Collaborative Leadership Lab: Change in a Networked World

Two-day experiential workshop to develop collaborative leadership skills.

Event Details


Seehotel Hermitage
Seeburgstrasse 72, Luzern, 6000 Switzerland


March 11, 2016 - March 13, 2016


$1,450 (incl. food/dinner), Registration Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2016.

A new story is emerging about how people practice leadership. Be part of this new narrative and participate in the Collaborative Leadership Lab in Lucerne, Switzerland.

This two-day experiential workshop for professionals, managers, and trainers will advance leadership horizons by exploring ways of catalyzing change in society.

Participants will become acquainted with new relational and collective leadership perspectives and practices, and will connect and learn with fellow innovators in leadership.

Abbreviated Program

See full program for details.

Day 1:  March 11, 2015 – Leadership and why we practice it

Day 2: March 12, 2016 – Exploring embodied & relational forms of leadership

Who Should Attend

The Collaborative Leadership Lab is tailored toward

  • experienced leaders and managers who want to expand their leadership skills in fostering meaningful change and to enable others to do the same
  • leadership consultants/trainers/educators/coaches with the aim of expanding their know-how in the field of teaching and facilitating collaborative & relational leadership development in others


Ruth Förster

Ruth Förster’s main interest lies in creating processes and innovative education offerings that support individual and collective transformation towards more sustainable living. In her work she counsels educational institutions and offers trainings. Further she is the project manager for developing an interdisciplinary postgraduate program at ETH Zurich in “ Mobility” with a strong link to innovation and change. Her approach combines scientific with art-based methods rooted in experiential education. Ruth holds degrees in mechanical and environmental engineering and is trained as vision quest guide and in the Tamalpa Life Art process. She is one of the initiators of the Collaborative Leadership Lab at Swissnex San Francisco in March 2015.

Rainer Grau

Rainer Grau holds the position as head business development at Digitec Galaxus AG, one of the top E-Commerce companies in Switzerland. In this position he is responsible together with his team for the innovation and portfolio management and the execution of all strategic projects. Before he joined Digitec Galaxus AG, he was director and partner of Zühlke and responsible for the development of the topics Agility, Lean Management, Requirements Engineering and Product Management. Furthermore, Rainer Grau teaches at various universities of applied science in Switzerland, is first chair of the International Requirements Engineering Board IREB, engaged in the SAQ Swiss Association for Quality and co-founders of the Swiss Agile Leaders Circle. Goals of these engagements is to support the community in the topics requirements engineering, enterprise agility and lean management.

Urs Jörg

Urs Jörg is a lecturer and consultant at the Center for Leadership, Coaching and Change Management of the Institute of Applied Psychology in Zurich. His focus is on the development of Leaders. He directs the Master of Advanced Studies in Leadership & Management. As Leadership developer with international experience he is concerned to support people in the development of their qualities as a leader and to strengthen their leadership-personality. Cooperative work and development methods are an important part of his work in the further education sector and in advising organizations. Be enriched in the economic His many years of management experience in the economic sector is enriching his acting. Urs studied clinical psychology, psychotherapy and industrial and organizational psychology at the Universities of Bern and Fribourg. He is a Swiss certified optometrist.

Ken Otter

Ken Otter has 30 years of professional experience in human and organizational development as an educator, coach, and consultant in the US and internationally. This experience spans multiple sectors and a wide variety of industries such as education, hospitality, health, and the arts. This work is grounded in his life-long inquiry on the interplay between inner and outer change and how this interplay is practiced toward individual and organizational wellbeing. His areas of scholarship include: global leadership development, multi-stakeholder collaboration, and the application of lifespan and wisdom development in organizational life and leadership.


Stijn Ossevoort

Stijn Ossevoort is a lecturer and researcher on user-centred design, sustainability, design technology, and product interaction and is a member of the interdisciplinary research group, Crealab, at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He has been working for fifteen years as an artist/engineer to develop interactive future visions for clients such as Prada, Nike, Ron Arad Associates, Hewlett Packard, and Philips. He combines his creative engineering skills to inspire companies and users alike by building experience models. Currently, he is working on an interactive stained-glass window, which allows an augmented reality. He will act as a moderator and will support the lab with visuals.



Photo: Myleen Hollero