Institut für Praktische Emergenz

Our world is becoming increasingly complex and thus more uncertain.Global problems are more urgent than ever before, yet planning and controlling have lost their effectiveness - we need to go off-script. Instead there's the phenomenon of emergence - self organizing processes that cannot be planned but encouraged and supported.

The Institut für Praktische Emergenz enables and connects people so that they can foster conditions for emergence and self-organising processes in organisations and communities. We help leaders to go off-script.

Through research, dialogue and experimentation together with those working in the trenches of transformation we try to help organisations evolve and adapt.

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The Institut für Praktische Emergenz supports collaboration, innovation and self-organising processes. We show leaders how to deal wisely with uncertainty, complexity and risk. 

Why Emergence?

Emergence is when new structures, properties and states evolve from the interaction of a variety of factors - without coordination or organisation: Self-organising processes based on networks. The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

Grasping the idea of emergence and its implications is essential in a complex and dynamic environment.

"Emergence is the only thing that can handle these kind of complexities. We know this, we know the science on it. You can't control or plan it. You can only foster the conditions for emergence, behave with integrity and hope that others will do the same."

Tyson Yunkaporta (Sand Talk)


Trainings, courses and workshops

Be a driver of transformation, fuel innovation within your organisation or your community and enable collaboration. Emergence copes with complexity more effectively than conventional measures of planning and control. In our programs we show leaders how to foster conditions for emergence.


Intensive Training Program:
Emergence in Organisations

n this 8-week hybrid training, you will learn what natural "fertilizers" exist to benefit the development of your organization. How do you strengthen self-organization and self-responsibility? What is important in collaboration? How does innovation work and at the same time how is the tried and tested preserved? And: how can what you have learned be put into practice? These are some of the questions we deal with in the training - backed by theory but always practice-oriented.

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Compact Course: Emergence in Organisations

In this 2-day compact course you will learn about the topics and methods that are going to be tackled in the Intensive 14-day Training Program and put them into context of your organisation: What is going on right now? What is needed? We introduce the basics by means of selected concepts and practical examples (complexity, emergence, fields...) and deduce what that means for your organization and its development. Also: tipping points and social dynamics.


Impulse Workshop Inner Development Goals (IDGs)

The Institut für praktische Emergenz is an official partner of the IDG Initiative. We support you and your organisation in implementing them. In this 3-hour Impulse Workshop we introduce the Inner Development Goals and their relevance in the current situation and we work out together with your team what exactly that means for your organisation and its employees. We identify opportunities for development (e.g. through an assessment) and define what the next steps would be.


Emergence and self-organising processes are based on networks and relationships. We don't tire to find, introduce and connect ideas, people and initiatives so that strong communities and networks can evolve and ideas can spread.


On the shoulders of giants: a continuously growing, diverse and international collection of exciting and inspiring initiatives and ideas in the context of systems and societal change, futures literacy, participatory processes, speculative design and fiction and much much more.


We have enough think tanks, we need more play tanks! Get connected in one of our facilitated play tanks with people from different sectors to explore, create, collaborate together. Because the whole is more than the sum of its parts.


Be welcome to take part in one of our irregular events (on- and offline) to discover new ideas, get inspired and to connect with others. The topics are manyfold: The Inner Development Goals, futures literacy, science fiction, smart city, organizational development to just name a few.

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Do you find emergence as the key to innovation, collaboration and self-organisation exciting? Would you like to know how to get a grip on complexity? Would you like support on how to foster emergence in your organization to enable evolution? Get in touch!

We are here to support you.

Rike Pätzold Institutsleitung Institut für praktische Emergenz

Rike Pätzold, M.A.

Institute Director - Head of Emergence

Rike Pätzold consults, writes, teaches and is passionate about emergence, collaboration, futures literacy and how to deal well with uncertainty and complexity. In her work at the Institut für Praktische Emergenz, she explores new ways to change living systems from the inside out and tests them in practice in her role as consultant in organizational development. Rike is a Munich native, where she now lives again with her patchwork family after circumnavigating the North Atlantic on a sailboat. Rike holds a Master's degree in Chinese and Japanese Studies and Language Philosophy. She has lived in Taiwan for several years to deepen her knowledge of Mandarin and Daoism.

Dr. Kerstin Gollner

Vice institute director - Emergence Catalyst

Kerstin Gollner's passion is change management and transformation processes. She has been working in this field for 30 years, accompanying major and complex changes in companies and institutions. As managing director of EQU:WIN she now puts her experience at the service of organizations, cities and communities to initiate the kind of change dynamics that are necessary to cope with the major social challenges of our time. She has been working on the topic of emergence and social dynamics since her time at university. Kerstin Gollner holds a PhD in Ecological Economics.

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The method for participatory future design for civic participation in cities and communities as well as for organisations brings people together and aligns them toward a shared story about their future.

A new form of citizen participation in cooperation with committed residents of a community based on our future design method NxF.

Browse our ever growing "Bibliothek der Zukünfte" (German language), where we collect those stories that were co-created through our participatory future design method NxF.

Change by Equal Winning. The consultancy for transformation, new work and agile structures treats organizations as living organisms and sees successful relationships and strong coherence as prerequisites for any change.