Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Partner and consultant at Kessels and Smit,
Phone: +44 (0)208 144 3690
The common denominator of everything I do is connecting people with the systems they are part of. When conversations and interactions between people change, systems change, enabling people to create richer, more beautiful and productive working environments and communities.
At the moment, there are three focal points in my work: strength-based development, working with large groups and developing leaders towards their full potential. By searching for the inherent strengths and capabilities of people and systems, I get to the heart of the matter quickly. This is where I lay my foundation for further development. I enjoy working with large groups (Large Group Interventions), especially when they comprise a diverse range of perspectives and interests. Stimulating forms of high quality interaction in a large group can accelerate change. This requires careful preparation and direction, in cooperation with the process facilitators. Such careful preparation allows for complete freedom for content and process development. Developing leadership is very important to me. I have often seen that leaders can really make a change for the better in the organization they are responsible for.
Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a huge inspiration for my work. In recent years, we have worked in close partnership with David Cooperrider and Ron Fry to develop and take their approach further towards an European context. In doing that we focus strongly on social development. We have been and still are creating learning networks with each time nearly one hundred people from sixty organizations (profit and social-profit) with the shared aim of using AI to effect a change and of establishing appreciative practices in their organizations. This may, for instance, result in redesigning HR processes, taking on social projects and developing alternative roles for leaders.
Besides that I had the huge opportunity to coordinate the 5th World AI Conference in april 2012 in Ghent, Belgium. Around 600 participants coming from more than 50 different countries engaged in connecting and learning during a 4-day program.