Program Design

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

Tailored Programs & Seminars

Our programs offer a combination of interactive workshops, personal and/or team reflection, and practical tools and methods which can be applied directly to daily life and work. We employ design tools including blended learning and the flipped classroom methodology to create empowering and supportive learning environments for participants. We offer a balance between theory and practice, delivered through experiential learning techniques.   

The extended form of a program allows for reflection and implementation of tools and methods between workshops, enabling a deeper level of learning, integration and impact.

Elements of our programs and seminars can include:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Peer coaching
  • Toolbox of practical exercises and methods
  • Theoretical input and resources
  • Individual/team reflections

Do you have a particular area you’d like to learn about or dive deeper into? We can design a program to suit the needs of your team, organisation or institution. We offer programs in English and German.

 

 

Our Core Topics

For teams and organisations

Building team cultures of trust & innovation

Self-organisation in practice: tools & methods for organising work

Building self-organised structures for teams & organisations

Empowered decision-making & collective intelligence

Creating shared purpose, vision & values

Tools for reflecting, learning & innovating

Collaborative & context-based leadership

Leading in complexity

For Individuals

Personal purpose & values

From inspiration to creating impact

Building resilience

Past programs

Leading in Complexity

3 Day Seminar - Alanus Hochschule, Bachelor of Philosophy, Arts and Social Entrepreneurship

Over this three day seminar at the Alanus Hochschule, we explored the topic of leading and creating impact in complex systems. The program design was underpinned by the Simplicity Framework, which brings together complexity science and social constructivism to understand and how change occurs in social systems. Through a combination of theory, practical exercises and reflection, students were invited to explore the topic on both a societal and personal level.

Day 1: Systems Thinking

On day 1 we entered the world of complex systems, chaos theory, networks and non-linearity. We introduced the basic principles which dictate the way social systems act and how (disruptive) change happens. By examining concrete examples, students developed a holistic understanding of social change.

Day 2: Social Constructivism and Inner Clarity

On day 2 we linked systemic approaches with Berger and Luckmann's social constructivism. The central question was: how does the self (identity) emerge and what influence do our actions have on our environment? We also discussed the dialectic between the individual and society/environment as a basis for making concrete decisions. The focus was on raising awareness that we are continually shaping our environment through our choices and actions and therefore we must ask the question: what kind of change do I want to bring about and what are the next steps?

Day 3: Self-Organisation in Practice

On the final day, we explored a central aspect of scaling social impact and leading in complexity: working effectively in teams. We introduced the principles of self-organisation as a means of creating and leading empowered teams, which are able to innovate and adapt in complex and rapidly changing contexts. By implementing methods and tools for decentralised decision-making and organising work, students were able to plan and lead parts of the day in small self-organised groups.

New Work Journey: applying Theory U in organizations

Unity Effect and Kompano partnered to develop the New Work Journey: a 4 session program diving into Otto Scharmer’s Theory U and developing prototypes for our work and organizations.

Theory U, developed by Otto Scharmer and the Presencing Institute, is a model which combines science, mindfulness, and social and organizational change approaches. It is built on the belief that a shift in consciousness from ego-system to eco-system awareness is possible and needed, and starts with us as individuals.

Each year in September, the Presencing Institute offers a free online course on Theory U, which is attended by thousands of participants from around the world, many of which connect to the global community through local hubs.

Unity Effect and Kompano partnered to developed the New Work Journey. The free of charge program was an invitation to dive deeper into Theory U in order to co-create innovative and collaborative solutions which can be applied in our day-to-day work.

Starting on 26. September 2018, the participants embarked on a journey “along the U”, which allows us to connect with our personal and our collective leadership capacities, and put them into action in a more intentional, and strategic way. Throughout the Journey, they engaged with questions around leadership, teams and organizational change, and developed prototypes for their daily work.

Program

Our program focused on four essential steps of the Theory U, as defined by the Presencing Institute:

Session 1: Kick-off & Meet-up (Wed. 26. September 2018)

Dedicated to get to know each other, share motivations & work together on the standards of presence for the journey.

Session 2: Observe, Observe, Observe (Wed 24. October 2018):

”To go to the places of most potential and listen with your mind and heart wide open”.

Session 3: Presencing (Wed 21. November 2018):

”To go to the inner place of stillness where knowing comes to surface”.

Session 4: Cristallizing & Prototyping (Wed, 12. December 2018):

*Crystallizing:”When a small group of changemakers commit to a shared purpose, the power of their intention creates an energy field that attracts people, opportunities, and resources that make things happen”.

*Prototyping: ”The integration of thinking, feeling, and will in the context of practical applications and learning by doing”.

All the sessions took place at Social Impact Lab Bonn.