who we are
Our two-continent team brings a global perspective and rich, multi-cultural resources and networks.
Our clients say we are out of the ordinary—that our chemistry makes a difference. We form close partnerships, offering ourselves as open sources for information and support.
Our skills run deep—from leadership development and organization change to coaching and mediation. We have extensive post-graduate training in all these areas, providing compelling individual profiles and purposeful group processes.
Susan Berg designs and facilitates creative change—from individual leadership development to teams and organization cultures. She has managed change projects for divisions of fifty to 10,000 team members. She maps out creativity, inclusion and conflict resolution processes, energizing entire organizations to change together.
Her background includes thirty years in education, information technology and change management. She has a PhD in Adult Learning and Development and has extensive experience working with Fortune 500, non-profit and government clients. Susan has earned numerous awards, including non-profit leadership, corporate innovation, and teaching excellence for her work as a graduate level professor in Human Resources and Organization Development. Susan enjoys life in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA with her husband, dog, kids and grand-daughters.
Derk Buisman is our leadership innovation specialist. His work focuses on the dynamics of individual and organizational change. As a systemic coach and constellation practitioner for personal and organizational systems, he helps professionals to release otherwise untapped potential and insights. He has worked for over 30 years in both the profit sector—including Forbes 500 companies—and non-profit sectors, with extensive experience in transportation. He is a fire starter and has a keen ability to act in an instant, providing urgency and passion to achieve goals and make a difference. Derk designs and facilitates creative change programs—from individual leadership development to teams and organization cultures. He holds an MSc in Language and Communication Arts, well applied to the world of leadership communication. Derk lives with his husband and dog in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
We launched The Highline Practice in 2015. We united our work during a Theory U training in Africa—a magical place, bursting with hope for vastly redesigned futures for governments, business, communities and youth.
This optimism spilled into our first practice meeting in New York City. There, during the summer of 2015, we discovered a global community art project made of white Legos—at the Highline Park—that invited citizens to help-co-design the city of the future. So, co-design we did.
We realized that our work was born on the highline. The park is a marvel of futures design—reinventing an abandoned rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Today it is a stunning public garden that has succeeded in uplifting the entire neighborhood. It is futures design in action, and we felt drawn to name our practice in its honor. And the synchronicity of a community Lego art project was the signal that it was time for us to jointly practice on our own highline.
Highline Park unites reclamation, sustainability, beauty, role modeling, community involvement, vision, elevation and inventiveness—everything we hope for the organizations of our future. This is living Buckminster Fuller’s notion of building a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.