Jelle Troelstra


Since 1990 I have been working as consultant in the field of public management and policymaking. I support public authorities in policy development projects on spatial planning, environment, transport, water, nature, among other domains. I cover the complete range from visioning, formulating and decision making to implementation, with a focus on effectiveness of policymaking, and team and organizational performance.

My approach lies in integrating diverse interests of multiple stakeholders involved in public management for sustainable results for all parties: ministries, local governments, interest groups, corporations. I help clients formulate executable policies and legislation, by making them coherent and clear through a creative writing and communication process. In other occasions I support teams and individuals to meet their organizational and personal development needs.

My drive is to facilitate the exploration of new pathways to enable organisations to excel and grow to reach their goals. I help them to clarify their ambitions in development plans. As a nature lover, my drive is to look for sustainable solutions for the environment small and big. I am goal and results oriented, with an open eye for people and organization’s developmental needs.

I am educated in environmental sciences and have been trained in various approaches for organizational development and coaching.

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Apostolos Georgiadis


I grew up in Athens, Greece, where I saw through school and developed early perspectives around effortless activities such as chess, astronomy, physics, theatre, debate, skiing, climbing, diving and sailing. I moved to Patras, Greece, where I studied Chemical Engineering, during a period which coincided with fundamental shifts in my perspectives, among which that for our climate (change).

It so happened that Al Gore’s 2006 Inconvenient Truth and the IPCC 2007 Climate Change report became beacons for my shift in course, leading me to pursue an academic research career. I obtained my PhD at Imperial College London, within a larger programme funded by Shell on aspects of carbon capture and storage. I eventually joined Shell, where I continue to work on research, supporting our energy transition through an industrial perspective, and where I’ve had the great luck to attend as a participant one of the first Nexus! sessions facilitated internally by Herman.

I found the engagement so powerful in illustrating the importance of dialogue and collaboration in tackling cross-boundary (or cross-perspective) challenges, delivering at the same time tangible realisations about our global economy dependence on the water-energy-food nexus, that I effortlessly offered my spare energy to support its development further to any extent possible. And I’m glad to have contributed in disseminating the Nexus! through numerous sessions delivered since, even more so now through Perspectivity, eagerly anticipating to Next developments and learning more about the Network and Enterprise.” By actively engaging with different perspectives one can shift their own; and this can happen in an instant! “

Anna Kogut


As a facilitator for organizations I want to give people time and space to learn. Ultimately, I wish for people to feel connected to the whole, while at the same time, feel as much personal freedom as an individual.

Of course, this beautiful aim will come accompanied with tensions, especially if people want to work together. These tensions can make issues (even more) complex. I believe, however, that if we can make room for our differences, it will results in a much stronger whole.

In order to facilitate this process, I find it important to use methods to tap into other layers of our knowledge, wisdom and creativity. Methods that are playful and positive and have a creative and / or transformative character. Such as Appreciative Inquiry, Theory U, Deep democracy process work and play coaching (theatre interventions).

These processes go beneath the surface and have a strong impact in terms of learning. My expertise lies in psychodrama and ‘participatory drama’. I love these methods for making complex issues visible and tangible, within a very safe learning space. They provide space to explore, experience and learn together and activate the understanding of everyone’s unique perspective, promoting cohesion and common ground.

My background is in Communication Science, directing for theater and film & personal development. So far, I enjoyed working as a facilitator and trainer for municipalities, schools, NGOs and companies – mostly on questions focussing on collaboration and change.

If your are looking for novel ways to help people discover new things about themselves or their group of when you need to address an organisational challenge (good or bad): call Anna. Anna is both innovative and practical as she does inspring work to bring new methods into contemporary (business) practice. Working with Anna is a delight.

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Rachael Meikle


My connection with Perspectivity started when I arrived in Den Haag from New Zealand with my family because of my husband’s work in 2014. My background is in Public Health with an interest in physical activity and nutrition. In the maze of the web I came across a Perspectivity report completed for the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.

Immediately I saw similarities between some theories and frameworks I have used and the philosophy of Perspectivity creating dialogue to solve complex social problems. Appreciative Inquiry and ‘Tales of Joy’ a method of creating positive change by Associate Professor Niki Harré from University of Auckland in New Zealand were examples.

