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THE CENTURY 21 FILES

THE S.H.I.F.T.’S MOST SERIOUS CASES

A SNEAK PEEK INTO THE SECRET REPORT CARDS OF THE SOCIETY for HOLISTIC INVESTIGATION on FUTURE TRANSITIONS

Discover the best transformation interviews and a full set of attitudes towards life, leadership, and lifelong learning.  Of people who are accused of seriously transforming themselves and others. People who we call Leaders by Example.

Nathalie Nahai Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Nathalie Nahai

21/2023/X/0092
Statement: Fuck it, why not?

person suspected of being a pivotal influence in the digital business realm, known for a background in human behavior, web design, and the arts, and the author of influential books on the subject, shaping online business strategies for major clients and institutions.

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Dorothée Töreki Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Dorothée Töreki

21/2023/X/0091
Statement: Enjoy the most exciting ride that is your life. From all we know, we have only this one journey.

Person suspected of mastering the evolution of digital transformation, from drainage designs on Germany’s railways to the forefront of IBM’s global tech revolution, reveals a journey filled with unexpected turns and profound insights

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Mateja Kramar Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Mateja Kramar

21/2023/X/0090
Statement: Whatever you think, think the opposite

Person suspected of leveraging over two decades of leadership experience to revitalize struggling companies through innovative strategies and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations.

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Dave Strudwick Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Dave Strudwick

21/2023/X/0089
Statement: Fuelled by Imagination

Person suspected to possess an advanced understanding of holistic education, with alleged ties to diverse institutions and a mysterious manifesto centered on the golden essence of learning.

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Denise deLuca Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Denise DeLuca

21/2023/X/0088
Statement: In Nature, you’re never alone — you’re among.

person suspected of merging her engineering background with a love for nature to become a pragmatic progressive, aiming to realign individuals with nature’s paradigms, and is notoriously known for empowering others to harness their creative potential in bettering the world.

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Scout Gould shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The case of Scott Gould

21/2023/X/0087
Statement: "Hey, nice to meet you. I hope you have a great day :-)"

person suspected of possessing profound insights into human engagement, leveraging his experience as an author, speaker, consultant, and former church pastor to unravel the intricate patterns of connection between individuals, whether as employees, customers, or community members.

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Dharshi Harindra Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The case of Dharshi Harindra

21/2023/X/0086
Statement: Buckle Up. Change ahead.

person suspected of revolutionizing the intersection of technology, law, and diversity, and employing her comprehensive expertise in technology, privacy and media law, alongside a steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion, to assist organizations in creating a data-driven approach to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. [cto]

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Birte Bösehans Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The case of Birte Bösehans

21/2023/X/0085
Statement: Pause. Breathe. Breathe again. And again. Now go on. Or breathe again.

person suspected of having an insatiable curiosity, an unparalleled knack for purposeful innovation, and a tireless commitment to transforming abstract ideas into tangible realities, all while maintaining a contagious enthusiasm that inspires those around her. [cto]

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Adah Parris Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The case of Adah Parris

21/2023/X/0084
Statement: I find this difficult to answer.

person suspected of helping people to see the world differently and inspiring transformative change by empowering leaders to connect with themselves, others, and the planet to create positive impact and leave a lasting legacy. [cto]

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Kristina Bonitz Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The case of Kristina Bonitz

21/2023/X/0083
Statement: I would never design one. I have no love for ugly, supposedly unique and „ funny“ stickers, whether on cars or on fridges.

person suspected of working in between disciplines, perspectives and people while encouraging new notions and habits of authentic leadership. [cto]

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Fanny Nusbaum Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Fanny Nusbaum

21/2023/X/0082
Statement: Follow me.

person suspected of elucidating human thought and behavior and exploring the relationship between human and artificial intelligence to modify our thoughts and behavior to create an epigenetic fortresses. [cto]

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Tina Egolf Shiftschool Portrait front view
Century 21 files

The case of Tina Egolf

21/2023/X/0076
Statement: Hic sunt dracones

person suspected of developing leaders’ emotional maturity to observe, share, and regulate their own reactions to a change process
and the unconscious dynamics behind. [cto]

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David Gray Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The case of Dave Gray

21/2023/X/0075
Statement: If it can’t be drawn, it can’t be done.

person suspected of imagining a future with visual thinking trying to eradicate the astonishing ability of human beings to miscommunicate and misunderstand one another. [cto]

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Bronwyn Williams Shiftschool portrait front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Bronwyn Williams

21/2023/X/0073
Statement: Why are you here?

person suspected of being a chaos whisperer intending to make sense out of confusion and bringing the future into focus for individuals and organizations by simplifying the macro and micro future trends set to change our world. [cto]

