Sessions & workshops

11.00h - 12.30h | Expo 1st Floor | Hope-Based Communications | 65 pax
What do you say when the facts are not enough? Right now, fundamental European values like human rights are not winning political debates. If leaders follow where public opinion leads, how do we make sure it leads them in the right direction? There is an alarming shift in what is considered political common sense, but it can be changed. This session, led by Thomas Coombes, will explore how Hope-Based Communications can set the agenda positively by making the case for the world we want to see and the values we want to see in the world. Whether you work in government, campaigning, advocacy, public affairs or media, on climate change or technology, people who care about a more open, tolerant and caring politics need to come together to promote them. You will learn how positive, constructive narratives can shift the window of what is politically possible and win passionate public support for practical policy solutions like the Green New Deal, and ways of acting on our values like community resettlement. If we are not able to talk about the world we want to see, how will it ever happen? 

11.00h - 12.30h | Grote Zaal | Future Transform Roundabout | 30 pax 
Be challenged, hear and share stories! In this workshop, you are invited to take part in an Appreciative Inquiry to hear and share stories about experiences with moving towards a future we want. You will be challenged by provocative statements on transforming societies towards the future we want:

  • Dare to stop! Dare to stop activities that do not contribute to a long-term perspective.
  • Get out of the way! And allow the most affected to be in the lead.
  • It’s your mission, stupid! Don’t let the institutional interests take over and question if the work that is being done is really needed and adds value.
  • Stop colonialism! See and support the empowerment of people in the South, for example by changing the development cooperation tenders. 

Together we will explore what works well in our journey to a future we want and what more we can do. The workshop will be hosted by Han Verhoeven en Elien Rogaar from Perspectivity.

11.00h - 12.30h | Workspace 2nd Floor | System Change through an inclusive approach “Trickle up” | 60 pax
How to drive economic development for the poor and marginalised groups? Trickle down, the pro-poor effect of neoliberal policies, does not keep its promises. Positive evidence is hard to find and has been convincingly documented by Trickle up: How pro-poor investments drive economic development; synthesis study. Another, or rather complementary approach is proposed for the benefit of the poorest and most marginalised groups: Trickle up. This approach is based on a combination of global and local enabling conditions, mechanisms and activities, embodied in a draft set of 10 Trickle up principles. This workshop will discuss these principles. The outcomes will be used for our lobby and learning agendas. Please join this session on system change in which Bart Romijn engages with a three-headed explorative panel: Anika Altaf, Hamzat Lawal and Eddie Krooneman.

11.00h - 12.30h | IJzaal 5th Floor | Digital in Motion | 50 pax
Digitalisation is one of those topics that can inspire both hope and despair. There are so many innovations, both big and small, that one hardly knows where to start. In our current digitalising world it is crucial for NGOs to see the potential of these technologies in order to enlarge their social impact. From algorithms and blockchain to cybersecurity and big data. How do we know which innovations are useful for the sector and our organisations?


This session, facilitated by Anand Sheombar will highlight some practical digital applications of Oxfam Novib, Aidsfonds and RNWMedia. Also, Rogier Kamer from Digital Power gives an inspiring talk about the correct integration of data in your projects. In collaboration with the Digital 100, Anand will elaborate on the opportunities and pitfalls of Social Media & Technology For Development. The Digital 100 is a network of ICT experts with a mission to advance the 'digital literacy' of development organisations. Together we will try to make a start for a digital agenda-development by an inventory of needs and have to’s. This is to find answers to the challenges development organisations have: strategically, organisationally, operationally and technically. So get inspired and prepare your critical and burning questions!

11.00h - 12.30h | Studio 5th floor | ‘Going Dutch’, SDG coordination in the Netherlands: blocker or enabler for sustainable development? | 60 pax
In order to accomplish the SDGs by 2030 solid governmental SDG-coordination is key. In the Netherlands the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in charge of the SDGs with a National Coordinator at the head of the table. Recent research shows that EU member states have different innovative ways of coordinating the implementation of the SDGs; with specific councils for sustainable development, Chefsaches, Ministries of Finance in charge et cetera. From October 1st on we have a new National SDG Coordinator in the Netherlands, Sandra Pellegrom. She will introduce herself in this workshop and several SDG experts in the room will share  good practices and challenges concerning SDG coordination with her. Among them are the lead author of the research and representatives from the German and Finnish government. An excellent opportunity for you as participants to share your advice with the new National Coordinator, to ask questions and to learn from European experts how they work on the implementation of the SDGs. The workshop is organised by Building Change, a civil society initiative from Partos, Foundation Max van der Stoel and Woord en Daad.

This session is for: SDG professionals, political wonks, professionals working in policy, advocacy and public affairs.



