Wageningen Dialogue

Let’s Explore: Nitrogen in NL

Not a day goes by without mention of the ‘nitrogen dossier’ in traditional and social media. It drives people apart and puts groups at odds with each other. This polarising trend can be seen in society, but also within WUR. You could say: ‘No pain, no gain’. But we can minimise that pain by communicating with each other in a more meaningful way. With the new ‘Let's explore’ series, Communication & Marketing and Wageningen Dialogues provide an opportunity for the different perspectives to come together and to have a deep conversation, face to face. All of this is done in our academic environment. So WUR staff is invited to join this conversation.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research
Date

Wed 31 August 2022

Tue 27 September 2022

Wed 26 October 2022

For whom WUR employees only

Why is the topic of nitrogen so very close to our hearts? What does this trigger in us below the surface? Who is responsible for change? What role do you see for science and WUR in this issue? How would you fulfil this role? Does it touch on certain values or ideals? Do you think the solution lies in innovations, a new form of agriculture, and/or behavioural change?

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We have to learn to understand each other, because everyone has their own language.
Alex Datema, dairy farmer & dialogue participant

Let’s explore

With the new ‘Let’s explore’ series, we aim to bring together different perspectives within WUR and provide space for exploration. Can you be open and listen to others with genuine interest? You might test each other’s patience a bit, but no pain, no gain. In the last week of every month, Communication & Marketing and Wageningen Dialogues would like to organise a ‘Let’s explore’ session, in which we will explore one topic over a series of three sessions.

As Socrates said: wisdom begins in wonder.

The fact that we think differently about a topic does not mean that there is no value in the ideas of the other person. The complexity of the current challenges also benefits from different perspectives. Is a scientific environment not the perfect setting for wonder and the exploration of all those perspectives? During the internal ‘Let’s explore’ sessions, we will try to provide a — hopefully safe — space for doubt, wonder, and exploration, away from the hardened debate. Will we succeed in asking each other questions candidly? In finding out why the other person acts and thinks the way they do? The goal is to engage in the dialogue and perhaps find some common ground. We invite you to join the conversation and be prepared to listen.