Canada pays indigenous communities for cultural genocide

Canada pays indigenous communities for cultural genocide. Those communities will receive almost three billion Canadian dollars, which is approximately two billion euros. The compensation follows the children that have been abused and neglected in boarding schools for nearly a century. Thousands of those children died because of these crimes. In the past two years, the…

Almost 6 out of 10 Dutch people do not belong to a religious group

In 2021, 58 percent of the Dutch population aged 15 or older did not consider themselves to belong to a religious denomination or philosophical group. A year earlier that was 55 percent, and in 2010, it was 45 percent. In particular, the proportion of Catholics has shrunk significantly. The decline among the Protestant churches and…

Phased introduction of the Mandatory Confidential Adviser Act

The Netherlands talks about a phased introduction of the mandatory confidential adviser act, so the legislative amendment, to support smaller organizations in having more time to prepare their ecosystem for this next step. The urgency of making a confidential adviser mandatory has increased, since we have spoken out on unacceptable behavior in the public debate.…

More reports on unacceptable behavior, especially on managers

There have been more reports on unacceptable behavior in the past year, than ever before, especially on managers. Recently, confidential advisers have received many reports on unacceptable behavior. Two thirds of those complaints came from employees, and slightly less than half of the cases concerned managers. That is massive if you think of what managers…

Essay: the public should determine the existence of journalists and authors, not the elite

Last year, I observed what was happening in the public debate around all possible forms of unacceptable behavior. My attention was mainly focused on the world of media and publishing; a domain known to me. Although each individual is ten thousand percent responsible for his or her behavior – so far this has mainly been…

La fin d’une histoire…de radio (Dutch)

La fin d’une histoire…de radio dan, naar het heerlijke nummer van Marc Lavoine en Zoe Madimmi: Ja, de wortels van mijn Franse en Noord-Afrikaanse origine blijven in sommige aspecten zichtbaar. Alleen wanneer het me uitkomt. 😉 Het einde van een radioverhaal genaamd Zwarte Prietpraat op NPO Radio 1, met Prem Radhakishun. Vannacht volgt de laatste uitzending. Hoewel Zwarte…

Law number 23 and my experiences with Orthodox special education

In recent years, my work has been focused on breaking free from Orthodoxy in a social context and not so much on the mild secularization processes that people can also experience. As a whistleblower and activist, I’ve researched some pretty extreme currents that are antithetical to human rights today – especially children’s and women’s rights.…

Flevoland deals with the most aggression against politicians

Flevoland deals with the most aggression against politicians. Likewise, the Dutch province has the highest percentage of politicians who have seen colleagues not comply with the rules. These conclusions appear on the back of the figures in twelve fact sheets per province. The sheets provide an overview of the current state of affairs when it…

Integrity management in public organizations by Alain Hoekstra

Integrity is an indispensable quality for public organizations. To uphold integrity, public organizations are encouraged to implement specific integrity policies. Yet, integrity violations still occur within the public sector despite these measures, sometimes even daily. Therefore, it is important to expand the knowledge and understanding of public integrity management. Various themes are relevant when it…

67% of SMEs worldwide are fighting for survival

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-sized companies are the backbone of the global economy. They create close to 70% of jobs and GDP worldwide. But, amid warnings of a global recession, research from the World Economic Forum and the National University of Singapore Business School indicates that 67% of executives from SMEs cite survival…

Merriam-Webster names ‘gaslighting’ the word of the year 2022

Merriam-Webster names ‘gaslighting’ the word of the year 2022. 2022 saw a 1740% increase in lookups for the word ‘gaslighting’, with high interest throughout the year. In an age of misinformation, thus fake news, conspiracy theories, Twitter trolls and deepfakes, the word ‘gaslighting’ is rightly chosen. To me, ‘gaslighting’ is the winner of the year, due…

Integrity requires a broader approach than just legal

Integrity requires a broader approach than just legal. The Dutch Raad van State, thus the Advisory Division of the Council of State, advocates to define integrity in a much broader sense. The Council argues that integrity issues are often handled too legally, while not all integrity issues – such as attitudes, manners and (private) behavior…

Unacceptable behavior of Matthijs van Nieuwkerk and moral burn-outs

The entire country is discussing the unacceptable behavior of Dutch presenter Matthijs van Nieuwkerk. These examples of unacceptable behavior are similar to what I have experienced in my working life – a couple of times in different settings. In fact, this is why I did not pursue Dutch journalism in the traditional sense long-term, even…

Bullies at work

Research done by TNO shows some alarming facts on bullies at work in the Netherlands. 8% of all employees have dealt with bullying at work. These employees miss seven days per year more from work than employees who are not victimized. Many of those people deal with serious health issues. At the beginning of my career,…

Magic Lane launches groundbreaking platform in Maps, Location & Navigation services

Magic Lane launches a groundbreaking platform in intelligent, compact and privacy-friendly Maps, Location & Navigation services, including software development kits (SDK’s). The company officially enters the European market with this offer. The platform combines the large amount of qualitative map and data sources with smart algorithms. This allows companies, for example in cycling and micro-mobility,…

Harmful traditional practices in closed-up religious communities

Minister Karien van Gennip of Social Affairs and Employment and Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf of Education, Culture and Science wrote a letter to the parliament about the so-called Multi-Year Plan for Self-Determination 2022-2025 to work on a change of mentality within closed-up communities and to increase the basic financial skills of women in dependency situations. In…

Jolene Hettinga-Zagers becomes director of EmpowerYou (Dutch)

Jolene Hettinga-Zagers (34) wordt directeur van EmpowerYou, een bureau op het gebied van loopbaanvragen, coaching, outplacement, re-integratie tweede spoor en UVW en training. Het bureau heeft als doel om professionals op de arbeidsmarkt te verbinden en in hun kracht te zetten, zodat ze wendbaar zijn en de snelle veranderingen op de arbeidsmarkt kunnen bijbenen. Hettinga-Zagers…

Netherlands ranks fourth for children’s rights

The Netherlands is fourth in the world ranking for children’s rights, the KidsRights Index 2022. The two biggest problems children in the Netherlands deal with are air pollution and long waiting lists in youth care, the children’s rights organization KidsRights said in the tenth edition of its ranking. KidsRights looks at how countries protect five…

Oliver Yeboah, from pastor to CEO Blueplates (Dutch)

Oliver Yeboah wordt CEO Blueplates, een online platform dat taxichauffeurs zonder eigen wagen koppelt aan auto’s die gedeeld worden. Recentelijk won het bedrijf de Taxi Innovatie Prijs 2022 voor de duurzame, milieuvriendelijke en toekomstbestendige oplossing om auto’s aan chauffeurs te kunnen koppelen. Eerder was Yeboah pastoor. Hij maakte in de afgelopen paar jaar een uitzonderlijke…