CoResolve: Participatory Leadership Training

This 2 -day training course is for anyone that struggles with the balancing act of driving an agenda and believing in participation and inclusion. The course provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to do so successfully.

  • Are you driving a process to achieve your goal with the group you are leading or advising?
  • Do you believe in the need of participation of all – including that odd voice?
  • Are you looking for a way to harness the energy arising from conflict and turn it into fuel for productive group processes?

Then this CoResolve training is made for you!


The 2-day program consists of:

  • 12 hours training – The training comprises of 5 learning modules and is based on the Lewis Method of Deep Democracy. It covers background, theoretical understanding, diagnostics, detailed steps and experiential learning.
  • 4 hours follow up – The follow up enables participants to practice and refresh the tools during the session and provide a platform where people can address and discuss issues subsequent to the initial training.

The modules provide you with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Deal with resistance
  • Make collaborative decisions
  • Understand relationships and group dynamics
  • Resolve tension.

In addition, the basic training module of the CoResolve Participative Leadership Program offers a custom-designed web-based platform supporting this program. The platform allows participants access to the learning material, exercises, discussion groups and the ability to connect to other participants internationally.


Leadership is a broad word and can be applied in different contexts. In the CoResolve Participative Leadership Program, a leader is identified as anyone driving a process to achieve an objective. Whether you are an executive, processional, manager, teacher, consultant, community worker or a student leading a project or driving a process, you gain from this program.

Most leaders are employed to drive strategy and gain results and should be spending 90% of their time on these outputs. In reality, however, most leaders spend their time trying to resolve people issues and dynamics. Usually these issues are neither rational nor logical. Furthermore, they don’t respond well to logical thinking processes and resolution tools. When leaders apply these logical tools the issues are more likely to cycle repeatedly, wasting valuable time.

The CoResolve Participative Leadership Program specifically focuses on this area. Participants are taught process driven theoretical principles and tools which equip participants to deal with the irrational human element in business. The program is experiential, enabling participants to gain confidence by applying the tools through practice.

The course provides you with the knowledge and skill to:

  • Facilitate rich conversations which unleash engagement and spontaneity, creativity and excitement
  • Harness the dynamic power and collective intelligence of the group by enabling even the quietest of participants to find their voice and express their views
  • Create safety, in large and small groups, that allows difficult conversations to take place
  • Search for the wisdom of the minority in groups and improve majority decision-making by incorporating the minority’s wisdom
  • Read the dynamics of a group, recognize early signs of resistance and emerging conflict and act in a timely manner to reduce tension
  • Understand the obstacles to good communication and build foundations for shared understanding
  • Begin and end meetings with a powerful way to connect the group and be aware of what is happening in the room
  • Resolve differences of opinion
  • Recognize underlying tensions that block group progress
  • Diagnose shifts in group dynamics as they become polarized and rigid and select appropriate facilitation tools to use in such situations.
  • Resolve differences of opinions, arguments and conflicts. Instead of allowing anger and blaming to continue, recognize and unleash the creative potential that lies within every conflict
  • Understand and learn how to use tension as an opportunity to enhance learning, leadership development and interpersonal relationships

Questions & Registration?

Contact Lisette Gast

The Art of Facilitation

Een tweedaagse training in essentiële facilitatievaardigheden

In onze huidige complexe samenleving hebben we de wijsheid van de groep nodig om complexe uitdagingen op te lossen. Om groepen tot vruchtbare resultaten te brengen, is deskundige facilitatie onmisbaar.

In ‘De kunst van het faciliteren’ leer je technieken en vaardigheden voor het faciliteren van grote en kleine groepsprocessen, ongeacht de methodiek die je voor je bijeenkomst gebruikt. De training biedt een mix van theorie en praktijk. Er is veel ruimte voor oefenen en reflectie op jouw rol als facilitator. Daarnaast worden de ontwerpbeginselen van groepsessies behandeld.

De training wordt voorafgegaan door een individuele intake, om te bepalen hoe jij het meest uit deze training kunt halen. Na de tweedaagse training is er de mogelijkheid om een individuele opdracht op te pakken waar door de trainer meegedacht wordt over het ontwerp en een reflectie-gesprek achteraf.

Voor wie?

Iedereen die op de een of andere manier bezig is met faciliteren van groepen kan aan deze training meedoen. De training is met name geschikt voor professionals met enige ervaring in het begeleiden van groepsprocessen, zoals managers, teamleiders en begeleiders van veranderingsprocessen.

Aantal deelnemers: 8 -12.

Na de training heb je:

  • Jouw facilitatievaardigheden verbeterd;
  • Inzicht in de kritische succesfactoren van sessiedesign;
  • Je palet aan facilitatie-methodieken verruimd;


  • Intakegesprek
  • Trainingsdag 1: Context van participatie, oefenen met facilitatieskills, rol van de facilitator, workshop types, afsluiting.
  • Trainingsdag 2: Landen, sessie design, de centrale vraag, oefenen met facilitatie-skills.
  • Optioneel: individuele opdracht met reflectiegesprek

De trainer

Lisette Gast heeft 20 jaar ervaring in het ontwerpen van groepssessies en trainingen, het begeleiden van projectteams en het faciliteren van grote en kleine groepen in het nemen van beslissingen. Ze is ervaren in het begeleiden van Future Search, Appreciative Inquiry, Deep Democracy (Lewis Methode), Open Space en World Café.

