We believe that game-changing conversations can happen online. Whether you’ve been working remotely for years or your pivot to virtual work is pandemic related, our course can help you lead discussions that drive momentum toward your social change goals.

After the covid-19 pandemic struck, we moved our in-person High Impact Facilitation Intensive (HIFI) course fully online. Why? The work for a fairer, healthier and more sustainable world that we and our clients are doing is too important to wait. We’re making sure that vital collaborations and convenings can proceed without interruption, and that the quality of those connections remains deeply meaningful. 

Spring’s HIFI-Virtual is an online course that includes practical, creative tools as well as thoughtful leadership practices to build your capacity to ensure meaningful remote meetings. Our expert trainers, based across the Global North and South, are rooted in social justice and are attuned to the needs of groups on the front lines. (For more about us and the groups we’ve worked with view our client list here.)

This 3-day online course will allow you to:

  • Recognize your own facilitation patterns and engagement style.
  • Develop multi-actor engagement strategies.
  • Work with tension and conflict in resourceful ways.
  • Create approaches to navigate complexity.
  • Learn tools for creating vibrant conversations.
  • Design virtual meetings for optimum results.

2022 dates coming soon! For more information, reach us at [email protected]               

Meet the team
Remko Berkhout
Associate

Remko is part of our Facilitation program delivery team.

Strategist, Certified Integral Facilitator, collective intelligence for social transformation. Brings lightness and common sense to high-stakes settings. People power believer. Flyfishing addict, father of three lively little men. 

Home base

Lannach

Languages

Portuguese, English, Dutch, German

Proudest achievements

the here and now ;-) A recent work related achievement that I am proud of is a research documentary on conflict and equality, for which I facilitated a 1- year process of co-creation among researchers and activists across cultures, continents and backgrounds.

You became a Spring Associate because…

We need to raise the game for social and environmental justice. This community is a precious source from which to serve that mission in an environment of deep learning, collaboration, creativity and commitment.

Your leadership philosophy

I see so much potential for global justice – in people, in organizations, in society at large. Leadership is about enabling more of that potential to come out and shine.

Amis Agung Boersma
Associate

Amis is part of our Facilitation and Coaching program teams.

Amis Agung Boersma is an Integral Master Coach™ and workshop facilitator with over 10 years of experience in the field of international activism and social change. She believes people tend to keep their best features hidden – sometimes even from themselves. Often passions, talents, desires and hopes for the future get buried under the overflowing to-do lists of daily life. As a coach, workshop facilitator and gatherer, Amis shines a light on the things that really matter to people, helping them connect to others as their truest and fullest selves.

Amis is Dutch with Indonesian roots and honored to call herself a true citizen of the world. She has lived in Amsterdam, Honolulu, Jakarta, Cartagena and Aruba. She holds a Master in Southeast Asian studies and loves studying languages. Besides languages she devours methods in which we humans can better and more deeply connect, such as Art of Hosting, Theory U and Thinking Environment. Amis loves to sing and dance, and spend time with her loved ones – preferably over a good cappuccino or cocktails.

Home base

Netherlands

Languages

English, Dutch and Indonesian

Proudest achievements

Following through with discipline and joy of my intention to become an Integral Master Coach™ and ridding myself of negative mental chatter.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I could not imagine a greater group of people to work together with to support social and climate justice leaders do their work in more resourceful and sustainable ways.

Your leadership philosophy

We each have such a unique combination of talents and strengths. Leadership, to me, is daring to tap into these yourself and building trust so that others feel supported to fully inhabit theirs as well.

Borrsha Kanapathipillai
Program Assistant

Borrsha started her career in the non-profit sector, working with organizations that address women's rights, education, livelihood, urban development and more. She has coordinated and executed several successful events throughout her career. She holds a Bachelor's degree in International Development Studies from the University of Toronto. Borrsha is the Program Assistant at Spring and provides program support to the team to ensure the smooth operation of all Spring programs and activities.

Home base

Toronto

Languages

English, Tamil

Proudest achievements

Every time I was scared to do something different and new, but did it anyways.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I wanted to work with a dynamic and innovative team that generates positive impacts among people who do critical work for social and climate justice.

Josephine Karianjahi
Associate
Josephine is part of our Facilitation program delivery team.

Josephine Karianjahi (She/her) is a celebrated connector, experienced international development consultant, social change maker in residence and podcaster from Nairobi. She brings people together and as co-lead of Africa Podfest brings the best of Africa in podcasting to the world. She speaks to audiences around the world about using their research, voice and platform to create community change. Using film and mixed media, she has led other innovative projects in the African advocacy space mobilising new media to bring community partners together for women and girls’ empowerment. She is on the Board of The Action Foundation Kenya focused on inclusive education for children and young people living with disabilities. As a podcaster, she hosts and produces the This I Can Do podcast focused on creativity and impact.

