what we do

Navigating Complexity

In our work, we bring people with different knowledge, interests and perspectives together. This is how we create space for new insights and responses to the complex challenges we are facing. We do this in three ways.

our solutionsOur toolbox

Facilitation of multi stakeholder processes

To foster collaboration and innovation, we facilitate dialogue processes with diverse stakeholders around shared challenges. Strengthening common ground and including a diversity in perspectives brings depth, generates new insights and provides opportunities for strategic decision making and collective action. 

Narrative research and evaluation

To unravel patterns in complex situations, we use the power of stories for research and evaluation in a participatory and inclusive manner. By collecting personal experiences and making sense of their meaning, we help you draw lessons from the past, learn from their effects on the present and make decisions for the future. 

Leadership and capacity Strengthening

To help you and your organisation navigate complexity, we offer group training and coaching on the job. We help you to strengthen your leadership skills and provide tools and methodologies that you can use to manage complex situations. 

ICONIC Projects

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.

Strengthening integrated water management in Mozambique with local stakeholders

Strengthening integrated water management in Mozambique with local stakeholders

How do we sustainably make use of the water resources of the Zambezi valley? This is the key question of a project of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in collaboration with the Agency for the Zambezi Valley and eight institutes for higher education in Mozambique. The project, sponsored by Nuffic, aims to increase the (educational) capacity around integral water management in the Zambezi valley. The TU Delft consciously chooses not to fly in experts, but rather to tackle the issue from the bottom-up with directly involved local stakeholders. Perspectivity was asked to support them in this.

From mistrust to collaboration to guide people who are undocumented

From mistrust to collaboration to guide people who are undocumented

The shelter and guidance of people who are undocumented in Amsterdam has been a tricky subject for years. The municipal council wanted to create an implementation plan for better shelter and guidance in 2018. It asked Perspectivity to design and facilitate sessions with all the involved parties. Goal of these sessions: to arrive at a widely support implementation plan through co-creation.

ACT Academy Strengthens Youth Leadership in Turkey

ACT Academy Strengthens Youth Leadership in Turkey

Human rights in Turkey are under pressure, while space for civic involvement is shrinking. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked Perspectivity to design and execute a programme for how the Dutch embassy could sustainably support civil society to strengthen their position. This programme, called the ACT Academy, is a ground-breaking pilot leadership programme set up together by Perspectivity and the Netherlands Embassy in Ankara Turkey and ran from 2019 to 2020.

Learning from a youth programme in Tunisia and the Netherlands

Learning from a youth programme in Tunisia and the Netherlands

The NGO Human Security Collective (HSC) implemented two youth programmes in Tunisia and the Netherlands. The goal is to strengthen the capacities of youth leaders to contribute to resilience and human security in their communities. HSC asked Perspectivity to design and conduct the monitoring and evaluation of the programmes’ progress and outcomes.

Our toolbox

In our work, we use a broad range of methodologies and approaches that lean on decades of experimental research. We gratefully build on the theories and concepts developed by our teachers and colleagues. To achieve sustainable results, we determine which method fits every project best. 

Methods we frequently use:

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The Complexity Navigator

To navigate complexity, we have developed the Complexity Navigator: a vision and a practical tool to learn how to deal with complex challenges.

The Navigator is based on proven methods and our years of collective experience in working with complexity.

The Complexity Navigator consists of nine building blocks that help you to unravel your specific situation and find a starting point for action.