“Trust is the secret sauce of productive and joyful collaboration.”

– Frederic Laloux in Reinventing Organizations

Paying attention to how we relate and collaborate can change the world.

Organisations often do not feel like places where we truly belong and feel connected to the people around us and the collective purpose. Or where things are organised in a way that effectively harnesses our talents and wisdom.

Fortunately, we can learn practices that transform our way of being, thinking, relating, collaborating and acting.

This is the key idea of the Inner Development Goals, a framework to help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. More broadly, it helps to address complex challenges and to contribute to a better world.

I help you to experience and strengthen some of these skills in your organisation, and reach for the next version of who you might be together.

The outcome? More trust, clarity and action confidence.

What’s possible? Let’s co-create.

I develop, facilitate and teach, in a participatory and experiential way, ranging from a one-time experience to long-term support. 

What it might look like:

  • a transformational event that enhances peer learning, connection or innovation, 
  • a workshop about collaborative decision making,
  • a training series about interpersonal skills resulting in more effective collaboration,
  • a participatory keynote speech,
  • a facilitated meeting that creates the intended outcome and strengthens the team dynamic.

Or it might look very different. We start from your needs and wishes, and develop the way forward together.

Unique about me? Cross-pollination. 

Work with me if you’re interested in: 

  • the structured approach of an engineer,
  • the openness to vulnerability of a soulful human being,
  • the wide-angle view of a systems thinker,
  • the gentle guidance of a facilitator,
  • the crystal clarity of a scientist,
  • the team spirit of a community member,
  • all of that enlivened with a bit of humour.

I work in person or online, in English or in Dutch (my native language). I’m located in Belgium, between Brussels and Antwerp.

Read more about my background on LinkedIn. And discover what I’m passionate about in my blog articles.

Strength and inspiration? These are my resources.

I combine proven methodologies, bright ideas and practices that work. Some of my sources of inspiration are:

I am also a member of Enspiral, and connected to several other communities of practice.

Curious what others say?

“You greatly contributed to the success of this meeting – we got lots of thanks and positive feedback. I believe we achieved our main goals, which were to get people motivated, inspired and wanting to commit, as well as create ideas that may translate into concrete actions during the project.”

– Blandine Smilansky, Partnerships Coordinator, House of European History

“During the Enspiral Winter Gathering 2022, it became clear that An is not only a connoisseur of the hosting toolkit, but also a master of subtlety. With her invitations, presence and body language, she made calm moments calmer, deep conversations deeper and nurtured spaces where participants could easily open up about difficult topics. And all of that surrounded by other hosts, a daunting task that she performed with seamless grace.”

– Joriam Philipe, community builder

“An’s contribution to this training as a co-facilitator has been very helpful to me. With her clarity and soft presence, she was able to link the more human-oriented parts of the program to the more action-oriented ones without any rupture. I think it is her special gift to bridge these two realms that usually remain separated, to imbue one with the other. She helped me understand how to approach work and live in a more unified way and offered useful tools for that.”

– Wouter E., grassroots strategist

An introduced the Open Space method into our organisation. She gave our annual Foster Care province Antwerp-day a fresh new impulse. An invited our colleagues in a safe, open way to step forward, speak for a large group, contribute to the agenda, dare to choose differently and for themselves. An combines decisiveness and gentleness, down-to-earthness and empathy, knowledge and intuition. An is a professional who gives confidence and radiates tranquillity.”

– Dorothy Arts,
management assistant
Pleegzorg Provincie Antwerpen

“An took care of creating a pleasant atmosphere in the group right away. Everyone could express his/her opinion freely and respectfully, which led to high-quality recommendations that made the Belgian part of the Conference on the Future of Europe a great success.”

– Dorien Nijs, Belgian citizen selected for the first Belgian federal citizens’ panel

“An is a gifted facilitator of deep engagement and vulnerability work, one who I would wholeheartedly recommend. The storytelling circle she held at Enspiral Europe’s first Winter gathering in February 2022 was wonderful. All the feelings!”

– Alastair Thompson, communications specialist

We want to live fully from spreading new ways of working and living, so that we co-create the societal transition towards more humane work and life. This is the driver we formulated yesterday under the skilful guidance of An Van Damme (as Sociocracy 3.0 practitioner). Thank you, An, for guiding us calmly yet resolutely through the processes. Even when we thought it would be better if the process went differently. We are happy with the manageable and measurable proposal that came out of it!”

– Percolab Belgium team

“An brings a serene and grounded presence as a facilitator. I found the sessions she facilitated during the Life Itself Cultivating Conscious Community residency in January 2022 to be spacious and held with perceptiveness, sensitivity, and care.”

– Catherine Tran, team member of Life Itself

Get in touch, I’d like to hear from you.

Reach out if you believe that we can learn and grow in organisations, so that we can better meet the challenges we face.

Let’s connect. Message me on LinkedIn, or send an e-mail to an@anvandamme.be.

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