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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. 

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.

The work we do happens, because many are committed and engaged in 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 my free time I love off-grid travels, dream of building a tiny house, am an avid mountaineer both in summer and winter, a sailor and an explorer of intergenerational narratives.

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 Ilustrations

Generative Scribing

Clarity in Complexity

TESTIMONIALS

300 MANAGERS COCREATE NEW 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.

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.

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."

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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

Series of Conversations with Industry & Inquiry Leaders on Self-organisation & New Leadership | Amongst others interviews with three organisations operating on Holacracy
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
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 wonderful 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, mindsets & environment.

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EuViz is a global gathering of visual practitioners. 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.
Leaders They Do Not See: The Tender, Powerful & Troublesome
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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