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For the Love of Complexity workshop

How does chaos relate to complexity?  How far does involving everyone go? How do you keep everyone informed and where is this incorporated in the complexity navigator? Should we not first get an idea of what’s going on before others join? Are we talking about the content or the process?  These were some of […]

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The Perspectivity Story of Fanny

I am a girl on a mission: I want to help companies and organisations in The Netherlands to become more socially responsible and sustainable. I want support them to inspire other organisations in order to create a […]

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New tool: Lego Serious Play

You might know them from a long time ago. Recently they have started popping up everywhere again. Meetings where people play with those tiny colourful plastic bricks again. Lego is back and making meetings more productive […]

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Mozambique goes Sprockler

Two consortia of agrarian institutes in Mozambique are using Sprockler to collect stories to discover patterns in complex situations. The Royal Tropical Institute is using it for its mid-term review of a nation-wide project for the seed […]

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Q&A on CoBudget

To find out more about the current status of the CoBudget initiative, we had a Q&A session with Monique Janmaat: Hey Monique, which bucket ideas are there already?  “There are currently three ideas: Lego bricks […]

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Meetings that Matter @Oikocredit

In organisations that are constantly in flux and where (almost) everything influences each other, regular alignment is crucial. But are all those hours spent in meeting rooms really that productive? Are we talking about the […]

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Looking for common ground at WPI

Werk, Participatie en Inkomen (Work, Participation and Income) has been reorganised into separate columns a few years back. Although this happened, common ground on the content of their work has not disappeared. That is why […]

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Complexity workshop for Port of Amsterdam

The Port of Amsterdam is dealing with major complex issues of this time, such as the depletion of natural resources, environmental pollution and climate change. At the same time, logistics chains, trade networks and regional economic […]

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“So this is the art of it!”

On the 30th and 31st of March Lisette taught 10 participants the tricks of the facilitation trade. Fortunately, she did not have to do this by herself because in a training about facilitation, the group […]

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The Challenges of Young Researchers

Young academic researchers at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen face fundamental challenges: how do I balance life and work? How do I find the funding for projects? How do I form a research group? 64 young researchers […]

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Perspectivity Network Event

“When you are stressed and nervous before a presentation, what can you tell yourself to get a better hand of the situation? Tell yourself, or better yet, imagine, visualise the following: Firstly, ‘You are welcome’. […]

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Perspectivity at Wharton

On 3 April, 2017, Perspectivity hosted the Nexus! Challenge at Wharton’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. The Kleiman Center at Wharton focuses on Energy Policy Innovation and promotes its application—creating opportunities for students, researchers, and […]

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Perspectivity goes in circles

Inspired by Holacracy, a governance system for self steering, Perspectivity is experimenting with a new form of organising ourselves: in circles. What does this imply? A circle is formed around a purpose domain, like Vitality […]

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Blog: Reflect & Adapt

How do you keep improving in a world that is constantly on the move?  ‘Reflective Communication Scrum’, that is the name of the publication through which Betteke van Ruler, emeritus professor of communication science, introduced Scrum […]

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Discover the other in yourself

“Wow I didn’t realise I can be so overwhelming!” The participant is literally and figuratively standing in the shoes of her manager, whose perspective is radically different from her own. Through this exercise she can […]

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Workshop Agile Communication

The world is on the move. Changes occur faster and faster and are influenced by many actors and factors simultaneously. It’s an illusion to think that you can continue to orchestrate the communication centrally. It takes […]

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Animations on Future Search

Available in English, Dutch and now also in Portuguese ( Realidade & Filosofia). Watch and learn about the ins and outs of Future Search – the award winning methodology that Perspectivity has successfully applied in […]

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PechaKucha by Han Rakels

From Quantum Mechanics to Pippi Longstocking. A personal story of discovery about why we got confused – in the ‘war’ – as human beings. Why we fight and suppress, while we long for harmony. And […]

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White is a colour as well

In ‘Wit is ook een kleur’ (White is a colour as well) Sunny Bergman shares her perspective on the complex issues that arise in today’s society. What is the deal with discrimination in the Netherlands? […]

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Leadership in Complexity Training

Perspectivity’s complexity workshop has been elaborated into a one-day Leadership in Complexity training. The training has been delivered in-company several times in autumn 2016, amongst others for: A group of local government officials from Libanon, […]

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Institute for Integrated Economic Research

In collaboration with the Public Policy Agency, Perspectivity organized a thought provoking evening to exchange ideas with Dr. Hannes Kunz. Hannes is the founder and director of the Institute for Integrated Economic Research (IIER), based in Switzerland. IIER […]