11.00h - 12.30h | 3th Floor | Integrity Game | 10 pax
Dilemmax - the card game that helps organisations to stimulate and strengthen a virtuous and inclusive climate and helps prevent breaches of integrity and discrimination. Partos and Morals at Work developed a version of the game focussing the international aid and development sector. Partos consulted organisation members on occuring dilemmas in the practice and these are used in our version of this card game. Koos Rooseboom from Morals at Work will be present to play this card game with you. They will also show  other games they developed. Partos and Morals at Work belief that by playing integrity games, people become more aware in how integrity affects work and it targets exchange of point of views between colleagues, to stimulate discussion and strengthen the culture of integrity. 


So, let’s meet and play.

11.00h - 12.30h | Open space 5th Floor | Workshop: Target Group-led advocacy: ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ in Action | 15 pax 
In this workshop Géke Appeldoorn of Liliane Fonds and Ieke van Lammeren of the Dutch Coalition on Disability and Development will illustrate some powerful examples of advocacy by youth, people with disabilities, women and other excluded groups, in which they have raised their voice for an inclusive society. Based on these examples, we will have an interactive discussion on different levels of participation and empowerment, solidarity and intersectionality, and how we can all stimulate target group-led advocacy. Be ready to get inspired by creative advocacy methodologies and to reflect upon the approaches of your own organisation.

11.00h - 12.30h | Office 5th Floor | Communicate to act! | 15 pax
Although many NGO’s attempt to change the behaviour of their audience, the impact of their interventions are often limited to donations in money or likes on social media. How can you really enable and motivate the general public to make behavioural changes towards a sustainable lifestyle? In this session, we will investigate how different communication approaches can lead to behavioural change. During the program “Frame, Voice, Report” more than 40 organisations experimented with a variety of communicational activities to truly engage the general public on topics like migration, gender and climate change. In this session will share the best practices and lessons learned, and challenge you to experiment yourself.

This session will be hosted by ErnstJan Stroes and Anouska Traast from Wilde Ganzen



13.30h - 15.00h | Expo 1st Floor | Inclusive storytelling: making truly inclusive campaigns & stories of equality and diversity | 65 pax
We need to develop truly inclusive campaigns and stories that go beyond stereotypes about marginalised and excluded groups. Not only we want to portray people in an equal and dignified way, but we should make sure they are a crucial part in the making and developing of stories and campaigns. The principle "Nothing about us without us" should be well applied to all phases of a project. In this session, three speakers Marieke van der VeldenIvan Mikulić, and Nidhi Goyal present their work and how they make stories in an inclusive way. With a focus on inclusion, equality and diversity, the following panel discussion will consider how storytelling and campaigning can be a force for social change and inclusion. This session is for: professionals working in communications, campaigning, programmes and advocacy. This session will be facilitated by Yolanda Jansen.

13.30h - 15.00h | Meeting Room 2nd Floor | NGO and company partnerships for inclusive business | 40  pax 
Inclusive business partnerships (IB partnerships) between NGOs and companies have a very specific form: They start from a concrete opportunity to improve the lives of low-income and marginalised people, and then address this opportunity with a financially viable business model that helps ensure sustainable impact. Many NGOs and companies are interested in engaging in such partnerships, but often struggle with the “how”. Endeva and Partos developed a guide for and with NGOs on this crucial question. Nelleke van der Vleuten, expert on NGOs and Inclusive Business and Endeva associate, will introduce the Guide. In three sub-sessions, Dutch NGOs CARE, with company partner Africa Clean Energy, ICCO and Light for the World will discuss with participants about their challenges and lessons learned in specific partnerships.  Come and find out what you (your organization) can do to unlock the potential of inclusive business partnerships for achieving the SDGs!

13.30h - 15.00h | Workspace 2nd Floor | Inclusive Civil Society Partnerships: Looking at deeper-lying patterns of power and exclusion in development partnerships | 60 pax
Inclusive development partnerships where power is shared are more ethical and better equipped for bringing about sustainable results. Donors and development organisations understand the importance of shifting power to Southern-based civil society organisations and social movements, to realise lasting, locally-led social change. But why is it so difficult? What are the blockages and challenges in the current development system with its complicated funding dynamics?  In this workshop we look at the deeper causes with the help of an organisation constellation. An organisation constellation is a spatial representation of a system with its actual relationships and underlying patterns that quickly gives deep and lasting insights. Together with Marion Latour, a trained facilitator of organisational constellations of The Hellinger Institute, and Elena Mejía of Foro Juvenil de Izquierda, a Peruvian youth movement, we will draft the system of development partnerships with its underlying patterns.

