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,…

Adoring f*ck up meetings

In the past year, a business relation of mine, not even a closed one for that matter, got attacked publicly by a so-called integrity expert. His reputation got ruined. He was warned against and called a charlatan and snake (amongst other things). Business-wise, I assume that there must have been some ground to point him…

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). With this, the company officially enters the European market. 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, to…

Learning from mistakes; an autobiography by my friend who travelled the world

Learning from mistakes is the main reason why my friend Robert Fink, also known as Zoltan, wrote his autobiography. Robert Fink travelled the world and wrote about his experiences in his book called Almost romances while travelling the world, published by Europe Books. Robert Fink had his craziest years during the pandemic, almost as if…

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…

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…

1:1 with God

Recently, I had a 1:1 with God. The motivation was a piece about Bessel van der Kolk and Zomergasten that I published on BNNVARA, Joop in which I spoke about repressed traumas. That got me thinking about my very last detox round. Was detoxing still necessary, or did I already reach the finish line?  Because…

Effect hierarchy on moral behavior

The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience published a fascinating research on the effect of hierarchy on moral behavior. In fact, the findings were a personal confirmation. The research underlines that if there is a lot of hierarchy within an organization, that it is easier to commit harmful actions. The explanation is that agency and empathy are divided…

Integrity manager plays a central role within organizations (Dutch)

More and more organizations are taking their integrity policy seriously. Appointing an integrity manager plays a central role within organizations. The House for Whistleblowers (Huis voor Klokkenluiders, HvK) has defined a profile to educate and meet expectations. Integrity is an important topic for organizations. Employers are expected to take the necessary integrity measures, such as…

TED talk by Dina-Perla Portnaar

To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved ~ George MacDonald To see the patterns is to see the solutions, children’s and human rights How can we break open closed-up communities all around the world and protect children from hurt? Listen to Dina-Perla’s heartfelt personal story on child abuse, harmful traditional practices, healing…

More gender and looks related comments online towards women

Social media are ubiquitous in today’s society. The anonymity of posts seems to foster blaming others and falsely accusing individuals. The study presented in the article ‘The online platform as a megaphone‘ investigates posts on online platforms that address female and male professionals, including politicians, mayors, lawyers and scholars. The researchers made comparisons between the…

Australian national plan to legislate against coercive control

Australia’s state and territory attorney-generals have agreed to create a national plan to address coercive control after meeting with federal counterpart Mark Dreyfus. “A stain on our national soul,” said the prime minister of Australia. Perpetrators could face seven years’ of jail time under the New South Wales coercive control laws. When is the Netherlands going…

First ever global policy on girls’ and young women’s activism

UN Human Rights Council’s landmark new policy document on girls’ and young women’s activism is an important step towards making sure that they are recognized as drivers of change. Moreover, that they have the space to safely, equally and meaningfully make their voices heard. Girls and young women advocate on the front lines of movements for social…

Independent research needed for cases of abuse in Dutch women’s prisons

Dutch lawyer Johan Oosterhagen has been researching abuses in women’s prisons for over 1.5 years. He also spoke about it with the Minister of Legal Protection, called Franc Weerwind. On the back of that conversation, the Justice and Security Inspectorate (‘Inspection’) has now announced that an investigation will follow to find out how much of…

Almost 1 in 2 women in the EU have experienced psychological violence

European Institute for Gender Equality, the EIGE’s latest report on coercive control and psychological violence across the EU Member States states that almost one in two women in the EU have experienced psychological violence. In the midst of that, increased criminalization measures are starting to be put in place. The Dutch government, for example, will provide a…

Racial discrimination affects the brain

A new study shows that the experience of racial discrimination affects the microstructure of the brain, as well as increasing the risk for health disorders. The study, led by Negar Fani, PhD, Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Atlanta, GA, USA, appears in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, published by Elsevier. Racial discrimination is…

How do you best behave in the workplace? Podcast (Dutch)

The summer is magic! Een zomerproject in samenwerking met podcast De Nieuwe Knikkers – Payments, Loyalty & Retail en deze twee leukers: Arlette Broex en Gertjan Rösken. Weet jij het nog? Hoe gedraag je je nu het beste op de werkvloer? In gesprek met Dina-Perla Portnaar. Deze keer een speciale summer edition met food for thoughts. Iets om over na te denken…

Different Dutch student bonds decide to stop hazing

The board of different Dutch student bonds decided to stop hazing. According to diverse investigations, different disputes were guilty of massive assault and humiliation. Awareness and drastic culture change must be stimulated in the coming period, also around the culture of keeping silent. In fact, more student bonds are putting consequences in place, not just…

Could moral enhancement technologies solve aggression?

It’s a mistake to think problematic aggression is limited to those with psychiatric disorders. Healthy people have the capacity for impulsive violence – and resulting “morally” poor behavior. Traditionally, moral development has been facilitated by social institutions such as religion, education and societal convention. But technology could change this. If scientists could identify the predictors…

Plea for philosophical professional ethics

On 3rd June 1992, Dutch Minister of Interior Affairs called Ien Dales gave a speech and pleaded for more integrity within public administration. In the years that followed, integrity was also explicitly on the agenda within the private sector. Exactly thirty years after Dales’ plea, Edgar Karssing, professor of Philosophy, Professional Ethics and Integrity Management…

Solutions to challenges in the search for good staff are within reach (Dutch)

Een oplossing voor uitdagingen in de zoektocht naar goed personeel ligt binnen handbereik. Volwaardige diensten van een recruitmentbureau kunnen tegen een lagere prijs per maand dan het salaris van een recruiter worden geboden. Growth Busters vult namelijk de huidige, groeiende wervingsbehoefte in Nederland in door middel van moderne automation-technieken en data gedreven aanpakken. Meestal is…

United Kingdom: backsliding on human rights must be prevented

“Legal reforms should not weaken human rights protections in the United Kingdom”, said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, following a five-day visit to the country (27 June to 1 July), which focused on the system for human rights protection, the situation in Northern Ireland and children’s rights. The proposed repeal…