and delight.


Belina is the founder of a global project called Sustainable Stand Up (www.sustainablestandup.com) through which she has worked with a NASA climate scientist, numerous sustainability professionals, change agents, social entrepreneurs, corporate social responsibility officers, humanitarian workers and others on Sustainable Stand Up courses and shows in Baltimore, Berlin, Canberra, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, London, and Melbourne. She is CEO of Maffick, www.maffick.com, a global applied improvisation consultancy which focuses on communication, co-creation and aligning organisations with nature. She is very smiley and loves what she does.

WE ALL NEED COURAGE FOR CORPORTE ACTIVISM, BUT DON´T WORK HARDER THAN YOUR SPONSOR - A dialogue about stimulus, complexity, obedience and apathy.
Carsten Schminke & Céline Schillinger

Don’t we all heard that as a change practitioner: make our change happen! We heard it on many occasions in out professional work life: make them ready for us. But what does this mean at the end and can one person do that?

We know, there are more ingredients needed. We act as stimuli. We are maybe good in kicking things off, are empathic and good communicators. But we need people with the right amount of executing and relationship building genes as well. So, what do we need more at the end?


The right sponsor and the right people. OK, we all know that. What else? Is there a mystique ingredient missing we forget to put into the recipe or is something in the company culture or within the leadership self-conception?

Céline and Carsten will go into a deep dialogue about their company knowledge and will give practical examples, what worked and what not. They will show how to create mini moments of truth, bring people from passivity to activity and create a mixture of several touch points to embrace community thinking.


The overall learning is a deep dive on what is the real problem behind the façade and how people can be courageous and been activated to buy-in. It will end up in an advanced development of “whole scale change”. Participants can reuse and adapt this piece of work for their own.


Carsten is an organizational change practitioner with many years of experience. He is supporting trans­formational changes in a global healthcare company and acts for his customers as a reliable partner with hands on mentality, focusing on the individual and the business. His aim is to build up people in the or­ganization, because the healthcare and medtech industry is becoming more and more volatile and sta­bility is nowadays the exception in the markets. Therefore, he leads people to have the capability and re­silience to actively manage and integrate constant change.


Celine has been recognized multiple times for her innovative engagement initiatives in the pharma world. A global engagement influencer, Celine designs & implements new leadership strategies at a global scale that mobilize internal or external stakeholders, enable corporate transformation and boost business value. Celine was awarded the Medal of the National Order of Merit by the French government in 2017 for her efforts for diversity in the workplace. She blogs at WeNeedSocial.com and tweets at @CelineSchill


Edoardo Binda Zane

Changing environments are tough for everybody, and tension in teams escalates under pressure.

In normal times, we want to stick together, to talk and exchange information, and everyone can manage some pressure, it’s part of the job.

When everything changes so fast around us, or the pressure of is too high, though, we get stressed – and that’s when problems happen: it becomes easy to be protective and focused on our personal gain, we want to be safe. When this happens, communication and exchange of information dies, and - because of the pressure we are already under - mistakes happen. Mistakes, under pressure, are more expensive: for us and for the whole team.


This workshop is focused on avoiding these mistakes and on making a better, more constructive use, of our dynamics under change.

In the workshop we will see not only how teams can work together, but how to make them want to stick together and be there for each other under pressure. We will explore how to make teams understand at a deeper level that taking care of each other, and not of only themselves, is what can bring them out of danger. Participants will leave this workshops with a much deeper understanding of teamwork, and the ability to show their own teams how a simple mental switch can make a world of a difference.


Edoardo has been working in and heading 7-figure business and policy projects for a large part of his career. He has also been improvising at a professional level for 5 years and has studied with several top-level schools. He exploits contact points between these realities and uses them to transfer skills between them. Edoardo works between Berlin and Milan with companies ranging from startups and social businesses to international corporations. He is the author of two books:

• “Effective Decision-Making: how to make better decisions under uncertainty and pressure”

• “Writing Proposals: A Handbook of What Makes Your Project Right For Funding”


Elien Rogaar

The climate challenge deals with the complex problem of climate change. Players face the crucial trade-off between long term sustainability and short term economic growth. It puts participants in the shoes of key decision makers. Each team is responsible for the expansion of a virtual economy on the game board. The growth process encompasses the issues that our world leaders are all too familiar with: growth spurts, limited resources, international negotiations, downturns and conflicts. Do you have the courage to invest in renewable energy? Do you play local or global? Can we prevent ourselves from disasters? What courage does it take to collaborate and what courage to lead or facilitate collaboration?

Can you deal with the complex problem of climate change?


