“Our work is not a ‘dry swim’.”

Portrait Martina Richwien
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Martina Richwien

What made you decide to work at ifok? 

We develop solutions for transition processes, and we do that in a way that is sustainable, passionate and fun. Every day is new and brings new challenges for which we develop solutions together. The great thing about our work is that we really get our hands dirty. We put our ideas and participation methods into practice. We must always judge ourselves according to what is going on in that moment and this means continuous learning and growth for me. 

When did you start at ifok and where were you beforehand?

I have been a part of the ifok team for more than 20 years, so I am kind of an ifok dinosaur by now! Before that, I was a researcher at the University of Kassel, working on sustainable regional development and also a self-employed facilitator.

What sets you apart at the office? 

I love good consulting. Acknowledging that we create added value, together with our clients, is extremely enriching. I value the process of trying out new formats. And I really like trying to depict complex content graphically.

What do you especially like doing in your free time? 

I am currently learning to play the piano. 

How do you put sustainability into practice? 

Since my time in Witzenhausen (fact: the first chair for ecological agriculture was set up there!) I have been eating an organic diet. Packaging only comes into my house when there is no other way.

What three things can you not live without on your next vacation? 

Good music, noise-cancelling headphones and a good book.

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