The Hague Center
Is based in The Hague. Purposefully chosen to seat an internationally operating center in the Hague. The Hague houses the Peace Palace and the international court of criminal justice. Here the seedlings have been planted on how to address international issues, how to keep the peace, how to bring about international rule, how to manifest justice on a global scale. The eyes of the world turn here to see how these efforts evolve. Can we bring the world to a higher level of attempts to bring people together, to bring about internationally supported boundaries to what is acceptable?
The Hague Center operates on a global scale and is involved in both large project and small local ones. Sometimes bringing larger visions back to a smaller scale, sometimes using what is manifesting on a small scale and generalizing to a larger scale.
The world has evolved into an array of complex systems in which the old ways of cooperation and forms of governance are no longer aligned and only include certain segments in society.
The technology has diminished borders and reduced distances. We are facing a new challenge: How do we govern societies, organizations and worlds that seem so different that it is not directly apparent how we bridge those distances. There is a need to upgrade the ways we cooperate. Societies are not as heterogeneous as they used to be, particularly in Europe. The different groups in society with different cultural backgrounds and different ideals and value systems, bring about solutions that work for some groups but not for all. It could very well be that the interests and also the solutions for these different groups might be opposed to one another. We share the planet, the country, the workplace, but we do not always share the same ideals and value systems. Indeed, the interests and thoughts can so opposed to one another that one might wonder how we can balance these differences. It is important that we recognize and address the core interests and value systems.
Our social systems are largely structured on the assumption of separation – between competing companies, political parties, nation states, and fields of study that each focus on their own purposes rather than collaborating in synergy to serve the whole.
As we evolve into a new phase of human and planetary evolution, we discover a deeper truth that we are one human family, profoundly interconnected, and interdependent as a global community. To achieve a successful transition to a new evolutionary stage for humankind, we face the challenge to release ourselves and our communities of values that are rooted in the assumption of separation, to re-align ourselves and our communities towards values that create unity and harmony.
To be able to hold opposing truths at the same time and being able to bring this into decision making processes is now an important skill in governing organizations, cities, countries and groups
We can analyze situations based on cultural background, social background, educational background, geographic differences and value systems, they all offer from their unique perspective and a part of the kaleidoscope of visions. The lens through which we look determines the meaning we give to what happens in our lives and happening around us. A lens is formed by education, background, beliefs, political views, culture, history, and that with which we identify. To honor all these different perspectives and to meet the new challenges the old ways of working together no longer suffice. We are in need for new ways to bring these perspectives together in a way that they are all honored, aligned and defined.
Using social technologies we can enable large groups of people to efficiently interact and gain access to their collective intelligence, wisdom and consciousness.
The Hague Center designs processes combining various types of tools to foster meaningful constructive dialogue and co-creation: The World Café, Spiral Dynamics, Open Space, U Theory, Appreciative Inquiry, Generative dialogue, Holacracy and Meshworking amongst others. Using Social tecnologies new ways that both honor and address the differences and strengthen the interconnectedness can be developed.
The rapid development bring about situations that have not occurred previously, and calls for an approach that has not occurred before. There are no recipes or manuals available. Perhaps there are still people to whom we can turn for advice, but we will be increasingly confronted with situations that benefit more by a co-creative process and allow new solutions emerge as knowledge, gained insights and experiences get the opportunity to sharpen each other and by through these evolving dynamics allow new insights to surface.