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Co-creating for civic space in The Spindle

On December 13th, Perspectivity joined the first ever co-creation session of The Spindle, both as participant and as facilitors. The Spindle connects Dutch and global innovators into a movement for inclusive, sustainable development. The Spindle is initiated by […]

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Future Search in Dublin

With support from the Perspectivity network, multiple stakeholders recently spent three days in Ireland to learn more about Future Search. ‘Future Search‘ is a principle-based methodology for enabling multi-stakeholder engagement around complex issues. It is […]

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Learning Experience Design Conference

Learning Experience (LX )Design can help shape the future of education by connecting the worlds of design and learning. It’s a combination of the creative and disruptive talents of designers with the passion and expertise […]

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How is it going with youth services?

How is it going with child social services since the decentralisations in the social domain and the introduction of the Tailored Education Act (Wet Passend Onderwijs)? The municipal council of Maastricht wants get a better grip on the […]

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Food & Voice in Nepal

In collaboration with Enablement, Hanne Verhoeven trained 16 women of the Nepalese Women with a Disability Association (NDWA) as trainers and advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights and food security.     It’s […]

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Hacking Elderly Care

My experience of a hackathon by Lisette Gast The Hague, 2nd – 7th October. There I was feeling honoured, as I was selected to be one of the hackers in the Hacking Elderly Care Hackathon. […]

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Appreciative Team Retreat SunFunder

SunFunder with head quarters in San Fransisco, staff members spread all over the world and a regional office in Arusha Tanzania, finances solar beyond the grid. Over the next decade, solar energy will leapfrog the electricity […]

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New Intern: Get to know Sheriff

My name is Sheriff Tabba and I am a Canadian Graduate Student currently pursuing a Master’s in Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands. I lived in both Saudi […]

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New Intern: Get to know Hanna

My name is Johanna Ulseth. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree at SIT (School for International Training) in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management, a flexible, self-designed program that allowed me to take classes on […]

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Happily Ever After

Children speak the truth. In simple terms. In addition, children will inherit whatever today’s leaders decide to leave behind on planet Earth. What happens if we ask 10-year olds to reflect on the challenges of […]

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Sprockler at Border Sessions Festival

Lisette Gast was invited by Border Sessions, the international festival on technology and society in The Hague, to speak about Sprockler and its innovative approach to data. Together with Jonne Catshoek, director of Elva Community […]

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Communication Scrum in Oldambt

The communication department of the municipality of Oldambt wonders if they can use Scrum to distribute their work and share knowledge in the team. In a one-day workshop, the team is introduced to the principles of […]

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Participatory policy design in Maastricht

On June 14, the new subsidy system for volunteer work was approved by the Maastricht city council, with “extenxive compliments to everyone” by the council. The new regulation has been developed through a participatory process […]

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Embrace uncertainty, get agile

By Petra de Boer The world is changing. With a flexible attitude we can respond better to changes. But that is not as easy as it sounds. Dare to experiment, preferably in real life. Greek […]

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What’s (not) in a label

Do you ever wonder where the border lies between intuition and prejudice? Rightly so! We’re told to stop acting on false assumptions, but we’re also advised to trust our instincts, our gut. During Perspectivity’s Network […]

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Perspectivity Network Event

The next Network Event is already coming up on 5 & 6 February. Freek van der Pluijm, Tamar Harel & Christopher Baan have prepared a programme to discover personal stories of change. On Saturday we […]

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Oikocredit Scrums Across Continents

In the fall of 2015, the communication manager at Oikocredit International had heard about the use of Scrum for communication. She was eager to familiarize her team with this agile methodology to work on communication […]

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Perspectivity in Toronto

Hello, my name is Manpreet Kaur Juneja. The first time I played the Perspectivity Climate challenge in India, I spent whole evening thinking and reflecting upon my game. Although I started my game with a […]

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Interreligious dialogue in Nigeria

Fear, terror and courage are all vivid in Nigeria. A longing for peace is what drives them. One of the most inspiring training trajectories that Hanne has designed and delivered was the “Common Cause for […]

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Growing sustainable tourism in Tanzania

Perspectivity, together with Responsible Tourism Tanzania designed and facilitated a training workshop to grow sustainable tourism. The objectives were to share knowledge and experience on sustainable tourism, to have been introduced to the certification system […]

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Who is the boss in our brain?

