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Samen Spelen: Organizational collaboration lessons from a Dutch playground

Published by Giles Slinger

Workforce collaboration workshop - OrgVue

Designing a collaborative and productive workplace

‘Samen spelen, samen delen’ – or ‘play together, share together’ – is a beautiful lesson taught in children’s playgrounds on collaboration and tolerance. It shapes young minds to focus on collective effort rather than individual acts.

As a society, the Dutch have a long history of working hard together. Solid ground only exists in a third of the Netherlands because its people made it. Today there are approximately 3,000 Dutch polders (reclaimed land parcels), created by enclosing and draining marshes, lakes, estuaries and the sea. These enclosed fields have even given their name to a political process: poldering, where everyone’s voice is heard and everyone moves forward as a group.

From playground, to politics, to organisations: how can we design an organisation to create a collaborative, healthy and productive workplace? These are themes we explored in a recent masterclass held in Amsterdam at a CRF conference. Our approach built on the collective wisdom of the crowd – to let hidden voices be heard and innovate based on signals from across the organisation, not just a handful of executives.

Download the slides from the masterclass here.

Read more about collaboration lessons from a Dutch playground here.

Crowd-sourcing data to drive collaborative decision-making across the Organisation using OrgVue

Figure 1. Survey results in OrgVue -collaborating to rank priorities of different teams across the organisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise - designing roles and activities for the future organisation

Figure 2. Participants in Concentra’s Innovation & Collaboration for Productivity workshop brainstorming to design roles and activities for the future organisation

*With thanks to the CRF, the 28 participants in the Innovation & Collaboration for Productivity workshop, and the Concentra team who delivered it: Keisha Ridwan, Ronak Patel, Adriaan Den Engelse, Mo Bahida and Alberto Acuna.