Are you driven to make a difference?
We believe in the power of people to lead and inspire change. We are ready to co-create innovative, sustainable solutions to our current global challenges. Yet we need a new approach to leadership that starts from the inside out.
Join us on a journey of self-discovery and teaming up for purposeful action.
The Changemaker Journey is a personal and leadership development program for social entrepreneurs, innovators, students and leaders. It empowers changemakers to develop the inner capacities we need to co-create change as authentic leaders and innovators.
What kind of impact are you inspired to create? What does it really mean to be purposeful? And how can we really make meaningful change, especially in these crazy times of complexity, uncertainty and disruptions?
Through the Changemaker Journey we seek to answer these questions. Our 10 week program brings together small groups of up to 12 changemakers, facilitated by our Journey Guides. Through collective and individual experiences, reflection and action, we guide changemakers towards inner clarity, connection & teaming up for positive change.
Ready to begin your journey?
The next Changemaker Journey will begin in September 2019. It will take place in German, with two in-person workshops in Bonn, Germany and weekly sessions online.
Over the 10 weeks, you will need to invest at least 3-4 hours time into your journey. This includes:
- 2 half day workshops (in the first and fifth week)
- Weekly online sessions. These are in a 2 hour workshop format, with a focus on group reflection & experiences, facilitated by the Journey Guides.
- Additional time for peer mentoring sessions, journalling & other individual exercises.
The first half of the journey focuses on developing inner clarity and supportive habits, as a basis for purposeful action. The second half of the journey focuses on teaming up, prototyping and taking action, and may require further time commitment if you choose to work on a specific project.
The Journey brings together cutting edge frameworks & practice from systems thinking, Theory U, complexity science, character development, design thinking, storytelling, the Teal movement, collective leadership & more. Over 10 weeks we create a supportive online and offline group environment where we focus on providing experiential learning and guiding reflective group processes that go beyond a typical online course.
The flow of the 10 weeks builds on our belief that if we want to create real change towards a more sustainable, equitable and thriving future, we need to shift our understanding of what’s important to us and act on it. For this to work we have to start with ourselves and get clear about what really matters to us, then team up with others who share our values, and then go out and starting taking action, reflecting and iterating.
Learn more about the weekly themes
Click below for a week by week overview of the Journey.
Where does the journey lead?
The Changemaker Journey aims to empower authentic leaders who:
- have high levels of awareness of themselves & how they relate to and impact others and their environments
- Have inner clarity about their personal values and integrity
- have the ability to develop and build habits and environments that support themselves and others
- Have practical tools to organise and lead healthy and agile teams and guide group decision-making processes
- Are resilient and able to take action in uncertain or challenging situations
We believe in the power of young people to co-create and lead innovative, sustainable solutions to our current global challenges. We believe that change is possible and that it starts with us.
What our participants say
‘What I learned most out of the Unity Effect journey is this extraordinary beauty of reflecting myself in different situations in my personal life and also in my working life. We talked about and experienced listening, resilience, intuition and then always asked ourselves: How do I encounter this topics? How do others do it? This really gifted me so that I developed myself and matured a lot during this journey.’
‘The greatest experience for me was to reflect with others about the process and get to know how others tackle things and finally give it a frame to talk about those important things.’
‘10 weeks of a Journey. 10 weeks of inspiring input and profound reflection which are a time for intensive personal development and redirection. We found our way back to our personal values, navigated into the unknown and wandered in the wide space of integrity. For me personally the Journey was more than a personal enrichment in all the aspects that I already mentioned. It was a support in my current life and in challenges of my project.’
“The Changemaker Journey has been for me ten weeks of inspiring workshops, warm-hearted community and a good balance of theory and practice. But mainly it has been a great opportunity to work on the question ‘What do I want to bring to the world?’
Who is it for?
This program is aimed at social entrepreneurs, students, leaders and everyone who is ready to dive into a journey of personal development and positive impact.
In a nutshell
Two workshops (weeks 1 and 5)
Weekly 2 hour online sessions
Peer mentoring sessions
Workbook with additional content, resources & tools
Company funded – 940 EUR
Individual / Non-Profit – 690 EUR
Student / Social Entrepreneur - 340 EUR
*We want everybody who is excited about the program to be able to participate. Our three tier pricing structure reflects this, yet if price is still an obstacle to you, please contact us .
The next Changemaker Journey will begin in September 2019.
Please note this Journey will be in German and take place in Bonn, Germany. Two in person workshops will take place at EUTOPIA co-working space in Bonn in week 1 and in week 5 of the program. All other sessions will take place online via Zoom (day and time to be determined based on participant's availability).
For information about the Journey in German, please click here.
You can apply here or contact us via info[@]unityeffect.net if you have further questions.
If you want to join but these dates, location or language don’t suit you, please contact us to register your interest in upcoming Journeys. We will offer more Journeys in English and online soon!