Derk van der Pol
Stories have the power to connect
I live in the conviction that many stories within organisations are often not told. In my opinion, everyone has a story that is worth sharing. Especially when it comes to change or an issue. To what extent do we know each other and each other's perspectives? That's why I see it as my mission to make people aware of the power of their story; to draw up these stories and to build a bridge between departments, cultures and especially people within organisations. That's why, as an organisation reporter, I dive into the world of organisations to look for people and their stories about issues and changes that play a role. In this way I link individual stories (micro perspectives) to the collective story (macro perspective). This approach ensures that the various images, stories and perspectives that exist within an organisation around a change or issue are brought closer together. So that we understand each other better.
Je suis comme les autres
The combination of my studies in Media Science and Intercultural Communication brought me to this field. I remember my internship in Burkina Faso at the National Television. There, together with a local team, I made a documentary about children with brain damage. I wanted to create awareness for the fact that these children are also children and deserve a place in society. At a private organisation we filmed how children with attention and personal care got a smile on their faces. I also enjoyed the recognizable dynamics in the school classroom: from bully to smart-ass. A child stood up and said: "Je suis comme les autres." I am like the others, or: I am also human. That touched me.
And then, during my Master's in Intercultural Communication, I came across the concept of 'double perspective'. This concept is so essential, because mutual understanding can arise from a double perspective. It's about getting to know each other and empathizing with the other side of the story. There is no such thing as a single truth. That is why it is so important to retrieve a variety of stories and perspectives, so that there is room for the whole story. Because by understanding each other, there is room to build on that one goal to which everyone (in any kind of organization) contributes.
News & blogs
06-16-2022 / Blogs / By Derk van der Pol, Suzanne van DuimIt's one of those Monday mornings. With husband and two muppets aged four and five to the dentist. Who is running late. Of course. Jumping in the car to be on time for an interview. It happened to our new colleague Suzanne van Duin. Once properly installed, on this sunny spring day, a conversation unfolded about UB40, Ennio Morricone, Once Upon a Time in the West, about growing up abroad and how that helps in life. And we talk about the new chapter Suzanne is starting in her working life, at Kessels & Smit, The Learning Company. We would like to introduce her to you. Personal and professional.
01-06-2021 / News / By Mara Spruyt, Marijke Boessenkool, Derk van der Pol
Generative Journalism Learning JourneyAre you curious about how stories in your organization (or beyond) can contribute to change? Marijke Boessenkool, Mara Spruyt, Derk van der Pol (Kessels & Smit) and Peter Pula (Axion News) start on January 14th with a 4-part learning journey about working with stories and (generative) organizational journalism. Which story do you want to take to the next level?
11-24-2020 / News / By Mara Spruyt, Derk van der Pol, Marijke Boessenkool
Webinar: Generative Organizational JournalismAre you curious to learn more about how to make personal stories and interviews with people in your organization come to life, and use them to fuel meaningful change? On December 8th and December 10th, Mara Spruyt, Marijke Boessenkool and Derk van der Pol will host a webinar on organizational journalism, or 'generative journalism', together with Peter Pula of Axiom News.
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