Gaudi, Da Vinci and Picasso – Truly Turquoise?

IEC Conference: cancelled

During this interactive event of two and a half hours, the participants are invited to step out of their shoes and put on the thinking of Gaudi, Da Vinci and ultimately Picasso. An art-based experience is facilitated to remind participants not only of their inner child, but how it feels to co-create, to have boundaries and what psycho-analytical defence mechanisms are at play in their own psyche. Ultimately, the experience is facilitated through the lens of Spiral Dynamics and emphasis is placed on being Turquoise.


South Africa

Dr Rica Viljoen  is a well-known Human Resource Executive, researcher, sought-after international systems psychodynamic-facilitator and Jungian coach who specialises in diversity and multiculturalism. She is associated with the Da Vinci Institute for Business Leadership, the Jungian Coaching School Africa and acts as the Human Resource Executive: Strategy for the Meridian Group of Companies. She currently handles the international integration of companies in Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Rica was the founder member of Mandala Consulting, a niche organisational development house that worked in 42 different countries. She developed the Benchmark of Engagement, a research approach to understand social dynamics in systems – an approach that is widely acknowledge as a way to build trust and support the cultural optimisation resulting in business results.

With the adaptation of a scholarly-scientific-practitioner organisational developmental approach, Rica continues to contribute to the publishing of case studies, international coaching and consulting on organisational dynamics, culture, social system dynamics and multiculturalism.. She supervised more than 90 PhD and Masters students.

Rica received the Institute of People Management CEO award for her national and international contribution to the field of study (2017) and the South African Board of People Practices CEO award (2021) as an acknowledgment of her contribution towards the profession. Her doctorate on Inclusivity in Organisations as radical transformational strategy, received an global award for one of the 10 best contributions to the field of study by the Academy of Management.

Rica served, with honour, as the 13th and 14th South African Board of People Practices Board. She is also on the Exco and chair one of the subcommittees of the Board. Her key interest resides in supporting organisations to create inclusive cultures through the optimisation of individual leadership behaviour, functional group dynamics and organisational sustainability, contextually applied. Rica worked closely with dr Don Beck (USA) to translate spiral dynamic theory in a pragmatic way and with dr Avi Goren-Bar (Israel) on Jungian coaching. She is widely published, academically and in practice. Amongst other publications she co-authored the book Spiral Dynamics in Action, currently translated in nine languages.

Her life purpose is to tell untold stories and help leaders to find their voice. She is the co-chair of the ISPSO AM 2023; to be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa.


South Africa

Ruan is personally trained by Dr Don Beck and Dr Loraine Laubscher in spiral dynamics and adaptive intelligence. He is an expert on the Change State Indicator and Psychological Map instruments that describe adaptive intelligence. His unique contribution to the field of study of multiculturalism lies in generational theory. Ruan successfully implemented various transformational processes of which the most recent is in the health care industry. He is busy with his MBA at Henley Business School