Many of us hold a vision: of bringing inspired solutions to complex challenges, of building teams that thrive, of a more fulfilled personal live, a happier family, a world that benefits many. And while the vision is a great source of energy to keep us going, it sometimes gets truly challenging to bring it into reality. How do you hold both the now and the future? How do you span a bridge between them? Where do you find courage & clarity to make the decisions you wish you never had to make? How do you inhabit the now and part-take with others?I committed my private and professional life to figuring it out, by myself and in groups. I am happy to share my tiny tricks and big insights with you.

bio

I am a Social Innovator, Large Group Facilitator, Intercultural Psychologist, Theory U Practitioner. In my work I supports systems and individuals in societal transformation and complex challenges. 

I am committed to advancing my practice by deep dialogue & collective action. To support this I became Member of Advisory Board of the Global Learning & Exchange Network, CEO of a collective housing project in Berlin and an active member of many global OD communities driving positive change in the world. I am also a researcher & book author in the field of functional creativity.

In 2017, driven by a need for a place, where we could share what it means to live driven by a vision of future that benefits all, and the road there, I co-founded the Leadership Festival – a collective effort committed to exploring & manifesting the new paradigm(s) of leadership.

As performance artist I  travel to places of tension between collective and individual, where fear and vision meet, building bridges and learning how to keep these connections alive.

I am an avid mountaineer both in summer and winter and a sailor. I am fascinated with radical self-reliance and solarpunk.

work

process design
& facilitation

Large Group Facilitation
Participatory Formats
Structures for Inclusion & Diversity
Functional Creativity
Collaborative Intelligence
Cross-sector Collaboration

organisational
development

CoCreating Organisational Culture
Purpose Driven Leadership
Organisations as Living Systems
Onboarding CXOs

communities
of practice

Leadership Festival
Open Space Technology
Visual Facilitation
Leading as Sacred Practice

visuals
& scribing

Strategic Illustrations
Generative Scribing
Clarity in Complexity

TESTIMONIALS

WRITING
ON INVISIBLE LEADERSHIP

Showing up, witnessing, sharing out, acting from.... A beautiful and thoughtful piece on key qualities of leadership, especially needed in these times.

COCREATION
OF NEW COMPANY LEADERSHIP CULTURE

Karolina's experience and dedication during the preparation phase, as well as in facilitation of the unforgettable session was one of major success factor.

hOSTING
ON- & OFFLINE

I have experienced Karolina to be an amazing host (actually the best I have ever seen), for both in-person & online conferences and events. She is very clear & very compassionate.

INTERVIEWS

On commitment to New Leadership


"Because we’re shooting for the moon, some of the things we do are going to be a mistake. Some of the things we do are going to turn out less meaningful than we hoped them to be, so we need a different quality of relationships in our communities. We need our communities to be there to hold us, even when what we do is not shiny or an absolute success. We need our communities to forgive us, to truly learn with us, and to be there with us when we’re learning to forgive ourselves, when we don’t achieve the quality we want. We’re finding out that this is kind of work is about being there for one another in the long run."

On bringing spirituality to work


"We have globally been living embedded in agreements that the majority of us knew were fraud. Many things have not gone the way probably anybody would have intentionally created. They happened and then we haven't made that break to say "let's think about what's happening and what's needed. And - where needed - let's sit with the hurt that has happened and see how we can learn how to not perpetuate it”.



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MY CHANNELS

MEDIUM

Articles on the Nuts'n'Bolts of Collaborating as Generative Teams
My focus here is followership and other essential archetypes supporting success in self-managing teams

This is exactly what I need right now.
Agota Biro, Hungary


Thank you so much for sharing, this is the wisdom and love we need in our work.
Michaela Wegener, Germany


Read & liked your post. It inspired me to dig into decision making process.
Kristine Asatryan, Armenia


This is a beautiful blog post and a reminder of how we interact, maintain, sustain, and build our groups and communities.
Wendy Moomaw, USA

I love how Karolina Iwa approached this by creating her own model! Besides the question with whom I want to spend my time and how, I also often consider the question as who I want to spend my time (the explorer, the carer, the channel, etc.)
Angela Zinser, Germany


Thank you for sharing Karolina! Leadership and followership, like day and night. There is no one without the other. When it comes to shared leadership, I feel that we need to talk more about the possible triggers which can cause power to 'go bad', like milk can turn sour. In stead of seeing someone as good or bad, let's use the time to explore our own relationship with autority/power/leadership, so we can suport each other in achieving common goals, in stead of projecting blames and should haves to each other.
Sara Huang, USA

Inspiring! Plus I love the scarcity disclaimer at the end.
Pola Matuszewska, Poland

YOUTUBE

Series of Conversations with Industry & Inquiry Leaders on Self-organisation & New Leadership
Amongst others interviews with three organisations operating on Holacracy

BLOG

Behind the scenes
Includes delightful audio story-telling from work & travels

RECENT OPEN PROJECTS

I am currently co-writing a Book on Functional Creativity with Tracie Farrell, PhD, social data scientist & Zora Csalagovits, Gestalt Therapist.
Kinetic is a transformative framework using functional creativity for expanding groups’ ability to engage with complexity and advancing their purpose at work. It is composed of a set of practices around:
- Skills
— Observation
— Inquiry
— Interpretation
- Mindsets
— Curiousity & Openness
— Comfort with Ambiguity
— Risk Taking
- Environment
— Communication
— Diversity
— Decision making

In 2018 I had the honour to facilitate the three-day-long event, crafting participatory dynamics for a group of 250, including work sessions, networking, fun and community building. The key to the success here was deep trust we received from organisers & a team of committed, creative & experienced in self-organisation people. This allowed us to create a beautiful event with a distinct atmosphere, that stays in people's memory for a long time.
This was done with an amazing team of Mara, Christina, Anna, Mona, Kelvy, David, Mathias and many more.


We have acted from the invisible and witnessed others doing so. Invisible can mean “hidden” or “unable to be seen” and at times may even be treated as “not worthy”. We know that recognition and affirmation depend on personal perception and the culture of the system. In this Exchange Karen Wilhelm Buckley and Karolina Iwa want to honor the ways in which our own leadership can be invisible and grow our understanding of invisible leadership in a variety of situations. Let’s explore: What does invisible leadership contribute? What happens when those who benefit don’t recognize invisible leadership? What does holding back look like? Do we go underground, or dismiss our own contribution, or become more assertive? What does the system lose? What else might be possible as we acknowledge and affirm the continuum of less visible leadership?

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