Another element of the  ebbf learning events experience is the range and diversity of parallel learnshops that you can decide to attend, learn from and contribute to. These are highly interactive 90 minute sessions that allow you to grasp and experiment in smaller groups the processes, ideas and tools useful to you.


1. Defining the problem to enable impactful solutions (Carrie Freeman)

A practical workshop where we will explore some of the key features of a successful co-creation process, how do you create unity with very diverse stakeholders, how do you maintain the momentum, what are the key factors that drive innovative co-creation processes?

2. Mindful Leadership from a fully united self (Tulia Lopes)

Unity and collaboration as the stepping stones to prosperity require the development of self-leadership, which means being fully aware of one’s potential and strengths, in order to know when to give and when to reach out for support.
In addition, a more meaningful, flexible and creative type of leadership is called for. Leaders with strong core values, principles, and purpose are needed. Leaders who are also able to understand where they themselves and each member of their teams are standing, and from there design a common goal based these values, principles and purpose taking into consideration each team member’s capabilities.
At the end of this learnshop the participants will be able to place their stepping stones towards shared prosperity by
– recognising their current natural leadership skills
– identifying their strengths and weaknesses as leaders
– understanding how to use collaboration as a lever to balance their skills and propel them towards common goals

3. Will the Collaborative Economy create meaningful and purposeful organizations? (Cristobal Gracia)

Join Cristobal in further exploring how the new collaborative economy is revolutionizing the way companies interact with and respond to society, deepen your understanding of collaboration in practice with examples from OuiShare and elsewhere, and explore some of the practical challenges and solutions in this fast growing and learning rich working culture.

4. Ten metres of Unity (Paul Hughes)

Join Paul to explore Unity and collaboration with his unique approach “10 meters of thinking”. 10 meters unlocks new insights and perspectives and uses storytelling and visual representation to create fresh thinking and uncover new truths. Paul said “Stories are best told in a timeless manner so the listener can decide how best they can be applied to a timely matter. So it is not about true stories. It is about stories that have a truth. Storytelling is best when it moves us from what has happened to what may happen.“

5. Collaboration through dialogue (Lara Frisch)

The learnshop will give participants an introductory taste of Bohmian Dialogue, and experience the dialogic approach to communication, which involves the observation of individual and common thought processes and the suspension of individual opinions. We will focus on the skill of suspension. As conceived by David Bohm, this is the ability to suspend our own opinions, improve our listening, and question the virus like assumptions that so often interfere with collaborative work and group discussion. By doing so, defensive posturing can diminish, and a quality of natural warmth and fellowship can infuse the group.


1. Want to create your dream enterprise? PART I (Monique Blokzyl)

Have you ever thought of creating your “dream enterprise”? One where you earn a good living whilst serving society? Monique will take you through key “M” questions to help you set up your dream enterprise: Motivation – What is your dream and why are you pursuing it? Market – Who do you aim to serve and how? Means – What resources do you have and where will you find what you need? Mentor – Who should you be looking for to support you on your entrepreneurial path? – Part of ebbf’s program, see

2. An exploration of consultative processes (Marc Rivers, Gary Reusche, Serge Thill)
In this informal session you will be able to explore and engage together in the experience of consultative processes.
The outcome of this conversation will start to form the outline of the next ebbf international event that will focus on the theme: “Consultation, beyond decision making, a tool for learning”


1. Collaborative Leadership: Harnessing the value of diversity (Nousha Etemad)

People today are working more collaboratively than ever before, not just inside organizations but also with their suppliers, customers, and governments. Global virtual teams are the norm, not the exception. Social medial and other technologies have enabled new forms of collaboration that would have been impossible a short while ago.
Our organizations are replete with differences in convictions, cultural values, and operating norms which inevitably add complexity to collaborative efforts. But they also make them richer, more innovative, and more valuable. Getting that value is the heart of collaborative leadership.
The session will explore what it means to be a collaborative leader in this hyper-connected world, and the skills that are necessary.

2. Unity, Collaborative leadership and Culture (Ralph Blundell)

Our learnshop will explore the learning highlighted in yesterdays keynote, focussing on some of the less comfortable facets of achieving Unity – resistance, performance targets, mutual accountability and the significance of reward. We will discover that the things we find uncomfortable or consider destructive are actually the key to achieving real and robust Unity and unleash new possibilities for collaborating and co-leadership.

