Initiating the Bongo Hub for innovative change in Dar es Salaam

On Friday the 6th of April, the initiation workshop for the ‘Bongo Hub’, took place in Dar es Salaam.

The Bongo Hub: 

  • A place to facilitate innovative change processes
  • A creative brain pool, change lab, design hub, network knot for living labs in East Africa
  • A start-up incubator and center of excellence for future leaders
  • Co-created through the U process

Our Monique explains:

Since three years, I am hosting U.Lab sessions in the Arusha hub, mainly focusing on the U.Lab MOOC, transforming business, self and society. My dream is to grow this hub, and see all kind of innovations coming out of it that contribute to a healthy economy in Tanzania.

Through this process, I met Angelika Farhan-Reimpell, who shares a similar dream. Our meetings were filled with energy and ideas. We decided to go for it.

We both started talking to people, and shaping the idea that the Hub should be co-created using the U Process. The co-creators are the potential members, users and supporters of the Bongo community.
We started with co-initiating and co-sensing in the 6 April workshop, where we tried to get the system in the room, such as representatives from architects, IT, marketing, artists, photographers, design and animations, legal sector, business, NGOs. In the workshop we got to know each other, identified key stakeholders, had stakeholder interviews as a start of co-sensing and we formed a driving team. The spirit was positive and constructive and everyone is willing to put time and energy into this besides their busy jobs.

The coming months are a continuation of co-sensing… what is our context, what do different stakeholders need, how can we involve all voices, even the sceptical ones, what are existing laws and regulations we need to comply with? And of course what can we learn from similar journeys.

More info: 

  • If you are interested in joining or sharing your experience, please contact Monique Janmaat and become part of this exciting process.

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 and more fun.

How is this possible? How does this work? We’ve asked Anna Kogut to tell us more about this new addition to the Perspectivity toolbox: Lego Serious Play.

Anna explains:

Lego Serious Play does all kinds of wonders. It creates a 100% involvement guarantee, because it uses simple rules about talking to each other, which allows us to explore difficult topics and interpret their meaning together. Another advantage is that it makes intangible issues very tangible, just as concrete as red, blue and yellow bricks.

Sometimes we find ourselves in meetings where people talk at length about difficult subject matters to make sure everybody understands exactly what is meant, only to find out afterwards that we misunderstood each other and have used up precious meeting time. Recognisable? With Lego Serious Play we can make these complex and complicated issues visible and concrete. Quite useful in these complex times, no? This is done by making models out of Lego bricks and figurines, created by each person in the meeting room themselves.

Because you can assemble and re-assemble, you can build concepts and frameworks and easily make a lego model of your vision, strategy, product or brand in a relatively short amount of time. Actually you can create anything! Constructing this together will greatly enhance common understanding of what you are working on and how the work is being done, in your team and in your organisation. Lego Serious Play clarifies different perspectives and uses these differences to make the whole concept of what you are building together clearer and stronger. It will have the contribution of all involved in it and it will serve as way to move forward, together.
More info? 
Lego Alert! Special offer! 

Special offer this fall: “Get To Know Lego!” A Lego Serious Play workshop for your team or organisation. Please contact Anna Kogut for more details. Book a session this October and November 2017 and receive a 30% discount!

Young P-event: Discover the other in yourself

  • Do you feel like you live in a social bubble?
  • Do you ask yourself why polarisation is increasing in the world? And why more and more anti-movements are being set up around us?
  • Do you want to explore the perspective of the other? Are you curious to investigate that perspective in yourself? 

Then this event is something for you! On the evening of the 23rd of February we will explore these complex questions with peers, challenge ourselves and exchange experiences from our own realities. See you there? 

More info:

Human Security Collective

Human Security Collective (HSC) is a foundation with a strong background in development, conflict transformation and security. We operate worldwide on issues of security and the involvement of citizens and their communities. We believe that the idea of human security provides an organising frame for security action.

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 Engagement, a platform that similarly to Sprockler captures people’s voices through using mobile technology solutions, she spoke about how voices and stories can lead to actionable insights.

More info?

Senior citizen dialogue in Maastricht

Sprockler Evaluates Media Development Conference in Bonn

In October, Perspectivity’s storytelling tool Sprockler was invited to speak at the 2015 Forum Media and Development (FoME) Symposium hosted by Deutsche Welle (DW) Akademie in Bonn, Germany. The topic of this two-day conference was ‘Focus on Impact: Advanced Methods and Concepts in Media Development’. Media development professionals from all over the world were invited to discuss and present new methods and concepts as well as ways they can effectively be applied and continue to improve the quality of media development projects.

After speaking at the symposium, Sprockler was asked to evaluate the whole event in cooperation with DW Akademie. This was a great opportunity for Sprockler to show off its unique quantitative and qualitative potential. It asked participants to share stories and interpret the meaning of their own stories. In this way, Sprockler could show off their experiences with the event and the insights they gathered in a visual and user-friendly manner. Click here to see the interactive representation.

 More info:

Women on the Frontline (WoF) in the Middle East and Northern Africa

Perspectivity is contributing with passion and compassion to the Women on the Frontline programme of the consortium of Hivos, Oxfam, PwC and IWPR. We feel inspired and challenged to contribute to achieving impact with this programme in such a complex environment.

Many countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa are facing conflict, extremism, repression and polarisation. Despite this, many women still work hard every day to build an inclusive society based on peace, equality and human rights. The WoF programme supports young women organisations to be active leaders and build peace. Their message is loud and clear: lasting peace and democratic change is not possible without women.

This autumn Han(ne), Lisette and Han have assisted the consortium of the Women on the Frontline programme to develop a theory of change. They were also invited to write a concept note for the second phase of the programme.  We feel proud to contribute to this challenging programme.

In April this year Lisette and Han(ne) have facilitated a workshop on sustainable activism for the same programme. A touching film about this event is ready.


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Perspectivity Games-Showcase Event

We are all – to a lesser or to more extent – familiar with the Perspectivity Game. But did you already pick up the news that Perspectivity has brand new game challenges to offer? Does it make you curious? We are organizing a “games-showcase” event to show off and reveal the newly developed game concepts: to play and learn if/how they might be useful in groups and settings that you live or work with!

Which games are we talking about? There is the Public Health Challenge, the Decision-making Challenge, the Food Challenge, the Human Security Challenge, National Security Challenge and the Stress Nexus Challenge. The new box and board design of the existing Perspectivity Climate Challenge will also be on display, which looks fantastic.

The developers of the games will run a demo play workshop for everyone interested. You are able to participate in at least two workshops during the event – and when there is appetite to experience a full session, then we can organize a follow-up event to do that.

The event also includes an update about recent game developments and how we hope to create a next level impact with the game going forward, including stepping up the way we deliver games in the business sector.

Practical details

Thursday 22th of October 2015
15:00-17:30 hrs
Drinks afterwards (after 17:30)
Location: Tolhuistuin, Tolhuisweg 5, Amsterdam

Please RSVP to Imre van der Linden via before 5th of October

Save-the-date: Train-the-Trainer event Saturday 28 November

New games also require some new trainings. Hence we will organize a new Train-the-Trainer event, for those interested inside and outside our network. If interested, please keep Saturday 28th of November reserved in your agenda. This day will probably consist of a differentiated program: a Train-the-Trainer session for the Perspectivity Challenge for new joiners; and a training session for becoming facilitator of one of the new games. More details about this training day will follow shortly.

If you are interested in a training, or know someone who is, please also inform us.

Please also inform us in case you are interested, but not able to make it on November 28th.

We are looking forward to meet you & play the new games!

Open Game July 8 in Utrecht!