Leap into Life – what, why and how?

What is Leap into Life?

Leap into Life is a professional development program for participants in Europe and in Africa. The program works on a local-local base. Both Europeans and Africans work with local facilitators on issues and questions they hold in their own work and community. Leap into Life is an action learning program. Participants are facilitated in defining their own case study and emphasis is to work on their personal effectiveness as a professional. Leap into Life is a capacity building program. The program addresses a larger context of global issues we face today and what an individual can do from his/her current role in their work and community.

Why Leap into Life?

  • On a global scale the challenges we face today cannot sufficiently be resolved with solutions that worked in the past
  • On national, local and community/company level is a growing need for healthy development of the (working) community
  • Individuals standing up to take action in their local setting , (company-community) need to connect and exchange to increase capacity and personal mastery

Though life conditions are different, each person faces tensions in his/her community on an individual and professional level. In a broader perspective these tensions are about: the (economic) values in our community/company in relation to my personal values; health and healthcare; education; and food security/agriculture.

Our objective is to broaden the individual perspective by sharing from different worldviews and to increase the capacity for individual action that contributes to sustainable solutions in the business cases.

LiL - value of diversity

Participants and Program

Western participants are professionals, engaged to learn how to align their human values with the position they hold in their organization. African participants are social entrepreneurs who run projects in their communities that focus on sustainable development of the health and wealth in the community.

The program is a catalyzer for engaged entrepreneurship/employee ship. The exchange between Westerners and Africans serves the purpose of broadening the individual perspective and to translate the ‘experience of looking with fresh eyes’ into more sustainable solutions for the own business case. The African-European exchange is embedded as part of a personal learning on how to deal differences and complexity in the own day to day reality.

The program has 3 main steps. After the individual intakes a 2 days session is held with the local groups. During 10 days Intensive in Ghana participants work together with other local groups. The third step is to integrate the experiences of the intensive in the own business case. Besides group modules each participant is supported with individual
coaching. African participants receive additional hands on support in their community projects, provided by local NGO’s and support systems.

LiL program - flow and elements

Leap into Life is inspired by the human values that are expressed in actions by local people in the communities in rural Africa (Relatio in Zambia, Social Cap[ital. in Ghana, …) and are expressed in 21st century Western models for leadership, management and change such as Theory-U (Otto Scharmer and Peter Senge), Spiral Dynamics integral (Don Beck) and Conscious Business (Fred Kofman).

We work from a connecting purpose, with guiding principles how to engage as professionals with respect for diversity in life. Leap into Life is about sense making in business, deepening relationships of value adding and improving alignment of personal values with individual action. We practice in a circle of Connection, Inclusion, Trust, Action and Reflection and work on a practical level with deepening questions on economy, ecology and society.

LiL - action learning and sense making

We ask of all involved (including staff) to act as a reflective practitioner; to search for sense making and to “Learn from the future”. The program offers a safe place to experiment with not knowing; to enjoy learning from the mistakes we make while prototyping; and to develop the capacity to be effective in a multi stakeholder reality that holds more than one worldview.

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Contact us: Alainvolz@atma.nu

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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