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 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…"
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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
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
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Marlou's blog post Refugees in Amsterdam integrate around a meal
"Here some examples of the activities Sahr John and team are organising in order to create a sense of family for refugees, connecting people from diverse communities throug indoor recreational sport programs such as (football table, pool table,…"
Oct 29
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Marlou's blog post Refugees in Amsterdam integrate around a meal
"This is the board of the foundation "Diversity House" that Sahr John initiated, plus a few volunteers. I'm glad to be part of this talented group!"
Oct 29
Birgitta Schomaker and Hutchison florence are now friends
Oct 29
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Rituu B. Nanda's blog post Power of Appreciation (Step one of CLCP: who are we) with adolescent girls
"Hi Rituu, I'm impressed with what the facilitation team accomplished in this initial meeting!  Congratulations also to Ivanka, Kanika and Sneha. One girl said "In the meeting, I was scared in the beginning but now that there is a…"
Oct 29
Birgitta Schomaker liked Rituu B. Nanda's blog post Power of Appreciation (Step one of CLCP: who are we) with adolescent girls
Oct 29
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Margot's blog post What is SALT for me?
"  Thank you for sharing your reflections, Margot. It was a pleasure learning together with you. I know how much expertise you have built over so many years, in many different fields. It is a huge accomplishment, in that sense, that you show…"
Oct 29
Birgitta Schomaker commented on Margot's blog post What is SALT for me?
"Thank you for sharing your reflections, Margot. It was a pleasure learning together with you. I know how much expertise you have built over so many years, in some many different fields. It is a huge accomplishment, in that sense, that you show…"
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Birgitta Schomaker commented on Rituu B. Nanda's blog post “I can see myself in you”
"What a great way to build connection, and appreciate diversity, Rituu, by asking that question. I love the answer: "I see myself in you" 27 professionals from 20 countries! What is our shared humanity?"
Oct 18
Birgitta Schomaker commented on khorchi laurie's blog post From Facilitator to citizens
"Hi Laurie,  Wow.. that is quite a revelation that you shared with us! You are courageous in looking in the mirror.  I think this is the most powerful thing that we can offer to others from ourselves: the willingness to keep learning and…"
Sep 9
Birgitta Schomaker commented on khorchi laurie's blog post From Facilitator to citizens
"Hi Laurie,  Wow.. that is quite a revelation that you shared with us! You are courageous in looking in the mirror.  I think this is the most powerful what we can offer to others from ourselves: the willingness to keep learning and…"
Sep 9
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female
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Birgitta Schomaker
How did you know about Constellation community?
Joke d'Haese
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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

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?…

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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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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,…

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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')

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Marlou and Rituu

 
 
 

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