We playfully call the local hosts “activators of awesomeness.” If you know them, you understand why. Most of them have been chosen for their stunning talent in both facilitation and Applied Improvisation. (Click here to read why we believe applied improv is such an important part of thrivability.)
Alieke van der Wijk
is the lead host in Amsterdam
. She and her partner Henk van der Steen are the driving force behind Troje
. Their field is the ‘human software’ of an organisation: corporate culture, communication, and collaboration. They describe their expertise as creating exactly the right balance between form and content. If the content is right but the form fails to create interest, people will be unmoved by what you do. But the reverse also holds: if form is not built on substantial content, then people will tend to underrate what’s on offer.
purpose of her work is to help people make a difference through how they lead, manage, and design their projects or processes. With 15 years of management and consulting experience in different sectors, her journey has integrated new ways of leading and facilitating, agile management, design thinking, and applied improvisation. Her passion is connecting different worlds to find out what works in a specific context.
Karen is the Co-founder of Becota, a team and trusted network of experienced and highly-qualified consultants, coaches, process facilitators and business school professors. They established this collaboration lab principle of work, because they believe in connecting diverse groups of people to create thriving solutions.
Living in Berlin, her workplace is Europe – and wherever she has colleagues around the world. Are you in Berlin and interested in joining the quest? Let’s explore the thrivable world together and play fully!
is an independent facilitator, improv performer and coach, and voice artist in Berlin
Gabriele Amann has, for over 15 years, offered consulting services, training and coaching to focus on communication, health promotion, stress and burn-out prevention. As a long-standing improvisational actress, Systemic Coach, Systemic Family Therapist and NLP trainer, she offers her clients innovative training formats to make a lasting tangible result. Since 2010, she has run the Berlin improvised live! Academy of Applied improvisation and – together with her colleague Martin Ciesielski – the ResilienzForum Berlin.
is an organizational psychologist and applied improvisation practitioner. He sees himself as a connecter, who facilitates people’s connection with themselves, their creativity and with one another. This serves as a solid foundation for facilitating creative group processes.
Burgert is a Director with Playing Mantis, a creative training and development consultancy that straddles the worlds of organisational psychology and theatre arts. All of Playing Mantis’ workshops and interventions are customised to address their clients’ specific needs. They are trained in cutting edge methodologies that create a space for participants to find innovative solutions for their challenges and learn from each other. They take great care with the design of their workshops to fully engage all participants and ensure a real shift.
Petro Janse van Vuuren
is a Communicator Coach and Story Strategist. She thinks of herself as a muse to the muses who like to inspire and equip those who inspire and equip others. As such she is a dynamic and inspiring speaker. Petro received her PhD in Drama and Performance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2007. In her thesis, she developed a strategy for using improvised drama as a means for reflecting on personal and communal values.
Petro is a Director with Playing Mantis, a creative training and development consultancy that straddles the worlds of organisational psychology and theatre arts. All of Playing Mantis’ workshops and interventions are customised to address their clients’ specific needs. They are trained in cutting edge methodologies that create a space for participants to find innovative solutions for their challenges and learn from each other. They take great care with the design of their workshops to fully engage all participants and ensure a real shift.
Jonathan Jubinville’s professional focus is on facilitating social change through the creation of inspiring learning experiences that empower individuals and build organizational adaptability. He is fascinated by living systems and the creative potential of humans. This is why he creates and facilitates living labs, in which participants explore new concepts and experience new approaches to transformation. Jonathan also participates in applied research and writes and presents on the topic of living systems. He is particularly skilled at identifying the potential that the living world offers our organizations and society.
Joëlle Sarrailh supports corporate, municipal and community organizations, helping them explore how co-creation and open innovation can lead to the development of new value-added solutions for all involved. Weaving together both strategic thinking and on-the-ground implementation, with the help of a Masters degree in management from HEC Montreal, Joëlle designs innovation strategies as well as co-creative workshops for public and private sector organizations. She is particularly interested in collaborative practices and in the fertile conditions that enable people and organizations to thrive.
Saleh Amini is Co-Founder of the company Pejwak Enterprise Solutions. He has a Masters Degree in Industrial Design and offers service design, innovation, business strategy and corporate identity services. He has helped bring the Global Service Design Jam and Global GovJam to Iran, and has served as a mentor with with two StartUp Weekend events. He is an extraordinarily energetic person!