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Shiftschool-Rajiv-Vaid-Basaiawmoit-front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Rajiv Vaid Basaiawmoit

21/2023/X/0071
Statement: When things get complex - PLAY not PRAY.

person suspected of turning scientists and non-business people into entrepreneurs (aka future troublemakers) by unconventional means such as gamification, uncertainty navigation, and open innovation models. [cto]

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Nele Fischer Shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Nele Fischer

21/2023/X/0069
Statement: Dare to be the change that you want to see in this world

person suspected of re-thinking, re-learning, re-designing, and re-searching in the context of organizational development, transformation processes and shaping futures. [cto]

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Vivienne Ming Shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Vivienne Ming

21/2023/X/0072
Statement: Look Out! There’s a man in the back seat of your car!

person suspected of being a Professional Mad Scientist (aka theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, author, and mother of two) who explores maximizing human capacity and applies machine learning to lessen the corrosive health effects of chronic stress. [cto]

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Pieter Spinder Shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Pieter Spinder

21/2023/X/0067
Statement: If you see me, I will see you.

person suspected of designing embodied learning experiences and getting rid of his and other people’s BS in order to change their work and life for the better. [cto]

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Serafine Klarwein Seraf al Zaurak shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Seraf al Zaurak

21/2022/X/0066
Statement: Don´t Read This! (Drive home safely and read a book.)

person suspected of taking people on an Alice-in-Wonderland-tour towards inner childhood to let their souls play freely within a safe experience for exploring the edges of their imaginations. [cto]

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Matthias Lenssen shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The case of Matthias Lenssen

21/2022/X/0065
Statement: Once in a while take a deep breath and smile.

person suspected of creating purposeful and creative playgrounds where people are full of enthusiasm and focus to accomplish what they set out to do. [cto]

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Gabriel McIntyre shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The case of Gabriel McIntyre

21/2022/X/0064
Statement: HARNESS THE POWER OF PLAY, SAVE THE WORLD GAMES

person suspected of being a video geek, game designer, digital artist, and ordained Dudeist Priest in just one person who loves to use new technologies to tell new (gamified) stories. [cto]

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Michael Dessagne shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The case of Michael Dessagne

21/2022/X/0062
Statement: YOLO (You Only Live Once)

person suspected of dropping out after an elite business training and a promising corporate career to seek adventure in the outdoors and becoming an activity guide and nature wildlife photographer. [cto]

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Della Z Duncan shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Della Z Duncan

21/2022/X/0061
Statement: Leave everyone and every place better than found

person suspected of being a renegade economist who is challenging mainstream economic thinking through documentaries and conversations to better align values and business. [cto]

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Manuel Scheidegger Shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The case of Manuel Scheidegger

21/2022/X/0060
Statement: Find good questions for every answer.

person suspected of multi-asking his audience to take new leaps of faith and thought in order to trigger creative and constructive thinking – while working with both fun and substance. [cto]

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Alis Anagnostakis shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The case of Alis Anagnostakis

21/2022/X/0059
Statement: When you know your WHY, any HOW becomes possible!

person suspected of inspiring and vertically developing conscious leaders and exploring what it takes to bring much needed wisdom into our organizations, teams and, ultimately, lives. [cto]

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Claus Raasted Shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The case of Claus Raasted

21/2022/X/0058
Statement: "Sometimes mistaken, but never in doubt"

person suspected of being overpaid rockstar consultant who challenges conventional thought patterns in a cross-style between Thor, Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga! [cto]

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Guido van Nispen Shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The case of Guido van Nispen

21/2022/X/0057
Statement: Live in the NOW. That's where it happens.

person suspected of being an European entrepreneurial jack of media trades, mastering them all from generating socially responsible impact up to creating an optimal relationship between people and automation. [cto]

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Stefanie Ollenburg Shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The case of Stefanie Ollenburg

21/2022/X/0056
Statement: Smile before you die …

person suspected of being fearless of the unknown simply by understanding that assumptions are often rooted in the past and reflect on how we anticipate the future. [cto]

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Inga Höltmann Shiftschool front view
Century 21 files

The case of Inga Höltmann

21/2022/X/0055
Statement: Ich bremse auch für Vollidioten.

person suspected of really, really anchoring New Work in work environments by openly sharing her own transformation story and showing people how to experience true self efficacy. [cto]

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Nadine Friedel front view
Century 21 files

The case of Nadine Friedel

21/2022/X/0053
Statement: PLEASE BE INPATIENT

person suspected to being a firestarter and bridgebuilder striving to demystify emergent technologies by closing knowledge gaps with heart, brain, collaboration, and technology [sic!] never forgetting the planet we live on. [cto]

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Tom Pauly SHIFTSCHOOL front view
Century 21 files

