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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Rituu B. Nanda liked Birgitta Schomaker's blog post Crossing thresholds together
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Crossing thresholds together

“What accent do you have? You're not from around here.”  Even in a country that values social equality, there are historically rank differences between urban citizens from the large cities and the administrative centres on one hand, and residents from remote rural areas on the other hand.  In the 80s of the last century, candidates from rural areas (speaking with a distinct accent) were not accepted for trainee positions at a large bank. …See More
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khorchi laurie commented on Birgitta Schomaker's blog post Where were you born? How did that shape you as to who you are today?
"Thank you Birgitta for sharing this very nice tool!  I have added it in the Constellation tools box here.  Let me know if you have more to share with the network!"
Feb 8
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Margot's blog post How will I remind myself trusting the SALT-process?
"Thank you, Margot. Trusting the process.... We can also remind each other as facilitators to keep the community in the driver's seat. That's why we work in facilitation teams ;-)"
Jan 17
Birgitta Schomaker added a page to the group Dutch Competence
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Learning festival : strengths-based approach at the Dutch Council for Refugees

Video impression of Learning Festival in the Netherlands, November 2018
Jan 8
Karin Bleiweiss liked Birgitta Schomaker's blog post "You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have" Archbishop Tutu about Ubuntu
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Marlou liked Birgitta Schomaker's blog post "You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have" Archbishop Tutu about Ubuntu
Dec 18, 2018
Marie Lamboray liked Birgitta Schomaker's blog post "You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have" Archbishop Tutu about Ubuntu
Dec 17, 2018
Rituu B. Nanda commented on Birgitta Schomaker's blog post "You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have" Archbishop Tutu about Ubuntu
"A beautiful reflection, Birgitta. My experience is don't start with what is working, start with gifts, strengths and then slowly people in the space will open and share their vulnerabilities. I experienced this yesterday in a SALT visit with…"
Dec 15, 2018
Rituu B. Nanda liked Birgitta Schomaker's blog post "You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have" Archbishop Tutu about Ubuntu
Dec 15, 2018
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Birgitta Schomaker's blog post "You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have" Archbishop Tutu about Ubuntu
"I realised also that if we don't manage to listen deeply to each other, we can't build a dream. If we go too fast during the "Who are we?" phase, it will backfire on us later on. "
Dec 15, 2018
Birgitta Schomaker posted a blog post

"You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have" Archbishop Tutu about Ubuntu

I ran into this video with Archbishop Tutu ."A person is a person through other persons. I am human because I belong, I participate, I share. (...) You and I are made for interdependence. You and I are made for complementarity. You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have", Tutu says. I find Tutu's words (and the Ubuntu perspective) very inspiring. His words help…See More
Dec 15, 2018
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Luc Barriere-Constantin's blog post Improving integration of refugees in Switzerland / Améliorer l'intégration des réfugiés en Suisse
"Thank you, Luc, for your report and your comment below. Focusing on strengths is critically important, as you said. Wonderful to work with a partner organisation that shares the same values! I like a lot that there were participants in the workshop…"
Dec 10, 2018
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Rituu B. Nanda's blog post Lessons: facilitating youth in their late teens/adolescence
"11-13 years old as stakeholders, a whole new perspective!"
Nov 15, 2018
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Rituu B. Nanda's blog post Lessons: facilitating youth in their late teens/adolescence
""Why do you want to take actions for the community?"  What a great question, and the answer moves me: as young as they are, they care about their neighborhood.  "... we asked them to take turns in capturing group…"
Nov 15, 2018

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Gender
female
Name
Birgitta Schomaker
How did you know about Constellation community?
Joke d'Haese
Organisation
Heart of the Matter
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+31203342945
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.
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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

Crossing thresholds together

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

“What accent do you have? You're not from around here.”  Even in a country that values social equality, there are historically rank differences between urban citizens from the large cities and the administrative centres on one hand, and residents from remote rural areas on the other hand.  In the 80s of the last century, candidates from rural areas (speaking with a distinct accent) were not accepted for trainee positions at a large bank. …

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"You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have" Archbishop Tutu about Ubuntu

Posted on December 15, 2018 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

I ran into this video with Archbishop Tutu .

"A person is a person through other persons. I am human because I belong, I participate, I share. (...) You and I are made for interdependence. You and I are made for complementarity. You have gifts that I don't have. I have gifts that you don't have", Tutu says. 

I find Tutu's words (and the Ubuntu perspective) very…

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

Posted on March 10, 2018 at 8:30pm 9 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?…

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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…

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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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Again, we are very happy to have your voice on Community Life Competence and look forward to your contributions. You will find some suggestions and rules of play under the ‘help’ tab. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance. If you want support contact rituu[@]communitylifecompetence.org. To know more about the Community Life Competence approach, please visit http://www.communitylifecompetence.org

Warm regards,

Marlou and Rituu

 
 
 

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