"Verbinding": Tackling Social & Work Divisions through a Synergistic Model

  • Somaye Dehban
  • October 30, 2021
  • 14:00 - 17:30 CEST
  • Academiegebouw in Utrecht or Online
  • FREE EVENT

Disillusioned with the current state of division at work, in politics or in your community? Our present-day society is driven by a deep fear of differences, feelings of disconnection, silo working and ‘safe’ bubbles. However, as social creatures, we’re hardwired to care, love and form relationships.

So how can we lean into our need for bonding and connection while also celebrating our differences? How can we start reversing the current divisions that define our societies, organisations and communities and strive for peace, unity and true cooperation at all times?

Join me to explore a synergy-based approach that helps bridge the gap between different groups and points of view across sectors and borders.

Why attend?

The event revolves around the theme of ‘Verbinding’ – the Dutch term for (inter)connection – and will bring together people from academia, civil society, business and the political arena.

Get inspired by stories of how this synergystic approach has been successfully applied in various areas.

Discuss with peers from diverse backgrounds how the approach can be applied to a divide you're looking to tackle.

Mingle with fellow participants while enjoying delicious canapés and drinks in the ceremonial ambiance of Academiegebouw.

Get a sneak peek into the books I'm soon launching and the new chapter I'm embarking upon.

The event is free of charge but seats are limited. Don't wait.

Why a synergy approach?

As a researcher, politician, consultant, activist, Iranian in exile and mother, my core question (and mission) is: What do we need in order to build a world with personal freedom of choice, equality of opportunity and the ability for people to thrive – all of this balanced with a responsibility to contribute to the collective good?

The solution is by no means a one-person job. It requires all of us, across sectors, beliefs and interests, to join forces.

That’s why I’ve developed a synergystic approach that connects seemingly unrelated ideas and creates coalitions of unlikely allies. The approach stands on balance, harmony and tolerance for ambivalence. Join me on 30 October to learn more.

Who's the event for?

Working in academia?

What if researchers were to be celebrated like royals and influencers?

Let's discuss how academia can get closer to the public in order to ensure that decision-making at all levels is informed by research and real facts.

Working in politics?

What if a model of compromise were to be replaced by one of synergy?

Let's explore how political parties can engage in more constructive dialogues. The decreasing trust in Dutch political institutions requires for the polder model to be revisited and perhaps upgraded.

Working in a for-profit or not-for-profit sector?

What if we replaced the People, Planet, Profit approach with the 5Ps of the SDGs: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships?

Let’s revisit our roles and responsibilities so that we can drive sustainable change. The private sector, civil society, government and academia need to develop solutions together.

Looking to reconnect with your community or family?

What if we de- and re-constructed our community and family structures?

With family constructs changing and homes being built away from our places of birth, how can we stay in touch with our roots while keeping the ability to bond in a compassionate way with our peers, no matter the differences?

Programme

14:00–14:45: Registration & welcome drinks
14:45–16:00: Synergetic approach presentation & group discussions
16:00–17:00: Networking over food & drinks
17:00–17:30: Wrap-up & farewell

Let's come together, break the bubbles, celebrate our differences and dare to dream big.

About the speaker

Somaye Dehban | Nexus Strategist

As a Nexus Strategist, I connect seemingly unrelated ideas, people and sectors, proposing synergy-based solutions for sustainable change.

Drawing on my experience as a fundraising consultant, PhD researcher, activist and Dutchified Iranian who’s built a thriving life in exile, my approach focuses not only on individual components, but also on the inter-relatedness and inter-dependencies of the entire system. In this way, we can reduce trade-offs, leverage synergies and drive positive change for everyone.

See you at Academiegebouw 30 OCTOBER