“At it’s fundamental core, societal progress is about “game change”; it’s when the background rules of life’s interactions — everyday, normal interactions — change and evolve. Progress is when the game of life becomes fairer, kinder, more transparent, more rational, more fulfilling.” Hanzi Freinacht, The Nordic Ideology, 2019

We work to change the game. One of our favourite tactics to change the game is to hunt down gamechangers wherever they are hiding. Be it working deep inside a global corporation to create new ways of doing business, driving a Non-Governmental Organisations to more effectively tackle urgent global issues, or supporting…


The likelihood that Pablo and Mike would ever meet, much less become close friends and business partners is close to null. And yet here we are: On 1 January 2020, after three years of working and exploring together as inTension Consultancies, we launch together Purpose+Motion, the consultancy dedicated to changing the game: to supporting all those who are transforming businesses, NGOs or entire industries to create meaningful and sustainable ways of working and living.

We believe that this unlikely partnership — and the way it has been nourished and maintained over the past three years — offers as many insights…


I’m pretty sure that 30 years ago, in April 1989, someone was sitting exactly where I am sitting, looking out the window in this East Berlin apartment at the quiet spring life unfolding in the cobbled street below. Let us say it was a young father, who most days worked in a Factory in the center of East Berlin, and today was watching out his window. In the space of 1 year, this young man’s entire world would be utterly transformed. I explore in this post what it might look like for this to happen again, to me. …


As you may have read in our many blogposts over the past months, I and a brilliant team of crazy people have come to the conclusion that 1) Our current democratic systems are not as effective as they can be, and 2) we really need to do something to rectify this, but we cannot do this coming from the same mindset which created the current democratic systems. We therefore aim, over the next years, to Upgrade Democracy by using a cutting edge methodology called Theory U which combines Systems Thinking, Mindfulness, and Design Thinking to use all our intelligences (mind…


Brawl in the Ukrainain Parliament in April 2014

Paris is burning after days of violent riots by frustrated citizens who feel their concerns are not been taken into account. Britain is being rocked by uncertainty and concerns of a “constitutional crisis” over Brexit after a single referendum was used by millions of citizens to channel all their frustrations and fears with the direction their country has been taking. The USA flitters from one self-made crisis to the next, with an ever more polarised and conflictual discourse taking grip of politicians and media on all sides: politics seems less about running the country, and more about winning or losing…


Yes, personally I’m happy that many young, diverse and increasingly female democrats were elected to the house of representatives. They represent much better my values and the world I believe in.

However, for us as a society, as a “system” comprising ALL people of ALL perspectives and persuasions who must come to agreement on how to live together, how to educate, feed, fuel and govern ourselves… this is no success. This may even be a failure.

We continue the road to polarisation. For all these races “won” anywhere between 35 and 49% of those who voted feel unrepresented. The discourse…


It was about 4am on a Wednesday, and I sat on a couch in the living room watching US TV networks on my laptop. My stomach clenched up in a ball as the results came in. It was clear what was happening, but I still couldn’t really believe it. Donald Trump, one of the most misogynistic, racist, aggressive, petty and unpredictable candidates in history, was about to become president of my father’s country: the United States of America, despite receiving 2% less votes than his opponent. Five months earlier, in June 2016, I was on a train when my brother…


A New Power world is a world of uncertainty… and of opportunities to grow

Most days, I set my own working hours. I can take holidays when I want. I work from a co-working space with Ping-Pong tables, free coffee, more bearded hipsters than you can count, and a giant tub full of Ikea-style plastic balls. I get to spend quality time with my wife, visit friends and family to nurture those relationships that really matter. And through my work, Pablo and I are supporting awesome people and organizations to address some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental needs. We create partnerships and alliances with others, whether there’s money involved or not…


Lena Otte, Group facilitator and coordinator of one of MIT’s ULab hubs in Berlin

When I first met Lena Otte, she was leading MIT’s Ulab hub in Neuköln Berlin, one of several hundred offline “hubs” for the online course we were both following. Her facilitation style was so gracious, effortless and quiet that it was hard to label it as “leadership” — much more often used to define the central, dominating figure of the (often male) manager or CEO, leading his followers.

I learned, over the weeks, how powerful a leader she was, creating an incredible safe space for the group and empowering each of us to bring our own energy to the space…


The Nonprofit Builder project aims to transform the way the non-profit sector learns and improves itself, in particular through the development of organisational capacity — be it strategy, leadership, governance, monitoring and evaluation, culture, project management, technology, security or fundraising. We spent 3 months discussing our ideas with as many stakeholders as possible about the best way to do this, including capacity builders, non-profit organisations, donors and researchers. We have heard from them that the most useful things for them would be:

1. The ability to identify, learn about and connect with a wide range of capacity builders, trainers, consultants…

Mike Romig

I accompany and coach non-profit leaders to create healthy and effective organisations; I also love mountains and music

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