The global pandemic has stopped many of us in our tracks. Travels and conferences are on hold.  We’re making short term contingencies and hoping for the best. But our work is too important to wait for this crisis to end. 

SPRING isn’t waiting.    

In response our High Impact Facilitation Intensive (HIFI) is moving online so that important collaborations and convenings can proceed without interruption. HIFI-virtual is an on-line course that includes practical, creative tools and practices to build your capacity to ensure impactful remote meetings.

This 3-day online course will allow you to:

  • Recognize your own facilitation patterns and engagement styles
  • 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
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



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



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.

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


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 (

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




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

Choose an intensive

May 4-5-6, 2021


6:00 AM — 11:30 AM (UTC-4) in Toronto

That's, 5:00 AM — 10:30 AM (UTC-5) in Mexico City

Or, 7:00 AM — 12:30 PM (UTC -3) in São Paulo

And, 12:00 PM — 5:30 PM (UTC +2) in Johannesburg


July 06-07-08, 2021


12:00 AM — 5:30 AM (UTC-4) in Toronto 

That's 6:00 AM — 11:30 AM (UTC +2) in Johannesburg

Or, 9:30 AM — 3:00 PM (UTC +5:30) in New Delhi

Or, 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM (UTC+7) in Jakarta

And, 2:00 PM — 7:30 PM (UTC+10) in Melbourne

September 14-15-16, 2021


08:00 AM — 01:30 PM (UTC-4) in Toronto 

That's 07:00 AM — 12:30 PM (UTC -5) in Mexico City

Or, 9:00 AM — 02:30 PM (UTC -3) in São Paulo

And, 2:00 PM — 7:30 PM (UTC+2) in Johannesburg

October 26-27- 28, 2021


12:00 AM to 5:30 AM (UTC-4) in Toronto

That's, 6:00 AM — 11:30 AM (UTC +2) in Johannesburg

Or, 9:30 AM — 3:00 PM (UTC +5:30) in New Delhi

Or, 11:00AM — 4:30 PM (UTC+7) in Jakarta

And, 3:00 PM — 8:30 PM (UTC +11) in Melbourne