Beyonders is a nonprofit CATALYST AGENCY FOR ECOSYSTEM REGENERATION that aims to support and advise projects, NGO's, business and leaders with leadership coaching, regenerative business development and facilitation of change journeys. In this way we accelerate the positive impact of our customers and help them to create ROI and long term sustainable impact. Based on the project need, we establish a Catalyst Team of experts and become part of your project for an agreed time. After this Catalyst Journey customers are invited to join our Beyonders Community Network with continuous access to support and learning.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT
HUMANS INDUCED IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO THE PLANET
CURRENT ACTIONS ARE NOT CREATING THE NEEDED CHANGE AT THE REQUIRED PACE
REASONS FOR OPTIMISM
BUSINESSES ARE REALISING OR FORCED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR TOTAL VALUE CHAIN
INCREASING NUMBER OF PROJECTS & PIONEERS AROUND THE WORLD ARE SHOWING THE NEW WAY FORWARD
NEW GENERATION TALENTS SEEK PURPOSE AND ARE COMMITTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
IN THE COLLECTIVE POWER AND RESILIENCE OF OUR PLANET AND ITS SPECIES
WE HAVE ALL THE RESOURCES AND TALENT WE NEED
IN THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE REGENERATIVE BUSINESS MODELS THAT ACCELERATE ECOSYSTEM REGENERATION
IN CREATING A GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF ECO-CENTRIC LEADERS
IN CREATING A MORE BEAUTIFUL WORLD OUR HEARTS ALREADY KNOW IS POSSIBLE*
A CATALYST AGENCY FOR ECOSYSTEM REGENERATION
We have courage to go beyond our inner critic and judgment of others. We take risks and believe that with the right intent and humbleness, we are here to learn our way to a better future. Therefor we believe there is no failure, but only feedback.
We treat everyone and everything around us with respect and understand that all actions are taken with the best intentions. We are honest, open and transparent to everyone and everything we interact with.
We are at service for what the world needs today and do not seek personal gain or fame. We often ask ourselves: What is needed now? What does this situation call for?
We are lifelong learners and understand that approaching every situation with a curiosity to understand what is happening and what is needed for the situation to move forward is crucial. We inquire constantly about ourselves, others and the world around us.
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WHAT MAKES A BEYONDER?
AN AGENt OF TRANSFORMATION
FOR POSITIVE IMPACT
Holding a deep intention to make a positive difference in the world by understanding how change processes work
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
DIRK VAN ONSEM
Beyonders was founded by Dirk Van Onsem. Born in Belgium, Dirk has 24 years of experience in business and leadership at Nike Inc. where he is VP Performance Partners EMEA. He held multiple international leadership roles for Nike in EMEA with small and large teams in multiple countries. He developed a passion for coaching and leadership through sport since he has a Masters in Physical Education and started coaching football teams since a young age. He is a certified E-co Leadership Coach, and certified Facilitator. He started Beyonders with the goal to give back some of his experience and learnings in leadership and to make a small difference in the world.
Since many years, Dirk has invested in his personal development. Below are experiences that have formed his leadership identity and principles.
E-CO COACHING LEADERSHIP
August 2023 - Center for Excellence in Public Leadership - George Washington University - Washington DC, US
6 months ICF Accredited Coach Training Program to develop an integrated worldview of coaching in systems while practicing with real-world clients, in organisations that are deeply committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, and who care to make a positive difference in the world. https://leadershipcoaching.cepl.gwu.edu/
March 2023 - Voltage Control - Austin, Texas, United States
12 week facilitation accreditation program. Obtained certification as Facilitator of change through diverging, emerging and converging facilitation methodologies and techniques (liberating structures, workshop design, game storming, sprint) https://voltagecontrol.com/facilitator-certification/
February 2022 - John P. Milton, Way of Nature - Baja California Sur, Mexico
5 days of Awareness Training to prepare you for your 6-7 days of solitary AllOne time, and to help you reintegrate upon your return. The core of these teachings are based on the WoN Twelve Guiding Principles of Natural Liberation, which are essentialized spiritual teachings inspired by many Earth-connected lineages. www.wayofnature.com/sacred-passage
November 2021 - Dr. Scilla Elworthy, The business plan for peace - Online
10 week course to become a more effective changemaker by transforming conflict and crises that may be internal, at family, organisational or even national and international level. www.thebusinessplanforpeace.org
INCLUSIVE AND AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP
Mar-June 2021 - Northwestern Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences - Online
Four month course on tools and methods for enacting change in the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Create actionable strategies and offer guidance to lead and manage DEI initiatives, as well as gain the awareness and sensitivity to remove structural and social barriers in your organisation as you develop teams and leadership in your workforce that reflect the diversity of consumers. www.weinberg.northwestern.edu
FOUNDATIONS FOR AWARENESS BASED SYSTEMS CHANGE
March 2020 - P. Senge & Academy for Systems Change - Online
Four day workshop about understanding the fundamental principles of systems change and how to lead change. Creating a personal vision, mental models, system thinking and system sensing as underpinnings for understanding complexity www.academyforchange.com
LEADING ACROSS BOUNDARIES
October 2019 - P. Senge & Academy for Systems Change - Ashland, Massachusetts, US
Four day workshop about leading across boundaries integrating the essentials of systems change. We had the privilege to be taught by and discuss with Peter Senge and Darcy Winslow from the Academy for Systems Change about personal mastery, growing as a systemic leader, creating the conditions for shared leadership and engaging stakeholders around complex problems. www.academyforchange.com
August 2019 - Hoffman Institute UK - Seaford, East Sussex, UK
Seven-day residential course to understand that you are today who you are as a result of your upbringing, paternal patterns and past experiences with the aim to become aware of limiting patterns and be able to change your behaviour and be your best self. www.hoffman.co.uk
THE SYSTEM VIEW OF LIFE
June 2019 - Capra Fritjof course - online
12 week online course to understand the nature of our systemic problems and to recognise the systemic solutions that are developed by individuals and organisations around the world. www.capracourse.com
Dec 2018 - Nike - Portland Oregon, US
6 months executive leadership development course for Sr. Directors of Nike to prepare for the next phase of their career. Prepare and present real-life business case solution for an existing challenge of the Nike Executive Team. Project: Future of Machine Learning.
ECOLOGY AND LEADERSHIP COURSE
June 2018 - Schumacher college - Dartington, Devon, UK
4-day retreat to synthesise learnings from ecology, nature, technology and humanity to discover systemic leadership shifts we need to make to serve a sustainable future.
PERSONAL MASTERY AND RESILIENCE
2012 - 2020 - Global Leaders Academy - London, UK
Active member of CEO circle. Multiple inquiries on personal mastery and building resilience in the ever more complex and challenging environment. Every inquiry is closed off by a retreat where we work on personal development and share learnings
INDEPENDENT EXECUTIVE MBA
2010 - Vlerick Management School & UVA - Leuven, BE & Amsterdam, NL
18 months Executive MBA including leadership development, finance, marketing, Intercultural management skills. Program in collaboration between Vlerick Business School and University of Amsterdam. Accredited by Equis, AACSB, Financial Times.