Rotterdam is now a city with over a 170 nationalities. Surinamese, Turkish and Moroccan residents form the largest groups. Many may not feel Dutch, but they do feel they are from Rotterdam. A challenge for a cultural institution.
the wish of
Theater Walhalla wants to respond to those changes, so that in ten years' time the theater will still be the junction between the North and South of the city and that the halls are full of enthusiastic audiences. Because Van Olm is convinced of the power of theater, as a mirror of society, as a stage for refreshing perspectives.
Rachèl has often gone on a City Safari with her partner and was always impressed by the personal stories of the people they visited. In a newsletter she read about the Diversity Approach and asked City Safari to help her develop a diversity policy.
the diversity approach
Theater Walhalla's employees went through a three-day program in which they worked actively on diversity. During the various brainstorms and group discussions, the team gave extensive answers to the questions of what diversity is, what the opportunities are for Walhalla and what is needed to make it a success.
City Safari wrote an extensive report about the process with a concrete step-by-step plan to develop, implement and guarantee diversity policy.
the diversity approach
The Diversity Approach focuses on the discussion about diversity within and with the organization. Inspiring personal encounters with people from diverse cultural backgrounds are an important part of this. This approach was developed by City Safari in collaboration with Schaap and Wolf.
With City Safari, Marjolijn Masselink has been organizing personal encounters with the unknown other for more than 20 years in order to reduce the distance between groups in society and to remove prejudices. Many ministries, municipalities, companies and organizations successfully went on City Safari. Winfred van den Bor coaches, under the name Schaap en Wolf, entrepreneurs, managers and teams, who want to perform better.
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City Safari and Schaap en Wolf previously worked together. Read more here.