Elien has experience for about twenty years in leading and facilitating development processes. She is dedicated to helping build sustainable organisations and societies, with a whole system approach towards collective impact. She has expertise in design and facilitation of participatory processes in complex settings, multi stakeholder dialogue and co-creation and uses methodologies such as future search, world café, open space technology and appreciative inquiry. 


Eitan Reich

In a fast changing reality, we often get paralyzed, anxious and shocked facing a unexpected and very complex future. The workshop will explore the gap between our linear ways of planning, thinking and acting and the non linear dynamics of the systemic reality we are trying to change. It will introduce two ways of bridging this gap  -  1. acting inside a loop and 2. planning for multiple futures. It will give participants the experience of making a plan based on things they do not know yet. 


Eitan has been an activists for social, political and organizational change for over 20 years, in the international aid sector, local civil society and the public and private sectors. A group facilitator by training and nature, Eitan holds an M.A in Educational Policy and Management from Tel-Aviv University and an M.Sc in Negotiation and Conflict-Resolution from Columbia University in the City of NY. In recent years Eitan devotes his time to develop new tools and processes which support teams and individuals to better manage change in complex contexts.


Eugenio Molini

A way of differentiating between the roles of the Activist and the Facilitator is that the former promotes a change with a specific content, while the latter is neutral towards the content of that change. At some point in your career, you will realize that these roles are different roles that need to collaborate for any change process to succeed. Eventually you will discover that you yourself must be both if you want to become a Master Change Agent.

  • You as an activist will become a meta-facilitator when you “change the way you promote change”
  • You as a facilitator will become a meta-activist when you promote a “change in the way of promoting change”.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to approach the core within you where the Activist and the Facilitator meet and support each other to “change the way in which change is promoted”. It is the same place where your deepest fear holds hands with your greatest courage and your passionate activism holds hands with your acceptance of reality as it is.


If they don’t hold hands, the way of promoting change will not change. Because:

  • Courage becomes recklessness if it doesn’t hold hands with Fear.
  • Fear becomes submission when it doesn’t hold hands with Courage.
  • Activism becomes fanaticism when it doesn’t hold hands with Acceptance.
  • Acceptance becomes sloth when it doesn’t hold hands with Activism.

Eugenio is an OD-consultant since 1990. His specialty is to design and facilitate transformational processes in which success depends on the collaboration between parties with different perspectives, professions, cultures and even diverging interests. He has worked with national, multinational and global companies; with international, multilateral, national and local organizations; mainly in Sweden and Spain, but also in the rest of Europe, in Africa and in Latin America.


Han Verhoeven & Monique Janmaat

Courage or cowardice are these really opposed concepts?

We explore these conflicting ideas with methods from Deep Democracy. In conflict there is wisdom. Experience the simple steps that will unleash the transformative potential of Deep Democracy methods.

Deep democracy enables all voices to be heard. The loud voice and the minority voice. How can we deal with subconscious (group) behaviour? How can we listen to all views? What can we learn from views we don't like? When we feel we must have the courage to transform, the minority voice must be incorporated in the majority decision.  During this workshop you experience how this mindset helps to allow  differences to be resolved and to gain wisdom that lies within the collective views. 


Han's passion is to assist individuals, teams and organisations in expressing their dreams, interests and values while listening to others. "Being a contribution" in a world full of conflict is her challenge.

Han has twenty years of experience in organisational development and network building. She trained hundreds of professionals in the field of facilitation, learning and session design. She often works in intercultural settings and overseas. Han is an IAF certified Professional® Facilitator and Assessor. She is a Deep Democracy practitioner. More on www.perspectivity.org.


Monique facilitates learning and development of individuals, teams, organisations and systems to understand, embrace and deal with today's challenges and contribute to making the world a little bit better.  Differences are interesting and enriching and through expressing and appreciating them we have more in common then we think. That is why she loves what she does....to find this common ground and building further on existing qualities and strengths of everyone involved. She is since 19 years based in Tanzania, has more then 25 years of experience and works in many countries and cultures. She uses a variety of approaches such as Future Search, Theory U and Appreciative Inquiry and is a Deep Democracy practitioner. More on www.perspectivity.org


Jillian Reilly & Holger Nauheimer

We are all trying to be lighthouses, shining out into the communities we seek to influence. But we also need to be torches, looking into our cracks and crevices in order to find our way through times of personal darkness.


We all want and need to shine big and bright in the world, pursuing ideas, causes, and goals. Yet few of us direct our light inwards at the same time, examining our mindset, behaviors and relationships and how they sustain our public work. Some of our most courageous work is in connecting with ourselves and with those that are most important to us, but it’s rarely recognised in conversations around courage.


