A new European law. With focus on the victim instead of the perpetrator. Conveying a broader view that enables us to see the victim’s needs. The Dutch Ministry of Security & Justice approaches us to develop a gripping concept and organize seven regional conferences with all stakeholders involved. The audience is a variety of police officers, rehabilitation, help for victims, policy makers and court employees. Our aim is to point out the consequences for victims and incorporate those in head, heart and habit.
Head, heart and habit. A remarkable aim. It fascinates us. But what does it mean exactly? And moreover, how do you achieve it with so many parties involved? The most important thing is to remove the hurdles that are clogging the view and prevent professionals from actually SEEING the victim as a person. Our approach is unorthodox. A play, based on a true story. A victim of lover boys, prostitution and financial debts tells her story like she is reading from her diary. In between the audience receives questions about the new European law. It is confronting. Compelling. Chills everyone to the bone. It is exactly what we need to create a sense of urgency to find new ways of working together.
In all seven regions the impact was tremendous. Some regions already made great progress in executing the new law. Others were still at the beginning. It was the starting point of an open dialogue. An honest conversation between people, trying to help other people. Real emotions were at stake and this involved everyone to re-think and re-develop their approach. For all seven events the same topics were introduced as starting point. The play, the debate items and the general discussion via a voting system. An equal approach leading to different conversations and results. Those were captured in seven infographics that were sent to all participants as communication tool to spread the new insights in their own organization.
European Best Event Awards 2016 - Best Social Event (bronze)