IAPOP Conference 2012

Global Change:

Local change: Tension, Crisis, and Change Processes

A Forum for Sustainable Group Process Methods in Working with Social Challenges

  • 28th – 30th April 2012
  • Volkshaus, Zurich

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Since the beginning of the world economic crisis, the social tensions in Europe and in other parts of the world have increased considerably. These transformations are a matter of concern to all of us. And they raise the question of which methods are suitable to facilitate the current transformation processes in our communities and organisations.

This three-day conference has the aim to create a forum for representatives from various sustainable methods and by doing so to create a signalling effect: We think that there are already very concrete and useful practical methods which could compliment and improve each other. Thus, during the conference, international key figures from the fields of organizational development, psychology and conflict work present their methods and introduce the participants to possible practical applications. The format chosen for the conference encourages the participants to bring in their own views and perceptions.


  • IPA (Institute for Process Work Zurich) and
  • IAPOP (International Society for Process Oriented Psychology)


Where we start

The term “crisis” is one of the most popular words of the still very young 21st century. The global world order is crumbling, socio-economic divides are opening and the intermingling of different ways of living is ever increasing. Values, cultures and worldviews that seem incompatible are colliding, traditional role models are breaking up and have to be renegotiated.

The question of how social transformation and change can be facilitated is becoming increasingly a crucial one in many places: In the public sphere, in politics, in social institutions and organisations. The effects of inadequate facilitation have become more expensive and scary. That is, methods and strategies are needed that enable people to deal constructively with tensions, resistances, fears and conflicts. The challenge to learn how to develop and apply sustainable methods for dealing with social tensions is a matter of concern for us all: as citizens, as workers and leaders in companies, as members of teams and families and as individuals.

Vision for the Conference

With this conference we create a forum in order to make sustainable methods for dealing with processes of transformation more known and useful for an interested public. By assembling international key figures who deal with the social challenges of our times we offer a sustainable contribution for the further development of creative forces in this field.


The conference is organized by the IPA (Institute for Process Work Zurich) and the IAPOP (International Society for Process-oriented Psychology). Process Work represents the Worldwork method, a facilitation method and a theory for dealing with social change. As host for this conference we are interested in finding synergies, exchanging know-how and to support global visions and initiatives in order to develop them further and make them useful for specific applications.

Target Groups

The conference is aimed at professionals and other participants who are interested in the questions of how to live and work together today and how to deal with current social tensions and conflicts. As we have intentionally invited a great variety of people we are looking for participants who are curious and open to a diversity of approaches and methods.

This is an international conference, the presentations will be held in German and in English (with simultaneous translations).

Conference Details

The conference starts on 28th April 2012 at 9am and closes on the 30th April 2012 at 5pm.


  • 28th April: 9.00am – 12.30pm; 2.00pm – 5.45pm
  • Evening programme: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • 29th April: 9.00am – 1.00pm; 2.30pm – 6.00pm
  • Evening programme: 8.00pm – 9.00pm WorldWork Awards, after that party till midnight
  • 30th April: 9.00am – 12.30am; 2.00pm – 5.30pm


The conference is bilingual and will be held in German and English with simultaneous translations.

Pre-Conference and Post-Conference Seminars

  • April 2012: Drs. Amy & Arny Mindell: “New Leadership for Politics & Ecology”
  • April 2012: Drs. Ellen & Max Schupbach: “The process-oriented organisation: New concepts in change management and leadership of stakeholder organizations”

Programme Overview

28th April 2012 Changing World: Visions and Strategies for Action

  • Future? Keynotes from Peace Work (Sumaya Farhat-Naser), Politics (Andreas Gross), Economics (Antoinette Hunziker): Challenges, Visions and Strategies for Action”
  • Drs. Arnold and Amy Mindell: A deeper democracy for Global Change
  • Afternoon Workshops: Worldwork and other orientations present experiential work to create synergies for future-oriented visions
  • Round table with Wolf Büntig (Potentialoriented psychology), Anna Gamma (Zen/Leadership), Andreas Gross (National and European Councillor), Antoinette Hunziker (Economics), Arny Mindell (Process Work/Worldwork).
  • Evening Program: Awards in Worldwork. Extraordinary research in worldwork and conflict work. Best Result of Application of Worldwork in the field and
  • Conference Party

29th April 2012 Fields of Social Tensions: Working with Conflicts

  • Keynotes: Matthias Varga von Kibéd (Tetralemma, System Constellation); Dr. Arlene und Jean-Claude Audergon, CFOR, Worldwork.
  • Afternoon Workshops: Bring your own case into a small group (different, combined methods working with the case).

30th April 2012 Innovation and Transformation in Business and Organization

  • Keynotes Helen Eriksen (Kaospilot); Drs. Max and Ellen Schupbach
  • Round Table: Vision, Strategies and Challenges in Change-Processes. What does the future asks of change facilitators – an international perspective. Helen Eriksen (DK), Max Schupbach (USA), Constantin Peer (CH), Pracha Hutanuwatra (Thailand) tbc, Anjali Hazarika (Indien), Daniel Sieber (CH)
  • Afternoon Workshops: Multi-perspectives on a practical case: Different methods in collaboration.
  • Playback Theatre, closure.

For more information please contact: konferenz2012@prozessarbeit.ch

IAPOP Conferences

The first IAPOP Conference was held in London in 2007. Here is a transcript of the keynote address given by Arny and Amy Mindell:

Arnold Mindell, Ph. D., & Amy Mindell, Ph. D. (2007). On the Origins and Essence of Process Work. London: Keynote address presented at 2007 IAPOP Conference. PDF

The second IAPOP Conference was held in Portland, Oregon, in 2010, focusing on Community and Global Health. For a directory of conference presentations and a link to purchase the audio files click here.