Tough Dilemmas


Open for Change is about new approaches to tackle the deep dividing lines in our societies. You can navigate your journey through the event along four programmatic lines:

  • Triggers for change
  • Tough dilemmas
  • Trial and error
  • Test the tools

´Tough dilemmas´ considers the complexity of the world around us. Problems are becoming difficult to solve because of growing interdependencies. Solving one aspect of a (wicked) problem may reveal or create other problems. And our own norms, assumptions and methodologies are as much our guidance as in fact part of the problem.

Open for Change is the space where you can explore big topics from multiple viewpoints. We offer you the following sessions:



How open are we really?

Shahrukh Alam, Ton Groeneweg, Harry Kunneman

Public controversies in India on corruption, populism or violence against women are entangled in issues of class, caste, religion and gender. From a secular-liberal perspective it may be difficult to make sense of them. Concepts of secularism, civil society and social change take different shapes. Are we open to discuss our own perceptions about what is supposed to be progressive civic action?

MensenmeteenMissie#religion#secularism#The Patna Collective#UvH

Many interests, one mountain

Henk Manschot, John de Coninck, Bart Mijland

What happens when a tourist board, wildlife authorities and local residents all have different visions on saving a magic mountain? In 2012, a seminar with this diverse group of stakeholders took place in the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda. Three participants of that seminar are here to discuss the role of culture in governance and sustainable development.

CCFU#Kosmopolis#Pluralism#sustainable development

Competing visions of change

Elizabeth Thomas, Mustaghfiroh Rahayu, Jimmy Ssentongo, Caroline Suransky

Three PhD students of the Pluralism Knowledge Programme from India, Indonesia and Uganda currently conduct research in local contexts which harbor diverse and contested visions of change. Their emerging findings suggest that accommodating pluralism in complex environments raises new questions about development and social change.
#caste #ethnicity #Pluralism #religion

Don’t all women count?

Geeta Misra

This session will discuss pluralism from a feminist perspective on the example of the struggle against violence against women (VAW). How can strategies to combat violence against women be made more inclusive and affirmative? The session also aims to raise issues that apply to women´s rights activism more generally.
#CREA #inclusion #Pluralism #women’s movement

Islamic feminism

Amina Wadud, Farha Ciciek

One of the tough dilemma’s in the open society is the issue of representation. Amina will present how she looks at issues of democracy and pluralism and the position of Muslims – and Muslim women in particular – from an Islamic feminist perspective. Farha will share her experience from the Indonesian context.
#Pluralism #religion

Beyond the human rights approach

Zainal Abidin Bagir, Afinawati Ajub

Democracy gives room for diversity, including exclusivist or conservative tendencies, which may make it more difficult to create a civic pluralist society. Can democratic institutions deal with this fact? Are legal measures or human rights instruments up to the task of creating such a society? Are there alternatives?

CRSC#Pluralism#interest based approach#religion

Negotiating World Views?

Brenda Bartelink
Working on change and development should be driven by ideals of respecting plurality and tolerance for difference. But how does one deal with conflicts and polarizations between different worldviews? How can religious and secular development organizations find common ground? Find answers in an interactive workshop that combines roleplaying with reflection on the role of religion in development and social change. #dialogue #Pluralism #polarisation #religion
#dialogue #Pluralism #polarisation #religion