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My Values

Compassion

Everybody's behaviour makes sense if you could step into their shoes. Not feeling understood means immense hurt. Being understood fully is a longing for most people. Non-judgementalness gives space for change. Compassion can makes relationships better and resolution of conflicts easier.

Full potential

I am always intrigued by the imagination of what abundance lies in each person. Without exception, everybody carries precious unique gifts. Most people only live a friction of their potential. And I am convinced that being we can give each other the gift of being curious about each other's full potential - it can open miracle doors!

Cooperation

Cooperative patterns are necessary for a life-sustaining future. We need healthy relationships between humans, between humans and nature. I am convinced that we need to move away from individualistic competition towards cooperation, and base that on equity, dignity and respect for everyone.

My Methods

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Horse-accompanied
leadership Coaching

I am a certified systemic horse-assisted coach by Alexandra Lohr Akademy. Horses are the best mirrors to human behaviour - with their sensitive perception and emotional capacity, their non-judgementalness and incorruptible nature.

Leadership and teambuilding process become a lot deeper through the integration of horses- let yourself be surprised!

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Transformational
Leadership for Sustainability

This training by Monica Sharma and her team of RTL (Radical Transformational Leadership) taught me strategies and practices to spark systemic societal change.
The training helps to empower everyone in an organisation, move to a joint vision, decreases blockages of guilt, judgement and vacuumes of responsibility - it simply brings out the best in each single person to the better of the whole.
 

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Change Management

I am a certified Change Manager with IU Akademy in Germany. The training encompasses work psychology, conflict mediation, change management strategies, as well as organisational development. I was trained four month full-time in 2022. It gave me insights into the research base of what makes up a healthy work environment, how all team members can be taken on board when transformations in the organisation are on the way, and how to mediate in conflict situations.

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Resonance Work

I am currently in training with Sarah Peyton and her approach of "Resonany Healing".
It is based in interpersonal neuroscience and offers knowledge about what happens in our brains when we connect/disconnect. Manifold practices give an easy entry into building authentic relationships, and grow emotional resilience, individually and as a team. Through using resonance practices, your team will cope better with stress situations, and employees will feel more safe psychologically, and conflicts can be solved more easily.

My Journey

Passionate about the environment and social justice since childhood, I had decided to study environmental sciences and politics at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, a small town close to Hamburg. I continued with a Master in "Geography of Global Change" in Southern Germany and spend one year as exchange student in Oslo. After my master thesis and a year as research assistant at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany, I am now resettling in Oslo with my self-employment business Taslima Life Coaching.

My Academic Path

2021-2022

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany

2018-2021

University of Freiburg, Germany and Oslo, Norway

2013-2018

Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany

Research Assistant

Forest carbon policies

Stakeholder analysis, interviews and workshops

M.Sc. Geography of Global Change

Master thesis "Forest Carbon in Compliance Carbon Markets" at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) (Prof. Sprinz)

B.Sc. Environmental Sciences and Political Science

Bachelor thesis "Standards versus Reality: FSC Certification as an Area of Conflict between Mapuche Issues and the Forest Industry" (access here).

Further methodological trainings

2021-today

School of Energetic Bodywork by Elliott Saxby (1 online course, 6 day-live training, monthly mentoring calls, self-practice and session exchange with other students)

Kundalini Bodywork

The goal is to access one's full life energy. A blend of breath work, shaking, emotional release tools, energy work and de-armouring. Kundalini Bodywork was developed by Elliott Saxby and has roots in various traditional eastern techniques like yoga, reiki, tantra as well as non-dual psychology. There is ongoing tests to proof the method's effectiveness scientifically. [Learn more]

2020-2021

Rosamund Oliver

(1 course three days full-time; 3 courses à ten weeks, with 2 hours weekly)

Deep Listening

This is an approach developed by Rosamund Oliver of how to create a space as clear and open as possible as a listener. This can allow the speaker to understand themselves and clarify their thoughts simply through being listened to. [Learn more]

2015, 2016

Blekinge Institute of Technology Karlskrona, Sweden

(2 four-day trainings)

Art of Hosting

With its long title"Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter" is a philosophy and set of methods for faciliating profound conversations in the professional context. It can be used for teambuilding, project strategy and planning, sparking collaborative innovative thinking and doing. Usually brings lots of joy, connection, and a boost into purposeful action. [Learn more]

2015, 2019

Online course, MIT and EDX (with live study groups in Lüneburg and Oslo)

Theory U

Theory U is an approach developed by Otto Scharmer and a team at Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which aims to build capacities in people for creating systemic societal change. It is designed to boost the capacities for collaborative leadership, and innovative individual and collective thinking. [Learn more]

2015, 2019

1 two-day seminar on NVC in politics, and 1 3-day seminar on NVC and horses

Non-violent Communication (NVC)

Marshall Rosenberg developed this approach in order to build trust and cooperation in relationships rather than distrust, conflict, hate. The four-step process brings clarity about the needs, feelings, oberservations as well as requests in communication settings. The approach spread all around the world and has also been applied in war zones.

My journey
(long version)

I was born 1994 in a small city in Germany. I grew up with horses near by and discovered my passion for nature and animals at early age. I was taught about human rights and environmental issues as a young child, became a vegetarian and an enthusiastic reader of greenpeace magazine at age 11.

Later, I decided to make my passion my job, and studied a B.Sc. Environmental Sciences and Political Science in Northern Germany. We learned about the delicate interlinkages in ecological systems, the vulnerability of our climate. I was trained in environmental law, international and regional environmental governance, politics and stakeholder engagement.

