MiL Foundation Forum Leadership Conference 2020

MiL Foundation Forum Conference 2020

MiL Foundation Forum Leadership Conference 2020

Check out our guest speakers and get your ticket for next year’s conference now!

Summer is here but some of us are already looking forward to winter – or rather – we’re looking forward to next year’s MiL Foundation Forum Conference in January 23-24,in Malmö.

We are very happy to welcome Professor Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge, back for a second year. This time he will be joined in conversation by other complexity thought leaders and practitioners such as Nora Bateson, International Bateson Institute and Sonja Blignaut, More Beyond and Cognitive Edge.

The program and other guests are yet to be finalized but you can read more about our guests here and register today to secure your ticket.

It’s going to be a unique gathering of amazingly interesting people and ideas –don’t miss it! If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to reach out to me.


Conference host,
Johanna Steen

The MiL Foundation Forum Leadership Conference
is a unique arena for reflection, learning and exchange between managers working in private, public and NGO organisations as well as between researchers and consultants in the field of leadership and organisational development.

The purpose of the conference is to create a platform for mutual learning and creative development, bridging the practical knowledge and know-how of managers and consultants and the findings of researchers at the forefront of organisation and leadership studies. By doing this we aim to create the foundation for new collaborations, new relationships and new knowledge work counteracting the trivialisation we experience in the field of leadership development.

Why join?

Leadership-conference.jpgJoin us if you are a manager, researcher or internal consultant working with leadership and organizational development looking to gain:

  • New insights, questions and courage to bring back to your practice in 2020!
  • A collaborative learning space exploring new ways to lead and organize
  • A diverse network and learning community

Who should join?

MANAGERS and LEADERS, which are dealing with cultural transformation in their everyday life, trying to manage and lead their people, business and themselves.

MiLCONSULTANTS moving between different organizations trying to support, challenge and facilitate change initiatives, new ways of organizing work.

RESEARCHERS studying organizations and leadership, wanting to provide relevant insight and knowledge to help understand what’s happening and predict and guide future actions.

INSTITUTIONS trying to support efforts to learn together and change together – let’s all meet up in Malmö in January.

PRO TIP from last year!

Get the best out of two worlds by attending as a group from your organization as there will be opportunity for dialogue and exploration of the different concepts introduced and what they mean for you and your organization specifically. Bring the management team and use the conference to kick-off the new year!




12 000 SEK, for members in MiL Foundation Forum 6 000 SEK. Price is excluding VAT.

Rules for cancellation: Cancellations before January 3, 2020 no charge. After that full price. Your ticket can be transferred to another participant from your company without cost, just let us know.

Register →





Dave Snowden, Founder Chief Scientific Officer of Cognitive Edge and the founder and Director of the Centre for Applied Complexity at the University of Wales. His work is international in nature and covers government and industry looking at complex issues relating to strategy, organisational decision making and decision making. He has pioneered a science based approach to organisations drawing on anthropology, neuroscience and complex adaptive systems theory. He is a popular and passionate keynote speaker on a range of subjects, and is well known for his pragmatic cynicism and iconoclastic style.



Nora Bateson, is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, facilitator and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”

An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind.

Read more…


Sonja Blignaut specialises in the practical application of ideas and methods from complexity science and narrative.  Described as a “pracademic”, she is most at home playing the role of thinking partner to leaders and other change-makers who are dealing with complex intractable problems and need to become more effective in uncertain and ambiguous environments. She has a background in the natural sciences and holds a degree in Meteorology.

Sonja is the founder of More Beyond Pty Ltd. She also looks after an international network of Cynefin practitioners for Cognitive Edge and offers consulting and training in the Cynefin Sense-making set of methods, locally in South Africa and internationally. Founding member and previous board member of The Institute for Leadership and Transformation that specialise in System psychodynamics in the Tavistock tradition.



Magnus Larsson, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School. 
Magnus possesses the rare gift of making the complex seem simple without simplifying. With a background as a certified psychologist, today he spends most of his days as a researcher at Copenhagen Business School, where he studies leadership, leadership development and managers’ identity processes and some days doing consultancy work for MiL Institute.





johannasteen-col.jpg Johanna Steen, Head of MiL Foundation Forum
Johanna is the driving force behind MiL Foundation Forum’s ambition to create and host spaces for shared reflection and learning between academia and practice, between the different stand points, knowledge bases and vocabularies of managers, researchers and consultants.




January 23th, starts at 10:00 - January 24th, ends at 14:00




Studio Meetingpoint, Nordenskiöldsgatan 24, Malmö







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