“Those who love peace
must learn to organize
as those who love war.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
8 - 10 June 2020
Dignity in Leadership
Celebrating joy & suffering
Acting from clarity and meaning
Fear and guilt that immobilise
of the Trade
If the process is not messy, you know you are not engaging with the true question of the situation
Lack of curiosity & humility
Not doing the brave thing
Growth without purpose
Silo-like power structures
Improbable connections emerging
A leadership humanity needs today
Fluidity in engaging with what IS Using the conventional and unconventional to make necessary changes
Friendship in times of transformation
A guiding spirit that creates psychological safety
Blaming, naming, hating
Archetype of the super hero
Forgiveness and disarming shame
“The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death of all that are alive”
Giving yourself back to the world
Quote from Thich Nhat Hanh "Please Call Me By My True Names"
Fear of failure
Urge to overachieve
Co-creating impactful action
Connecting to the social field and the wisdom space that serves all
Being together out there in the street, in the trees, in the ocean
Looking back to outdated answers
“Make ??? great AGAIN”
Created by people
& their history
We are a global collective coming from a wide range of backgrounds. We made a promise to each other to help co-manifest & co-shape the new paradigm(s) of leadership, emerging globally and locally.
So far we have hosted three in-person editions:
LSF17: a TEDtalk + workshop 2-day-conference in Warsaw, with 120 participants from all walks of life and geographies
LSF18: an off-site co-creation retreat-type residential at the riverside with 50 global actors
LSF19: a co-learning event involving 90 people as aged 13 - over 60, happening in Berlin and Start-up Village Rothenklempenow
and over a dozen of online & offline meet-ups.
For LSF20: we focus on learning by taking collective action during & beyond our gathering.
We commit to a leadership from abundance, aiming for creating win-win-win dynamics. Leadership where impact is not an after-work interest, but an aspiration interwoven into each action.
The world is shifting fast. What seems right today, may not be the answer tomorrow. We operate with curiosity and openness. We lead and follow at the same time. We are designing the Festival together with the community – starting from its foundation, continued by meet-ups, all the way to the construction of ticketing. Seeing the co-creation process is an experience in emergence itself. What we have learned so far is…we will always be at the beginning of the road.
Sometimes known as a win-win situation, abundance describes an underlying belief that there is enough in the world: time, wisdom, people, ideas, true needs, and money. It rephrases the game we play from “the less I give you, the more I’ll have” into one where the smartest thing is to organise in a way where everyone can share, benefit, and grow. Taking it one step further, we create with a win-win-win in mind, where social good is considered as an intrinsic stakeholder.
This whole venture is an exercise in trust. A huge leap of faith. The Festival, the new leadership, the whole paradigm. There are and will be some organisations and leaders doing it the old way, and yes, some will succeed. By doing the NEW, we will make mistakes. We will stumble and fall while the world is watching. Sometimes we will think to ourselves that we should have known better or stayed at home. But for us, there is no way back. We choose to take the risk, seize the day, and find out something no-one else knows. We gather as a community, to be stronger than turmoil and build relationships that will endure any storm.
Love and Joy
As simple as it sounds, if you do not practice self-love and love those around you, your work, and your life, it might be hard for you to create a positive change in the world. We choose love as the driving force, the underlying intention of all our actions. Because you know what? We need to laugh more. Relax, dance, shake our bodies, jump, be silly and goofy. Innovation, deep connections, and great stories – this is where they are born. We are making sure we provide plenty of space for love and joy. We want your positive freak to get out into the open!
We see that our responsibility is not to seduce you with enticing visions of paradise, quick fixes, and “one-size-fits-all” solutions. This is why we deliver prototypes of the NEW, which organisations experience in all their complexity (read: messiness). We leave the subjective sense-making to you. Each of us will hear something else in the story being told. This is important. The decoding and consequences you will take away for your business are all yours to craft.
We create the Festival with a conscious intention to invite & offer diversity. From the first edition on our crowd was deeply diverse, where it comes to walks of life people take, where they put their energy & who their immediate ecosystems are. We want to grow in the diversity that builds & creates us, to understand deeper how privilege works & to be able to - in an aspirational future - work in service of all.
The methodologies, tools & interventions we bring into the space feed from diverse sources and we know this sometimes irritates. But we also know: we do not yet have THE path, that will get us to the new, so we are happy to search for the cracks wherever we might find them.
We are grateful to have
co-created this edition
based in Theory U
as part of Societal Transformation Lab,
by Presencing Institute.
Join the ride!
We do not believe we know it all. This is why we want to understand what is truly ours to do next in a conversation with our ecosystem. What do leaders need, struggle with, not find somewhere else? What do our communities, nature, planet need? How do we create the Festival not as an ego-driven event, but one that truly matters and is useful? How do we build strong strategic alliances and bring forth the best possibilities from everyone who attends? What is happening already that is working and bearing fruit, and how can we support it?