Leap into Life

Learning Leadership

What is Leap into Life?

Leap into Life is a container for learning by experience. It creates conditions to apply ‘learning from the future’ and offers support in practicing this on the job. The learning program is practically oriented and designed around the question “how to deal with complexity?”

Leap into Life is a development program that interconnects  individual drivers with personal effectiveness. Participants work in cross cultural teams. Exchange of cross cultural codes in leadership and sharing of personal questions is combined with collaboration on practical case studies presented during the program.

A 10 days learning journey in rural Zambia creates a context for participants to explore their individual values and to exchange (develop) knowledge and experience in practical case studies. Alignment with the local situation of each participant is integrated in the program.

Leap into Life is about:

  • Developing sustainable entreprene,urship
  • Improving personal resilience and effectiveness
  • Dynamic steering in complex projects.

Contents and learning objectives

Learning in action is key in the Leap into Life program. The program is designed to facilitate individual learning and collective creation of new knowledge and experiences. Prototypes are created by working on the case studies as reflective practitioners.

In this program leadership is not connected to role or position but to identity, authenticity, effectiveness and sustainability. Participants are invited to explore and to practice their entrepreneurial skills using their knowledge, experience and creativity.

Pollination between different cultures, worldviews and life/work conditions is being applied as a katalyzer for creation of new knowledge. The learning environment is specifically chosen as an inspiring venue for participants to broaden their perspective on leadership and management. It invites to explore new territory beyond that what is known and to translate experiences into daily life practice.

Leap into Life is:

  • practical oriented; integrating the experiences in Macha in action learning processes for the own local situation at work
  • integrally  aligned; addressing the specific life conditions and values in the own situation and positioning these in a global perpective
  • focused on co-creation and co-ownership; developing workable prototypes and practices that are applicable in,  and adjustable to different life conditions.

Key principles that are applied for design, participation and facilitation of Leap into Life

  • curiosity to learn from diversity and openness for other values and practices
  • ability to connect with different worldviews and willingness to approach complex issues from an appreciative approach
  • accountable for a contribution to the projects that are case study in the program and willing to move beyond individual, local and cultural differences
  • to be resourceful and contributing to sustainable and innovative solutions for issues and topics that matter.

The program design

Leap into Life is concentrated in a learning journey in Macha, Zambia. Every journey needs preparation. This includes an individual intake and  a two day group session before the journey. During and after the journey individual guidance is provided  to translate learning experiences into actions on the job.

The Leap into Life program consist of

–          An individual intake

  • Doing an individual assessment
  • Writing a letter of commitment
  • Formulating learning objectives

–          Contracting of the organization represented by the participant

  • 2hr conversation with employer

–          A 2days session with the local group (European / African)

  • Deepening the cases and learning objectives

–          A 10days learning journey in Macha, Zambia

  • Including 2 days travelling to and from Macha and 8 nights lodging in Macha

–          Individual coaching

  • During and after the learning journey

–          A 1day harvesting session with the local group

  • Aligning projects and sharing experiential insights
  • Creating a community of practice

–          An individual check out

  • 2hr meeting with participant and employer

Who does Leap into Life serve?

Leap into Life serves transfer of learning on three levels; the individual participant, the organizations that are represented, the community participants are working in.

Participants learn in an experiential way to apply their skills in becoming an entrepreneur and a leader from a perspective that includes different worldviews and sustainable growth. Participants learn to deal with complex issues as leader of emergent processes to find the answers.

The organizations represented can use participation in Leap into Life as an incentive for well performing employees. With proper communication participation in Leap into Life can have a positive effect on the organization as a conscious company and attractive employer. But most of all, participants are guided and monitored in applying their leadership skills in the role they represent for their employer.

The community is directly having the benefits of application during and after the program. An important criterion for the African participants is that their projects are directly contributing to development of life conditions in their local community.

The people behind Leap into Life

The principles of the Leap into Life program are also applied on the process of selection for the roles in program design and management. Leap into Life works with an advisory board and an executive team. Both hold people from Europe and Africa and are committed to the purpose the program serves.

