The 21st century SHIFTSHAPE CLUB is powered by SHIFTSCHOOL – a pioneer for immersive learning experiences in a rapidly changing digital world. We develop learning formats for people who want to change themselves and their teams in a sustainable way in order to positively shape the world of tomorrow. We are convinced that it is not technologies that should decide how we live and work in the future, but us humans. That’s why we work with those who really, really want change and equip them with the mindset, tools and network to make their transformation journey into the future successful.


SHIFTSCHOOL was established in 2015 as the first academy for Digital Transformation in Germany by Christina & Tobias Burkhardt. More than 100 professionals from all industries have graduated from our 18 months Digital Transformation Manager Program focusing on mindset, skills, network & balance ever since. Since the beginning we focused on creating inspiring and sustainable training formats where learning is really unconventional, intensive, creative, and fun. SHIFTSCHOOL has been awarded and featured many times as a pioneer for immersive learning experiences in a rapidly changing digital world. We have now transferred all the learnings from the past five years into a new SHIFTSHAPE Program and a one-of-a-kind learning club – the 21st century SHIFTSHAPE CLUB and are very excited to continue our journey of learning.

Now, the first transformational leadership club addresses visionaries and game changers from across Europe who want to shape the world in the 21st century. Our mission is to make people fit for the future transformation focusing on Mindset, Skills, Network & Balance. Our proven innovative curriculum design and the human-centered instructional experience from more than 1000 workshops and 5 digital transformation classes help us to create best-in-class live cohort learning experiences for our members. .

At SHIFTSCHOOL, we believe that true change will not happen at the surface. To make it really, really work, we must go deeper than that. Therefore, we need a different approach to leadership. Both on an individual and a collective level. Challenging cherished convictions, forming new attitudes, and creating new concepts for us and the people we work with.

We take pride in designing new didactic formats, combining science, entrepreneurship, art, craft, and technology. We aim to spark inspiration and to drive experiments that cross boundaries and bring our members together in a common search for answers to challenges that the 21st century holds for us.

We don’t believe in the widespread conviction that there is a shortcut to learning through digital technology. Neither do we think a flood of superficial content, digital formats trimmed for efficiency or ever new innovation methods are the answer to 21st century problems. In fact, we have a fundamentally different view on how to train leaders. The question of HOW to really change attitudes drives us. By getting rid of the glitter, and instead implementing a framework to develop the attitudes that truly lead to self and collective leadership.


The collaboration with SHIFTSCHOOL has been really great right from the start. SHIFTSCHOOL is a reliable partner who always supports me with new insights and constructive critical thinking. Companies that want to make a difference should first send selected employees to SHIFTSCHOOL. Especially large corporates should work with SHIFTSCHOOL, because their programs really breathe new life into established systems. This is necessary, today and in the future!

Kristina Muth
Head of Innovator Academy
Merck Innovation Center
Merck KGaA Darmstadt

SHIFTSCHOOL means innovation in every aspect! In terms of didactic design and digitization insights. In addition to great training, the entire network offers valuable inspirations to be more innovative in everyday business. All in all, the cooperation with SHIFTSCHOOL is great and the team is always on hand with help and advice for us.

Markus Birkel
Head of IT & Digital Transformation
medi GmbH & Co. KG

What I really appreciate about working with SHIFTSCHOOL is the fact that I get so much inspiration and Best Practice that I can incorporate directly into my daily work. The large network of SHIFTSCHOOL is the big advantage. They collaborate with so many different companies and startups and, therefore, can offer a wide range of insights from many different industries.

Dr. Jürgen Zeiner
Robert Bosch GmbH,
Vice President Technical Functions

What distinguishes the SHIFTSCHOOL is that it truly encourages people to (re-) discover their creativity. Faber-Castell’s vision is to unleash the creative potential of our customers as well as our employees. Within our global network, we see the “SHIFTSCHOOL as an important innovation coach. Faber-Castell’s Corporate Development team appreciates the comprehensive innovation methods and is grateful for the trusting relationship it has developed with the SHIFTSCHOOL team.

Countess Katharina von Faber-Castell
Head of Corporate Business
Faber-Castell AG