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GOING HORIZONTAL International training, NL


Groesbeek near Nijmegen, The Netherlands | 28-30 May 2019  

At work, can you relate to one of the following statements:

  • 87% of the workers does not feel engaged at work (Frederic Laloux).
  • Decisions are not supported by the team.
  • Colleagues do not feel connected with each other.
  • Company culture kills your creativity.
  • High-talented individuals are leaving the workplace to seek out greater learning and development.
  • Meetings are mandatory and boring.
  • Accountability has a dynamic of controlling instead of supporting each other.

What are the skills and practices I need to thrive in a more horizontal, self-organised and flexible future of work?

Are you looking to clarify or strengthen the way you bring more purpose, accountability or transparency into your organisation or community?

Are you curious about shared decision-making and self-directed learning and development?

What would our interactions look like if we approached each other with curiosity, openness and trust?

‘Business as usual’ is not an option anymore.

We are living in times that invite us to straddle both vertical and new horizontal leadership paradigms. Major shifts in mindset out of a vertical culture are happening, and there are organisations globally which are beginning to evolve into more participatory, agile and horizontal workplaces. People want to be part of teams that are empowered, engaged and autonomous – while staying connected to the purpose and strategy of the organisation.

This training is built around the book Going Horizontal (Berrett Koehler Publishers, 2018) – a collection of practices to bridge old and new ways of working – supporting every person to practice their way into their personal leadership.

People use a ‘horizontal mindset’ to make decisions and organise their lives every day. Yet when we enter (vertical) organisations, we often face challenges to bring this mindset into our work. This training will strengthen, accelerate and deepen what you already do outside of work, and show you how to bring it into your workplace. We will actively practice methods that can help you in the places you are stuck or don’t know how to start, and offer new practices to keep growing.

Shifting mindsets is your biggest lever of system change, and the community of people propelling this change is quickly spreading across the globe. Come meet and join them.  

The international team organising this training, including the author of Going Horizontal, Samantha Slade, looks forward to meeting you.

The shift to conscious work has started!

This 3-day training is a hands-on experience to help you develop and expand horizontal ways of working across 7 domains of practices. Rooted in real organisational experiences – tried and tested across many contexts – you will live the experience of truly working with shared leadership and acquire practices and tools that can immediately be put to use in your context.

In this training you will learn and practice

  • How to use Autonomy to boost accountability.
  • How to use Purpose as a compass that unlocks coordinated action and non-hierarchy.
  • How to organise and host Meetings that are effective, engaging, and co-created at their core.
  • How to work with Transparency as a practice of innovation and a basis for trust.
  • How to find the right Decision-Making methodologies appropriate for different scenarios in your groups, organisation, and teams.
  • How to work with Relationships & Conflict as a tool for growth and learning, and enhance team cohesion.
  • How to build a Personal Toolkit of practices for your life and work.
  • How to tap into your personal leadership to start with horizontal practices.

This training is directed at conscious entrepreneurs, employees, managers, students, and consultants who want to clarify and strengthen the way they bring more horizontal practices into organisations and groups. If you do not fall into any of these categories but this training speaks to you, we encourage you to get in touch and we can find out if the training is a good fit for you.

Practical Information

Location: de Poort  – Groesbeek near Nijmegen, NL. Note this is a beautiful venue and we fully plan to take advantage of the lovely surroundings we will be in. It is possible to work and enjoy the outdoors.

Language: This training is primarily in English, however everyone is invited to express themselves in the language they are most comfortable with (NL, EN). We will work together to provide whispering interpretation on the spot.

Dates: 28 – 30th May – see detailed schedule below

Discover Going Horizontal. It is helpful to have read the book beforehand, but not obligatory.


Included: 3 days of training, 3 nights lodging, meals (vegetarian) and snacks, Going Horizontal materials

Two options. Please choose according to your situation and interest.


Early bird
(until April 28th)

Price excl. VAT

Early bird
(until April 28th)

Price incl. VAT

(after April 28th)

Price excl. VAT

(after April 28th)

Price incl. VAT

Traditional pricing – regular rate € 1.350,-  € 1.633,50 €1.500,-  € 1815,-
Traditional pricing – not-for profit rate € 975,- € 1.179,75 € 1.050,-  € 1.270,50
Shared economy (first installment) € 500,- € 605,- € 500,-  € 605,-

1) Traditional pricing: A fixed price for the event up front.

2) Shared economy: A system that allows you to self-determine how much you pay and to partake in the budget responsibility. It requires an initial payment, to cover minimal costs, and at the event, you will be invited to make a second payment based on your financial context, information on the event budget and your experience of the training. You can read more information about the Shared economy practice in this article.


  • Extra night before with breakfast (in twin bedded room): € 60,- (incl. VAT) extra
  • Single room (limited availability): € 50,00 (incl. VAT) extra for 2 nights

It’s a great idea to come with your colleagues – so if you plan to do this, contact us to discuss rates.  

