Agnes chooses to address complex societal issues. She is a social engineer with a
background in social sciences and mediation/negotiation. Her work for the Dutch National
Police, the Dutch National Army and the Dutch Refugee Council provided her with a
basis for security and safety sensitivity. Within Stillare she combined her knowledge
and experience in analysis, mediation, large scale psychology and change management.
She works on approaches and methodology to improve societal resilience by human factor.
Key competence and main asset is her ability to operate in very diffuse and complex
circumstances and conflict situations.
Agnes is founder of Stillare. Stillare is a network of scientists and practitioners
that work on the programmes that Stillare initiates or is invited to address. She
designs and executes programmes and large-scale-systemic approaches for safety, security
and stability issues. Key issues are community security and violence, nepotism and
corruption, undermining terrorism, deeply felt differences between clans or within
groups and inclusive governance in fragile or developing areas/states. She worked
in Kurdistan Iraq, Liberia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and currently she is preparing
for security and stability issues in Somalia.
As a social engineer, she comes up with fresh interpretations and solutions. "My
interventions have impact because they fit the mentality of the groups and individuals
I work with. We make the interventions fit by a deep understanding of the communities
we work in. We explore the political, historical, societal and large scale psychological
DNA of the situation. Navigating through life circumstances and the current day to
day situation we discover a mentality fitting approach."
In business, Agnes helps corporate project leaders of large infrastructural and construction
projects to understand the social context in which they have to operate. She assists
the corporates to create societal space to operate within the communities and within
the local institutions that are partners but have their own 'office' agendas and
Stillare is using a diversity of knowledge fields. The Placemaking programme is an
example of combining fields of knowledge to have real impact on communities. The
Kurdistan and Zimbabwe cases are a good example of the seamless fit with the mentality
of the Kurdish Police forces or Zim relationships between chiefs, men and women.
Often, Stillare is asked: “How did you do it?", or "Why do things change so fast?"
Stillare engineers are no wizards, we just work on sound understanding of the drivers
that shape reality and profound understanding of what is and what can be. And we
love what we do. In Europe or beyond.
Before Agnes founded Stillare, she worked for the Dutch refugee council on quality
management of the human factor. For the Dutch National Police, she worked on Intelligence
Led Policing, and role view of civil Police forces in conflict areas in failed and
fragile states. For the Dutch National Army, Agnes designed a new way to bring the
human factor to 'Understanding'. She lectured on this issue in the whole security
domain. As a consultant, she served several municipalities with large scale mediations,
educated candidate mediators towards their exam, introduced mediation into schools
and guided migrant leaders towards next steps in their communities.