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
Strategist, Facilitator & Partnership broker

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
Coach and Event Facilitator

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 event host, 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 a true citizen of the world. She has lived in Amsterdam, Honolulu, Jakarta and Cartagena, and has just moved to the island of Aruba. She holds a Master in Southeast Asian studies and is currently studying her 7th language (Papiamento). 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

Oranjestad

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.

Borrsha Kanapathipillai
Program Assistant, Spring

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
Facilitator
Josephine Karianjahi (She/her) is an advocacy, partnerships and communications professional from Nairobi focused on Africa. Her professional experience is in developing compelling advocacy campaigns in Kenya, partnerships across African countries and new media communications touching Africans at home and global audiences beyond. She thrives when working with people and groups and is an experienced facilitator both virtually and in-person. Her projects span across social impact, creativity and new media spaces - including short and long-term engagements in public health, agriculture, women and girls’ empowerment, media and podcasting. She is a co-founder of Africa Podfest and a board member at The Action Foundation Kenya, an NGO focused on inclusive education for children and young people living with disabilities. She holds an AB in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and a Masters’ in Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University in the City of New York. 

Photo Credit: Leslie Fleischer Photography for Podcast Sessions Magazine
Budhita Kismadi
Facilitator

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
High Impact Facilitator for Social Change, Ecosynergy

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
Consultant, Coach, Strategist, Facilitator & Musician

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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