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

Joint action plan for more ‘green’ volunteers with larger impact in Brabant

Joint action plan for more ‘green’ volunteers with larger impact in Brabant

In Noord-Brabant, ‘green’ volunteers deliver an important contribution to the management, conservation and experience of nature. However, research shows that the volunteer base is slowly ageing. At the same time, about 15 per cent of Dutch people are very enthusiastic about being active outdoors during their free time. How are nature and environmental organisations dealing with this changing volunteer base? What bottlenecks and opportunities do they see? And how can they better respond to them?

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Building the future of development cooperation

Building the future of development cooperation

What could the future of development cooperation look like? Which future scenario is the most desirable? What does this mean for Dutch development organisations? 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. Stories told from different perspectives shared by facilitators, initiators, managers and citizens. About the challenges they encounter, the things that work and the lessons they learned when navigating in...

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Scrum in Actie

Scrum in Actie

'Scrum in actie' explains how Scrum works and answers all practical questions. The book is full of illustrative cases and examples from practice.

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