We started tthe session with a brief presentation of insightful lessons learned in the cooperation between Liliane Fonds and the Radboud university through its ‘Breaking down Barriers’ project. After that, we were invited to join in small groups to share ideas concerning constraining and enabling factors in cooperation between practitioners and academia and ownership of all stakeholders involved. We ended with a plenary discussion.
Lightning Talks: Pascalle Grotenhuis and Chihiro Geuzebroek
Our first lightning talk was from Pascalle Grotenhuis on Feminist Leadership. Pascalle Grotenhuis is the Director of Social Development and Ambassador for Gender Equality at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She gave her vision on the Dutch ministry’s (and her own) position on Feminist Leadership and a feminist Foreign policy.
Only together can we work towards a more just, inclusive and sustainable society.
The second lightning talk was from Chihiro Geuzebroek. As a multidisciplinary artist, public speaker, writer, organizer and trainer in decolonial and Indigenous Climate Justice perspectives, this talk shaked some ground. She wanted the audience to speak out for injustice. To feel it, and to be angry about it.
Climate change is the symptom, not the cause!
Shift the Power Lab 2.0
Six working groups are working on concrete prototypes or actions that focus on four objectives: 1) Policy recommendations for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other institutional donors, 2) Tools to facilitate organisational change among (I)NGOs, 3) Inclusive narratives and communication approaches within international development cooperation, and 4) research to learn about the (un)intended effects of shifting power strategies.
In this session, the preliminary learnings, experiments and prototypes were presented. With Margit van Wessel (Wageningen University & Research), Merel van der Woude (Butterfly Works), Heinz Greijn (Partos consultant), Susan Wilkinson (Simavi) and Zunera Rana (Radbout University).
NGO-activist collaboration for climate justice: opportunities and obstacles
“Climate justice means a solution for everyone and everything and solidarity with all other social justice causes, such as racism, sexism, ableism and classism.”
This was how one panellist summarised their vision for a climate-just world. This vision was shared by many climate activists, NGOs and other guests. Participants identified many opportunities for collaboration between activists and NGOs, ranging from amplifying each other’s message to providing technical, financial or other support. At the same time, obstacles to collaboration remain. Participants mentioned NGOs’ dependence on government donors or high rates of burnout among activists, among others. Still, as one panellist concluded at the end of the session, “the most important thing is that activists and NGOs keep talking to each other, just as we did today.”
Innovating towards Inclusion: is intersectionality the answer?
Mohammed Hammie: Creative Storytelling for Social Change
Even though Mohammed Hammie had the largest stage available, the room was packed! Online, he gave a masterclass about storytelling for social change. He explained the creative and participatory approaches he has used. Emiel Martens and Wouter Oomen of the Expertise Centre Humanitarian Communication, where on stage to reflect on Hammie’s work and evaluate both successful and less successful mediums, genres and styles in storytelling for social change. Simavi wrote this article about this session and the festival.
Digital Futures: is technology making or breaking social justice?
Artificial intelligence, algorithms, web 3.0, NFTs, Metaverse, Robots … It’s often stated that technological innovation has the potential to solve major issues contributing to inequalities, drastically improve the efficiency of social service delivery and enable democratic access to voice and information for people that are often left behind. What can non-profit organisations learn from technology if we explore it from a human rights and social justice perspective?
Cooperation between practitioners and academia: how to become a knowledge broker?
Lightning Talk by Jeroen van der Most
Dutch artist Jeroen van der Most creates art with data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence (AI). Jeroen’s artworks show a different, positive use of technology that deepens our relationships with our national surroundings. He took us on a visual journey with a series of mind-boggling artworks built using algorithms and AI. His goal with these creative experiments, is to make you rethink technology use, activism and social and environmental justice.
CEO PowerPitch Fest
There are many great ideas and insights on how we can accelerate and boost the impact of international development cooperation activities. During the festival, directors from 10 (!) international civil society pitched their BIG ideas that will be transformative for international development cooperation. Each of them had only three minutes to tell us something we didn´t know that will change the game within the next ten years.
World Café: The future of global solidarity is young, female & beyond borders
In this live edition of the World Café, we looked at inspiring examples and new perspectives from the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. How do you tell a new story, create engagement and build a fanbase? How do you seduce citizens from giving to becoming part of a movement for justice, sustainability and development worldwide? Let’s put in motion the future of solidarity & development together: young, female & beyond borders!
Climate Justice x Reciprocity
System change and southern leadership: tools and examples
Co-constructing new leadership
Closure with performances from dancer Ali Zanad, the NOW-Us! Award Winners an Ibou & Friends
After a full day of insipiring talks, workshops and information, we ended with a great line-up of artists, activists and cultural performers that use arts and expression for social change. Dancer Ali Zanad premiered with a performance that was specifically created around this festival theme. Then, the Voice and the NOW-Us! Award Winners from Cambodia, Laos, Kenya, Mali and Tanzania enterd the stage. Combining slam poetry and digital media with fashion and storytelling, five innovators chanted and cheered to incantate for a just and inclusive future for all. After the final remarks of Lynn Zebeda and Bart Romijn, we danced into the evening with Ibou & Friends!
Thank you for being with us!