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helps organizations & individuals to excel in complex (work) environments. We achieve this by delivering client-specific quality training, visualization, and advisory services. We understand that every organization is unique, that’s why all of our solutions are tailored to fit our clients’ needs. Hence, co-creation is an essential component to our approach to development & delivery. Our people thrive on conceptualizing ideas and delivering high impact projects for our clients.

We firmly believe in:

Thinking two steps ahead

Experiential learning

Co-creation

Cost effectiveness

Out-of-the-box thinking & innovation

Transparency, responsibility & integrity

Our Story

Our Story

The history of our organization begins in 2005 with two, then-recent graduates Gideon Shimshon and Ulrich Mans coming together with an innovative idea to provide Dutch Senior Staff Officers from the Defence Academy with a strategic political decision-making simulation. Their idea was to take the simulation created by their teacher and friend, Dr. Leonard Suransky, and develop a computer software program to facilitate the interactions between participants.

The software program came to be known as InterACT© and The Pax Ludens Foundation was born.  The initial board members – Gideon Shimshon, Leonard Suransky, Eric Crawford, and Jeannine Suurmond – cemented the principles of Pax Ludens according to their vision of creating a better world.

 

Pax Ludens, meaning “Playing Peace”, was solely focused on delivering the simulation to Dutch Defence Staff for next few years.  It was a virtual organization – no physical offices, computers, or permanent staff – that came out once a year and then disappeared again.  That is until in 2009, when the Board Members agreed that their talents and expertise could benefit many other organizations and spread to new issue areas beyond diplomacy.  The offices at Zeestraat 100 in The Hague were secured and fitted with all the necessities.  Permanent staff was hired to run the day-to-day operations and manage projects.

In only a few short years Pax Ludens acquired an impressive list of clients and partners in the public sector – including several defense and intelligence organizations, civilian government agencies, international organizations, think-tanks, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

 

We are proud of our accomplishments and heritage and we continually strive to deliver high-quality projects guided by the same principles of the initial board members.  So contact us and find out how we can help your organization.

Our Expertise

Our Expertise

Pax Ludens helps organizations & individuals to excel in complex (work) environments. We do so by delivering client-specific quality training, visualization, and advisory services.

Simulations

Our philosophy remains that “experiential learning” is the most effective method for comprehending complex issues. In Confucius’ own words, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” This forms the basis of our learning experiences, which are received as refreshing, energizing, and produce innovative solutions.

Visualizations

We firmly believe that a picture is worth a thousand words. We utilize visualizations to provide a clear overview of complex processes. Data, relationships, interests, and other forms of information are not always easily accessible. It can be hidden in texts, lines of communications, graphs, charts, and databases – all which limit the ability to gain oversight of key processes.

Research

Our research activities go beyond simple analysis and writing up reports. Our approach to research focus on providing our clients solutions to complex challenges facing their organizations. Our vast pool of subject matter expertise combined with agile project management delivers you cost effective qualitative outcomes.

Training

Pax Ludens develops tailor-made interactive workshops and training programs for a wide variety of organizations. A core component of all our training activities is the focus on participatory knowledge creation to explore new organizational modalities & best practices.

Strategy and Foresight

Do you ever lay awake worrying about the future? Is your organization prepared for uncertainty? Is your strategy robust enough to manage unforeseen events, systemic shocks and rapid trends?

Advice

Pax Ludens serves as an advisor to organizations within the public sector. We acknowledge that complex challenges require fresh perspectives and new insights. We go beyond the standard advisory role, our solutions focus on the implementation of solutions for your challenges.

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    Training
  • Research
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    Research
  • Visualization
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    Visualization
  • Simulations
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    Simulations
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    Strategy & Foresight
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Our People

Our People

Pax Ludens combines a diverse group of subject matter experts who all share the same goal of helping our clients make sense of an increasingly complex world and ultimately improve decision-making. Depending on the issue at hand, our experts can be called upon to help and provide input.

Our vast network of experts include the following fields:

 

Organizational development, Strategy Formulation & Change Management.

Security, Defence & Crisis Management.

(Good) Governance & diplomacy.

Aid, development &  Conflict Resolution.

Training & education.

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Sammy Whenu

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Martijn Nuijten

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Dr. Ivo Wenzler

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Dr. Leonard Suransky

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Dr. Erica Pasini

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Prof. Dr. Edwin Bakker

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Prof. Dr. Bernhard R. Katzy

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Jonna Luijten

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Per Kristiansen

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Erella Grassiani

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Eric Crawford

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Benedikt van den Woldenberg

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Gijs Verbossen

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Ghassan Dahhan

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Anno van Bunnik

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Yossi Mekelberg

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CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION

Want to more about how Pax Ludens can help your organization? Contacting us for more information might just be the right choice for you.

CONTACT US HERE

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