Kurhaus goes MAD

On Monday the 1st of May the PLF was invited to give a workshop at the National Assembly of Public Administration (Landelijk Congres der Bestuurskunde). The assembly was held in the stately Kurhaus hotel in The Hague. In the workshop the participants were set up to do a mini-Public Leadership Challenge, in which they were to design a digital tool to help people develop their leadership capabilities.

At the start of the workshop the group discussed what leadership is to them and if they encounter it much in their daily lives. We introduced them to the PLF’s vision on leadership and how we believe they can Make A Difference whatever their position in society. During the workshop the four groups, made up of students and young professionals in the field of public administration, came up with some very innovative ideas for tools with varying target groups –  from pupils at primary schools to government clients. At the end of the workshop, the groups themselves voted for the best idea, which ended up being a tie between two of the groups.

We got some great responses to the workshop and enjoyed organizing it. We hope we have inspired the participants to get a little more MAD.

Wanted: Public Leader with a great network

Do you want to engage in (new) public leadership activities? Are you a great networker and want to developing partnerships to anchor public leadership?

The Public Leadership Foundation (PLF) is looking for a Public Leader with a great network to strengthen our board!

The purpose of the PLF is to encourage, identify, develop and support leadership in the public sphere. We are setting out to be MAD (Making A Difference) through EPIC leadership (Energy, Purpose, Identity and Courage).

The PLF is a young and ambitious foundation. We want to anchor public leadership in society by connecting public, private and third sectors based on shared purpose.

Last year we organised multiple events and gave workshops at several congresses. This year the first (four) EPIC Apprentices started with their development program. Next year we want to continue growing, both in The Netherlands and Europe. Therefore, we need YOU!

We are looking for someone who:

  • Strengthens and further builds our partner network
  • Develops partnerships
  • Attracts sponsors for PLF events and activities by MAD people

Do you:

  • Want to contribute to the PLF purpose and vision?
  • Show leadership with a purpose?
  • Have humor (we take this seriously)?

And are you:

  • A networker in the public and private sphere?
  • Willing to learn and helping others to grow?
  • Looking for an ambitious platform and an energetic team to work in?

Than we really would like to meet you!


Giulietta Marani (+31 6 29496612) can tell you everything about the PLF and especially this position. Or meet us at June 12th 17.00 in The Hague (Plein) during one of our MAD drinks.

PLF workshop at the National Assembly of Public Administration

On Monday May 1st, the Public Leadership Foundation will be giving a workshop at the National Assembly of Public Administration (Landelijk Congres der Bestuurskunde – LCB). The LCB is a yearly two-day event organised by Public Administration students. It is an initiative of the Landelijk Overlegorgaan Bestuurskundeverenigingen, an umbrella association for 10 more local student associations. The assembly is meant for students of Public Administration and young professionals from this discipline. This year’s theme is personal leadership.

During the workshop the participants will do a shortened version of the Public Leadership Challenge. The case for this challenge will be presented by the PLF itself. This way the participants will get to know the foundation a little better, while in the meantime working on their own personal leadership. The team with the best solution for the case will get the chance to realize their idea together with the PLF. However, everyone developing their personal leadership is a winner according to us!

You can buy your tickets at the LCB website.

Generation research

Yosha van Droffelaar started as an apprentice at the ministry of Interior & Kingdom Relations. She will contribute to the Generations research where the PLF works together with FUTUR (national network for young public servants) and the ministry. This research seeks to contribute to a more balanced public sector, where all generations of public servants are represented and remain involved. In order to do so, the generation research attemps to identify what drives these different generations. The main research question is: what motivates different generations of public servants and how are public organisations designed to fit these motivations? Yosha says “When digging deeper into each generation’s motivations and incentives, I aim to challenge the self-evident prejudices and contribute to a growing mutual understandig in which each generations’ strengths are being represented”. A first blog with call for feedback is published here. If you want to participate, mail to Yosha.

EPIC Apprenticeship: the kick-off!

