Petra de Boer

I am a facilitator of change in complexity. I connect worlds of people, ideas and actions for the common good.

I am intrigued by social challenges and how to create ownership for collective action. For this I design and facilitate dialogue and deliberation processes that enable people to discover common ground. I foster safe spaces in which knowledge and ideas are freely shared, so that new insights can emerge. I like working in short cycles towards tangible results.

I use language and imagery to act as catalysts for change. From formulating urgent and inspiring questions and creative ideation sessions to designing inspiring communications. I help to make progress visible, nurture vital connections and spread the harvest widely. People like how I translate complex matter and a multitude of information into clear, engaging and surprising communication.

I am internationally educated in images (visual arts), words (Business Communications & PR) and numbers (Business Administration). I have over 30 years of experience as a communications specialist and dialogue facilitator, especially in the areas of social welfare, international cooperation and higher education. I am a voluntary member of the Participation Council in the municipality of Velsen.

After living for many years in amazing cities including Berlin, Boston, Barcelona and Amsterdam, my partner and I decided to move out to greener areas. We now enjoy our (vegetable) garden, the dune forest and the sea around the corner. 

Expertise

  • Communications & Dialogue
  • Participatory Policymaking
  • Agile Scrum Collaboration
  • Online Learning & Change

Examples of what I do

System World versus Living World?

System World versus Living World?

I hear and read it everywhere: the living world set against the system world. But this cultivated dichotomy undermines a successful approach to complex societal challenges. I prefer to think in ‘living systems’.

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European subsidy program LEADER evaluates with stories

European subsidy program LEADER evaluates with stories

How do you evaluate a nine-year subsidy program with a broad variety of participants and projects? How do you collect the lessons from the past as input for the next program period? LEADER in the northern part of the province of North-Holland opted for participatory narrative research using Sprockler.

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Book tip: Now it’s up to us, call for real democracy

Book tip: Now it’s up to us, call for real democracy

Book tip by Petra de Boer: It is up to citizens to solve the greatest challenges of our time. That is the appeal of Eva Rovers to the Netherlands with her booklet 'Now it's up to us, call for real democracy'. Booklet? Yes, it is literally a small handy little book....

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Maastricht city dialogue forecast of a new democracy?

Maastricht city dialogue forecast of a new democracy?

How do we live, learn, work and enjoy together in Maastricht 2040?
The Municipality of Maastricht had asked us to facilitate a broad city dialogue about the future of Maastricht. Before the summer, many wishes had already been collected from residents and other stakeholders. Now it was time to delve deeper into the most important themes and to jointly investigate dilemmas, opportunities and potential solutions.

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Co-creation of joint action plan for green volunteers

Co-creation of joint action plan for green volunteers

Seven different nature organisations in the province of Noord-Brabant all want to activate and maintain more ‘green’ volunteers. Perspectivity designed and facilitated a series of sessions to discover mutual interest and co-create reinforcing action presented in a joint action plan.

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Building the future of international development

Building the future of international development

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.

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A bundle of complexity

A bundle of complexity

A bundle with 18 stories on complex transformation processes, shared by facilitators, initiators, managers and citizens.

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