During my Bachelor thesis, I researched into Southern Chile’s conflict based on expansive forest monocultures and the impact on local and indigenous communities. The work sharpened my mind to really try to see from each of the stakeholder’s perspectives and become sensitive to historical and racial dimensions of a conflict. The study showed me also how territorial conflicts are grounded in concepts of in- and out-groups that are sometimes based in differences in worldviews and culture. Most striking to me was the difference between the spiritual connection to forest by Mapuche I spoke to, compared to the more technical concept of sustainability by the industrial forest companies. I was also touched by how impactful violence that had been experienced from the other group - personally, or to ancestors, or to other person of the own in-group. It was striking and emotionally understandable how former experiences of violence diminished the emotional capacities to grant people belonging to the other party the right to dignity, right to safety and right to live their culture.

During the field trip, a small documentary developed, interviewing three indigenous representatives sharing about their culture and worldview. Afterwards, I participated in the UN mechanism for indigenous rights as an independent observer.

Following, I took a degree in M.Sc. Geography of Global Change in southern Germany with one year of exchange in Oslo. It was a continuation of the exploration of how environmental challenges and other sustainability issues are created worldwide, and what can be done to overcome them. For my Master thesis, I looked into climate policies on forest carbon in New Zealand, California and the EU- mapping the impacts of the respective policies on stakeholder groups with different interests. Continuing with the topic of forest-carbon policies, I worked as a research assistant at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany. I interviewed forest owners in Austria to understand their most pressing needs, and concerns and wishes for potential new policies and business models that would support forest owners to increase their carbon uptake - while creating financial stability. It also fed my passion for EU politics, and the process of negotiating potential policies among stakeholders.

Through internships in an environmental NGO, an executive governmental body, and party in parliament, it became obvious to me that most work teams do not fulfil their full potential of impact because they do not take good enough care of their relationships within the team. It especially struck me, how team members were, despite best intentions, not really feeling like they sit in the same boat, people were seperating each other by judgements and blame, and there was no felt vision that would let the feeling of joint forces arise. Research shows also clearly, that when people feel emotionally safe, they have more physical energy available to conduct tasks well. The relationships at the workplace are most often not cared for enough, so that small and big conflicts arise, their is hidden blame (inside people’s heads or even worse, talking behind each others’ backs). Feeling safe and accessing vision.

If a team manages to vent the emotions that normally arise when humans try to collaborate, the team’s performance will improve dramatically - with a better impact on the world.

Throughout my diverse internships and work experiences, I realized two things:

  • communication is the key to success of environmental solutions

  • we must train ourselves in humbleness, and work on respecting each other more - this attitude cannot be faked. It comes from deep inside. From a value-based stand for wellbeing for all.

Each human who does not feel acknowledged in 1) the weight of their current struggles/pressures, hardship; 2) former losses and hurts (to oneself or ancestors, or members of the in-group); 3) their current needs, including needs for respect, fairness, dignity and has 4) hope that things can change and has 5) a sense of agency, power of influencing the situation, can likely reside to blame, resentment, and then hate, and paving the way to violence. I concluded that a deep respect for each other’s cultural background (differences as uniquenesses), and at the same time embodying same worthiness for everyone, must be a basic for sustainability solutions. Not just myself, my family, and all I consider part of my in-group (same religion, same country, same skin color etc.).

What happened often was that people had no support in how to give each other helpful feedback so that patterns of behaviour could change (”she never puts the document in the right file, I hate that! She will never change!”), repairs could be made or people could access their own passion for the shared work because there was never time for it. The stress of getting things done quickly often gets in the way of doing things well- which requires relationship. Then everything flows more effortless.

If not take care of, hidden judgement accumulates like an invisible pile of emotional burden on a team’s spirit. Integrated as helpful feedback, participants are able to breathe more freely again, knowing that their concerns are heard and that they will receive honest feedback in a safe and constructive manner. These shifts in work culture, in my perspective, require procedures that are informed by neuroscience of relationships and insights from work psychology, for enduring impact. Not yet normal in western worldview- however increasingly so, the awareness that the psychological safety, the health of relationships in work is the basis not only for less sick leaves, but also for joint success for societal impact we want to create.

In order to get to this conclusion, I went through the trainings of:

On a personal journey, I had started at 19 years to explore different ways for feeling both more free and more relational like yoga, meditations, contact improvisation, and mantra singing. However during the challenging research phase of the conflict research, I also hit my head against the wall of my own capacities - not academically, but emotionally. I realized a lot more support is needed for emotional processing in the field of sustainability and over the years, tried out different methods for myself: emotional decharge by Vivian Dittmar and Deep Listening by Rosamund Oliver and finally landed with Resonance work by Sarah Peyton (https://sarahpeyton.com/) and Kundalini Bodywork by Elliott Saxby, two methods that still accompany me through daily life. They enabled me to deepen my understanding of what is needed when challenging emotions arise in people and myself. I am very passionate to share this work.

I am currently in a year-long intensive training with “resonance” by Sarah Peyton. It provides me with insights into why our brains so easily go into blame, and how we can resolve judgement and resentment in a very freeing manner. The training is based on interpersonal neurobiology and offers fascinating practices for pairs, groups, and individuals to soothe their nervous systems in difficult emotional states and come to a more healthy way of relating to ourselves and everyone else. I am excited to apply this knowledge to areas of current political friction

See my seminars on global compassion where we work with how we read world news and what happens in our emotional system and emotional strength for environmental organisations (leveraging team connectivity, and trust).

I am looking forward to putting my expertise to your service.

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