On 17 February and 31 March 2017 we organised the first two EPIC Apprenticeship sessions at Leiden University, Campus The Hague. Until summer 2017 the PLF and partners will work together with four enthusiastic future leaders on the start-up of the program.

During the kick-off Yosha, Lisa, Eline and Daphne have been working on formulating their learning goals and exploring their personal leadership potential. Giulietta, Florus and Ben joined them to discuss leadership and examples of inspirational leaders. Various leadership styles were introduced and personal strengths and learning goals were exploired through various exercises such as speed dating.

As part of the program the EPIC Apprentices will experience activities such as coaching, job shadowing, excursions and working with leadership challenges. In the next couple of newletters the apprentices will introduce themselves and share their learing experiences.

Do you want to read more about the apprenticeship and possible partnerships? Click here or mail Giulietta Marani.


Decentralisations of government services

Decentralisation of govenment services suggests the need for new approaches to leadership. This challenge was explored during our latest Public Leadership Challenge (PLC) arranged in partnership with Leiden Leadership Centre. Students, professionals, academics and representatives of public and not for profit organisations focused on the following questions: plc012017

  • Which public leadership must be displayed for this transformation to succeed? At municipalities, healthcare & welfare organizations and in society?
  • What are preconditions for successful leadership during the decentralizations?

Rene de Jong, the main organisor, says “It was great to connect all these different organisations and people and I can’t wait to organise the next one”. Click here for more information about the PLCs.

Vacature Stagiair(e) Ministerie BZK en PLF

Heb jij affiniteit met de publieke sector en (kwalitatief) onderzoek, wil je bijdragen aan een groeiende inclusiviteit en ervaring opdoen binnen de overheid? Dan ben jij de nieuwe stagiair(e) die wij zoeken!

Het generatieonderzoek

Als stagiair(e) zul je bijdragen aan het generatieonderzoek waarin Futur, Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties en de Public Leadership Foundation samenwerken. Het generatieonderzoek hoopt bij te dragen aan een groeiende inclusiviteit in de publieke sector waarbij verschillende generaties gerepresenteerd zijn en betrokken blijven. Door ons te verdiepen in de verschillende drijfveren en motivaties van elke generatie hopen we het vanzelfsprekende uit te dagen en vernieuwende inzichten aan het licht te brengen. De hoofdvraag van het onderzoek is als volgt: Wat motiveert verschillende generaties ambtenaren en in hoeverre zijn publieke organisaties ontworpen om hierop aan te sluiten?

Je werkzaamheden als stagiair(e)

Na een voorafgaande periode van literatuuronderzoek starten we binnenkort de fase van dataverzameling middels interviews en focusgroepen. Als stagiair(e) zul je meewerken aan het gehele proces van het onderzoekstraject. Dit houdt het opzetten en uitvoeren van een kwalitatief onderzoek in. Je verzamelt, analyseert en rapporteert onderzoeksdata. Je zult meewerken aan het organiseren en begeleiden van 5 focusgroepen, het afnemen van interviews en de resultaten van beide verwerken, analyseren en vormen tot een coherent geheel. Ook draag je bij aan het opzetten van een partnernetwerk en de ontwikkeling van  marketing- en communicatiestrategieën. Denk hierbij aan de positionering en bekendheid van ons onderzoek, mensen enthousiasmeren om mee te denken en het slim gebruikmaken van netwerken.

Tijdens je stage doe je inhoudelijke kennis op over de realiteit van organisatorische vraagstukken in de publieke sector, werk je aan je communicatie/marketing- en onderzoeksvaardigheden, verbreed je je netwerk en maak je kennis met de publieke sector als werkomgeving.

Zie de blog op Platform O voor meer inhoudelijke achtergrond: https://platformoverheid.nl/artikel/generaties-of-generalisaties/

Praktische informatie

Making A Difference together: Let’s join forces and develop the MADhouse concept

img-20161008-wa0014Are you in or out?
Would you like to Make A Difference in your society, in our society? Would you like to make your street, city, country, and world a better place to live in for yourself and the next generation? Do you want to make someone’s day and, perhaps life a little bit better and more meaningful? Do you believe we can all Make A Difference, small or big, through our actions, through taking initiative? If the answer is YES, then join us in making a difference together through public leadership. You too can be a leader of change.