During the latest Perspectivity event on November the 7th, Victor Lamme, a neuroscientist from the University of Amsterdam, took us on a journey into our brains. We explored the question of who the boss in […]

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Interfaith Dialogue in Practice in Nigeria

Perspectivity’s Han Verhoeven shares one of her most memorable experiences: One of my most memorable training trajectories was the interfaith dialogue training of trainers in Nigeria that I delivered with Henk van Apeldoorn. Nigeria has […]

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Trauma Healing after Nepalese Earthquake

After the earthquake in Nepal, Perspectivity’s Han Verhoeven decided to put her Capacitar training into practice. She offered a 4-day trauma-healing training to Karuna Nepal. Karuna works on the prevention of disabilities among children and […]

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New faces at Perspectivity Enterprise

The Perspectivity Enterprise is expanding! Three new faces have joined us since this summer and they are Cristien Temmink, Diederik Prakke and Maurice van Hoek. They bring fresh perspectives, new insights and a load of knowledge and […]

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Maria’s Internship Experience

When I joined Perspectivity as an intern in May 2015, my goal was to get more acquainted with the complexity of social issues. Through joining several Network and Enterprise meetings/events, I got a lot of […]

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U4 Academic Leadership Program

Deans and directors in the U4 Academic Leadership program met for the third time in this course. This time we spent three days in September 2015 at the historic University of Uppsala in Sweden. Quality and […]

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Top 5 Tips for Female Travellers

Ever feel uncomfortable travelling alone as a woman? Is the idea of potential aggression or harassment holding you back from going on a trip by yourself? Perspectivity’s Hanne Verhoeven gives trainings about safety for female […]

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Amnesty Netherlands forwards together

After a reorganisation Amnesty Netherlands started a development process to make a fresh beginning. Hanne Verhoeven, Elien Rogaar and Michiel Damoiseaux helped shape and facilitate the process. During the development process a steering committee, from a […]

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Interns at Perspectivity: Maria

Hello everyone! My name is Maria Rast and I’ve been an Intern at Perspectivity for almost 2 months now. I think a lot of you might know me from the Perspectivity Network Events, where I’ve […]

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The Perspectivity Story of Anne

In October 2014 I started at Perspectivity as an intern. Having recently graduated in Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, I was looking for a place where the […]

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Eneco – Action Café

A newspaper interview of Eneco’s CEO sparked the powerplant manager to engage his team in a strategic session. During the preparations it turned out that the power plants’ management team felt a great need to […]

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Appreciative Country Planning GIZ Tanzania

Around 30 staff members of the German International Cooperation (GIZ) Tanzania participated in a participatory planning process. They interviewed each other about the successes of 2013 and identified the root causes of these successes. It gave […]

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Scrum Embraces Change

Down the drain with the communication plan!  How often do you start making big, ambitious plans? How often do these plans lead to nothing? Down the drain with them! Scrum is a way of working […]

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The Human Security Game

Perspectivity Enterprisers Han Rakels and Michiel Damoiseaux collaborated with the Human Security Collective (HSC) to develop a new Perspectivity Game: the Human Security Edition. HSC is a foundation with a strong background in Development, Conflict […]

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Perspectivity Network meets Knowmads

The Perspectivity Network invited Knowmads to facilitate its quarterly Network Event. In a full-day programme, four Knowmads tribe members took us through an action-learning experience to introduce us to their education philosophy. Knowmads is an […]

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Scrum Increases Team Productivity

Scrum is a smart way of organising project teams that is gaining popularity outside of IT. This week, Jeff Sutherland, founder of Scrum, presented the Dutch version of his latest book Scrum: doing twice as […]

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Fresh Faces on Board!

The Board of the Perspectivity Foundation is please to welcome two new faces to take the Network further into 2015: Noor Buur en Pieter van den Wall Bake. Noor has been involved with Perspectivity for […]

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Social Lab: Debt Relief Amsterdam

In the summer of 2014 the new city council in Amsterdam selects three issues that require accelerated actions. One of the themes is debt relief. Following the ambitions set out in two policy labs, Perspectivity […]

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Freek’s Perspectivity Story

Early February 2013 I was forwarded an invitation. No text involved, a simple forward, of an invitation to a train-the-trainer session of an NGO that, until then, I had actually never heard of… and instantly […]

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Become a Future Leader!