13.30h - 15.00h | 3th Floor | Moral deliberation & Integrity | 10 pax
Moral dilemmas. Occasionally or even frequently, you have to decide on a difficult matter with consequences for others. Sometimes far-reaching consequences. You aim to make the best moral decision, with highest integrity but a win-win is not always possible. Someone will be negatively affected by your decision. How do you make the best decision possible? With your intuition, your experience, and a  thorough analysis?

In this workshop on Moral Deliberation you become acquainted, as an active participant, with  group methodology. Result: a decision that does justice to those involved and on whom the decision has an impact. Side-effect: less (or no) moral stress and moral injury afterwards. The method is also a powerful team- and culture builder. 

Your preparation: An open, curious, receptive attitude, focused on learning from others. And bring a question or hypothetical case to the table: What dilemma do I face? Or which ‘wrong’ or ‘painful’ decision I made once that still worries me at times, or even haunts me? Did I do the “right” thing? Participants (around 8 maximum) are willing to share and work with confidentiality.

13.30h - 15.00h | IJzaal 5th Floor | Experience inclusion with NOW-Us! | 50 pax
Join the ten NOW-Us! Award teams and last years finalist, Handspeak in an inclusion experience. You will learn about different aspects of inclusion through their stories and get insights on how to encourage inclusion within your own organisation or project. Expect a collaborative and unique session where everyone has a chance to share their knowledge, experience, and ideas. Butterfly Works team Cédric Ceulemans and Thais Costa will bring in their experience in co-creation across cultures using creative methods to host the session.

13.30h - 15.00h | Studio 5th Floor | The Future in Cities | 60 pax
In 2030 there will be 41 megacities in the world with more than 10 million inhabitants, 63 with 5 to 10 million, 558 cities with 1 to 5 million and so on! What will be the challenges and opportunities in these cities? Most of these fast-growing cities are located in coastal areas. What will climate change, rising water and rising temperature mean? Many young people migrate to cities for several reasons. How will they find or create work? Pressure on land and water, the shortfall in food and other basics, gentrification, uprise because of dissatisfaction, disaster risk… how to cope with these challenges? What are possible opportunities in (a fourth) industrialisation, in growing connectivity and sharing information, growth in demand, innovative solutions? What could be the role of knowledge Institutes, NGOs, social entrepreneurs and local and national governments? Can they stimulate a base for resilience and inclusion? Where to start in this complex environment?

Join this session, where we explore these questions with Arjan van Timmeren  (AMS - Inst and TU Delft), working on cities, environment, living quality and data. In this session Joseph Muturi and Ebunoluwa Jacob of Slum Dwellers International, will give a talk about slum dwellers in Kenya. Take a look at their data collection. Other participating innovators are, Cordaid, Oxfam Novib, Habitat for Humanity, Simavi and possibly more. Let's seek opportunities!

13.30h - 15.00h | Open space 5th floor | Hope-Based Communications Workshop | 15 pax 
Every story has hope: it is up to us to find it. This workshop will give you inspiration and renewed belief in the power of communications to change minds, win support for policies and make people passionate about the values that we hold dear. You will leave with the foundations of new messaging for your organisation and bold new ideas for how to push them out.

The lesson of populism is that we need to focus on setting the agenda with powerful narratives of our own. But what are those new narratives? What are the core ideas that we want to move from unthinkable dreams to common sense.

Hope-Based Communications is about setting the agenda with our values, our goals, our mission. In this practical workshop participants will learn how to use the hope-based approach to paint a compelling picture of the world they are trying to achieve. Participants will identify common values and a vision that can form the basis for shared narrative strategy moving forward. The exercises are designed to create concrete ideas that can form the basis for further testing and iteration, while also providing some simple re-usable techniques for creating new positive messages. The workshop will also introduce participants to a new playbook for social change: from framing techniques to digital marketing tools like social listening, audience segmentation and micro-targeting.

This workshop will be facilitated by Thomes Coombes

13.30h - 15.00h | Directie Kamer | Time for Self | 15 pax

Working in the field of social change means that you have to deal with a lot of different forces at the same time. But we wonder, how are you experiencing these forces? How do you take care of yourself, your dreams, passion, worries and fears? How do you foster your intrinsic motivation and joy?


This session is for you!


Sever Dzigurski (Simavi) and Evelien van Egmond (Hivos) create a space to reflect, recharge and enjoy at the Partos Innovation Festival. We introduce creative tools to connect and reconnect to yourself. We believe that if you are able to take time for yourself and look into what’s going on internally, your connections with others are deeper and your actions more meaningful. If you are able to keep yourself healthy and happy, it will be you doing great things for others! We are convinced this is crucial when striving for social change and fighting for social justice.


“The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervenor” (William O’Brian)