Since 2007, I have been working on two themes that are close to my heart: youth and the youth field, and the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). In these fields of work, I see the complex issues that organisations and professionals are struggling with: decentralisation of youth care, prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism, high youth unemployment in the MENA region, and (active) participation of youth in political decision-making.
At the same time, I see an impressive amount of collective knowledge and experience in these fields, and an increasing imagination about how things can be done differently. I am convinced that this enables us to find new answers to these issues and to initiate change.
As an inquisitive consultant and editor, I contribute to this by facilitating the sharing of knowledge. In other words: I support people and organisations in these fields to learn more from each other and from the available knowledge and experience.
I do this by collecting and describing (practical) knowledge and experience – for example, about the role of youth professionals in preventing radicalisation. By (ghost)writing stories (e.g. stories about child abuse) and by conducting research based on stories, using Sprockler. I facilitate group discussions and moderate meetings where knowledge is exchanged and new solutions are explored (such as on the future of Iraq). And I interview interesting people, for example for the podcasts of Het Dakterras. In all this, it helps that I speak the language – not only the language of the youth field, but also Arabic.
Curious to know more? See below for more examples of the work I do, or just send me a message!
Examples of what I do
How can we use storytelling to better learn from best practices in the field of youth? A personal quest for stories as an indispensable source of knowledge for everyone working with and for children and young people.
In recent years, a lot of experience has been gained with the prevention of radicalisation and the role of youth professionals in it. For a Dutch ministry, we collected best practices, extracted the most important insights and described them in online magazines.
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Even for a complex issue like countering radicalisation, professionals can learn from experiences in other cities and regions. A national team of ‘zorg- en veiligheidshuizen’ wanted to collect the available expertise and make it applicable in practice, in order to help improve the approach in all regions.
Children, young people and parents with complex problems are not always well served by youth care services. What can we learn from their stories and from the experiences of professionals? And how can we improve the care and assistance provided to other children and families?