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.

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.

 

Nora Buur


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’ by then. We had a nice day of exploring the little island, full with adventurous games and challenging assignments – all teams with the ambition to win. Nobody had expected that at the moment we all dozed off a bit, the next day, the real adventure and actual mud throwing hadn’t even happened yet. That was when we started to play the game: the Perspectivity game.

I was stunned, forceless, frustrated, manipulated, furious, happy and releaved all in only one hour. I was thunderstruck by the fact that me and my fellow colleagues, all in the environmental & social analysis departement of the bank, were simply unable – and unwilling – to bring the game to a good end. Which is quite surprising, since we all by now know – after playing the game only once – that ‘a positive result’ is a feasible option. Which underlying mechanisms of human behaviour make it so hard to reach this coveted positive result? Unfortunately, for too many reasons, I presume.

Anyway. I switched jobs from FMO to Intermin. Without knowing Eelke and his background in Perspectivity yet. What are the odds? I met Eelke, Joep and Maarten, and the latter invited me to come to one of the Perspectivity weekends. As soon as I crossed the doorstep of the dining room in De Hoorneboeg, I felt extremely welcome. Surrounded by people who really care for a cause or two, and who care for each other. People who all like abstract, conceptual and intellectual talk 🙂 People who remember where their last conversation ended, so where to continue.

Everything you just read may sound simple. But it is not. Being such a nice group of people, finding each other – digitally & personally, intellectually & emotionally – is quite complex.

Pieter van den Wall Bake


It was during my student days in 2009 when I learned about the existence of Perspectivity. While studying human geography – in essence, how do groups of people relate to each other (over the earth) – my colleague Sabine told me about a few books she was reading. She found the content of the books extremely interesting and thought the same would apply for me. The way Sabine told about the books was very contagious: full of belief, energetic but most of all spirited.

Eager to learn as I was as a student I directly bought (2nd hand on amazon) the book titles and indulged myself in reading them. I ran through the books and experienced eye-openers after eye-openers each chapter. The words resonated with me – even though I had not really put down my own ideas and beliefs down on paper.

The next time I met Sabine we connected on a deeper level. When rotating shifts during work we talked quickly about the content and which passages of the book struck us most. Needless to say she also mentioned a group of driven individuals – Perspectivity – she was connected to and that she could invite me to a network weekend in Hilversum if I was interested. I definitely was!

I experienced a group of like-minded individuals who all realize that our world is filled with sub-optimal approaches to tackle social problems. I felt that we all wanted to challenge the way we engage with each other.

The environment is one where we learn about communication, diversity and systems. I see the world from a much richer perspective now. I feel connected to a wide range of individuals – all with a different walk of life – but all with the ambition to make something of it. Fuelled by a better understanding of how complex our world is, we want to live, learn and act with impact.