About René de Beer
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About Alain Volz
Realization of Leap into Life Foundation is the outcome of an emerging process. Alain has studied business administration and organizational psychology in the Netherlands. For 15 years he has been working as a consultant on human talent & change management. Working for the largest independent consultancy company in the Netherlands he met Dr. Don E. Beck.
Together with Dr. Beck and others Alain is co-founder of the Center for Human Emergence in the Netherlands (CHE-NL). As co-director of CHE Synnervate, the consultancy company owned by CHE-NL, he travelled with Anne-Marie Voorhoeve to Zambia. Together they coordinated research on the rural community in Macha applying Spiral Dynamics integral.
In 2011 Alain was invited by representants of the Dagomba tribe in Ghana Northern Region. They requested for support in preserving the traditional values in modern times. Shea butter making is significant in the tradition. It is work done by women and earning them some income. But even with earnings from Shea butter making most women and their families live below poverty rate.
Leap into Life Foundation has a purpose to change this; to add value to the international chain of Shea butter production and trade. The foundation calls this a Value Based Economy – an economic system that adds value to the chain in social, economic and ecological perspective; Planet, People, Prosperity. Basically, the inequalities and irregularities we are facing with Shea butter are issues many at the ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ encounter.
Spiral Dynamics integral is applied to create clarity in the complexity of the value chain from a ‘whole-system’ approach. The communities are suffering from global warming, land degradation, social inequality, and economic exploitation. Creating a ‘Fair Chain’ in Shea touches all these topics and makes them concrete.
Spiral Dynamics is used to create workable solutions with respect for the traditional values (meet them where THEY are), to support healthy development of the local communities in Africa (transcend AND include), and to bridge the different worldviews (from Beige to Yellow/Turquoise) that are present in the Shea butter chain from producer in Africa till end consumer in the West. This process is called “Mesh weaving”. Alain is a Spiral Wizard and Leap into Life is a Meshwork Foundation. https://www.leapintolife.nl