In this workshop, participants will create their own lighthouses, clarifying how they shine their light outwards, as well as what they need to illuminate inside their lighthouse. In the process they will explore the relationship between their inner and outer purpose, their public and private courage. Jillian and Holger will lead with their own personal stories of shining their lights inwards, while assisting participants to identify the mindset, behavioral and interpersonal work needed to continue on their courageous journeys.


Jillian Reilly is the Global Head of Camp Courage, a personal development retreat series based in Avignon, France dedicated to helping participants reconnect with their deep sense of purpose in order to lead more courageous lives. Jillian’s work is deeply inspired and influenced by the 25 years she spent in the international non-profit sector, leading community based efforts to change social behavior and develop human potential globally.

A passionate storyteller, Jillian seeks out narratives that challenge our conventional understandings of the world and our place in it. Her journalistic works have been published in the Washington Post, LA Times and Newsweek. Her memoir, Shame: Confessions of an Aid Worker in Africa, explores the perils of trying to “do good” on a global scale. While her play Pillow Talk seeks to understand the spread of HIV/AIDS across Africa through the intimate lens of human relationships. Jillian’s Courageous Conversations podcast series, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, engages leading South African changemakers in exploring with empathy and authenticity the challenging work of leading everyday social change.


Holger Nauheimer is the founder and developer of the Change Days movement. He has hosted the Berlin Change Days for 10 years and helped to giving birth to the Toronto Change Days.

 For 30 years, Holger has inspired the world of change management and organizational development. With hundreds of articles in the Internet, countless training programmes for leaders around the world and 10 years of hosting the Berlin Change Days, he has had an impact on many change practitioners. Likewise, in his work with large multi-national companies and global NGOs, he has supported the development of leadership and collaboration skills.

Holger’s philosophy and approach rests on strong shoulders: he studied with the masters. In particular, he takes his inspirations from Stephen Gilligan (Hypnotherapy and Trance), Robert Dilts (Generative Systems Work), Max Schupbach (Deep Democracy), Peggy Holman (Complexity), Juanita Brown, Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff (Facilitation), David Cooperider (Positive Psychology), Harrison Owen (Open Space Technology) and many others. Based on these sources, he has developed a conversation model with which people can craft healthy and constructive work relationships.



by Jutta Goldammer

In a materialistic world view in which only visible and touchable things are being valued, it is a challenging undertaking to trust the invisible and bring something new into the world. Dreams, visions and ideas as part of the unseen realms need a lot of reassurance before they can come into existence. They belong to the world of images, hopes and longing. Existence starts with dreaming and it needs trust in oneself to advocate the ideas that are not yet known to the world around us.

Arrow breaking, an initiation ritual from Fiji will help you gain confidence in your dreams and visions. With a focused mind and strong will you will not only manage to break an arrow with your throat. Along with it you will vanquish the obstacles that keep you from moving towards what you envision. In this workshop you will anchor the experience of your own power in your body: The confidence that nothing can stop you until your dream is manifest.


Jutta is founder and managing partner of the Visionautik Akademie, which helps social innovators, entrepreneurs and visionaries make their dreams come true. She has been a facilitator for over 15 years, specialising in the field of innovation processes with a particular focus on multisensual approaches that open up unconventional paths and unexpected solutions. Jutta studied education and art and subsequently trained as an organisational developer and firewalking instructor, all of which informs and supports her playful and empowering facilitation style. She has initiated several international projects aimed at furthering innovative educational approaches, including the European Learning Partnership “Hosting Transformation” and the Transformation Festival in Berlin.


by Kathalin Laser

Effective, encouraging change is about self-leading: in order to accompany other people to their sources for courage and thus carry out change processes sustainably, powerfully and effectively, we, as change agents and coaches, must not forget about our own sources for courage and strength. In this way we learn from our own experience what can be helpful for change processes of our clients.

In this workshop, each participant connects himself/herself in a deep process with his/her inner sources for encouragement, gaining impulses for himself/herself and connecting this experience actively with the accompaniment of clients for effective change. 


Kathalin is Business psychologist and working as an organizational consultant and coach since 2013. Due to her experience in accompanying people, teams and organizations in change processes, did she realize that most of the changes fail or never get started because of fear of the unknown and insecurities. She is convinced that with a more empowering and encouraging approach from within and the connection to the inner motivation more change processes would work out and implement "the new" sustainably - even in the development of a single person, a team or a whole organization. Kathalin is self-employed with her own business: www.seekandfind.me 


Leslie Ruminski & Sylvia Taylor

Conventional structures used to organize how people routinely work together stifle inclusion and engagement. Conventional structures are either too inhibiting or too loose and disorganized to creatively engage people in shaping their own future. They frequently generate feelings of frustration and/or exclusion and fail to provide space for good ideas to emerge and germinate. This means that huge amounts of time and money are spent working the wrong way. More time and money are then spent trying to fix the unintended consequences.