How to make a difference?
We don’t always know what challenge to focus on, and often feel overwhelmed by the many ways in which we could get involved in making a difference in our society. We often get stuck when trying to identify the best solution going forward and then actually making it happen. Does this sound all too familiar to you? It does for us, too. That is why we are now setting out to develop our MADhouse concept, and we are inviting you to join in – to work with us in making this happen!

The MADhouse concept
The fundamental idea behind the MADhouse is to be a solution-driven movement that facilitates for space and time – physical or virtual – where people can meet up, brainstorm challenges, identify solutions, and start implementing these solutions by taking action. We want to create a movement of the next generation of public leaders, and we want to do this together with you. So, this is your opportunity to contribute to the design and establishment of the MADhouse.

At the very first gathering we are looking to discuss and design the MADhouse foundations for which other MADhouses can be built in the future. Any MADhouse may focus on different challenges; one example of such a potential challenge being finding ways to enable open conversations with diverse groups of individuals. But, our first challenge is to develop the format that can be used to run these future events.

Anyone can make a difference if they believe they can. So are you IN or are you OUT?

EPIC Apprenticeship

epic-apprenticeship In January 2017 we are starting with our EPIC Apprenticeship start-up programme! That means that 5 students will be the first to participate in our programme, which we will be developing on the way with our partners.
The EPIC Apprenticeship is a two-way street and provides a leadership development experience for both the apprentice and the apprentice organisation! The most important ingredients of our programme are: leadership challenges in various organisations, individual coaching, inspiration sessions and the “apprentice-for-a-day”.
Lisa and Daphne are the first the join the programme, but there is place for 3 more people! Check here for more information to join the programme and become a partner or contact Ben (b.s.kuipers@fgga.leidenuniv.nl) for more information.

MAD Story | Laura Giurge


On a rainy day of September, by pure and happy coincidence, I stumbled upon Citinerary: an online community of amazing people across the world who enthusiastically share insights about the cities they live in. I knew then and there that I wanted to be a part of this community. So, I wrote an email to Robin Cox – the founder and editor in chief – and Wouter Vocke – the city captain of Rotterdam – to indicate my interest in collaborating with them.

The driving wheel behind Citinerary is the desire to create content about a city’s culture and lifestyle as experienced and known by locals – the people who make and shape cities. Locals hold unique knowledge about a city’s sublime beauties that are often hidden and easily missed by visitors. Citinerary connects locals with visitors, and even locals with locals, through its diverse online content that ranges from art and architecture to music and local events. As a traveler and city enthusiast myself, I strongly believe that people make the city and it is through the eyes of locals that one can truly experience and discover the underling beauties of a city. For me, Citinerary is therefore a great initiative that inspires people to explore cities from a different angle. It provides visitors not only with stories but also with powerful visuals that capture cities and their stories, leaving one longing to explore further.

Officially part of the Citinerary team, I see myself as a maker: I like to observe, capture, and show Rotterdam – the city I currently live in – though my eyes with the help of photography. Rotterdam is a city that is somehow either loved or hated by visitors. Yet, through Citinerary, Rotterdam is catching on a new light and puts on a new coat for there is so much more to Rotterdam than its modern and often unusual architecture. Among others, in Rotterdam you can explore the great outdoors such as Kralingse Plas – my often chosen detour within the big city to escape the ordinary. The photo above presents a glimpse of Kralingse Plas at sunset just as I experienced it on a cold and sunny day of October. What’s more, this photo might very well be my best photo, as of yet, that was published on Citinerary.

Starting as an online journal, Citinerary is growing and this year went offline by presenting to the world its first printed edition! It only took an email and the courage to reach out to become part of the Citinerary team. What is your passion and how will you pursue it?

My name is Laura and I am a fourth year PhD Candidate at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands.

Curious what I write about? Take a look here.
Curious what others write about? Take a look here.
Want to read more and perhaps support this initiative? Take a look here.

Laura M. Giurge

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