The ‘light bulb’ moment
I tentatively attended an open Climate Challenge in Utrecht and this was the ‘light bulb’ moment. I saw that the leaning from this challenge could be applied to the Public Health sector. Voilà, 18 months later the inaugural Public Health challenge was launched at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Well not exactly, the challenge was co-created with Herman van der Meyden and Dalya Marks after a lot of consideration and thought.

This demonstrates the beauty of the Perspectivity network where you meet, share ideas and theories from a wide variety of sectors that you can apply to your professional and personal life. The journey is ongoing and there is always the possibility of looking at an issue from a new Perspective to help solve complex problems.

Manpreet Kaur Juneja


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 very noble aim to be clean and green, the crisis changed me and my morals. My survival instinct overshadowed my noble self. Evil urge to win or the least “not lose”, made me play mean and selfish. The Perspectivity Challenge has a power to really push you towards the edge and see the world from the other side, makes you realise the reasons why the world is where it is today. It has a power to initiate inspired dialogues and facilitate learning through self-reflection.

My own experience while playing Perspectivity challenge, not only changed my perspective towards Climate but also towards the concept competition and act of winning. I decided to share it with others so as to inspire a change in mindsets.

I moved to Toronto, Canada in Sept 2015 to start my Masters in Strategic Foresights and Innovation at Ontario College of Arts and Design University (OCAD U). The focus of my Masters Program is on using Design thinking and other tools to solve complex world problems. During one of the discussions with my faculty I mentioned about the Game and saw great enthusiasm from one of my professors to learn more about it.

On the morning of December 17th, 2015, we scheduled to host The Perspectivity Climate Challenge, as an ice-breaker for a group of 6 Graduate students including Professor Nabil Harfoush at Social Innovation Lab. As much as I was excited, I was also a bit nervous to facilitate the session as it was the beginning of a new Chapter in Canada. I was curious to see the reactions from the team of socially and environmentally conscious students and professor from OCADU. The game started with each team member being careful of their moves in the game. They were all equally thrilled to see the results after each round. As the game progressed, I saw people changing their strategies, the crisis gave rise to competition. It was fun to watch my professor who started the game acting all serious and in-control of his acts and no sooner than later one could see a child within him wanting to win.

Each one of the team player was amazed by the results and their individual performances. They all loved the debriefing and contributed extensively to share their insights, which made the whole experience valuable. The success of this first session, marked the beginning of many more inspiring sessions to be hosted in Canada in the year 2016. We have already announced our next session with the League of Intrapreneurs, Canada.

2016 for Perspectivity, Toronto seems promising and full of opportunities.

Sarabhjit Kaur


A newly purchased clock asked the grandfather clock on the opposite wall “How long have you been here grandpa clock? It answered “I’ve been here for 20 years.” “Oh! Then to do the same I’ll have to tick 20×365×24×60×60=630720000 times!”, exclaimed the new clock. And immediately it stopped ticking!”

Mr. Krishnamurthy, my high school math teacher, always said that we should dream big; but then break that big dream into small goals, then into micro-mini goals. And then take one, like the grandfather clock. That is how all big dreams are achieved. I believe that the same is applicable for Sustainable Development. This is why I developed a strong interest and connection with Perspectivity. I truly believe that Perspectivity helps individuals and groups harness their collective power of creativity, passion and wisdom, and contributes incrementally, yet powerfully, towards a more sustainable future.

My name is Sarabhjit Kaur, and I am a Mechanical Engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, with an MBA from INSEAD (France/Singapore). I have lived and worked in Asia, Middle East, Europe and (now) the US. Before moving to Houston in 2014, I lived in Oman and worked for Oman Oil Company. I now work for EDF Inc in Finance and Business Development for the Americas.

I first heard about Perspectivity in 2013 through my husband Jaspreet Singh, who had founded its India Chapter. However, I first participated in a Perspectivity game session in 2015, when he organized a workshop in Houston. The workshop gave me a profound insight into my own behaviour and interactions in my personal and professional lives. Since then, there has been no looking back. Today, I assist Jaspreet in conducting workshops and expanding the Perspectivity network in the US.

