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Why things go the way they go. Understanding your personal position during deep societal change. Esther van der Valk and Peter van Vliet. Photo TF

Transitiefocus: societal change & cognitively-diverse networks

Esther van der Valk and Harry te Riele are independent consultants working under the Dutch label Transitiefocus. Since 2014 they’ve been working with individuals, communities, municipalities, provinces, and national government on societal friction during deep societal change. Geographically their real life laboratry lies in the south of the Netherlands, where the Agro/food transition leads to stress and tensions.

Esther acts as a coach, working with teams, organizations, and communities on effective communication and on the personal development of individuals. Harry is an engineer by education and has specialized in patterns of societal change. He assists by explaining audiences why things go the way they go. Together they assist teams who feel responsible for transitioning parts of society in a decent way.

Personally, Harry and Esther differ greatly in their character and in their working. Harry is an explorer and willing to change the system, while Esther is more of an optimizing person, building on the current system. Their constant mutual dialogues are a reflection of discussion patterns in society-at-large.

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If Transitiefocus – two distinctively diverse characters – manage to handle a topic, society-at-large might too. Still from TF/HI webinar, 9 June 2020

Together they show individuals and their networks that under times of deep change everybody is actively involved and needed.  Some for diminishing, tapering, and decomposing familiar system routines. Others for experimenting, developing, and scaling up the new. And next to that people who are keeping track of the overall change course and pace, telling society the over-all narrative, and collecting feed-back signals from each part of the curve. So going solely for the innovators and dismiss the critical voices from the current systeem is no a wise move.

Esther and Harry claim that society as a whole therefor needs cognitively complete teams and networks in order to transition a system smoothly. They call this the HR of societal transitions and use the AEM-Cube assessment (check human-insight.com) for that.

In cognitively diverse  networks, communication troubles are obvious. Esther and Harry developed a ‘language’ in which the AEM-Cube plays a key role. They learn others to de-accuse or neutralize their language, to understand positions, transition phases, the roles and added value of AEM-diverse teams. Transitiefocus is seated in the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

e:    info@transitiefocus.com
m:  +3146088290 (Esther van der Valk)
m: +31655180946 (Harry te Riele)