Yesterday I worked with Simoon Fransen for The Dommel, a water-government from the Netherlands.
60 people gathered in the Design Academy in Eindhoven, to sense into sustainable watersystems, “what could that look like in 2040”?
Every 6 years, water-governments (NL), enter a new cycle of governance. This point is marked by making a new strategic plan that lays out their vision for the coming 6 years, for their river-bassin.
For many decades this plan was written by the board, but this year it was set-up differently: 60 (out of 450) employees, gathered to sense into the future. All generations and hierarchal levels were present.
They also invited external partners to join the conversation that day.
A famous speaker triggered people by accentuating the importance of following the “logic” of nature and the necessity to use participatory & co-creative processes.
The question in the middle was “What could a sustainable water system look like in 2040?”.
This day was the start of a longer participatory processes in which De Dommel wishes to include employees and partners in the inquiry into the emerging future of water.
It was a great day,
sometimes I’m so exhausted at the end of a day, having given more energy than received.
But yesterday I was full of energy and inspiration. Great team, interesting conversations, nice flow, lovely people….