Program facilitators

–          Fred Mweetwa (Zambia)

  • Community developer and spokesman for MachaWorks

–          Piet Overduin (the Netherlands)

  • Partner with RnR Group specialized in innovative ways of working and organizing

–          Martin Kalungu Banda (Zambia)

  • Organisation and Leadership Development Consultant at the Presencing Institute an co-faculty member at University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership
  • Former Global Leadership & Capacity Building Advisor and Head of the Private Sector Policy Unit at Oxfam UK

–          Anne-Marie Voorhoeve (the Netherlands)

  • Synnervator at School of Synnervation, Dutch representative MDG5 for the World Health Organization and leading facilitator in the Meshwork for Mother care

–          … (African)

–          Alain Volz (the Netherlands)

  • Partner with RnR group and project lead for Leap into Life

Advisory board

–          Yolanda Nokuri Hegngi (Cameroon)

  • Managing Partner Stimulus LLC
  • Former Head Global Learning and Leadership Development  with IFC the World Bank Group

–          Bertolt Daems  (the Netherlands)

  • Executive Vice President Europe JCI
  • Candidate 2012 JCI World President

–          Vibha (India)

  • Founding Director of Muskaan non-profit Trust
  • Former staff member of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and The Innovations in Family Planning Services (IFPS)

–          Dick Uyttewaal (the Netherlands)

  • Senior Executive Vice President MachaWorks 

–          Martin Kalungu Banda (Zambia)

  • Organisation and Leadership Development Consultant at the Presencing Institute an co-faculty member at University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership
  • Former Global Leadership & Capacity Building Advisor and Head of the Private Sector Policy Unit at Oxfam UK

–          … (European)


–          MachaWorks

–          JCI International

–          Center for Human Emergence / School of Synnervation

Macha and MachaWorks

The first initiatives for Leap into Life are inspired by the emerging leaders in Macha, Zambia and the questions they shared with us. Experiences in Macha learn that Western knowledge is needed and yet not applicable in local situations in Africa though ‘copy-paste’ methodologies.

Macha has been, and still is, developing a community that is sustainable in economical and social terms. The projects in Macha are initiated by members of the local community; the process of realization is emergent with deep respect for local traditions and needs. You can find more about Macha and the way Macha works at http://www.machaworks.nl/en/index.asp 

For more information

Please do contact us for further information or to make an appointment for a deepening conversation.


Alain Volz, Partner RnR Organisatie

Amersfoortseweg 9 / 3951 LA Maarn

Postbus 110 / 3950 AC Maarn

T +31 (0)343 44 10 11



About Alain B. Volz

Alain Volz M.Sc. (1969) - Social Economy Entrepreneur, founder and director of ATMA - has studied Business Administration and Organizational Psychology. He started his career with Royal Dutch Ahold and has worked with IPMMC and TC&O. For 10 years Alain has been working with Twynstra Gudde Consultants and Managers as senior consultant Human Talent & Change Management. He was responsible for Competency Based Human Talent Management. He is co-founder of the Center for Human Emergence in the Netherlands (CHE), a former member of the CHE alignment circle and founding director of CHE School of Synnervation (currently Synnervate). In 2011 he held the position of partner with the RnR Group in Maarn. Alain is Strategy & Alignment Officer at Dipaliya Women's Association in Tamale, Ghana. In the Netherlands he is board member of the committee for the position of women and minorities in the Dutch Democratic Party (D66 Thema Afdeling V/M Sociale Innovatie). As such he represented D66 in the PVO; a cross party National committee consisting of represents from 6 different political parties (CDA, CU, D66, Groen Links, PvdA, VVD). The office of ATMA is located at the ImpactHub Amsterdam & the ImpactHub Accra.
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2 Responses to Leap into Life

  1. i am happy to welcome you and to be part of the process of lead into life ghana .
    Isaac Ampomah
    Concern Health Education Project. NGO

  2. Pingback: PAMEPI Ghana | alainvolz

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