The case of Tom Pauly

21/2022/X/0052
Statement: Be like a Crow!

person suspected of being convinced that Innovation thrives on constraints – but only if you ask the right questions, in the right form to the right audience. [cto]

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Thomas Escher front view
Century 21 files

The case of Thomas Escher

21/2022/X/0048
Statement: Even a genius needs luck

person suspected of being a driver of innovation, designing new products and creating new market believing that crazy times needs even better marketing. [cto]

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Patrycja Pielaszek front view
Century 21 files

The case of Patrycja Pielaszek

21/2022/X/0045
Statement: COME AS YOU ARE. Your ‘imperfections’ are welcome here.

person suspected of boosting agile transformation by finding better solutions in shorter times and developing ideas and concepts for the future of collaboration and innovation. [cto]

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Bonnie Lorraine Smith front view
Century 21 files

The case of Bonnie Lorraine Smith

21/2022/X/0043
Statement: Stop driving so close – better yet, stop driving and rewild this asphalt!

person suspected of envisioning and promoting an economy that works in service of life, and working diligently to bring industrial activities closer to what makes people and ecosystems healthier . [cto]

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Zahara Chetty front view shiftschool
Century 21 files

The case of Zahara Chetty

21/2022/X/0042
Statement: Fix this planet or go to Mars already!

person suspected of being a transformation artist who appears either as mental health advocate, climate & biodiversity activist, problem solver, innovation strategist, futurist, and/or imagineer. [cto]

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kristen davis front view shiftschool
Century 21 files

The case of Kristen Davis

21/2022/X/0041
Statement: No words, but something LiDAR could read as that’s what’ll soon be driving the cars around us.

person suspected of discovering and leveraging new technologies and techniques and using them to resolve problems or turn great ideas into reality – moving from startups to large organizations and back. [cto]

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Joerg Geier front view
Century 21 files

The case of Joerg Geier

21/2022/X/0039
Statement: Check again.

person suspected of challenging people to think differently about the(ir) future which – in his view – should be characterized by purpose, impact and diversity. [cto]

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Roz Savage front view
Century 21 files

The case of Roz Savage

21/2022/X/0038
Statement: Live life large

person suspected of being the first (and so far only) woman to row solo across the world’s “Big Three” oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian and teaching others about sustainability, courage, resilience, and change. [cto]

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Maf’j Alvarez front view
Century 21 files

The case of Maf’j Alvarez

21/2022/X/0036
Statement: I want to stop overthinking, but can't think how!

person suspected of being a creative technologist and visual artist both driving digital transformation projects and immersive reality experiences in arts and cultural education. [cto]

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Tom Nixon SHIFTSCHOOL front view
Century 21 files

The case of Tom Nixon

21/2022/X/0033
Statement: Shall we all get out and cycle instead?

person suspected of supporting founders to develop purposeful, participatory organisations – instead of fast exit scenarios lacking purpose. [cto]

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Manda Scott front view
Century 21 files

The case of Manda Scott

21/2022/X/0031
Statement: What would your grandkids' grandkids say of your life?

person suspected of dreaming of a different future and becoming something we cannot yet imagine,
and by doing so, transforming the nature of ourselves – and all humanity. [cto]

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Marc Buckley front view
Century 21 files

The case of Marc Buckley

21/2022/X/0030
Statement: Welcome to the Symbiocene

person suspected of being involved in climate activism and teaching people how to run faster than climate change by being an impactful and exponential human being. [cto]

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Sven Lindberg front view
Century 21 files

The case of Sven Lindberg

21/2022/X/0023
Statement: If you are reading this for more than 20 minutes, you better start walking!

person suspected of building bridges between the worlds of research, technology, and learning. [cto]

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Alexandra Götze front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Alexandra Götze

21/2022/X/0021
Statement: Whoever reads this is surely a nice person

person suspected of taking a lot of time to think and decide and encouraging others to invite “thought disturbances” in order to disrupt continuous self confirmation. [cto]

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Amrei Andrasch front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Amrei Andrasch

21/2022/X/0020
Statement: „I'm sick of being stuck on these cars! Let’s go green!“

person suspected of being a learning experience designer gone futurity clairvoyant – dealing with insanely innovative ways of thinking and learning about the future. [cto]

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Max Gaub front view
Century 21 files

The Case of Max Gaub

21/2022/X/0019
Statement: Grab the lion by its horns. And ride it.

person suspected of having found work-life-balance for real and showcasing others how to live such a balanced life while not taking oneself too seriously. [cto]

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Kerstin Friesland front view
Century 21 files

