I am an engaged facilitator of change, dedicated to helping build sustainable organisations and societies. My experience is in designing and facilitating participatory multi-stakeholder processes. The approach I use is participatory, focused on getting groups moving, learning and collaborating, and aimed at increasing responsibility and self-management.
I have worked with social and governmental organisations and companies, in the Netherlands, Africa, Asia and Latin America. This experience enables me to use language, rhythm and processes to ensure that different groups can connect on a common ambition and find common ground for the next steps. I take great pleasure in doing this work
My academic background is in Organizational Psychology and I started my career at De Baak Management Centre. In 2011, I joined Perspectivity as a partner. I like to work as a collective and in Perspectivity my ambitions and experience combine nicely with our shared mission and philosophy.
Other things I enjoy doing are mountain biking, playing tennis, gardening and making music. I play the violin in a ladies quintet and am on the board of the Dialoog Foundation. Together with my husband Maarten and our two daughters, I live a nice family life in the countryside north of Amsterdam
“Elien is enthusiastic and driven, she knows what she is talking about, is focusing on the goal and the result and brings depth through sharp interventions. She is empathetic and sensitive, and creates a safe atmosphere for sincere exchange, building and learning.”
- Large scale interventions
- Multi-stakeholder dialogue
- Organisational culture
Examples of what I do
What are the little tricks of facilitating a large group? Let it go! But that’s not so easy…
The Netherlands is rapidly switching to a distributed energy system, with all citizens and many companies becoming prosumers: producers and consumers at the same time. This energy transition creates new – mostly digital – markets, via platforms for which there are no clear rules. Perspectivity was asked to facilitate a three-day Future Search conference to design these rules together.
The shelter and guidance of people who are undocumented in Amsterdam has been a wicked problem for years. The municipal council wanted to create an implementation plan for better shelter and guidance in 2018. It asked Perspectivity to design and facilitate sessions with all the involved parties. Goal of these sessions: to arrive at a widely supported implementation plan through co-creation.
The Neerlands diep (Nd) Sustainability Challenge challenges professionals in the construction and infrastructure sector to accelerate the sustainability of their projects. Participants work at Rijkswaterstaat, ProRail, Rijksvastgoedbedrijf and the Waterschappen....
Perspectivity led a large and intensive co-creation process for shaping Buurtteams (neighbourhood teams) Amsterdam.