Birgitta Schomaker
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Home visits

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rituu B. Nanda Nov 15, 2017. 1 Reply

Dear all,Marlou and I are writing a proposal for the city of Amsterdam where we intend to do home visits in a newly built neighborhood. The home visits will be the first step towards building…Continue

Personal Life Competence Process

Started this discussion. Last reply by Birgitta Schomaker Jun 3, 2017. 6 Replies

Dear reader,I met a young woman called Sara here in the Netherlands of Syrian descent. Sara is taking the SALT course on community development for refugees (people that have received a legal status),…Continue


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"Birgitta,  I just saw your note. Tell me more about what you do and if you use or have use of storytelling.   I would love to have a conversation. Laura"
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Birgitta Schomaker commented on Marlou's blog post Loslaten, in veiligheid/Letting go, in safety
"Mooi, Marlou!  Wat prachtig om zo aanwezig te zijn bij jouw gesprek en ontmoeting met Kinana.  Goed om te zien hoe Kinana de vertaalslag kan maken " (...)  dat de dingen die ze al gedaan hebben in hun leven van belang zijn…"
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Birgitta Schomaker replied to Nathalie Legros's discussion Can you appreciate conflicts?
"Hi Nathalie, you brought in a key point!  I find disagreement and conflict scary because we are not sure if the relationship will sustain.  As SALT facilitators we value connections and we focus on building a safe environment. And here…"
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"goed idee ik zal t sturen"
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"Welkom Jolanda! Goed je hier te zien. Ben benieuwd naar jouw blogs/video's. Als je wilt, zet ik Engelse ondertiteling bij de onbewerkte video's (met Windows Movie Maker is het makkelijk). Ik dacht dat de pitch van Winny geschikt zou zijn…"
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Birgitta Schomaker commented on Birgitta Schomaker's blog post What is so special about story telling?
"It seems more people are discovering the universal power and application of story telling:"
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Phase 2 of Strengths-based participatory community development with refugees in the Netherlands

This year (2018) approx. 30 employees of the Dutch Council for Refugees will be on a learning journey to apply SALT in the groups they (will) facilitate. One group in Amsterdam started in February with living room (home) visits to newcomers from…
Mar 28
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Jean-Louis Lamboray's blog post Isn't there a shortcut?
"What a powerful and inspiring report, JL!  And thought provoking: "Maybe the general cause is the capacity of external influencers to project as superior their own way of living. They dismiss the spiritual dimension of humans-in-nature as…"
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Birgitta Schomaker
How did you know about Constellation community?
Joke d'Haese
Heart of the Matter
Skype and telephone
About Me:
I'm a organizational and social psychologist, working with individuals, teams and organizations through coaching, training and change facilitation. I have a wealth of experience. Recently I've become more interested in community building through Appreciative Inquiry and other hosting methods.
My dream:
To work more often as a change facilitator, working with concepts and tools from Deep Democracy, Theory U, Appreciate Inquiry and SALT to assist (self-directed) teams and communities.
I'm proud of:
My wealth of experience, my engagement, my ability to work with diverse groups and individuals, the value that I add to people's life's by helping them to acknowledge their strengts, and connect with what truly matters to them.
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Birgitta Schomaker's Blog

Where were you born? How did that shape you as to who you are today?

Posted on March 10, 2018 at 8:30pm 6 Comments

How to start a conversation on migration?

We started a 7-day course on strengths-based facilitation of refugee groups in the Netherlands by letting participants (some of them with migration/flight history, and some Dutch) ask each other the following questions:

- Where were you born?…


Refugees help us understand, or: the power of diversity

Posted on March 10, 2018 at 12:00am 2 Comments

In Utrecht, in the center of the Netherlands, we came together to learn about SALT as a strengths-based approach to assist refugees in making a new home, building new networks etc. More importantly, we came together to learn from each other about diverse perspectives on inclusion of refugees in Dutch society.

Only 6 out of the 20+ participants are born in the Netherlands in a Dutch family. The rest of the group consisted of (former) refugees from Eritrea, Syria, Iraq, Kosovo, Burkina…


What makes us human? Keeping an open mind towards integration of refugees

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Marlou and I gathered with a diverse group of volunteers and employees of a housing corporation to kick off our project "Common Ground" in a new neighborhood in Amsterdam.

In one street of this neighborbood, one out of three households came to the Netherlands recently as refugees. They obtained a temporary residence permit and the local government provided housing to them. They come from Nigeria, Libia, China, Eritrea,…


stimulating ownership-in-action

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 12:30am 2 Comments

For me the S for Stimulating in SALT reminds me of Appreciative Inquiry (AI): what (behavior, routine, way of working) is already going well (even if it happens irregularily or not so often), and how can we stimulate its occurrence to spread or increase?

A few days ago Ayan (former refugee from Somalia) and I were visiting a community of single men that live together temporarily in a housing facility that the local government provided for them, while waiting for their new, individual…


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At 4:05pm on June 28, 2018, Laura Simms said…

Birgitta,  I just saw your note. Tell me more about what you do and if you use or have use of storytelling.   I would love to have a conversation. Laura

At 5:30pm on April 3, 2018, jolanda kirpensteijn said…

goed idee ik zal t sturen

At 11:29pm on July 3, 2016, Rituu B. Nanda said…

A big thank you for your valuable contribution to the online Constellation community, Birgitta! We are lucky to have you in this journey.

At 11:41pm on December 9, 2015, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Dear Birgitta,

Welcome to Community Life Competence!

Could you add your picture as it adds a human touch to your profile? (go to 'settings' then 'upload photo')

Connect with members: We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to communicate with friends in all parts of the world. Under the Tab with ‘Members’ you can find people to connect with and members who share similar interest.

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