Liberating Structures offers an alternative way to approach and design how people work together. It provides a menu of thirty-three tools to replace or complement conventional practices. Liberating Structures used routinely make it possible to build the kind of organization that everybody wants. They are designed to include everyone in shaping next steps.


Leslie is a seasoned professional with over 25 years experience in multiple industries. Leslie currently works with senior level healthcare leaders across five states in the USA for Providence Health & Services in Organizational Readiness. She guides healthcare leadership through the human side of organizational change initiatives. Leslie’s background includes involvement in social work, employee education, training and administration. Leslie’s experience is thanks to long tenures at the following organizations: Providence Health & Services, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Clackamas Community College and Multnomah County Health Department.


Mary Alice Arthur

These are challenging times. It seems we are at the end of our familiar stories of culture, work, community and life. We are not sure what the future will bring and there is tension and fear as rival narratives clash. What can anyone do? The first thing to do is remember that story is the human operating system. We live in a story, and that means we can change it! When we become skilled at working with stories -- our own and others' -- we have a different kind of agency. In this workshop we will focus on 10 practices of Story Activism to develop both the toolkit and the courage to become Story Change Agents. In sharing our stories of courage and taking a look at where we are called to take action -- at work and in life -- we will practice community that can support us beyond the bounds of the conference to step up, step out and be initiators of change.


Mary Alice is a Story Activist, working with story in service of positive systemic shift and for focusing collective intelligence on critical issues. In plain speak, she creates spaces where the right story can take people into a flourishing future. Taking back the power of your own story is a foundation for your personal journey of transformation and a keystone in answering the question: “What is mine to do?”. She is an internationally recognised process host, building capacity for people to host and harvest the conversations that matter and the stories that surround them in the systems they live and work in. She has worked as a consultant all over the world and is now based in Columbus, Ohio, in the US. She is inspired to work with large and small systemic stories that hold keys for a more generative future. She hosts a Facebook page called The Story Dojo. Mary Alice is a sought after process host and teaches participatory process all over the world as an international steward of the Art of Hosting.


Minna Taylor & Simone Sloan

The objective of the workshop is to use improvisation via act of play, participants will explore self-expression, interpersonal relationships, and stress management as methods to empower their activism.


Participants will tap into their ability to empathize through active listening, understand their gradient to social responsibility, impulse control, and being flexible. Utilizing these emotional intelligence skills to gain the courage to become the activist for positive change.


Social, political, environmental, and business changes are evolving quickly. How society as a whole adapts, accepts, or rejects these changes are dynamic. Understanding ourselves first, is important. Through skills such as self-perception, self-expression, and interpersonal dynamics, these skills drive how we make decisions and handle various levels of stress being placed upon us. Thinking about change is the first step. Taking action and leading with our behaviors to realize positive change, is the second step. This workshop will explore and activate these concepts so that participants will have an increased awareness of themselves and their potential impact on society as a whole.


Simone Sloan is an Executive Strategist & Facilitator and founder of M ind B ody &You Professional Coach LLC. Her professional background includes Marketing,Communication, Medical Affairs, Promotional Regulatory/Compliance, andGlobal Business Strategy. She has successfully launched products/programs, developed and trained sales and medical teams and has managed business

cross functional teams and budgets. Simone partners with executives to develop high-level strategic planning objectives focused on identifying and aligning company programs with organizational goals, designed to create long term business results. Simone holds a B.S degree in Pharmacy and her MBA degree from Howard University. She is DISC and EQI certified, co-author of Achieving Results, and is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, entrepreneur business program.


Founder and CEO of Energize Your Voice, Minna Taylor has been empowering individuals and professionals in the area of effective communication since 2006. Her approach is grounded in establishing and maintaining focus and intention through a foundation of effective breathing and physical engagement. She works with professionals to re-inspire curiosity and a sense of play, enhancing their investment and engagement in their work. Her main points of instruction for professional clients are Public Speaking, Presentation Skills, and Accent Reduction. She teaches improv based presentation and team building workshops to corporations. Minna has worked with CEOs of major corporations all over the world, educators, creatives, and entrepreneurs.


