Lara Minnaard

In the past years I have learned that there is an incredible amount of people with innovative ideas who truly make the world a little bit better. Whether those are scientists who do research that is socially relevant, or start-ups who bring innovations to the world or a local initiative in a neighbourhood. All of those ideas become relevant and start to come alive as soon as they are shared. Because of my background in and love for (competitive) debating, I soon realised that many of the techniques you train when debating are useful for a variety of other aspects of life as well. Whether this is about listening attentively, posing critical questions or formulating clear statements – to name a few. I am convinced that these skills are crucial for everybody, especially for the people who want to make a difference. Through debate I help people improve their listening, speaking and formulating (quickly and consistently) skills.

During my studies in Communication in Agricultural Development and later during my work at the University, I came into contact with dialogue, or, to put it more broadly, interactive processes and the facilitation of them. Processes where many of the techniques that I had gotten to know in the past years came together with attention for the content. After finishing my thesis around the influence of informal networks on the success of agricultural innovations at the Centre for Development and Innovation, I was still curious about the way in which these interactive processes worked. Now I am building on my current expertise about argumentation, presentation and listening techniques by becoming a Young Talent at Perspectivity. And hopefully, I can then say that I have helped to make the world a little bit better than it is now.

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Freek van der Pluijm

Early February 2013 I was forwarded an invitation. No text involved, a simple forward, of an invitation to a train-the-trainer session of an NGO that, until then, I had actually never heard of… and instantly I knew I would attend the session. Not because of the content of the flyer, not because of the date or the location, but because of the person who had forwarded it to me.

All of us must have folks in our networks – be they very close friends or mere passers-by that cross our path every so often – that when they suggest something to us or give us advice we know we better heed it. Almost a decade ago I started ‘experimenting’ with this wisdom and his opened up completely new worlds to me that have enriched me and helped me become more and more the person I aspire to be.

What makes that listening to these ‘guidances’ so often in hindsight makes proper sense? I haven’t put that much thought in that yet. Maybe because on our own we can only capture that much of the world? Maybe because others can also see what’s alive in us and makes us tick? Maybe because when we open ourselves up to what others have to offer to us we allow our worlds to expand a bit more?

When I looked up the mission of this NGO called Perspectivity I learned it is to foster wisdom, passion and creativity. In service of sustainable development… in the context of complexity… and recognizing as a means the principles and practices of dialogue. Dialogue…

So when I showed up at this training I was not surprised by the diversity of people that were there. And when I attended my first network event I was not surprised by the willingness to learn of the people that I met. And when I contributed as a game leader at an event with well over 20 gametables I was not surprised by the commitment of the all the other gameleaders that were hosting.

In Perspectivity I have found a network of dedicated people, that take their own development and responsibility toward others seriously, and that as a whole manages to create a safe space for nurturing the quality that dialogue has to offer, empowering me to bring more and more of that into my daily life.

Fanny Claassen

I am a girl on a mission: I want to help companies and organisations in The Netherlands to become more socially responsible and sustainable. I want support them to inspire other organisations in order to create a ‘snowball effect’ and make great positive impact on our planet and society. That’s my way of contributing to a better world.

This is one of the reasons why I left for Brazil in 2010 to participate in an Oasis Game. Such a game is a way to help communities fulfil their dreams in a participatory and fun way. It’s about creating liveable cities and neighborhoods, integrating cultures, through empowerment and participation. One of the most important reasons for me to go there was to learn about cooperative gaming, appreciative inquiry and open space training methods in my continuous search for tools and methods to make a positive impact.

Back in Holland, we invited the Brazilians to cooperate in an Oasis Game in Amsterdam. And that was where I got introduced to the Perspectivity Challenge. Eelke, Edo, Maarten and Michiel were facilitating a game and even though if I was not a participant but just a bystander, I got very curious. I really wanted to know more about the game. What are the guiding principles behind it? What can we learn from these principles exactly? How can I use them to fulfil my mission?

So I went to a train the trainer session, experienced the strength of the game and became a facilitator. I facilitated quite a lot of games since then and every time there are new learning points, for the participants and for me as well. One of the most important lessons learned for me is how many interesting and unexpected things come our way if we open ourselves up to what others have to offer us.

Perspectivity brings me a better understanding of the quality dialogue has to offer and new methods to empower people. Next to that, I became part of a network of likeminded and dedicated people. I regularly have a cup of coffee with one of the members of the network and often they give me new insights on my work and projects. Recently, I started a new initiative with Freek, a multi-stakeholder program in which we want to tackle complex social challenges. It is called ‘Social Landscaping Lab’.

Norbert Netten

Dharmesh Mistry

Mark Vavier

With excitement I am joining the Perspectivity community as freelance serious gaming developer. My job will be to improve the sales of the current Challenges and to participate in developing assignments. This I will do one day a week. This far, I have had really inspiring conversations with different Perspectivity members to get to know the organisation.

About me: I love to explore other cultures and to learn from people with different backgrounds. I like (extreme) outdoor activities, playing sports, inviting random people over for dinner or getting competitive around board games. I have got a background in Engineering & Policy Analysis where my passion for serious gaming was born. I see games as powerful tools to start meaningful conversations about complex issues in an engaging way, which appeals to our tendency towards experiential learning. Game design appeals both to my creative and analytical sides. I like to ask the question: ‘What if we could redesign the system?’. After I graduated on serious gaming at an NGO, I worked at an IT consultancy on business simulations and as Subsidy advisor. Currently, I work at an association for the facade industry on innovation projects around circular building.

Because I am interested in global development, sustainability issues, systems thinking, future studies and topics like stakeholder engagement I am looking forward to learn more about Perspectivity, apart from serious gaming. If you want to know more or if you need support in selling game sessions I would like to get in touch.

Hein Oomen

Eelke Visscher

Diederik Prakke

Erik Bronsvoort