KEYS Project

Together with ÖIEW and ASPEA, Worldconnectors has started the Erasmus+ project ‘Knowledge exchange of Earth Charter initiatives for youth empowerment and sustainability. Using training in Portugal and The Netherlands/Germany the participants will be provided with tools and methods to apply in their work field with youth and to spread the principles of the  Earth Charte. For more information, you can read our Brochure KEYS.
You can also find information on the KEYS project on the website of Earth Charter.

Kerstborrel + Meet & Greet

Op vrijdag 22 december organiseerden we de meet & greet / kerstborrel.

We troffen elkaar in de gezellige woonruimte van het KIT die we kerstig hadden versierd. We spraken met elkaar over afgelopen jaar en aankomend jaar onder het genot van een hapje en een drankje.

We speelden een quiz over duurzaamheid, de Worldconnectors en over 2023. We raakten hierdoor in gesprek over economische groei, fast-fashionbedrijven en een mogelijk milieustrafhof.

Het was een gezellig samenzijn. Fijne jaarwisseling gewenst aan allen.

Roundtable Peace & Security 27 October 2023

On October 27, 2023, the Roundtable on the theme of Peace and Security took place.

The collaboration with The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the students from the Making Peace Not War minor was highly successful!

See below the video made by Chiel Eijt as illustration of the activity:

We kicked off the day with the beautiful film by Marijke Kodden about the KIVA ceremonies, followed by interesting and critical questions from our Worldconnectors and students.

After a short break, Caecilia Johanna van Peski took the floor. She spoke about her own experiences in her professional career, among other things. Additionally, Caecilia provided a nice overview of existing scholars and their theories regarding international peace, such as Juval N. Hariri, who wrote a book on “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” She also mentioned Gro Harlem Brundtland, the first female Prime Minister of Norway, who was deeply involved in sustainable development and also headed the WHO, serving as an inspiration to the students! Caecilia kept it interactive, which often led to engaging questions and laughter from the students.

After all the listening and watching, we moved on to the interactive part: a real simulation of peace negotiations! The students and the Worldconnectors were paired and formed one of the parties at the negotiation table. Expertly led by Christa Meindersma and Pieter Lossie as chairpersons, compromises were reached between the Indigenous Wisdom keepers, various parties, and the International Court of Justice. Indigenous traditions and rituals were also featured, initiated by the groups representing the Wisdom keepers. This created harmony among the different parties and spontaneous moments. The sometimes complex topics of the day came together beautifully during this simulation.

After the first steps toward peace were taken through the excellent collaboration between the students and the Worldconnectors, there was a concluding drinks reception. Over some snacks and drinks, students and Worldconnectors engaged in further discussion about the day’s topics and various future plans.


SDG Action Day

On Tuesday, September 26, the SDG Action Day took place. This day was part of the SDG Action Week organized by SDG Netherlands. With the theme ‘Act Together Now,’ everyone was called upon to take action to change the world!

During an incredibly inspiring day with speakers such as Ahmed Marcouch, Laura de Grave, and Paul Schenderling, Worldconnectors was also present to mobilize people into action. We engaged in conversations with attendees about rights for nature and the relationship between humans and nature, using examples from our Worldconnectors initiatives.


Dialogue Power to the Planet

On Tuesday, May 16, Worldconnectors, in collaboration with Studio Zeitgeist, organized the Power to the Planet dialogue. This evening was intended to serve as both a follow-up to the Power to the Planet project, the launch and trial of the board game with the same name and a stepping stone for generating new ideas for innovative actions to work on together.

Starting from 6:30, participants gathered at the design temple @droog in the heart of Amsterdam to enjoy a delightful meal together. During this dinner, the rules for the board game were distributed in preparation for what was to come.

Around 8:00, it was time for the participants to take their seats at one of the four tables where the Power to the Planet board game was set up. After a brief introduction by Rindert de Groot, the evening’s moderator and the brain behind the board game, several questions were posed to the participants to determine what the world of the game would look like.

First, Rindert inquired whether the game would take place in 2030 or 2050. Naturally, the farther into the future, the more chaotic and extreme the game would be. The group strongly preferred 2050. Next, it had to be determined how the global government would look in 2050: would a dictator be in power, or would democracy flourish? Would this be in combination with a unipolar or multipolar situation? Based on majority votes, it was decided that in 2050, there would be a global democracy with multiple centers of power. Finally, Rindert wanted to know if the attendees expected complete climate chaos in this scenario or if the situation would be reasonably calm and stable. Once again, the group chose the most extreme option: the climate would be in total disarray.

From this starting world, the game would be played this evening, and these factors needed to be kept in mind when designing the revolution. These choices also meant that there was no global revolutionary committee to set the big picture, and instead, each group determined its own path.


Rindert explained that each game board should be seen as a city and its surroundings in a remote corner of the world, where buildings, water, and nature were present. Each city could make its own plans on how to deal with the world of 2050. This plan would be developed based on the game’s mechanics. After some initial confusion, the four groups began playing the game. From there, lively discussions emerged about what the world of 2050 would look like and the underlying values a future revolution should embrace.

After playing for about an hour, Rindert announced that in a few minutes, Code Blue would be given, signaling the end of the game, and we would come together in the central revolutionary committee to discuss the game’s outcomes.

Indeed, a few minutes later, Code Blue appeared in the form of blue-colored cocktails distributed among the participants. At this point, Rindert thanked the participants for coming and said farewell to his colleagues from Studio Zeitgeist. He, along with three colleagues, also performed in a choir.

Following this brief toast, the four groups shared the progress of their games. The first team decided to introduce a regenerative agricultural system, give legal rights to ecosystems, and implement economic system reforms to enable a basic income. Despite these new measures, they ended up with a lot of money because they had robbed the bank of a nearby city (the table next to them). Simultaneously, they managed to save two species of animals.

The second team had a similar strategy: they started out chaotically and attempted to acquire as much money as possible by robbing their own bank. As a result, they suddenly had a lot of money, but there was actually no plan on what to do with it. So, they abolished money and decided that future decisions would be made through open negotiation and discussion.

The third team took a different approach. They began by setting two goals: introducing regenerative agriculture and implementing a basic income. From there, they identified the values associated with these goals and worked backward. This group also managed to save two endangered species.

The focus of the last team was on underlying values that needed to be established for the upcoming revolution. A sense of community and honesty should form the basis, and the importance of indigenous knowledge should be recognized. It was noted that this also aligned with the core message of Power to the Planet: the revolution must first be declared won before you can actually build the revolution. In other words, you must first envision a different future before that future can be realized


Case Clinic: from ego to eco

Crusade for the Earth on the way to Paris

‘It is high time to put the Entire Earth on the World Heritage List!’

On April 22, 2022, on Earth Day, Henry Mentink, a friend of the Earth Charter, embarked on a unique pilgrimage from his Veenhuis in Varik, Gelderland, known as the ‘Krui-tocht: A pilgrimage for the Earth’

Henry, along with various pilgrims joining him for different stages of the journey, is walking with his wheelbarrow filled with soil to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris over the course of 45 days. There, on June 5, 2022 (World Environment Day), they intend to place the entire Earth on the World Heritage List.

The wheelbarrow carries a special cargo. People from over 70 countries have already sent a pouch with a spoonful of soil, a donation, and a wish for the Earth to the Veerhuis. The symbolic cargo is related to the theme of “ownership” and land speculation.

You can follow the Krui-tocht by signing up on the website, where you will receive daily travel updates from Henry. You can also join one or more stages of the walk and experience firsthand the many beautiful and impactful initiatives along the straight path from Varik to Paris.

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