Yet, the process of correcting mistakes and making amends is still the exception to the rule in the Netherlands. And that’s a shame because it works. It’s beneficial not only for those involved but also for society as a whole. Those who understand how their actions have impacted others and have managed to reconcile with them are far less likely to be repeat offenders. That’s why we’re searching for additional ways of making amends.
Maakkracht (the power of making)
In recent years, it has become apparent that the professionals in the ‘security chain’ are not always up to the task at hand. Finding enough security professionals is also difficult. Subversive crime is encroaching more and more into all of our daily lives. By contrast, our governmental systems are sometimes so rigid that innocent citizens become victims of state interventions. Isn’t it time to examine our existing approaches critically and ask ourselves what we hope to achieve with them? Are we really doing ‘the right thing’?
For the partners of this Embassy, it could not be clearer: tackling crime has grown increasingly complex; therefore, we cannot carry on as we always have. More than ever, we need new ways of working. That’s why we’re searching for additional ways of making amends.
And for that, the Embassy of Safety is relying upon the power of makers. Our ambition, in direct co-creation with society, is to effect positive changes to help transform complex safety issues. We’ve radically reversed the traditional approach to problem-solving: begin not with the solution, but with the drive of the human being. When people undertake an activity on their own, without knowing where it will lead, this not only provokes change but also sparks the process of learning by doing. That’s the power of making. And we’re all, each and every one of us, a maker.
This narrative is written in collaboration with The Makers Collective of Justice and Security.