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Self care and trauma healing for refugees

Training for refugees and those accompanying them 

Seeking refuge has an enormous impact on one’s life. Refugees carry war and flight experiences with them and need to learn how to deal with loss, grief and worry for their family. Likewise, new and unknown environments often result in stress.

Do you recognise this? Or does the accompaniment of people with traumatic experiences evoke stress in you?

In the training Refugee Accompaniment you will learn easy physical exercises that ease stress and traumatic reactions. They will help you to deal with the situations in a vital manner.


The training consists of several holistic approaches that loosen the rigid stress in the body. The exercises stimulate balance and feed and bring back harmony in the body.


  • You deal with chronic traumatic stress in a healthy manner.
  • You learn easy techniques to reduce psychosomatic symptoms in yourself and others.
  • You can assist refugees in dealing with new challenges in a better manner.


The training is based on the methods developed by Capacitar ( They strengthen people’s resilience and natural healing ability. Capacitar uses this approach in 35 countries across the globe.

After traumatic experiences the instinctive fight-flight-freeze reactions tend to linger in the body. This constant state of preparedness causes symptoms such as hyper arousal, stomach ache, headache, irascibility, insomnia, nightmares and depression. Scientific research shows that the verbal centre in the brain shut down under traumatic circumstances. Stress affects deeper layers.  Stress is contagious. It affects caretakers of people with traumatic experiences as well (secondary trauma).

The primary task of trauma healing is to reprogram the emotional brain so that it adapts to the present instead of continuing to react to past traumatic experiences. A more body-oriented approach, focused on releasing contractions in the body is therefore more effective.

The trainer

Hanne Verhoeven is an IAF certified facilitator, qualified coach and trained in the multi-cultural wellness approach by Capacitar. She has more than 20 years of experience in training and coaching in 30 different countries, including areas of conflict.

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Agile Communication Scrum

Are you tired of the old communication plan? Do you want to work more flexible and have more fun doing project work. And above all, do you want to achieve results that really matter? Not just for the communications department, but especially for the business and for the stakeholders. Then is time to go Scrum!

Two-day hands on training
In this two-day hands-on training you will learn why you need to get agile, how you can get agile with Scrum, how it works and how to introduce it in your own organisation.

What I really like is that you make extremely visible what you are working on.

The trainers are:

  • Betteke van Ruler, emeritus professor of communication studies and author and founder of the Reflective Communication Scrum (Adfogroep)
  • Petra de Boer from Perspectivity, experienced communication professional and proces facilitator and co-author of Scrum in action, the first Dutch handbook for Scrum outside of IT (Business Contact, June 2015).

Registration: Van Ruler Academy

In-company Agile Scrum Training and Project Start-Up

Scrum is a smart and agile project methodology to achieve fast and tangible results with compact project teams. Scrum has been applied in IT for many years and is rapidly gaining popularity in other fields.


The Agile Scrum training by Perspectivity provides of mix of practical exercises, theoretical knowledge and examples from the field. The training is tailor-made to suit the specific needs of your organisation.

Training objectives

In this two-day hands-on training you will learn what Scrum is, how it works and how to introduce it in your organisation. At the end of the training, participants:

  • Know what agile is and why you need to get agile
  • Understand and practiced the basic Scrum principles
  • Learn the basic conditions for a successful Scrum
  • Are inspired to start scrumming their projects

More info

The training takes anywhere from half a day up to two days and can be given at your company or any other location. Your trainer is Petra de Boer, experienced proces facilitator and scrum coach and co-author of Scum in actie, the Dutch handbook for Scrum outside IT.

Contact Petra de Boer to discuss your specific training needs.

Facilitating Restorative Circles

Embracing Conflict with Restorative Circles

Our common response to conflict is punitive and retributive. It fosters emotion and anxiety. It sustains fixed positions and makes us blind for the perspective of our opponent. Dominic Barter developed a restorative justice model that does just the opposite: it embraces conflict. It accepts it as a regular recurring, normal phenomenon and moves towards it, instead of away.

Equal dialogue
A Restorative Circle is a community process supporting those in conflict. It brings together the three parties to a conflict –the “actor”, “the receiver” (the one directly impacted) and the wider community– to dialogue as equals.

Restorative Circles are facilitated in 3 stages:

  1. During the pre-circle a facilitator from within the community talks with each individual involved to identify the key factors and participants in the conflict.
  2. The circle is a dialogical process in which receiver, actor and community open up to other perspectives and try to find agreed actions.
  3. The post-circle investigates the well-being of all participants.

Perspectivity offers the opportunity to follow a training in facilitating Restorative Circles. Goal of this 2-day training is to let participants understand the Restorative System in such a way they can (in principle) be facilitators themselves.

