For 30+ years, we have been looking for meaning in instructional design. For all this time, adult learning has been in dire straits, waiting to be freed from its "banking model". We have opened the cage. We offer state-of-the-art, innovative solutions for your learning and development stories - applying lean & agile formats, natural learning, cooperative learning, interactivity, gamesercises and self-organizing learning teams. (read)
Linearity is out. Adult learning has become fuzzy, holistic, cooperative, self-organizing, agile towards the rapidly evolving complex adaptive systems of today's reality. At our train-the-trainer and instructional design workshops, we explore the possibilities of learning with, from and among each other. Our train-the-trainer masterclasses are challenging and intensive, yet playful learning laboratories - unforgettable workplaces in which the most unexpected things can, might and do happen. (more)
Agile communities are generous waves rolling over the ocean. We facilitate self-organizing teams, excitedly learning together, in order to co-create something of beauty and value. Harmony, agility, flexibility and interculturality are key. Lean and Agile are inspiring approaches, Scrum and Kanban are useful frameworks, mindfulness and courage essential states-of-mind, unconditional kindness and respect the most fundamental values. (case study)
scrum team clinic
Building teams is exciting, preparing the soil from which teams do emerge is exhilirating. In our unique Intercultural Scrum Clinics, we use intercultural competencies to get better and stronger as an Agile team - while we use concepts of Agile and the five core values of Scrum to get better and stronger in intercultural competencies. The result is a team in which diversity ceases to be a "problem to be solved", having turned into an engine of velocity and quality. (more)
Dunya. Tomorrow's workplace is all about assembly, community, diversity. A successful team is where people of difference share a common journey and co-create ideas, stories, products and services of beauty and value. On this journey, variety and difference are assets rather than hurdles. We run tailor-made workshops and programs to make sure that diversity and difference do not turn into otherness and alienation, but power the process of limitless co-creation. (more)
Linearity is out. Our working communities are facing a new reality, an ever-changing dynamics of complex adaptive systems, in which to be lean and to be agile are key. Successful Lean/Agile transformations start with people, not with systems. Transforming a community means stretching the borders of its inherent receptivity to change. Beyond those borders is where the future lies in wait. (a case story)
the arab world
AsSalaamu Alaykum! At Beyond Borders, interculturalism and cross-culturalism are the cornerstones of who we are and what we do. With and in the Arab World, a wide variety of cultural sensitivities are at play and intercultural agility is a must. We run Intercultural Scrum Clinics and a series of other learning formats to help our clients understand and explore Arab culture - and with Michaela Broeckx holding a degree in Arabic, and having studied in Damascus, we can even help you learn the language.
Not only is Japan the mother of our inspiration, Japan is also home to Zen, Tao, TPS en Kaizen - and indirectly, to Lean and Agile. We have worked at and for Toyota, Honda, Aisin and Sony - and frequently run very effective intercultural agility workshops, exploring the meaning and possibilities of Euro-Japanese intercultural addition. Why not become a shokunin yourself, a craftsperson - and practise monozukuri, or The Art of Making Things Move. (read)
Your India Business Support: Intercultural workshops, both sides. With a degree in India Studies - and having lived and worked in and with India for 40+ years, Francis Laleman has never stopped his quest for knowledge and solutions when it comes to dealing with India. "Being part of his trainings, scientific, informative, yet slightly provocative, but always refreshingly playful, is a once in a lifetime experience." (Kawaljeet Kaur) (business case) (paper)
Kahani, Stories - short Business Retreats, Summer Courses, and Master Classes - providing Lean, Agile and Learning professionals or trainers a chance to break away, detox, live healthily, rest, meet people, and study and learn and practice together. To come and work on your own story, check the events page for our upcoming retreats and choose the one that answers your needs at this particular crossroads in your community, your organisation, your life.
Kahani. Stories. For more than forty years, we have been organizing discovery journeys in the Middle East, the Gulf, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Japan. We visit companies to see how TPS and Lean operate at the gemba, explore business districts and meet up with community leaders, discover culture, learn history, develop intercultural understanding, engage on field visits to community development projects and educational organisations. Joining us on a journey is a life-changer. Like Rumi said: "Admit it - and change everything".
Enabling individuals and teams to co-create things of interest, value and beauty, Agile communities thrive on improvement and coaching routines or kata. To nurture kata, nature provides all the metaphors and stories we need. In our work with trainers, learning facilitators, (agile) coaches and teams, we often spend time outside - studying natural value, value stream and flow, while meditating on the power of self-organization and its inherent drive towards super-diversity. (read)