Next Stage World

Be Held.
Meet the hosting team.

You might be one of those who spend most of your time holding space for change to happen in your organisation.

At the gathering you are held by the field we host.

Our team is diverse, across generations, cultures and backgrounds.

We hold a wealth of experience and practices that support groups navigating chaos and complexity.

What unites us is trust and the commitment to evolve ourselves and our organisations.
Space will be held for letting the collective potential and intelligence to emerge.

Photo: Monolithos panorama, Rhodes, Greece by April 2017 member Steffen Frischat

The Hosting Team

Aftab Omer

Host of the Whole Aftab Omer, PhD, teaches in the Transformative Leadership graduate program at Meridian University. He is a sociologist, psychologist, and the president of Meridian University. Raised in Pakistan, India, Hawaii, and Turkey, he was educated at the universities of M.I.T, Harvard, and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of transformative learning, cultural leadership, generative entrepreneurship and complexity capability. His work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. Formerly the president of the Council for Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies, he is a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jackie Thoms

Jackie is an experienced coach, programme designer and facilitator. With over 20 years experience, she has worked in academic institutions, internet start-ups and telecoms companies. She has designed and delivered management programmes and executive coaching for companies including Heinz, Net-a-Porter, Tesco, L’Oreal, RBS, Allianz, BT and Jamie Oliver.

Jeroen Vermeer

Organizational Transformation Consultant and leadership coach. Approaches organizational transformation with a systemic lens and a healthy sense of the power of ‘not knowing’. Using his experience as engineer and entrepreneur in the international shipping business, and being a trained (Psychosynthesis) coach, he facilitates organizational learning & transformation processes, doing so with a strong systemic focus.

Maria Bakari

Is an organisational psychologist passionate about activating the magic and catalysing power of synergy in individuals, teams and organisations. For this she designs and utilises processes and tools that create conditions for connecting to self, collaboration, creativity and participation. Maria has been part of the “midwifing” field that brought participatory methodologies enhancing collective and participatory leadership and the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations in service of organisations and communities. She is an initiator of new ways of communicating and working involving more empathy and purpose.

Rainer Leoprechting

Practicing and developing next stage organising methods. Over his career in Brussels he introduced participatory and innovative methods like the Art of Hosting or Action Learning into the workings of the European institutions. Rainer has invented participatory facilitation tools, and the way by which people find intuitively their next meaningful work. He offers the most precise developmental assessments for coaches and organisations. Rainer’s interventions as a host connect with the pure force of life in participatory form.

Markos Perakis

Is an international speaker, psychologist, consultant and trainer of individuals and teams, founder of Fractality which specializes in coaching, supervision, human capital development, training and assessment. He holds a Ph.D. in the effectiveness of leadership styles in the Balkans. He is the author of several publications in the field of organisational psychology and coaching.

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