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

Our co-founder and journey guide, Emily Johnston, shares about the personal challenges and learnings involved in founding your own social business: “at the end of the day no-one knows more about your project, your business, your vision than you do”.

One year of self-organization, or how many walking meetings were needed

Our communications & branding coordinator, Paulina Andrade, shares about her first year working at Unity Effect and experiencing self-organization & trust-based work. “The path we have chosen is not always the easiest to travel and yet, it was the easiest one to choose”.

Five Questions for Emily Johnston

Emily Johnston is one of our journey guides, being also in charge of the design of our programs & services. Emily is also passionate about nature & hiking -she has more than 5 years experience as hiking guide in her native Tasmania-, which explains why she enjoys walking meetings so much. Find out more about this and her sources of inspiration for 2019 by reading the following 5 Questions Interview.

Five Questions for Jannik Kaiser

Jannik Kaiser is not only our co-founder and co-CEO, he is also a visionary. Since May 2017, he lives in The Tannenbusch House, a co-creative space and open living room where people are encouraged to share, try things and develop. Next, he answers 5 questions on how he is facing the first part of 2019. Humor, listening and inspiring others are part of the mix.

Five Questions for Paulina Andrade

Paulina (32) arrived in Germany in 2016 from faraway Chile to pursue her master´s degree. Two years and a half later, she has found a place for inspiration at Unity Effect. Our communications & branding coordinator is also passionate about finding stories to be told and shared. Discover more by reading the following 5 questions- interview.

Five Questions for Franziska Kohn

Franziska (29) is in charge of the backbone structure of Unity Effect. She also performs as consultant for team processes & journey guide, a role that she finds highly inspiring. Franziska is also a passionate hiker; a nature & breathtaking views lover.  Among other things, here she explains why high quality pauses are important for starting the year properly.

Sustainable business: why the sustainability of your project starts with you

If you burn out, your business baby will too. We all know the importance of sleeping enough, exercising and eating well. But knowing and doing are different. And doing and doing consistently can be worlds apart.

Listening to a moment can help the person speak change

Sharing and telling one’s moment, one’s story – as well as listening to someone else’s story this way, is a gift. It creates engagement, a connection – between the teller and the listener, and also within oneself.

Theory U meets New Work


Even if all these approaches and concepts differ from each other, they still ask us the following central questions: How do we want come together in the work context, now and in the future? And what contribution do we as an organization and as individuals make to “the greater whole”?

Theory U meets New Work: Wozu eigentlich?

Nicht nur sozial Engagierte sehnen sich nach Veränderung. Mehr und mehr Menschen in großen Unternehmen sind sich bewusst, dass ein radikaler Wandel nötig ist. Aber wie können wir diesen in Umfeldern anbringen, die noch immer auf alten Prinzipien beruhen?

5 (innner) capacities for changemakers

Changing the world doesn’t have to be as epic and overwhelming as it sounds. In fact, you have an impact on the world around you every day. Every little action, decision and conversation can have an impact that ripples out. So the question is: which kind of impact do you want to create?