Dutch Poldering Amsterdam
Take Dutch Poldering home and become a champion of cooperation!
Take Dutch Poldering home and become a champion of cooperation!
Take Dutch Poldering home
and become a champion of cooperation!
The Japanese have LEAN to make the world more efficient. The South-Africans developed Deep Democracy to include all. The Dutch have Poldering: a deep rooted way of working together.
Become a PolderMaster yourself and join us for a vibrant, playful workshop. In our flash course ‘Dutch Poldering 2.0’ you will experience and learn key tricks to improve multi-party cooperation. Take them home to surprise your colleagues and friends and make positive changes in your work and home situation.
Can we work together?
The world is changing with the speed of light and mankind has some major global challenges to tackle. Often so complex that no single party can deliver the solutions. So we need each other. But even when we share a goal it can still be very difficult to overcome our differences. Find real joint solutions, division of power, costs and benefits and bridge differences in culture. So sometimes we fail…
Well, in one respect the Dutch could never afford such failure. Large parts of our country are below sea-level and failing to cooperate in fighting the water leads to drowning. So over the past thousand years, the Dutch have developed a very strong tradition of multiparty cooperation. We call it Poldering.
One person can make a difference, and everyone should try
– John Kennedy –
What will the flash course be about?
We will not talk about Poldering, but we will Polder. You will experience how you get connected to other participants. And you will learn a handful of principles and methods that you can use yourself. It’s an afternoon of hard work with lots of fun. And after the workshop you might be strongly tempted to exchange contact details with other participants, or to invite them for drinks. Because getting connected in a really good way is a big part of Poldering.
Brief history of Dutch Poldering
Poldering has its main roots in our fight against the water. Large parts of our country are below sea-level and in order to keep the water out we needed each other. So in the Middle-ages farmers would create local collectives (waterschappen) to fight the water together. In order to succeed they needed to overcome their differences. We learned to make plans together, to include all perspectives and to build trust and reliability.
A second factor added to this process: the Netherlands have always been divided between two main religions: protestant and catholic. Over time and varying per region one religion would be dominant over the other, but since we needed each other, we found ways of co-existence between these religions rather than fighting for dominance. In general we tend not to fight for solutions but to work together.
The Netherlands are one of the oldest democracies in the world but Poldering is much older. Our Ministry of Waterworks is older than the state of the Netherlands; and so are many local ‘waterschappen’. And the Dutch still have separate elections for the boards of these waterschappen.
In the 20th century Poldering spread to other sectors. Our labour-unions Polder with our employer organisations tot find a good functioning labour market. We have very low strike-rates. Ministries Polder with local government, stakeholders from civil society and Universities to find good solutions for problems in our society.
Over the past 20 years Poldering itself has become ‘under revision’. Tradional Poldering worked really well with a few parties that needed to work together on a single issue. In our increasingly complex society interdependence between organisations had grown to a rate where traditional Poldering is not a sufficient answer anymore. We have created ‘Poldering 2.0’; a way of working to create strong coalitions in situations with many and very different stakeholders.
Who we are?
Dutch Poldering Amsterdam is an initiative of Youfacilitate: a group of Dutch ‘Poldering facilitators’. We want to share our knowledge about cooperation and help easy, vibrant and effective collaboration spread in the world.
We are active in facilitating major transitions in Dutch society, particularly in government, education, healthcare and multistakeholder fields like Smart Mobility, spatial planning, et cetera. And we train professionals in basic facilitation knowledge and skills to help their teams work smarter, with more comfort and much more pleasure.
Pepijn Nicolas is founder father of the philosophy and intellectual legacy of Youfacilitate. Pepijn has been an international full-time facilitator since 1999. Together with his business partner Maaike Sauerborn he was winner of the 2017 International Gold Impact Facilitation Award for their work on creating a large movement in Dutch vocational education.
International full-time facilitator, founder father of the philosophy and intellectual legacy of Youfacilitate
Facilitator and director Youfacilitate
Facilitator Youfacilitate and Dutch actor
How are we related to the location?
The course ‘Dutch Poldering 2.0’ takes place at Our Lord in the Attic Museum in the heart of Amsterdam’s inner city. A uniquely preserved seventeenth-century house from the Dutch Golden Age with literally at the highpoint of the museum: an entire church in the attic.
This Catholic church dates from 1663. The church symbolises the characteristic (religious) tolerance of the Netherlands, established by the Dutch in the sixteenth century under Willem of Orange. Freedom of religion and of conscience are central themes at the museum today. To Protestants and Catholics living together in a nation below sea level, cooperation across group divides was pivotal.
What are the entrance requirements?
The workshop is suitable for anyone with basic mastery of English and an interest in learning about Dutch culture and cooperation. Children are welcome if over 12 yrs old.
Where and how can I join?
The course ‘Dutch Poldering 2.0’ takes place twice a month on a Sunday at Our Lord in the Attic Museum.
The address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, 1012 GD Amsterdam. See the route planner for directions.
For sign up and payment (€ 75,- per person) please contact Ellik Bargai ([email protected] or +31 6 24579217) or fill in the contact form below. Groups between 10-20 persons can choose their own day and time
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