Our Purpose

Unity Effect’s purpose is to be a catalyst and caretaker of conscious social innovation.

Why conscious social innovation?

We believe that creating solutions to our current social, political, economic and environmental challenges requires a new approach to leadership. We can’t get out of our current situation the same way we came in. We need big, unconventional, unreasonable and courageous ideas and fresh ways of making them happen. And we need a deeper awareness of the interconnectedness of complex social and ecological systems so that we can consciously co-create a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

What does it mean to be a catalyst?

We create the conditions for innovation to happen. We support fresh minds with big ideas to take the first steps towards making their vision reality. We bring together change makers to build symbiotic partnerships and networks. We draw on our systems awareness and change frameworks to understand where and how the most impact can be made.

What does it mean to be a caretaker?

Taking the first steps of starting a project or a movement can be both exciting and terrifying. Making the decision to commit is already a giant step – but then what? What happens when the initial adrenaline wears off, when you come up against obstacles, when you are faced by doubt and fear from others and yourself?

By drawing on our toolbox of frameworks and practices, as well as our Think Tank of facilitators and coaches, we support innovators to create something that is personally, as well as environmentally and economically, sustainable.

As well as taking care of individuals, we also look at the bigger picture. By fostering resilient and supportive networks and communities of conscious social innovation, we help you connect your work to something bigger. Through monitoring and reflecting processes, we seek to understand the broader effects of your work and how we can most effectively co-create our future.

Our Inspiration

In the last years we have experienced and observed a rise of new paradigms and frameworks to understand and interact with our world. In 2013, Otto Scharmer published his book “Leading from the Emerging Future”, followed by a MOOC (online course) and kickstarting a global movement. Similarly, Frederic Laloux’s book “Reinventing Organizations”, published in 2014, showed new ways for companies to organize and structure themselves. Since then, terms like evolutionary purpose, wholeness and the advice process are entering  into the business world.

Both examples draw on existing knowledge from complexity science, social constructivism, philosophical traditions like buddhism and neuroscience among others, and shine light on fundamental questions about the society and future we desire as humans. Our approach is not to reinvent the wheel. Instead, we want to draw on existing frameworks and knowledge to support transformational processes.

Currently, we are working on a resource library to introduce and explore key terms & concepts and to inspire conscious action through them.

Our Values

“The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervenor” — Bill O’Brien
In the past decades we have spent significant time and energy focusing on the change we want to create outside, neglecting the importance of the inner state of being out of which actions arise.  As an organization and individuals we base our (inter)actions on trust, mutual appreciation and integrity, creating a space that supports us in our wholeness of being.
We care deeply about our communities and our environment, and we also assume full responsibility for what we do and the consequences we bring forth. This includes to fully acknowledge both our successes and challenges, and to talk about them with authenticity and transparency.
So here is the list of our core values: Trust, appreciation, integrity, wholeness, care, responsibility, authenticity and transparency. Do we always live up to them? Certainly not. We make mistakes and have our bad moments. Yet most of the time we feel deeply connected to them, and we make sure that our values shape our internal structures and external relations (and not the other way around).