The Worldconnectors are a cross-generational network of opinion leaders from various sectors of society, including government and politics, media, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the scientific, research and spiritual communities. They develop new strategies and visions for international issues based on their different areas of expertise. Their goal is to achieve an open, tolerant, optimistic and pro-active society in The Netherlands which can consequently be positioned as a global player. The Worldconnectors’ vision and work are based on the UN Millennium Declaration and the Earth Charter.

Working method
Four times a year the Worldconnectors hold a Round Table, when they meet to discuss relevant social issues and to review the current activities of the network. These plenary meetings are attended by Worldconnectors and special invitees (usually external experts), and are held under the ‘Chatham House Rule’. The Articles of Association of the Worldconnectors can be found here.

At least once a year the Board makes an inventory of potential new themes and, together with the members of the Worldconnectors, come to a decision. Worldconnectors are invited to join one of the thematic working groups and the members consider what contribution the working group can make with regard to the theme. Together they develop new perspectives and initiatives that provide solutions to the questions at hand. More information can be found here.

Intergenerational Approach
Worldconnectors’ members represent different generations. In our working groups, we make an effort to assure that the experience from more senior members and the drive of young Worldconnectors are combined. This has resulted in several successful spinoffs where ideas from young Worldconnectors are supported by more senior members and have become successful new social ventures. Young Worldconnectors are also connected to a buddy, one of our more senior members who will make time available to discuss the young Worldconnectors’ goals and ambitions regarding the Sustainable Development Goals and work more closely together.

Activities and Working Groups
Through the initiative of individual members, thematic working groups can be created. The working group decides how a theme will be given meaning. The Round Table meetings can be used to reinforce the ideas developed in the working groups or to help give substance to concrete initiatives.

New Members
The membership committee has been tasked by the board with recruitment and selection of new members. The fundamental tenet for the composition of the association is that through the list of members the Dutch society is represented in all its diversity. Potential members can be nominated by existing members; interested individuals are also welcomed to submit their candidacy. Members pay an annual contribution and a membership fee, which are solely used to finance the association’s core activities.

Partner Organizations
Partnerships are predominantly entered on projects with cooperation on a specific subject. The diverse partners all contribute according to their capacity.

If you would like to become a member to the Association or would like to cooperate on a specific theme, please contact Sander van ‘t Foort, Coordinator Worldconnectors Association: [email protected]