integrative approach

“I truly believe that the future will be written by people who work on solutions, who know how to work with others and who not only care, but act to be a force for good.”

~ Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

One of the ways Annelies helps professionals become better leaders at work is to help them cope and manage change in life. We cannot separate the human condition from our work life. They're inseparable. When we try to separate our humanity from the tasks, lists and linear roles of the work-world we harden ourselves and become hard towards others. What's useful is understanding how to integrate humanity into all expressions of life, even at work. Exploring problem-solving through nature is one way to understand our own nature.

Teachings come through both Annelies’ personal and professional experiences and the Chinese Five Elements philosophy of Wu Xing (wŭ ching) among other philosophies and sciences which highlight and explore unique nature-based ways to understand the processes of change. The overarching goal is to help you create a mindful mindset and provide resources to build resiliency in the face of personal, professional and cultural change.

Conduit for Change values an integrative approach to leadership and behavior change. Annelies facilitates important conversations which help people connect to themselves and each other in order to achieve outstanding results that both matter and are meaningful. To further this process, Annelies invites clients to explore inside and outside their ‘box’ through unique lenses of science, nature, creativity and indigenous wisdom which goes back to the village metaphor that we’re all in this together. This nature-centric thinking is based on ontological design, the concept of what we design in turn designs us. It’s here, in this inside-out approach where clients embrace change and empower their resources. Here’s how and why an integrative approach works...

We’re all in this together!


The sciences of quantum physics, entropy, neuroscience and biomimicry teach great wisdom. Each highlights new ways of thinking and inform us of natural laws that dominate how life expresses itself, including us. Quantum physics invites the mind’s “observer”, which affects the perceived experience. Entropy teaches us that nature drives towards disorder and chaos for the sake of creating new. Neuroscience draws upon the body’s synaptic plasticity in which neurons adapt during the learning process. And biomimicry illuminates self-similar fractal patterns found within us, our behavior and in the natural world. An integrative approach based on sciences of mind, body and sensory or somatic learning allows people to better build resiliency and adapt to change successfully.

     “What you think about you bring about.”

      Bob Proctor, Founder of Gallagher Institute


Poet William Blake wrote, “To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.” Nature metaphors are inspiring mirrors to view ourselves and our issues in. Nature is intriguing, interesting and thought-provoking and awe-inspiring. Based upon an inherent and instinctive bond between human beings and natural living systems, called biophilia, clients develop perspectives and tools to deal with problems they face. Given an opportunity to shift their perspective, get still and look within, clients discover extraordinary resources to use nature as a metaphor to reflect or to literally take a walk in the natural world.

          To see things in a seed, that is genius.

~ Lao-tzu


Creativity is fundamental to the human condition and is our highest nature. It is IMPOSSIBLE to not be creative. At the root of innovation lies diversion. Free-play, expression and laughter are hugely important to the development of problem solving and critical thinking skills, the building of valuable relationship skills such as trust and empathy, and humanity’s ultimate key to survival. Drawing upon the power of the creative process supports client’s ability to resolve deeply important issues.

        Play is the highest form of research

~ Albert Einstein


Most cultures throughout time and history remind us of the valuable lesson of we’re all connected. By definition, modernity often neuters the very fundamental wisdom that’s key to solving problems and brings hope where all else seems to fail. Annelies skillfully and artfully threads humble reminders that we’re all a part of something greater, intricately connected to a larger web of life and have the wisdom needed to cope and create solutions together.

       We are many drops from one ocean.

~ Anonymous

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