The first management conference was mainly about researching the new mission. For this we used a method that has proven its value in the theater for centuries: the first lecture. In the weeks before the conference, playwright and director Andreas Vonder conducted intensive talks with all those involved, in this case the members of the management team. About what goes well and what does not. About how they see the vision. About the cooperation with other departments. He incorporated the answers, sometimes given reluctantly, into nine stage scenes. During the conference, the people involved climbed the stage and read these scenes. An approach that proved to work. An open and honest dialogue arose between the managers, in which subjects were appointed that remain unspoken under normal circumstances. There was room to tell each other the truth, without this leading to bad discussions. There was understanding for the other and with that the foundation was laid for the second part: discovering the vision.
This first day was recorded in a special way. Visual artists Machteld Aardse and Kyra Sacks of De Beeldvormers drew up a visual report. Based on what they saw, heard and felt. Everything that struck them was given a place in the report. The result is a book in which the atmosphere of the day was perfectly captured and that is too special to disappear in a drawer. To give an impression, here a part from one of the scenes.
PERSONAGE A It is up to us to make it more concrete.
PERSONAGE C World citizenship should be about this.
PERSONAGE B You can get it very close to home … World citizenship lives across the street in the Schilderswijk and the Transvaal neighborhood.
PERSONAGE C When you think about the themes that play there …
PERSONAGE B … if you look at the people who come in every day …
PERSONAGE C … why are subjects such as global citizenship and internationalization far away? PERSONAGE B Now we have very nice objectives, the only risk is that the institutional plan is being driven into the organization.
PERSONAGE A And so?
PERSONAGE B And so it is important that we make a plan in the faculties about how we can work with the teams with the objectives.
PERSONAGE A And how will that plan look?
PERSONAGE C We have not had that conversation with each other yet.
PERSONAGE A Why not?
PERSONAGE B There is daily practice and the process of change. You see that there is a lot of pressure on the existing practice.
PERSONAGE C It takes time and energy and that ensures that there is no time left … and then the sanding.
PERSONAGE B It also has to do with focus.
PERSONAGE C And ownership. If you make it too general, it is not from anyone. If you make it too specific, it will be sealed.