Cristina Temmink
  • For over 15 years, I worked in the field of international development, facilitating learning to improve the practices of NGOs and social movements worldwide. In 2013, I took a year to reflect on my experiences, and I realised that to engender real transformation we need to approach social change work in a much more holistic and integrative way. This was the start of an exciting journey through which I came into contact with many inspiring people and initiatives. Organization Unbound was one of them.

    Today I am committed to transformative learning, an approach to learning that connects our experiences at the individual, collective, and systemic levels. I have guided processes on a variety of topics including leadership for systemic change, the food system, feminist activism, inclusion, and new ways of organising. I am also a facilitator of the Barefoot Guide Connection, a global community that brings together social change actors to share their experiences of transformative social change practice. One of the experiments I’m most excited about is Local Food The Hague, a ‘city lab’ in The Netherlands, where we are prototyping an inclusive, creative and caring community that sustains local food systems (to learn more about this prototyping, click here).

    On a more personal note, my most ‘transformational’ life experience was being adopted as a 5-year-old from the rural Andes region in Colombia by a Dutch family. I’ve spent my adult life living between the Netherlands and Colombia with my now teenaged kids. I love adventurous hikes, protest songs, contemporary U.S. literature, and unexpected encounters.

    I can be reached at cristina(at)


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