Are you the type of person who has the potential to make a difference in our world? Do you have the courage to be a future leader or follower who will take a different approach […]

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First seminar U4 Leadership programme

The University of Groningen is hosting the first seminar of the U4 Leadership Programme 2014-2016 . The University receives these days twenty board members and directors from Universities from the European partnership U4 ( Ghent […]

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Perspectivity Network Event 8 November 2014

Workshop Restorative Circles and Installing a Restorative System by Charlotte Keijzer. Working as a judge Charlotte participated for years in a justice system that strongly fixes participants to their positions like victim, defendant or plaintiff, […]

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Progress report interns at Perspectivity: Martin

Martin Aleksandrov. Communication Intern at Perspectivity Age: 22 Nationality: Bulgarian At my internship I am developing mainly my graphic design skills. Creation of promotional materials, branding a product – ‘’Perspectivity Views’’ (coming out soon), communication […]

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The world through the eyes of a child

Perspectivity consists of people dedicated to help building a sustainable society. We are convinced that with the knowledge, technology and resources available, there are fantastic opportunities for mankind to live and develop with meaning and […]

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The Perspectivity Story of Noor

It was April 2012, when Perspectivity first got to me. Unsuspectingly, I went on a corporate get-away with my FMO (the Dutch development bank) colleagues to Texel. Just for fun – which was called ‘team-building’ […]

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Interfaith Dialogue in Nigeria

InterFaith Activity and Partnership for Peace, IFAPP, Perspectivity partner in Nigeria, has advocated strongly against the recent Boko Haram attacks on innocent civilians on a bus station and against school girls being abducted. Mallam Nuruddeen Lemu […]

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The Barometer is Taking Shape

In North-East India, the Women in Government Network are at the forefront of sharing their first results of the development of the Barometer for Women’s Peace and Security. The Barometer is a process that is […]

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Brainstorming with Risk and Insurance Managers

Perspectivity assisted in facilitating creative sessions during the NARIM-congress at April 18th. NARIM is the Dutch Association for Risk and Insurance Managers. The association represents 150 small and large companies, institutions and government agencies in […]

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VWS reflects on Inspiratine process

In November, some 50 employees and clients of the Directorate for Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology reconvened for a day to reflect on the workings of “Inspiratine” – the naming of the change process for the […]

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Scrum for Productivity

Perspectivity is applying Scrum. Both for our own planning and organisation and for clients. Scrum is a product development method that has it’s roots in the Software Business. More and more development teams got frustrated […]

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Perspectivity Training in middle of Serengeti

Last week the first module of the Perspectivity leadership training was conducted for managers from the Tanzanian Wildlife Division, Tanzanian National Park Authorities and Frankfurt Zoological Society. In order to preserve the beauty of Serengeti […]

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Maastricht Unanimous About Future

“Political Maastricht is headed united towards the future. The entire council – a rarity – endorsed the economic vision the city has outlined for the next fifteen years.” Dagblad De Limburger, Thursday, February 21, 2013 […]

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CADER Education Tour

Perspectivity developed and organised a learning program for a group of master trainers of CADER, Change Agent for Arab Development and Education Reform in Jordan. The CADER group visited the Netherlands for 10 days and […]

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Back to the Future at IKV Pax Christi

On February 4-6, 2013 Perspectivity facilitated a Future Search Conference for IKV Pax Christi, entitled “Back to the Future – our added value in peace processes and how to strengthen that”. Half a year of […]

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Reform of Yemeni Ministry

Perspectivity is involved in the reform of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Yemen. Since former president Saleh was forced to step down, reforms re-started to take shape and this is one […]

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Welcome Petra and Maarten

On the first on January two new colleagues joined Perspectivity Enterprise. We are delighted that they join the team. Each comes with complementary expertise, energy and experience. Petra has as core business: spreading positive business. […]

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Cordaid New Leadership

From 10-12 January the entire leadership of Cordaid withdrew in a retreat house in Oostvoorne. These 25 people are jointly responsible for putting the new Cordaid into business. After a tough transition period a new […]

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Care for a Common Cause

The Cordaid training Care for a Common Cause, finding a new perspective for youth engagement has been piloted in a regional conference of UNOY (United Network of Young Peacebuilders) from 2-4 December in Nairobi. It […]

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Block the debate – Enter in dialogue

By Petra de Boer – In 2012, one year before I joined the Perspectivity Enterprise, I received an honorable mention in the essay competition of the Dutch National Rights Commissioner Alex Brenninkmeijer and daily newspaper NRC Next (May 2012). […]

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Solvay 4 Years Later

At the International Future Search Learning Exchange in 2011, former Solvay Pharmaceuticals head of Production and Development – Gert Wentzel – shared his reflections on the Future Search trajectory that he led in 2007. As […]

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