The case of Kerstin Friesland

21/2022/X/0018
Statement: live, love, laugh

person suspected of having taught people about the parallels between ancient hinduism and modern transformation. As well as exemplifying the laws of nature as a constant process of change. [cto]

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Zoe Nogai front view
Century 21 files

The case of Zoe Nogai

21/2022/X/0015
Statement: Calm the f*ck down. You’ll never ever find a sticker on my stuff though.

person suspected of fighting against generational misconceptions, thinking things in a completely new way, provoke good thought, and overriding rules where they are no longer helpful. [cto]

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Thor van Horn front view
Century 21 files

The case of Thor van Horn

21/2022/X/0014
Statement: Humour can save us, but without love it is only irony.

person suspected of designing and initiating participatory art projects in public spaces to seek direct dialogue and interaction between artists and passers-by. [cto]

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Ulrike Reinhard front view
Century 21 files

The case of Ulrike Reinhard

21/2022/X/0013
Statement: Live your own life! Don't waste your time dreaming of being someone else!

person suspected of being a digital native and rural change maker who is accused of building skateparks in rural India to improve people’s lives. [cto]

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Miikka Leinonen front view
Century 21 files

The case of Miikka Leinonen

21/2022/X/0012
Statement: Set your ideas free. They will come someday with their friends.

person suspected of having used the time of social distancing to ask himself how we can build better and more sustainable communities and showing other how to build them. [cto]

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Vera Schneevoigt - front view
Century 21 files

The case of Vera Schneevoigt

21/2022/X/0011
Statement: We are all humans - Diversity matters

person suspected of quitting her Chief Digital Officer job at Bosch to care for her parents and showing others what true leadership really is about. [cto]

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Dr. Irène Kilubi
Century 21 files

The case of Dr. Irène Kilubi

21/2022/X/0009
Statement: All you need is already inside of you.

person suspected of gently pushing pioneers, visionaries and change makers towards true authenticity, building lasting communities, and connecting generations XYZ. [cto]

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Richard Ayling Trainer Shiftschool
Century 21 files

The case of Richard Ayling

21/2022/X/0008
Statement: Your crystals won't save you

person suspected of asking serious questions about the mind-body connection, leading the quest for inner stillness, and looking for a transition with purpose. [cto]

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Jason Frasca
Century 21 files

The case of Jason Frasca

21/2022/X/0007
Statement: WE FIX LOST STICKY NOTES

person suspected of being a natural born New Yorker, an urban innovator, sleuth of emergent futures, and anthropologist of everyday lives. [cto]

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Manuel Grassler
Century 21 files

The Case of Manuel Grassler

21/2022/X/0005
Statement: Dare to play with me?

person suspected of promoting playfulness as humanity’s most natural way of encountering complexity and leading folks into a world full of better ideas. [cto]

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Hannes Kranzfelder
Century 21 files

The Case of Hannes Kranzfelder

21/2022/X/0003
Statement: nobreaklights or no brakelights

person suspected of readjusting his priorities in the middle of his life – leaving behind his corporate career to follow his well-balanced passions as a life guard, yoga instructor, and stage builder. [cto]

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Bettina von Stamm
Century 21 files

The Case of Bettina von Stamm

21/2022/X/0004
Statement: In every small detail you see the whole picture, if you know how to look.

person suspected of relentlessly striving to merge innovation with philosophy and purpose, and teaching people how to adopt a 21st century mindset. [cto]

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Tobias Burkhardt
Century 21 files

The Case of Tobias Burkhardt

21/2022/X/0001
Statement: It’s not what we learn but how we think.

person suspected of creating transformative learning experiences that wake and shake people up and in the worst case even change life plans. [cto]

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Find out how to become a transformative leader yourself

Learn from transformation interviews about leaders by example

Why role models won’t get us there

What the world certainly doesn’t need is more sages on a stages. We’ve also got enough slick and embellished celebrity stories of people who seem „unreachable“. That is why role modeling is also slightly off the track. We don‘t want our members to imitate larger-than-life figures by copying their behavior. We need authentic people who meet others at eye level and help them to find their very own way.

What is a true leader by example?

It’s about showing leaders not in their roles, but as whole human beings. Seeing both their accomplishments and their missteps as inspirational examples. That is why we have decided to speak only of “Leaders by Example”. This may sound sophistical, but “the meaning of a word is its use in language,” as Wittgenstein once said.

Why interviews about transformation?

Because by interviewing people who have done it, seen it, failed it, we can all learn HOW to do it better. Again and again. Transformation isn’t so much about the theory but about experimenting. Change cannot be thought through. It can only be acted out in real life. This is the difference between SEARCHING and FINDING. We really hope that these transformation interviews help and inspire you to discover your own path in this transformational journey. The ride is hard but worth it. There is no other way.

May the force be with you!