Leading change from the inside out

We believe that real transformation begins with each of us individually and that every individual has the power to lead and inspire change. We are more powerful when we take collaborative action and we are ready to co-create a world that works for us all.

A new story

We see a new world and a new story developing around us. We see it in people choosing careers based on purpose, establishing sustainable businesses and embracing new ways of working and organizing. We see it in the shift towards more conscious and authentic leadership, self-organisation and more collaborative approaches to addressing our complex global challenges.

What we do

Through our services and community, we support more authentic and conscious ways of working, collaborating and leading. We empower people, teams and organisations to lead change from the inside out.

Program Design

We specialize in designing personal, leadership and team development programs which guide groups on a journey of insight, reflection and action.


We offer workshops on a range of topics around leadership and self-organisation, aimed at individuals and teams. Our highly interactive sessions bring together theory and practice, with a focus on experiential learning.

Empowering Networks

We work together with networks and communities to leverage their collective power, using digital tools such as network visualisation and analysis.


We guide small groups on journeys of personal growth, leadership development and team capacity building. We create experiential & reflective learning environments to guide individual & group processes from the inside out.


A holistic approach

In times of rapid transformation, complexity and uncertainty, it is more crucial than ever to develop and be guided by inner clarity. Often when we talk about change we focus on the visible: rules, structures, behaviour, while ignoring the role of the intangible: mindset, values & culture. Each of these dimensions plays a significant and highly interrelated role. We offer a holistic approach which addresses and works with all four dimensions as a whole.


Three new Journeys starting in September 2019

In the upcoming weeks we are starting three different programmes at Unity Effect, which will be run fully online & in different languages: the Changemaker Journey (in German), the Purpose Journey & the Leadership Journey (both in English).  Purpose Journey This program is especially aimed at people in periods of transition. It is a 6 […]

Unity Effect at Cologne Business School

For the second time this year, we are invited to facilitate a series of courses at the Cologne Business School (CBS) on the topics of Collaborative Leadership & Leadership skills.  In January this year, we were invited by Marilena Gerlach to co-facilitate a bachelors and a masters course at the CBS Cologne Business School: “Advanced […]

A system seeing itself: Live social network analysis by Unity Effect at the SDG Global Festival of Action

As an Innovation Partner of the Festival in May 2019, the Unity Effect team conducted a live social network mapping of festival participants. The report containing the key findings is now available to the public. You can access the full report here and the Executive Summary here. At Unity Effect, we see the Sustainable Development […]

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Map 13: A guide to chart the future course of philanthropy

Pedro Portela is systems engineer and systems and network science expert who collaborates with Unity Effect in the areas of Social Network Mapping & Empowering Networks services. In this article, he dives into the the power of digital social networks & the importance of developing sustainable tools and methods to navigate social complexity*. In his […]

Powerful questions and the magic of reflecting – or, what happens when 20 changemakers head into the unknown

By Emily Johnston, co-founder of Unity Effect. We sat on the bus, rolling out of Barcelona, headed to… well, actually we didn’t know where. This is the mysterious appeal of a ChangemakerXchange summit, an off-shoot of Ashoka, the biggest network for social entrepreneurs worldwide. Asking yourself what happens at a ChangemakerXchange summit? Well, we were […]

Why starting a social start-up is a crash course in leadership

By Emily Johnston, co-founder of Unity Effect. When it comes to starting a social impact project or business, most people start out with an idea for solving a problem or creating a positive impact. Most likely you deeply care about your cause and are driven by your belief in your idea. You take one step […]

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