Summit 1: 2005 The Netherlands: Discovering 5 Dutch Future Centers
January 8, 2014
We began on a beautiful spring morning in May 2005, in the central space of the Academy, Future center of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs & Employment (SZW).
56 people from 4 continents and 11 countries gathered for the opening of the first international Future Center Summit. The Summit bus took us to five public sector Future Centers, each one a unique and very different experience:
Academy SZW, The Hague - the future center of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs & Employment
The Country House, The Hague - a Future Center working for diverse ministries in the national government
The Shipyard, Breda - the Future Center of the Dutch Tax & Customs Administration
Castle Groeneveld - the Future Center of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natuur & Food Quality
Mobilion, Utrecht - the Future Center of the Department of Public Works & Water Management
These centers provided good settings for bringing people and ideas together, and for active reflection on both the practical application of specific concepts, and the future of Future Centers.
The photo shows a group of participants in an Open Space workshop at Mobilion. The question we discussed was ‘what can we do together after the Summit?’ The result: a collaborative project submitted to the European Commission and later accepted and carrieds out from 2006-2008: OpenFutures.
The event was start of a tradition, and since the international Future Center community has met regularly in a variey of locations to share their expertise and stories.