Hourly Schedule

Day 1: Welcome and introduction

10:30 – 12:00 – Welcome + introduction to the 7 domains of practice
12:00 – 13:30 – Lunch
13:30 – 17:00 – Autonomy, Purpose and Co-managed meetings
17:00 – 18:00 – Open Space + coaching
18:00 – 19:00 – Dinner
19:30 – 21:30 – Inspirational tales of non-hierarchical journeys (optional)

Day 2: Diving into non-hierarchical practice

7:00 – 8:00 – Personal practices (optional)
8:00 – 9:00 – Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 – Transparency and Shared decision making
12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 – Open Space + coaching
14:00 – 17:00 – Learning and development + Relationships and Conflicts
17:00 – 18:00 – Open Space + coaching
18:00 – 19:00 – Dinner
19:30 – 21:30 – option activity – TBD

Day 3: Moving forward in your context

7:00 – 8:00 – Personal practices (optional)
8:00 – 9:00 – Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 – Planning for your context
12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch
13:00 – 15:00 – Pro action café
15:00 – 15:30 – Check out

How others experienced the training

An International Team

Samantha Slade (Canada)

Author of Going Horizontal, Creating a Non-Hierarchical Organization, One Practice at a Time, Co-founder of Percolab a network of self-governing companies supporting organisational transformation and social innovation for over a decade. Samantha works widely from government to industry, in Canada and internationally. TEDx speaker on business as commons.  

Phoebe Tickell (United Kingdom)

Phoebe is an innovator, collaboration catalyst and systems thinker living the future of work and shaping the future of education and business. She has spent the last 5 years experimenting and innovating in areas crucial to building human-centred organisations: life-long learning, deep collaboration, and new organisational structures. She works as a consultant helping identify the patterns, practices and levers that can help transition into more ‘human’, participatory and self-managing ways of organising, and is a Going Horizontal Steward.

Ivo Bols (Belgium)

Ivo is a passionate entrepreneur, heart and soul – so he loves to make a difference. As a Co-founder of Percolab Belgium, he inspires companies and its employees to work autonomously. His trumps are an indestructible energy, his ability to make crystal clear analyses and his ability to get the best out of people and their situation with great creativity. He is an Art of Hosting and Going Horizontal practitioner. His motto is: “Inner leadership leads to an unexpected flow of creative developments”.

Ilona Piron (Belgium)

Practitioner and consultant in horizontal ways of working, co-creating and hosting. She also has expertise about and passion for climate change solutions, with a particular interest in agriculture and energy transition. She is cofounder of Percolab Belgium and specialised in co-creative methodologies and frameworks such as Art of Hosting and Harvesting, Theory U, Going Horizontal and Spiral Dynamics. 

Marina Lynch (Belgium)

Trained in the Art of Hosting and Harvesting, Marina is exploring the world of participatory practices in communities and organisations. After working at a multinational company for several years, she decided to dedicate her energy to bringing a human-centred perspective to organisations and supporting meaningful conversations through co-creation. Originally from the US, Marina currently lives in Ghent, Belgium and speaks Dutch and some French.

Laura Grassi (The Netherlands)

Laura supports organisations & communities to navigate the complexity of the work they do by fostering collaboration. She finds inspiration in the idea of a world where people feel fulfilled and engaged at work and organisations thrive by having a positive impact. She combines different methodologies such as “The Art of Hosting”, U-theory, Process Design, Deep Democracy and NVC in order to offer a unique approach to collaboration and organisational development.

Onno Geveke (The Netherlands)

A senior Organisational Development and Learning facilitator, currently working as an independent consultant. His purpose is to serve people and organisations in becoming the best flourishing versions of themselves. He is passionate about helping people to grow individually and as a collective. Onno is inspired by Appreciative Inquiry, Art of Hosting, U-theory, Reinventing Organizations and has a background in learning & change.

Nynke Vos (The Netherlands)

Facilitator, coach & expert in group dynamics focused on leadership and transformation.
She works with a systemic perspective and is trained as a rite of passage facilitator. Helping people thrive and creating space for meaningful personal growth & connection is her passion. She is extremely curious what our world will be like in the future and how our human skills will evolve when we work together from a horizontal mindset.

Annemieke Verhoeff (The Netherlands)

Annemieke brings over a decade of experience in self-leadership and facilitating human-centred organisations. She helps individuals and teams move towards a horizontal mindset, co-creating a context that allows for their unique purpose and qualities. She loves sharing her experience and insight on wellbeing, personal development and dynamic governance, offering perspective and clarity in complex situations.

Joke Jonckiere (Belgium)

After a career switch in 2017 Joke consciously chose for a human way of doing business: taking into account the wellbeing of co-workers and organisations, keeping focus on what is important for everyone, making more impact possible. Via principles and techniques from a.o. Art of Hosting, Going Horizontal, Non Violent Communication, Sociocracy 3.0, u.lab,… she creates a new way of life and a new professional role. How can we connect people and organisations who want to do things ‘differently’?

There is no need to wait for permission from hierarchy
to begin practicing non-hierarchical ways.

Samantha Slade