Colonialism & Collective Trauma – The Netherlands & Belgium
Facilitators: Mieke Jacobs & Paul Zonneveld
In this Lab, we will explore the past and current impact of the Dutch and Belgian colonisation of Surinam, the Congo and Indonesia. What were and are the effects, both for the colonised, and for the colonisers. We will look at the collective trauma effects that are still present today and what we can do to move towards integration.
We will be exploring
- What constitutes the historical background to Dutch and Belgian colonialism?
- What constitutes the historical background to the colonisation and enslavement of Indonesian and African people by Dutch and Belgian colonial powers?
- How does the trauma of the Dutch and Belgium colonialism influence the construction of identity and the process of ‘othering’ e.g. between Dutch and Belgians and people of African/Indonesian/Surinam descent living in the Netherlands and Belgium?
- How does the trauma of Dutch and Belgian colonialism in Africa, Surinam & Indonesia influence the development of the worldviews and cultural architecture governing the current relationships between African countries, Surinam & Indonesia and the Netherlands & Belgium e.g. development agenda, development aid, trade agreements, educational systems, migration patterns?
- How does our use of language reflect and reinforce the consequences of this trauma?
- How does this trauma show itself in times of crisis (e.g. Covid-19, climate emergencies)?
- Can we collectively create a coherent we-space and a process of witnessing that leads to an integration and eventual healing of this trauma?
Participants are asked to commit to
We invite you to explore some history of these colonial backgrounds. Research is also done inside of yourself, so we invite you to explore that through regular meditation and contemplation and other reflective practices of your own. We ask you to commit to an active participation in the group conversation and to explore your daily routines and how they relate to the aftermath of the collective trauma we are researching.
- Explore some history of these colonial backgrounds.
- An active participation in the group conversation and to explore your daily routines and how they relate to the aftermath of the collective trauma we are researching.
- Be willing to look at questions like:
- How have my ancestors participated in this trauma?
- How do I participate in othering?
- How is my privilege or lack of privilege entwined with this trauma?
- Ensure to be free from the influence of drugs.
- Assume confidentiality – all personal sharing within this Lab will be kept confidential and names of other participants will not be shared, nor will they be described.
- Assume self-responsibility for your health – this Lab does not provide therapy or treatment.
Research is also done inside of yourself, so we invite you to explore that through regular meditation and contemplation and other reflective practices of your own.
Max. group size: 24
Time: 5:00-6:30pm Central European Time (Please check here to find the time in your location)
Dates: 3-weekly to once a month; Nov 24, Dec 15 2020, Jan 12, Feb 2, Feb 23, March 23, Apr 13, May 11, Jun 8, Jun 29 2021
is based in Belgium and has more than 20 years of industrial and consulting experience. She travelled the world, acting as a strategic advisor, thought leader and executive coach to leaders in multiple industries. Her coaching addresses the critical role of leaders to drive change, navigate in complexity and engage the hearts and minds of the entire organization. She joined Mobius as a senior faculty member, executive coach, facilitator and senior expert in organizational constellations and systemic intelligence. She has acquired additional skills and certifications in the area of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Personal Mastery, Coaching (according to ICF competencies), Group Dynamics, Systemic Intelligence and Coaching, Constellation Work, Neuroscience and Affective Psychology, Somatics and Trauma Therapy.
is an organisational consultant, facilitator and executive leadership coach and senior faculty for top team interventions at Mobius Executive Leadership, with over 25 years of international business experience. He has extensive experience of leading and developing groups and individuals across all sectors both corporate and public. His unique expertise in understanding the depth of systemic effects and teaching systemic sensibility, systemic awareness and effectiveness, enables him to offer insight for people into how to manage change and transformation. He supports people focusing on connecting with their internal (leadership) qualities like self-awareness, courage and love and how to invite these qualities in others around them. He actively supports the Muses foundation, helping young adults to create a more sustainable world through social engagement in the Global South.