Pao Siermann & Susan Kirch

All corporate activists strive for change. Yet the nature of any change is specific. A few aspects and mechanisms might be similar, however the individual situation from where change starts and where it leads to is never the same. The challenge many corporate change-activists face, is the question: “How can I create a substantial and sustainable impact?”

Pao Siermann and Susan Kirch suggest an easy, fast and yet thorough way to understand your own complex preconditions – your specific landscape of change. By visualizing the most relevant factors and stakeholders in combination with their interconnectedness and mutual influences all in one sweep, you will be able to find the one most important person, section or aspect that will put you on the right track for your goal. Pao and Susan offer a playful experience of a powerful and easily cross-culturally adaptable method of dealing with complex change-landscapes inspired by classical Chinese approaches. The message of the workshop goes along with a Chinese saying: “You should know yourself as well as your enemy to be able to win your battle.” This means, that a successful start of any corporate change aspiration is nourished by exploring the specific nature of one’s own as well as the others’ system beforehand. Pao and Susan will demonstrate, how this can be achieved.


Pao is founder of the Wu De Academy in Berlin, in the context of which classical models and perspectives are applied to modern leadership- and organizational challenges. A key focus of his current work as a coach and consultant is the facilitation of complex change-processes in teams and organizations.


Susan works as an independent consultant and as part of the Wu-De facilitation team with a specialization in conscious and future-bound leadership topics as well as Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) challenges. She draws from her former experience in conceiving and managing many international world-music projects.


Rudy Vandamme

In this historical era the major challenge is to activate people to take responsibility for the whole in which they operate, live and work. For many change makers, this results in finding answers to the following questions:

  • How can we influence people without offending them?
  •  How can we muscle our self-confidence to guide others in their awakening

As coach and team facilitator I’ve learned over the last twenty years of my career to combine compassion with an activist attitude. I want my clients to adopt an ecological and layered worldview that contrasts with the dominant success-oriented, individual and opportunist mind-set. At the same time, I also don’t want to lose my compassion and the chance to collaborate with my clients and stakeholders. In doing so I developed a set of questions which allowed me to become an effective coach for my clients (citizens, professionals, teams, organisations). I believe the courage needed as a change maker is rather easy if one knows what questions to ask and how to keep rapport. Teaching this practice is based upon a model I developed to be used for individual conversations as well as upon an agile ritual to be used for team facilitation. With the help of exercises, this workshop will explore the mind-set and coaching skills needed to redefine leadership, team coaching, mentoring and teaching into the art of compassionate activism.

Attendees participating in my workshop will walk away with a set of questions that they can use to become more courageous as change makers while keeping rapport with the person or client at hand. They will also have gained insight in the coach model and ritual I’ve developed being the Fork Model® & Collaborative Circles®. 


Rudy Vandamme is a Ph.D. in social psychology and NLP trainer. His main focus is creating new methodologies for communication, community building, team development, and social change; all are based on an ecological and holistic worldview. He is owner of a training institute (www.coachingforprofessionals.net) and wrote a bunch of books (www.coachingbooks.net).


Stephan Ummelen & Sander Ummelen

Ever since modern management theory was invented roughly 100 years ago, companies been building their brands around belief systems. Now, when the need for change is urgent, companies are trying to fill in the empty space that the church has all but left in our society. By trying to provide 'meaning' in a 'purpose economy', corporations are acting more and more like churches. But history has shown us that churches can only endure when their beliefs are perceived to be authentic. The brothers Sander & Stephan will change the way you think about change. By guiding you through their own experiences of brand-oriented change management and their statistical analysis of authenticity at large corporations.


Stephan & Sander led a Dutch branding agency for ten years until they sold their shares to focus on values in organizations. Waardengedreven (Values Driven) helps companies change based on their own philosophy on life, society and work. Together with a mathematician and a professor, they have also developed a way to statistically analyse the authenticity of beliefs at large companies. Clients include banks, international transportation giants and yes - even the Catholic Church.

This workshop requires a short preparation from its participants. If you plan on joining, we ask you to read the following carefully:




1. Which values are most important to you as an individual?




2. Think about a concrete, professional situation where you could, or should, have done more to uphold these values.


Please reflect, write down your thoughts and bring them to the workshop with the intent to share them with your peers.




For example:




1. I value honesty and respect towards others above all else.




2. During my work for a large health care provider I had an altercation with one of the managing directors. Rather than initiating a dialogue about this altercation with the person in question, I opted to report the episode to his superior. The reason was mostly political: my position as trusted consultants and our long-term goals of bringing about meaningful change might be compromised if I had acted differently. In retrospect, I should have tried harder to find a way to initiate a constructive dialogue between the managing director, his superior and myself.