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The Top Should Be In The Middle

Apr 8

The Top Should Be In The Middle
Eric Koenen , management consultant and author of  The Atomium Organization (De atomiumorganisatie) and  The Art Of Leadership In Times Of Change proclaims the illusion of manageability, and connection as the essence of leadership. He begins his keynote at the Corporate Learning Course (LCL) of...

Pygmalion or Michelangelo?

Dec 24

Pygmalion or Michelangelo?
Two artists. After some disappointments with real women, one of them creates a sculpture. He changed something here, polished there. After a while his ideal image of a woman emerges. The sculpture becomes part of his daily life. He treats the sculpture as if she...

Sustainable Learning Revolutions

Nov 26

Sustainable Learning Revolutions
How foundations, trusts and NGOs can deepen their learning to create greater impact together I wonder if a few hundred years from now people will look back at our time and think: Hey, that's when we really started to learn. I don't mean...

Lessons From the Wild: Deep Capacities for Change

Oct 24

Lessons From the Wild: Deep Capacities for Change
Last summer I took part in a Sacred Passage programme with John P. Milton . Milton is perhaps best known for influencing people such as Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer and Joseph Jaworski with their work on change and leadership. Here, I share some of my...

'The making of the' Caleidoscopio Cards

Sep 10

'The making of the' Caleidoscopio Cards
The Caleidoscopio Cards , a photo set for coaching and training, are now available. The cards were designed by Frauke Peter and Annette Gisevius , very experienced trainers who have facilitated learning processes in many intercultural settings. How did all this start? When...

Evaluating while learning: ‘The Review’ at Oxfam Novib

Jul 22

Evaluating while learning: ‘The Review’ at Oxfam Novib
Organizations, and in particularly in development cooperation, experience the necessity to evaluate themselves and their functioning on a regular basis. This is often a passive process of being evaluated with not much surprising results and nice reports with a mild follow up. How...

The Qualitative Diary Method

May 24 13

The Qualitative Diary Method
This post introduces the Diary Method as researched by Penny Plowman (a UK/South African researcher) as a method of organisational analysis that can have great application as a step in an organisational change process.

SpringAGE nominated for Enterprise Elevator!

Feb 21 13

SpringAGE nominated for Enterprise Elevator!
South African enterprise platform FNB and U-start recently awarded an ‘Enterprise Elevator’ prize - meant for promising new social entrepeneurs. We were very proud that SpringAGE was one of the six nominees! The number of entries exceeded the organizer's expectations by far: “We received an overwhelming amount of entries for the pitch event and have been exposed to a number of exciting innovative entrepreneurs solving big social and environmental challenges” organiser of the event, Max Pichulik, said. “Our final selection was based on the strength of the applications and interviews – this was by no means an easy task.”

We can agree on that! As one of 17 entrees we were invited to a Skype session with the judges of the competition. In the conversation we had to pitch SpringAGE –talk about our vision, what we do and if someone would invest in SpringAGE how much would we need and what we would we do with it…. Big questions for an 18month old SpringAGE! But good ones, that forced us to stretch our thinking and go onto the drawing board about where we would like to see ourselves in 10 years from now. Apparently, the judges were convinced and much to our delight we made it to the final six. And were invited to the big end event in Cape Town.
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