Photo Credit: Leslie Fleischer Photography for Podcast Sessions Magazine

Home base

I am a Nairobian from Kenya based in Germany

Languages

I speak English, Kiswahili, Kikuyu, German and I am familiar with Japanese

Proudest achievements

Leading with intention. Because of my strong family and community, I was selected right from high school to receive my BA from Bryn Mawr College and MPH from Columbia University in the City of New York. The interdisciplinary education, generous competitive scholarships and global community sparked a career that brings people together around creativity and social impact. As a leader, I can draw from my upbringing, learning in a completely different cultural context and lead others to unlock their own insights with intention

You became a Spring Associate because…

Advocacy is a large part of my life. My background in public health and cities and experience with advocates in Kenya and other African countries convinced me each of us thrives when those who can work for a more equitable world are supported with the skills, and resources to create widespread social change. Spring Strategies provides facilitation and coaching programs that respond to this need, and as a virtual facilitation coach, I feel privileged to grow with Spring as participants from across the globe also deepen their skills through our work

Your leadership philosophy

I always seek to learn and interact intentionally. I spend time creating bridges between my worlds in a way that will outlive me. I value loyalty, presence and connection.I am curious about how to bring everyone into a space and acknowledge that we have different backgrounds and privileges. I respect everyone and agitate for others to challenge their own assumptions about others.I listen with both ears, and ask myself whether I truly understand what has been said and what I must do thereafter to support others. I inspire people to think about ways to creatively build a life of positive impact

Budhita Kismadi
Associate

Budhita is part of our Facilitation program delivery team.

Budhsi is a vibrant, skilled and passionate facilitator, trainer and sustainable development professional with more than twenty years experience in program development and management in several international development organizations both in Indonesia and abroad.

She is a strong training and facilitation specialist and co-founder of INSPIRASI TANPA BATAS (previously INSPIRIT INNOVATION CIRCLES), or INSPIRIT, an innovative social enterprise established in 2002 and based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Budhsi has extensive experience in designing and facilitating interactive learning processes for various purposes, including decision-making, conflict management, training, and program planning and evaluation. 

She is committed to social and environmental justice and a firm believer in the power of individuals and communities to create and inspire sustainable change. In support of this philosophy, ensures that vibrant communicationasset-based thinking and appreciative inquiry is internalized and applied both on a personal and professional level.

Home base

Bekasi

Barbara Oliveira
Associate

Barbara is part of our Facilitation and Coaching program teams.

Founder of Ecosynergy, the Collaboration Lab and The Appreciation Project. Master Coach. Sustainable Development Facilitator and Mediator. Radical Humanist. Dancer. Singer. Poet. Tree hugger and Animal Whisperer.

Barbara Oliveira (PhD, MBA, LLM) is a facilitator, process designer, change agent and conflict transformation mediator, strategic negotiator and host of meaningful conversations. Barbara is passionate about human connection and the potential that multistakeholder participatory approaches offer to create innovative and inclusive solutions for sustainable development challenges. Throughout her career, she has added expertise in using systemic approaches such as Theory U, Appreciative Enquiry, Systemic Constellations, Deep Democracy and the Thinking Environment, in addition to Consensus Building and interest based negotiations/mediation and has developed sustainable leadership models for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and young women leaders. She co-founded the Collaboration Laboratory focused on fostering a culture of facilitation and participatory decision making in Brazil and founded Ecosynergy – Facilitation and Capacity Building for Sustainability, through which she facilitates, trains and coaches NGOs, businesses, government agencies, international organizations and academic bodies in their initiatives to become more integrated, collaborative and better engaged with their stakeholders, in Brazil and abroad.  Barbara is also a Master Certified Integral Coach™ and a public speaker in leadership, consensus building, and collaboration.

Home base

São Paulo

Languages

English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian

Proudest achievements

To have coached some of the most amazing social justice leaders around the world doing great work. To have launched the Appreciation Project (www.theappreciationproject.net).

You became a Spring Associate because…

Supporting social justice advocates be better leaders is a great way to contribute to a better planet.

Your leadership philosophy

Be present and witness beauty in yourself, in others and in the world. “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Khalil Gibran.

Elizabeth Seja Min
Associate

Elizabeth is part of our Facilitation and FIRE program team.

Consultant, coach, facilitator. Executive director 4 times. Former orchestra conductor and record label chief. Thrives on creativity, action for humanity, arts, nature and great conversation.

Elizabeth Seja Min has helped hundreds communicate with heart, raise serious capital, collaborate, lead and develop people and the systems that bring out their best. She’s been at the helm of four organizations, built signature projects from the ground up, and guided leaders and teams in NGOs, foundations, social enterprises and companies. Elizabeth cut her teeth working with teams as a music director and conductor—founding and conducting a professional symphony orchestra, running a record label (two Grammy nominations!), and bringing unlikely partners together to create magnificent work on the stage. She met Ellen Sprenger while consulting in the world of women’s funds, and thus began a multiyear conversation about how whole people working in whole systems can, without a doubt, spring missions forward. Elizabeth is an associate with Spring Forward.

Home base

Oakland

Languages

English

Proudest achievements

Taking what I know as a musician and an activist to create learning paths and tools that my clients love to use and embody in their organizations, and uncovering the many-layered and multi-ethnic story of my birth and adopted parents after learning I was adopted at age 30 – a great story of discovery and geopolitics I hope to write.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I believe that global social movements are the way forward – and to stay the course we need to connect, know and support one another.

Your leadership philosophy

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. -June Jordan A leader is best when people barely know she exists. When her work is done, they will say: We did it ourselves. -Lao Tzu If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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