Read the flyer (Dutch only, pdf)

De Gemeente Participeert

Workshop voor beleidsambtenaren, wethouders en gemeenteraadsleden

De samenleving wordt complexer. Er is een explosieve groei van kennis en technologie, toegenomen diversiteit en grotere onderlinge afhankelijkheid. Dit stelt nieuwe eisen aan de rol van de overheid.

Van de lokale overheid wordt verwacht dat zij niet langer voor, maar mét inwoners, bedrijven en expertise-instituten de stad letterlijk en figuurlijk vormgeeft. Participatief leiderschap, met de overheid als een van de vele spelers (belanghebbenden) in de samenleving.

Doel van de training

De workshop participatieve beleidsvorming vergroot inzicht in de toenemende sociale complexiteit in de samenleving en biedt concrete methoden om hier mee om te gaan. Deelnemers ervaren wat nodig is om samen met grote groepen uiteenlopende belanghebbenden een gedeelde basis te creëren. En ze leren hoe je effectieve, breed gedragen actieplannen ontwerpt en uitvoert.

De voltallige gemeenteraad – een zeldzaamheid – onderschrijft de economische visie die de stad voor de komende vijftien jaar heeft uitgestippeld.


De training bestaat uit 2 blokken van ieder 3 dagen. De training bouwt voort op praktijkervaringen en actuele vraagstukken van de deelnemers en is in hoge mate interactief.

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Care for a Common Cause

How young leaders can create common ground and lead change.

The Care for a Common Cause training offers young community leaders a methodology that encourages them to work in multistakeholder settings on complex security issues in high-risk areas. Participants are introduced to the attitudes needed to creating common ground with different stakeholders and formulating innovative and effective action plans.

Target Group
Young community leaders (age: 18 – 30) in high-risk areas who want to engage more effectively with actors that influence their security.

We need to strengthen the collective voice of young community leaders, to enable them to engage in human security approaches on countering violent extremism.

Care for a Common Cause is a joint initiative of the Human Security Collective and Perspectivity Enterprise.

Read more: Care for a Common Cause (pdf)

Perspectivity Academy

Leaders and Followers

Perspectivity is offering an innovative development program that takes you on a journey to learn more about your self, your environment, your world. In this course we embrace complexity: Understanding what it is; challenging and facing our (un)certainties; exploring self-knowledge; understanding others; experimenting with different interactive processes; learning about the future of innovation and development. A course that evokes a paradigm shift in thinking and behaviour. Be prepared for new perspectives.

For courageous and aspiring people

This course is for everyone with the ambition and potential to make a difference, for future leaders and future followers who ask the question: how do we bring people together and unlock collective knowledge, passion and creativity in such a way that people are able to cope with the challenges and opportunities of today?

This program surprises, inspires, confronts and constructs

Some key words: Dialogue, self-awareness, ethics, open system thinking, personality and behaviour, innovation, team work, building impact, appreciative inquiry, meetings that matter. Be prepared to be surprised….


Deep Democracy Level 1, the Lewis Method

Deep Democracy is a practical (facilitation) method to start dialogue together. It actively looks for the wisdom of the minority. Alternative points of views are heard, explored and brought into the decision-making process. This results in widely supported decisions and optimal use of the potential of the group. This new view on decision-making and group dynamics enables co-creation.

What do you learn?
During the two day Level 1 training you will learn the basics of Deep Democracy. Next to that, you will learn practical methods that you can directly apply in your own work or private situation. The focus is on recognising the voice of the minority and how you can add this wisdom to the decision of the majority. You learn to deal with the rational and emotional aspects of decision-making. There is also plenty of space to practice during the training. You learn to:

  • Follow group dynamics and to target your interventions
  • Look at groups in a different way
  • Work with tensions and conflicts in groups
  • Take decisions that are 100% supported
  • Realise transformations in groups
  • Strengthen relations in groups.

Content Level 1
The programme is not fixed and will be decided upon by the group through Deep Democracy. In this way, you immediately experience the method concerning small decisions. Elements of the programme are:

  • ­Facilitating check-in and check-out process
  • Recognising terrorist line behaviour in the group
  • Role theory (fundamentally different way of looking at a group)
  • Applying the 5 steps of Deep Democracy; an approach to surface all alternative opinions and perspectives and take them along in decision-making
  • Specific methods such as ‘Soft shoe shuffle’ and ‘The Argument’
  • Increasing awareness about the roles you take up in a group
  • Your own neutrality in a group and the impact of it

Deep Democracy Instructor
Joël Rijnaard is Deep Democracy instructor and is certified by the founder of this method, Myrna Lewis. Next to that, he is cultural anthropologist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Management, Economics and Law. Joël helps and facilitates teams and organisations with questions regarding diversity, inclusion and transformation. In all his assignments he uses the Deep Democracy or CoResolve methods. Some examples of clients are the Dutch Public Prosectur’s Office, the Municipality of Arnhem, high schools and consultancy firm Spectrum. Joël has been trained by Jitske Kramer, Yonathan Keren, Marieke Parijs and Myrna Lewis.

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