I hope to continue working with Perspectivity and slowly, but surely, bring about an incremental change in the world around us!

 

Maria Rast


Instead of going to the graduation ceremony of my Master of Law (International Criminal Law and Human Rights), I decided to attend the Perspectivity Network event in November 2014. I was immediately inspired by Perspectivity’s philosophy and, after doing an internship at Perspectivity Enterprise in spring 2015, I have been given the chance to become a part-time junior partner, starting in November 2015. An opportunity I gladly seized. By assisting several Perspectivity partners with their work, I can learn a lot about conducting research and applying the results hereof in complex and diverse organizational settings. Next to working at Perspectivity, I am doing a second master (Sociology) at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, where I have also been granted a research fellowship.

Each day, I try to combine and apply the things I have learned from both my studies, my research fellowship and my work at Perspectivity, which has incited my interest in the complex issue of migration. Inspired by all of these activities, my international background and the people around me, I hope that my work and research will contribute to finding sustainable solutions for the challenges we all face in today’s diverse society.

Anne van Marwijk


I am one of Perspectivity’s new junior partners of the Enterprise’s Young Perspectivity Pool. I have a background in Anthropology and Development Studies. I have lived in countries such as Mexico, the United Kingdom, Tanzania and am currently based in Amsterdam.

From my background in anthropology and huge fascination with languages, I am especially interested in creating understanding between people. Through words in the sense of writing, reporting, editing and translating but also in the sense of helping people understand each other to create a more inclusive and sustainable world.

I started at Perspectivity as an intern in October 2014. I greatly enjoyed my internship and I got to work on a lot of interesting projects with the fun other interns. For example, I co-developed SPROCKLER, an on- and offline storytelling tool that combines quantitative and qualitative data. Further developing and rolling out SPROCKLER is still a big part of the work I do. Next to that I work on a lot of different projects within Perspectivity.

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Maurice van Hoek


I am Maurice. My professional drive is to achieve tangible results with a group of people. I sincerely believe that people are happier in their work when the actually achieve those tangible results. The context I work in is mostly government oriented or non profit. Currently I am active as a project manager in de Nijmegen Region, as a trainer for trainees and as a facilitator.

In the Nijmegen Region it is my job to achieve the financial collaboration between the healthcare companies (primarily 18 and 150 overall) and the municipalities (7). The trainees are trained in project management, advisory and communication skills.

I like to learn new things, meet new people, gain knowledge and achieve new insights. That is why I joined Perspectivity.

I like good food, nice music and an outspoken beer (wine is fine too). I have got three kids in the age of 11 (girl),12 (boy) and 14 (girl), a cat (girl) and a very nice friend (girl – who is the mother of my children).

About the picture: I am the guy on the right.

Herman van der Meyden


My Perspectivity journey started during my first and only philosophical crisis to date. In 2006, I signed up for a Master in International Relations & Diplomacy after completing five years of engineering. I arrived in my new town Leiden confident that I, as a solid engineer, would teach “those alphas” about true science. I had learnt in Delft about the unquestionable laws of nature. Something is true, or it is not. In Leiden, on the contrary, I soon discovered that my engineering toolbox was insufficient to understand political and social systems. The laws of nature do not hold: all actors view the system differently, their views drive their behavior, and their behavior defines the system.

It was unsettling for a while to realize that there was ‘no single answer’. It gradually made me realize the importance of being able to see the world through someone else’s eyes: the activity of seeking perspective.

Through my friend and former colleague Hein Oomen, I met Hans Keijzer who founded Perspectivity. At the time, he had little more than a vague plan: to do something with dialogue and scenario-thinking and improve the world. I got intrigued because of his unconditional commitment behind that vague plan.

Today, I am chairman of the board of the Perspectivity foundation and have been part of an amazing growth journey: growth for Perspectivity as an organization, and in parallel lots of personal growth for myself.

It is great to be part of a group of people showing great commitment, who are open in their interactions and have a common goal: how do we improve our collective navigation of the complexity of modern life? I am learning every day.