Welkom bij Regenboog Advies- Welcome to RAINBOW ADVICE

Waarom een Regenboog?

1- Duurzaamheid – We brengen milieu, economie en welzijn bij elkaar in onze projecten, of te wel verschillende ‘kleuren’ en benaderingen. We deden dat in de Achterhoek en Kempen,  VeluweBetuweHunze vallei,  in de Pantanal (Brazilie) en Uitkerkse polder (in Belgie). We laten zien dat investeren in meer natuur en een beter milieu goed is voor de economie en voor mensen. 

Helena Imminga Berends, milieu-econoom en oprichtster van Regenboog Advies begon daarmee voor een rapport Ruimte voor groei van de WRR (in 1987). Het was toen niet ‘gewoon’ om te geloven dat behoud van natuur en milieu samen konden gaan met duurzame welvaartsgroei. Maar dat liet de WRR toen wel zien.

2- Multiculturele benadering. In onze projecten brengen wij ook ‘culturen’ bij elkaar met trainingen in interculturele communicatie, voor jongeren, managers  en vrouwen. Helena Imminga-Berends van Regenboog Advies geeft deze trainingen vanwege haar internationale achtergrond en werkervaring in 5 verschillende landen (Nederland, V.S., België, Portugal en Brazilië).

TOWARDS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY AND INTEGRATED APPROACH

The focus and drive of our work is to bring together different approaches i.e. the economic, the social and the environmental approach projecte and assessments. Our goal is always to improve policies and plans, making them more integrated and sustainable. Helena Imminga-Berends has several and different university degrees and an international background. 

APPLIED TO COUNTRIES, REGIONS AND  TERRITORIES

See for instance the detailed reports on 25 OCTS (overseas countries and territories linked to the EU) in English and French. We did many studies and reports for different regions and countries. See Research list.

We developed a course on how to work together in a region, see also a short video (in Dutch) about our regional work.

WE ALSO AIM AT IMPROVING INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

In the same spirit we bring together different cultures by training in intercultural communication. We do this in the Netherlands and abroad, in four languages. Helena Imminga-Berends trained young people, managers  and women. She gave such workshops for European civil servants, for technical experts at Enabel in Brussels and for Atos Origin in Spain, Marocco and France.

AND DOES IT WORK BRINGING SCIENTISTS AND CIVIL SOCIETY TOGETHER? Yes! In an analysis of four European ‘social platforms’, we showed how scientists from different countries and with different scientific backgrounds can work together with non academics. See the evaluation that Helena Imminga-Berends did of such EU funded research projects: social platforms.

NEWS: We keep track of developments in the 25 Overseas Countries and Territories linked to the European Union as a follow- up of our reports for the EU.

In particular we are closely following events on Sint Maarten (one of the 6 OCTs linked to the Kingdom of the Netherlands). The island was terribly hit by Hurricane Irma is September 2017. The relationship with the Netherlands has since then come under increased (political en financial) pressure.

The Dutch government offered 550 million Euros for reconstruction of infrastructures and has asked the World Bank to be involved in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP). But because the Dutch Goverment imposed a number of conditions, the prime minister of Sint Maarten (William Marlin) resigned. The European Union is offering aid to both parts of the island: to Sint Maarten and to Saint Martin (a French Collectivite, where reconstruction works are led by France). Follow the news on our Sint Maarten page.

But also on Sint Eustatius (not an independent country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands like Sint Maarten but a Dutch ‘special municipality’) the relationship with the Netherlands has turned a bit sour. See report on Sint Eustatius .

NOTE: it is not generally known what the former 6 Dutch Antilles changed status after 11.11.2011. Three islands became independent countries: Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten. The three other islands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) voted to become ‘special municipalities’ of the Netherlands (i.e. closer to the Netherlands).

LEARNING BY PLAYING TOGETHER

Besides a quantative/ economic approach (Helena has two university degrees in econometrics) she also did action and participatory research. But given het international background and experience, she knows that there are different ways of learning! She developed e-learning lessons but also games and role- plays to be used in her training sessions. One such game is a Budget Game  so people can become more aware of how they spend money and how they value things and events. In DUTCH: we blijven werken met ons BUDGETSPEL in buurthuizen en elders, zie paginas over  het spel,  onze workshops
en demonstraties plus
TV reportage.

Luiza Figueira en het Budgetspel

Luiza Figueira en het Budgetspel

Helena Imminga geeft workshop over Geld

Helena Imminga geeft workshop over Geld

WE DOEN NOG MEER:

– Wij laten zien dat investeren in natuur nodig en nuttig is. Voor natuur-organisaties, bestuurders, NGOs, etc.  Meer…

– Hoe innoveer ik bijvoorbeeld mijn camping die vlakbij of in mooie natuur ligt? Meer…

– Hoe betrek ik bewoners bij natuur in de stad? Bijvoorbeeld door een tuinenwedstrijd! Meer..

WIE ZIJN WIJ- ABOUT US

De mensen die mee werken/ werkten met Regenboog Advies hebben verschillende (academische) opleidingen zodat we diverse benaderingen of ‘kleuren’ bij elkaar kunnen brengen: Marco de Jong, Marian Stegink, Hans van den Heuij, Marianne van Mansom, Boudy van Schagen, Peter Wijsman. De laatste tijd werkt Helena veel met Luiza Figueira, oa bij het Budgetspel. Meer… 

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