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ABOUT OPEN 2 FLOW

Open 2 Flow was launched in 2011, with a view to helping organisations to make wiser decisions, increase innovation, and improve work, communication and cash flow by engaging the hearts and minds of its members and clients. Our focus is on instilling a lean-flow integrated thinking to improve both productivity and sustainability.

Our approach to leadership is holistic and participative - with a focus on tapping into a group's innate collaborative wisdom, to achieve innovation and wiser governance in the face of complexity, diversity and uncertainty.

Our mission is to help organisations and businesses move to a new model of economy; one where the purpose is not about profit. Yes, life cannot survive without blood and circulation, like-wise businesses cannot survive without profit and cash flow. But the purpose of life is not blood, nor should profit be the sole driver of businesses. We envision businesses serving a higher purpose, creating value for people & communities while still looking after our environment. This requires more collective responsibilty, but not through tighter regulations. Rather we need better, more diversified governance, one which involves all staff and a dynamic system which avoids group-think. We want to help organisations who aspire to a new way forward.


OUR VISION AND AIMS

VISION: We want to see:

  • A world with organisations governed by all its members openly, inclusively and equivalently.
  • Peaceful relations across borders through cross-cultural understanding.
  • Collective wisdom enabling a leaner, smarter and more sustainable world.

MISSION: To achieve our vision our purpose is to

  • train leaders in more open, lean and collaborative styles of governance,
  • coach entrepreneurs in engaging the hearts and minds of their staff & clients, and
  • facilitate organisations in making wiser more sustainable decisions.

AIMS: To achieve our mission we seek to delivering high quality services in:

  • Facilitation (Sociocracy, intercultural simulations, Open Space)
  • Workshops (online, groups interaction) & interactive learning materials
  • Consultancy in lean workflow turnarounds & collaborative decision-making

VALUES:

We value peace and harmony, truth and honesty, equivalence of humans, dignity and integrity, and collaboration towards the common good. Our approach is holistic, our development perspective is interactive involving whole body learning.


CONSULTANTS / TRAINERS


Francois Knuchel
, FRSA, Director, Head Consultant/Trainer/Designer

Francois is vastly experienced trainer and consultant, specialising in intercultural management training, new-paradigm leadership and lean business design. His experience of using circle management methods in the Japanese automotive industry has deeply influenced his passion for re-imagining the way that we work together, and he has a keen interest in the implementation of deeper forms of participatory democracy. A graduate of McGill in Montreal, Francois has held various managerial and consulting posts in America, Europe and Asia, in vast array of industries. He is an active member of SociocracyUK.




  




  


Martin Grimshaw
, PGDip, Associate consultant/facilitator

Martin is a facilitator, trainer, coach and organisational consultant, working with groups, teams and individuals to help them find better ways of working and living. Martin runs his own business, There's Better Ways of Working, where he works with clients in implementing better collaboration in running organisations. Co-founder of SociocracyUK, his particular expertise spans sustainability, co-operatives, new enterprises for the Solution Economy, tools for mindfulness, personal and organisational wellbeing, and participation. Practices the Art of Work, Art of Living, Art of Relationship.


Anna B. Sexton, FRSA, Creativity facilitator and Coach

Expert educator and facilitator in bringing out the innate creativity in everyone. Creativity coaching, creativity workshops and co-creativity and entrepreneurship. Anna works at Southbank University in central London and runs a creativity education entreprise OpenToCreate.


  

   


Philip Woodford
, Leadership Coach, Connector

Experienced coach and educator, focused on connecting people, communications, interactions and encounters, story telling and executive coaching. Philip is founder of The Human Loop.

 


Patrick Andrews,
Lawyer, Legal Advisor, Facilitator

Patrick has a passion for the outdoors, a background in international law and business and a fascination with organisational structures. He is writing a book on human organising. He has his own legal firm advising companies on alternative forms of organisations, such as employee ownership, and is founder of the Human Organising Project.


   


CLIENTS

Spark the Change - We the Employees: Experience Sociocracy in Action

The benefits of applying lean-flow management, dynamic co-governance (collaborative decision-making) and conversational leadership are:

  • Consultative decision-making which is efficient, effective and dynamic
  • Rapid implementation of decisions (because all are behind it, know what to do)
  • Powerful organisation, flexible design solutions (agilility)
  • Complementary and pluralistic perspectives enriching decisions
  • Indirectly develops new type of leaders
  • Engaged and productive workforce or membership
  • Sustainable decisions based on conscious business principles
  • Work for common good, community, clients and members
  • High level of collaboration and engagement
  • Highly creative organisation

Overall more prosperous organisation (healthier & wealthier) and richer in ideas.


Our Interdisciplinary Approach

Our core competence is in assisting corporations with people issues in international trade and relations. Our focus is on communication, training, coaching, assessing and bridging tools with a holitic integrated perspective.



OUR PURPOSE

Our mission is to help organisations and businesses move to a new model of economy; one where the purpose is not about profit. Yes, life cannot survive without blood and circulation, like-wise businesses cannot survive without profit and cash flow. But the purpose of life is not blood, nor should profit be the sole driver of businesses. We envision businesses serving a higher purpose, creating value for people & communities while still looking after our environment. This requires more collective responsibilty, but not through tighter regulations. Rather we need better, more diversified governance, one which involves all staff and a dynamic system which avoids group-think. We want to help organisations who aspire to a new way forward.


OUR PARTNERS

Better Way of Working

Transcultural-Synergy.co.uk

Currently Open 2 Flow is administratively part of Transcultural Synergy Ltd and led by the founder Francois Knuchel. The plan is to develop Open 2 Flow as a sociocratic cooperative, and is open to new members joining and/or forming a new entity.


Transcultural Synergy Ltd was established in 2002 as an intercultural management consultancy and redefined in 2006 with a view of assisting leaders and teams bridge communication gaps across borders and between business units and teams and to develop through uncertainty and ambiguity.

We live in a world of yang, overheating, war and emotional spin - our society needs to cool down, be receptive, listen, and be more yin. A new kind of global 'leadership' is required, able to listen, collaborate and incorporate multi-perspectivity into meaningful purpose. Leadership which is also compassionate to fellow human beings. No one person can be a sole leader nor solve all the problems, saviourism is a myth. What we need is to tap into our own collective wisdom and the power of inspired innovation - we need servant-leaders who can facilitate this process, yet in a quiet and balanced way.

We at Transcultural Synergy don't have solutions, but we have acquired some wisdom and experience central to innovation, inspiration and organisational democracy. We also have tools and skills which will help small or large groups of diverse people solve complex problems. We work on opening space and listening to the collective heart, which will help us lead in the future. We are a network of diverse people and businesses who are seeking to make a difference in this world by enalbing us to tap into our collective wisdom. Our aim is a more participative (democratic) world; in business, in government and at work in general.


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Collaboration with Martin Grimshaw: CATERFLY


We can help transform the role your business plays in society. For more information give us a call or send us an email.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7117 8648  OR  EMAIL  US

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