The common thread running through my career is contribution to a more just world. I have over 20 years of experience in many different countries and contexts with various aspects of the functioning of civil society organisations in their complex social environments. From my academic background in anthropology and communication, I gained the power of observing patterns as well as creating knowledge together.
In all facilitation – individually, organisationally and systemically – I strive for a combination of critical reflection and applied learning-in-action. While doing this, I inspire people to think, act and change. My strength lies in developing inspiring training courses on participatory narrative research and facilitating complex change processes. As a facilitator of complex processes, I like to work with MIT’s Theory U, transformative scenario planning, and appreciative inquiry. I love courageous collaboration, a form of collaboration that is also confrontational when necessary, because change and innovation rarely go without resistance. That is why I love to work with dialogue-oriented methods, like the Lewis Deep Democracy.
I consider my work and life as one whole unit, I learn everywhere and try to live for what I think is important wherever I go. My family, my colleagues and the individuals and organisations I work with are great places of learning for me. Everyone contributes to my growth because they lovingly allow me the space to create together, make mistakes and practice compassion.
As of March 1, 2021, I am also working part-time as a senior lecturer at the HAN University of Applied Sciences for the Master’s degree Management and Innovation in Social Organisations.
Examples of what I do
Human rights in Turkey are under pressure, while space for civic involvement is shrinking. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked Perspectivity to design and execute a programme for how the Dutch embassy could sustainably support civil society to strengthen their position. This programme, called the ACT Academy, is a ground-breaking pilot leadership programme set up together by Perspectivity and the Netherlands Embassy in Ankara Turkey and ran from 2019 to 2020.
The NGO Human Security Collective (HSC) implemented two youth programmes in Tunisia and the Netherlands. The goal is to strengthen the capacities of youth leaders to contribute to resilience and human security in their communities. HSC asked Perspectivity to design and conduct the monitoring and evaluation of the programmes’ progress and outcomes.