Marjolein Kok

I am a facilitator, coach, trainer and evaluator. Fair, inclusive and participatory processes drive my work. 

Over the years I gained experience in fragile and complex settings, collaborating with various organizations – in the public and private sector, in all four corners of the world – to work towards building peace, equality and greater ecological and social resilience of communities. I have experienced the need for conflict mediation, people-centered approaches, multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaborations. Therefore I love to support organizations and teams with designing and facilitating dialogue processes (online and face-to-face) for adaptive learning, policy planning and/or strategic decision making. Through these processes I aim to foster shared ownership, peer-to-peer learning, and participation of all stakeholders, especially of those who are usually excluded.

I also design and conduct complex and multi-country evaluations, and train and coach teams to monitor, evaluate and learn from programmes and projects using adaptive, qualitative and participatory approaches (such as participatory narrative inquiry). Through interactive sessions I support teams to design, collect and make sense of data and stories.

Generally, I am appreciated as a facilitator with a grounding, calming but uplifting presence, offering a creative and structured approach, as well as strategic and analytical thinking skills.

I have an academic background in international development, public policy and human rights and I am trained in Deep Democracy, facilitation and evaluation. I am also an expert member of a human rights commission in the Netherlands, and of the Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network of the United Nations. I love being in nature and support others to connect to nature. I also enjoy exploring different forms of creative expression, such as dance, song and painting.

Expertise

Examples of what I do

Are you ready to move on?

Are you ready to move on?

Perspectivity’s Han Rakels delivered a Future Search training for iCRA, and some Perspectivity colleagues joined the training. Here are our reflections on the 3-day training.

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Storytelling in complexity (Sprockler) — Online

Storytelling in complexity (Sprockler) — Online

Do you want to use storytelling to make sense of a complex issue? And are you looking for a method that enables you to collect a large amount of stories, and quantify the key patterns in the stories? Then Sprockler is the perfect tool for you. Register for this training to learn about the methodology and how to apply it in your work.

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Evaluating the Prevention up Front Alliance

Evaluating the Prevention up Front Alliance

The Prevention up Front (PuF) Alliance is a five-year joint programme (2016-2020) between the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) that is implemented in strategic...

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Lazos de Agua pilots with Sprockler narrative research

Lazos de Agua pilots with Sprockler narrative research

One Drop Canada shares their experience using Sprockler: The Lazos de Agua program seeks to provide sustainable access to safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene to around 200,000 people in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Paraguay by 2022. The...

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The mindful walking project

The mindful walking project

This summer, the mindful walking project was created in London: a participatory action research project to advance the theory and practice of walking and sensory research methodologies. Walking, as a qualitative research methodology, has a profound and diverse history...

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