©2020 Leadership Festival

“Those who love peace

must learn to organize

as effectively

as those who love war.”
Martin Luther King Jr.


8 - 10 June 2020

BUFA, Berlin

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.

Our roots


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?

Are we doing what matters to you? Want to meet us, talk to us, join us? See what we are up to next or email us!


& our Berlin home in 2020

BUFA (Berliner Union Film)

an iconic filmsite

and an emerging learning

& co-creation space

at Tempelhfer Feld.

LSF20 is taking place at

BUFA, Oberlandstraße 26-35,

12099 Berlin

These partnerships continuously inspire us

to grow and to understand better every day

what is our work in the world.

Thank you for being in it with us!



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