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A Bit More About Us...

"We believe anyone can benefit from developing their Fail-Resilience and the people who may be the most empowered by this work are those willing to grow and develop." 

What's Fail Forward?

Failing's not fun, or comfortable, but it is an essential part of learning.

Fail forward is choosing the courage to fail and learn over the comfort of playing small and giving up on your dreams after the first attempt.


We believe that failing is not only a normal but an essential part of learning and living. The minute you leave your comfort zone and enter your learning zone there is only one guarantee and that is you will fail. It does not matter what competence (combination of skill, attitude and knowledge) you try to master, it will take making mistakes and getting it wrong to get it right.


Fail-resilience is the ability to deal constructively with failing and to treat it as a learning experience. The core of being resilient is that you can bounce back after failing even though it hurts and triggers a lot of emotions. Resilience is something you can train and develop like a muscle and we want to encourage people to develop their fail-resilience.


The essential elements of fail-resilience are:

  • Being clear on what you are learning and why it is important to you to master it

  • Consciously choosing a fail-perspective that supports your learning process. This means that you are able to explore different perspectives on failing and choose the one that supports you the most

  • Being aware of the limiting beliefs aka saboteurs and shame triggers that are activated when leaving your comfort zone and have strategies to deal with them

  • Having a support system in place that you can call on when you have failed and need to bounce back from it

  • The ability to recognize your emotions in a fail moment and feel your way through them

Who We Are...

As A Strategic Partnership:


We started in October 2014 with our Strategic Partnership on 'Fail Forward and Developing Fail Resilience' focusing on:

  • Designing tools and workshops on 'Fail Resilience and How To Develop It', that can be used by educators.

  • Training educators, (youth and social workers, trainers, facilitators, coaches, teachers…), in how to use the tools and workshops to support the learners they work with and in developing their fail resilience.

  • Developing a community of practice and support of both educators and learners, who have given themselves ‘permission to fail’ and  want to get support from peers who are on a similar path in life

Fail resilience is the ability to deal constructively with failing as part of learning and growing. There is only one guarantee when you leave your comfort zone and enter your stretch and learn zone: you will make mistakes and fail while learning. No one gets it right from the first try, so having the ability to deal with those failings is an essential part of learning and growing.

The partner organisations are: Sveitarfelagid Skagafjordur (Iceland, coordinator), Inspirational Network (UK), Molde Kommune (Norway) and Take Initiative vzw (Belgium).




Read more about why we the founders find Failing Forward so important here.



  • Develop tools and workshops on 'Fail Resilience and How To Develop It', that can be used by educators ( youth and social workers, trainers, coaches, teachers,…) when working with their learners.

  • Develop and implement an International Learning Activity to develop tools and workshops to develop 'Fail-Resilience'.

  •  Further develop and facilitate the Fail Forward Movement as a community of Fail Forward Practice and support for everyone who wants to develop their 'Fail-Resilience'.

  • Build the capacity of the partner organisations by 1) Translating the concept of 'Fail-Resilience', (one of the outcomes of previous partnership), in concrete tools and workshops that are usable in different learning contexts locally, and 2) Developing and facilitating the 'Fail Forward' movement as a community of practice and support, that can grow and continue to exist beyond this partnership.

  • Share the outcomes and intellectual output of this partnership, with both the wider community of educators that the partner organisations have direct access to, and also with the general public and society.

Supporting theories...

Coming soon! 

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