My experience is in leading, managing and facilitating development processes all around the world. I have worked with governments, businesses, universities and NGOs in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, South America and Europe.
Initially, my academic background was in biochemical engineering (PhD) and business administration. However, in the past 25 years, I indulged myself in complex organisational and social challenges. I am fascinated by complexity, and how to create something fundamental in such settings.
With a sharp and open mind, I intend to invite you to look beyond the commonplace, be courageous and let (com)passion drive progress. I use inspiring processes to enable individuals to commit to their chosen target and be open to surprises. I use large group methods such as Future Search, Open Space Technology, World Cafe and Appreciative Inquiry and have worked with the founding fathers and mothers of these methods.
I am married to Lisette, who is also a partner at Perspectivity, and have two daughters (who are both born on the 13th, just like me, my father and granddad). I love open water swimming and I play the piano and the didgeridoo. I also find it hard to choose between living in the city and living in the countryside.
- Large scale interventions
- Leadership development
- Envisioning and innovation
- Knowledge (re)generation
Examples of what I do
On the 22-24 June 2022, representatives of nine different stakeholder groups (73 delegates) came together to discuss the future of women entrepreneurship in Kenya. This Future Search initiative was organized by the Center for the Promotion of Imports (CBI). CBI...
The past July, some 30 people representing 15 organisations convened for 2 days in The Hague as front-runners in the NL Energy Compact. The summit was co-hosted and facilitated by MVO Nederland and Perspectivity’s Han Rakels. While their stakes were very diverse,...
Co-creating a national agenda for a nature inclusive society in Deurne with OFL
A participatory online roundtable to shape together the future of the Egyptian IT Outsourcing workforce.
What is the connection between storytelling and the complexity of social systems? People tell stories to make sense of the world around them. Sprockler helps you to collect stories and discover emerging patterns in the described complexity. The first two modules of the training focus on the 5 process steps of Sprockler, the basic principles, the different types of questions and the options for collecting and sharing results. In the next modules you learn to work with the process and the tool.
What could the future of international development look like? Which future scenario is the most desirable? What does this mean for the strategy development by Dutch development organizations? Various stakeholders from the Dutch development sector went to work with these questions. Perspectivity designed and facilitated the six-months-long process.
How do we make use of the water resources of the Zambezi valley taking sustainability into account? This is the key question of a project of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in collaboration with the Agency for the Zambezi Valley and eight institutes for higher education in Mozambique. The project, sponsored by Nuffic, aims to increase the (educational) capacity around integral water management in the Zambezi valley. The TU Delft consciously chooses not to fly in experts, but rather to tackle the issue from the bottom-up with directly involved local stakeholders. Perspectivity was asked to facilitate this.
Thee League of European Research Universities (LERU) is a network of 23 research intensive top universities in Western Europe. LERU develops and disseminates their vision on research, innovation and higher education by providing policy advice, taking position and...