3. Building meaningful organizations through purpose-driven organizations (Sonia Ruiz)

Drawing on Sonia’s deep experience, and that of your fellow participants, this is an opportunity to explore how unity, alignment, meaningful collaborations and authentic communications, can assist 21st century organizations, and discover how their positive impact enables organizations to thrive.

4. Want to create your dream enterprise? PART II (Monique Blokzyl)

You love to get a glimpse into the pitching mysteries? What is a powerful story, an impactful message? What is this irresistible Yes-trigger? How do you convince anyone to give you anything? Join us in this learnshop if you want to get some powerful answers. Besides taking away proven techniques, you will also get many real case stories. And most importantly, you will roll up your sleeves and craft that impactful message for your own business right away. Get ready to trigger a sound Yes!

5. Narayana – how can a Culture of Empowerment lead towards an Economy of Abundance? (Arash Aazami)

In his learnshop, Arash aims to explore together with participants facets of a Culture of Empowerment, and how it contributes to an Economy of Abundance. Mind you: his latest project is seemingly impossible, very grass-roots, and requires all the help it can get. Meanwhile, he will share stories of his previous businesses, the startups he accompanies, and his travels to Africa, where the idea for Narayana was born.
After 10 years in energy and 5 years building an energy company that earns more when it sells less, therewith increasing independence of the customer rather than holding on to them, Arash concluded that despite excellent commercial success, he had failed.
He decided to leave the company and utilize his learnings to focus on its bigger goal: creating a basis for an “Economy of Abundance”, backed by a “Culture of Empowerment”, where the economic principles of value creation are aligned fully with the laws of nature.


1. Removing Barriers to Sustainable Economic Development (Augusto Lopez-Claros)

The onward march of technological change and growing interdependence have greatly increased the complexity of the global economy, the body politic, and the processes and institutions that support them. Businesses, policy makers and the public find themselves operating in a vastly more complex environment and this is giving rise to special opportunities and enormous risks. Indeed, the resulting problems—most of them global in nature—are greatly testing our inadequate systems of international cooperation. What are the implications of this for governments and civil society during the coming decade? What are the main barriers to sustainable economic development and what to do to remove them?

2. Redefining “Oikosnomos” of the future based on European Integration Model – Boldly go together where no one has gone before (Nauman Husain)

Introduction: Root of economics word comes from the Greeks: Oikosnomos, which means Rule/Customs of the House or Alternatively Management of the Household. When your House becomes the planet this word takes another level and a brand new dimension. We will explore based on EU Integration Model and try to bring out ideas and how to move forward from the EU Model and shift the paradigm of economics to create a more just and prosperous civilization. The learnshop is about to see the hidden capacity that we are all talented economist, because we all try to manage the best and efficient way our household.

Goal of the Learnshop:
The learnshop will be an exchange of ideas on the European Economic Integration Model. What has been successful and what doesn’t work. Explore how to redefine economics and make a paradigm shift together in our economics. Explore the spiritual dimension of the economic equation. What type of economics would we like to have?
How can we move forward the EU Economic model in perspective of unity and collaboration? How can we integrate the spiritual dimension in our economic model?

3. Collaboratively Teaching Web Literacy at Mozilla (Henrik Mitsch)

The Mozilla community is helping to create the next generation of webmakers. In this Learnshop you will see why Mozilla teaches web literacy. Additionally we show how Mozilla’s open and collaborative culture is applied in this context. Lastly, we will remix the web ourselves (so please bring your laptop)!

4. Disconnect to Reconnect (Laura Martinez Fernandez)

From time to time, it is important to “disconnect” to “connect” and have a clear vision of what we want to achieve in our lives and how are we going to do it.
The objective of this workshop is to recognize the importance of conscious thinking through a guided exercise and to understand the power that people have within.
(I) An exercise will be proposed to allow participants to free themselves from physical and mental noise, all in order to experience conscious thinking (methodology: mindfulness). (II) Subsequently and using the “wheel of life”, we will encourage participants reflect on their lives and to define concrete goals for each area. (III) After this powerful and introspective analysis, we will allow people to share their experiences in order to start an interactive and dynamic process, where everyone can benefit from the group.
We need to learn to live according to shared human values. Our world and our organizations will be healthier and more sustainable, when people understand that a global change can only occur through a personal change.