Since 2010, I visit Cambridge more or less twice a year. It started with the masterclass of the Presencing Institute, then I came back for the PI practitioner gatherings and u.lab related events/meetings.
In April 2015, I travelled to Moab (Utah) to attend a sacred passage (& advanced program), hosted by John Milton of Way of Nature. A solo in nature in the middle of the Red Rocks, surrounded by ravens...
In 2000, I travelled for 6 months through South-America: Argentina, Patagonia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Rio for carnival, Paraguay, Ecuador, Gallapagos, Colombia. The years after that, I used every holiday to go back, to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama & Belize. I LOVE Latin America.
In December 2014, Marij Colruyt & Alain de Cat invited me for a week to Isafjordur, where they live parttime. We hosted a 4day gathering "How can Bakki serve the community?". Wonderful exploration of how a piece of land (Bakki) can be of service of a local, entrepreneurial and sustainable economy.
I visited Edinburgh in July, September and December 2015 for #ulabscot.
One of my favourite places in Europe is Pari, a little village in Tuscany, where time stood still and yet quantum theory is explored. Wonderful 'combi'. The village is said to be an alchemical vessel for transformation. I've witnessed several times how a diversity of metals (people & perspectives) transmuted into gold (deep connections, insights and intent) through a process of dialogue, cappuccino, silence and bruscettas.
I visited the innovation camp POC 21, in August 2015. It took place in Chateau de Millemont, near Paris. Many relationships got seeded in that weekend.
Innovation & Water
I'm part of a beautiful project the Netherlands. The waterlab, co-hosted with the Blauwe motor. (see My Work)
Berlin, Oh Berlin
I love Berlin, could move there tomorrow, no questions asked. Luckily, both PI and GIZ bring me to Berlin, now and then.
Frozen Figs With Hot Chocolate
was born on the Greek island Andros
In 2009, I was in Lebanon, visiting Hala Makarem. During my stay, we hosted several workshops together, using the Art of Hosting as a pattern.
Early 2013, I co-hosted a Common Purpose venture in Amman, Jordan, together with Martin Kalungu Banda. Challenge in the middle: water. Learning journeys and co-creation.
I travelled to Israel & Palestine in 2010, to visit friends, but I also saw it as a learning journey for myself. This region is the epicentre of the complexity, shadow, history and richness of the human race. I crossed the border with Palestine several times, visiting people, projects and places.
I love deserts. There I feel totally free and happy, sleeping outside -next to the fire- or just sitting on the dunes for hours. My absolute favourite desert?: Lybia. Can't describe the beauty.
Climate change in Burundi
For GIZ, I facilitated a year-long leadership program. The program is offered to a diverse group of local stakeholders within the local context of climate change. Inspired by learning journeys (locally and in Ethiopia), we developed prototypes.
Leadership for Resilient Community
In 2011, Meg Wheatley organised a learning journey for women in South-Africa. It was a live changing experience in one of the most complex countries in the world. It took months to integrate what had happened. Like a total "system upgrade"/identity shift.
PFP (Presencing Foundation Program)
In March 2013, I assisted marian Goodman & Beth Jandernoa with the facilitation of the PFP (introduction in the U)
Gross National Happiness (GNH)
June 2013, I participated in a learning journey to Bhutan, where we learned about and experienced GNH as a worldview, a lifestyle and a policy.
Civil Service of Afghanistan
In November 2014, I co-hosted a 8-day training with Mahmood Nisar & Mary-Alice Arthur. Training in leadership & storytelling, for 16 Afghan men from the Afghan Civil Service. It took place in Bankgkok.
The most special trip I ever did was taking the Transiberian train from Moskou, through Mongolia (where we travelled for 10 days) and then to Bejing. Timetravel in 3 different worlds. Extraordinary!
In February 2015, I visited New Zealand for friendship & nature, to host a workshop on art of hosting & Theory U and for a learning journey into the resilience of Christchurch. I saw beautiful examples of citizen-initiated project to rebuild the city after the earthquake.
Transformation in Agriculture
In March 2015, we travelled, with the whole group of the Climate Change Leadership program in Burundi, to Ethiopia for a learning journey. I was astonished by the innovative approach in Agriculture and Communities.
In 2006, I went to Ladakh. Wonderful holiday and deep learning journey. Seeing a country that grew in 15 years from an isolated agriculture economy with traditional culture to a tourist paradise, connected to the rest of the world, is both fascinating and sad.
In December 2015, we (PI) supported the teams of Novos Urbanos and Aoka Labs with the design and hosting of the Innovation Marathon, in Sao Paulo.
Presencing Foundation Program
In February 2016, we (PI) ran the first PFP in China. It took place in Hangzhou.
Universal Health Coverage Asia
In 2016-2017 I will co-facilitate a program that blends leadership and technical expertise, with the purpose of bringing Universal health Coverage to Nepal, Cambodia and Laos. First module ran in Manila.
u.lab education in China
In May 2016, we brought 100 stakeholders together from the education system in China.