Catalyzing Systemic Transformation

A rigorous action learning experience for committed activist leaders and consultants


David Sibbet &

Gisela Wendling, Ph.D.

A Masters Level Experience: Leading Change is an unparalleled chance to work in depth with Gisela and David. They are planning a 1.5 year cohort-based learning experience in 2023 focused on preparing activist consultants and process leaders for facing the big challenges of our times.

The program will include six, in-person intensives and regular online work, all focused on specific change projects participants are working on. Participants are expected to continue employment during the program. The course is open for 12 units credit at Meridian University for a small additional fee.

Guided by Two Senior Consultants: As both long-time colleagues and life-partners, David & Gisela collaborate regular on large systems change projects that they lead through their company The Grove Consultants International. David is founder of The Grove and Gisela is vice president for global learning. They are also co-directors of the Global Learning & Exchange Network (GLEN), a non-profit the Grove has sponsored to support its social change work. Together they represent 70 years of practitioner experience across a wide range of organizations and communities, in both public and private sectors, and in many different countries. Their company, The Grove, is a global leader in providing process leadership tools for visual facilitation, team performance, strategy and change and is widely credited for leading the worldwide spread of visual practice.

Working With a Community of Activist Learner-Practitioners: Marrying deep inner work with skilled outer practice through practitioner learning is Gisela and David's current calling (and passion). This specific course is based on a very successful year-long program for 20 process leaders in the Metropolitan Council's Environmental Services Division in Minnesota. Both David & Gisela have long experience in immersive, cohort based action learning. Their recent book Visual Consulting: Designing & Leading Change will be one of the many resources available in the experience. Participants can be assured they will emerge with a greatly broadened repertoire and capability. 

Please Reach Out. If you would like to talk directly prior to filling out this application, please contact Gisela and David at [email protected]. You will also receive a call directly upon submission of the application to confirm that this experience would be a good fit for you. Scholarships will be available if you are worried about affordability.


Apply to Leading Change

Filling out this form will result in having a talk with Gisela and David about your readiness to join this group. Please share your learning hopes, relevant experience, and potential change projects. This information is confidential.