When someone talks to me about the IPMS, I still have fresh memories of last year. It was a great program. For me personally, it was such an excellent opportunity and it was a milestone for my academic and professional career. Here in Nepal, I benefited a lot from the program. Government ministries and policy level officials now know me as youth expert and Sustainable Development Practitioner. They are planning to involve me in their upcoming policy implementation program. It is going to be an important achievement for me.
The IPMS and SCF are very famous among my colleagues. University lecturers, and friends working in the environmental field, are interested to participate in the upcoming program of IPMS, and they are asking me further information about the program.
I hope that you will do your best to make the 24th IPMS a big success and that we can be part of this event.
Purusottam http://www.scfoundation.org/sendinmail/4946717334930/Mahat , Nepal, Alumnus IPMS 2016
Absolutely a proactive knowledge to natural resource managers to tackle and accommodate development pressure on protected areas in Africa and in the rest of the world. This message should go worldwide.
Walter Raleigh Odokorwot, Uganda, RPMS BIOPAMA I 2014
I have come, I have seen, I am re-branded going home with confidence & happiness.
Alade Adeleke, Nigeria, IPMS 2014
A "must" program for those who would like to develop skills in managing sustainability with integrated focus and holistic approach!!!
Shiv Tripathi, India, IPMS 2014
It is helpful in giving participants an overview of sustainable development that is not just based on economy and environment (like I thought), but also on a personal and political level as well.
Muleya Manyando, Zambia, IPMS 2014
This is the one community of persons devoted to Mutual Gains Approach to sustainable development in various sectors of life.
Stella Nnedinma Ayika, Nigeria, IPMS 2014
Stability of society is in the economic responsibility, social justice and finances, an environmental consciousness. IPMS is one big family - a global family which is synonym to societal stability. I am happy I belong to the family.
Dauda Okanlawon, Nigeria, IPMS 2014
Forget all you believe about conflicts! The one and only issue that counts is willing to agree and to include all relevant stakeholders in this. With IPMS I got the chance to practice, next to learning the concepts. It works.
Samy Ouahsine, France, IPMS 2014
IPMS 2014 was a good training – great staff, enthusiastic participants, great venue, and excellent organization. I had a great time because I came away with new a lens through which to look at sustainable development and a tool to engage other stakeholders in implementing sustainable development. I am now able to confidently walk in any negotiation, be it sustainable development or not and walk out with some goals met. The simulations made every theory and concept practical and personal. One of the best things about the program was the opportunity to meet and network with other participants (with various cultural and professional backgrounds) and learn about their opportunities, issues and projects. The climax of the week was a “once-in-a-life-time” social event that is unforgettable.
Jeremiah NuQuay, Liberia, IPMS 2014
IPMS does not only improve or adds knowledge and skills, it transforms people and thus our world.
Max Barth, Germany, IPMS 2014
Please post my card on the inside of this evaluation....Before :( After :)
Shailendra Guragain, Nepal, IPMS 2013
Even when you are already a bit familiar with MGA, this course gives you lots of new insights and experiences.
Thijs Kraassenberg, The Netherlands, IPMS 2013
Sustainable development requires people from industry, government, non-profits and other organizations to work together. While collaboration is key, progress can be slow as stakeholder relationship development is often approached with a "me versus you" mindset. The International Program on the Management of Sustainability (IPMS) has taught me to see differing opinions, backgrounds and interests as an opportunity to exponentially increase the possibilities for a sustainable, long-lasting solution. Thanks to the IPMS, I now have the confidence to sit across the table from stakeholders, even competitors, to break down the barriers of collaborative problem solving and to work together more efficiently towards sustainable development.
Johanna Rijkenberg, USA, IPMS 2012
IPMS was really one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had. I've learned so much, and I was so appreciative that I found this course, and of course was accepted and had the honor of attending! I still tell everyone I meet about how professional it was, serious, with staff from the "front line", and also very fulfilling socially – meeting a really special group, really from all over the world, and being able to find so much in common with them, but also to learn from each and every one of the participants – in addition to the staff.
Yonat Schwartz, Israel, IPMS 2012
If I think about what I've been telling my friends about the course, it is that it was full of amazing passionate and engaged people from all over the world. There was a keenness to learn, diversity of culture and opinion, development, challenges, excitement and not to forget the pressure of simulations and time. We learned a lot about methods, processes, sustainability and each other. And maybe ourselves. The big thing I say though, is that I came away from the IPMS far better than I went in and that is thanks to many people, behind the scenes and in front.
Marlon Quinn, Australia, IPMS 2012
Hello wonderful people, seven days with you all was the most enjoyable and rewarding episode that I will forever cherish. Let us by all means stay in touch to keep the flag of the SCF and of course that of the IPMS flying.
Kazeem Adio, NIgeria, IPMS 2012
It was truly inspiring! Even though I spent the entire time in a hotel in Driebergen, I feel like I made a small trip around the world. This feeling is mainly caused by the mix of people and cultures: the biggest quality of the program, as far as I’m concerned!
Just to give you an idea: Osborne, the former vice president of the Island of Dominica, is the oldest in our group. Denise from Brazil, just spent 6 months in the Amazone and starts working for Shell soon. She hopes to make a difference. Elena (‘But we’ve got oil’) from Russia, works for the WWF. She spends a lot of time in Malaysia. Australian Marlon has bought an open ticket and doesn’t know if and when he will return home. Fernando from Mexico tries to influence the environment of 174 Mexican protected areas with a small federal group of 5 biologists.
With these (and more) people, we started a sustainable negotiation in three big simulations. Or negotiated for sustainability, depending on the way we translated it. I thought it was refreshing to let go of the things I take for granted. Why wouldn’t the government be corrupted, why is it strange to subsidize energy bills for over 80% and positions do change when you talk about real hunger.
Marjoke Hoeve, The Netherlands, IPMS 2012
Thank you for giving me that great opportunity to attend the 18th IPMS/SDD course. It is really one of the courses everyone needs to take in the lifetime. I hope all you cherished people are doing fine and continuing your work.
Guirguissou Maboudou, Benin, IPMS 2011
The course was incredible and I feel extremely lucky that I got to come. Even in our everyday meetings here, I notice different ways that I can incorporate the skills we discussed and practiced, and I've been in touch with other people from the program about how they're integrating and using the skills too.
Abbey Lindsay, USA, IPMS 2010
IPMS does an excellent job simulating real life negotiations; both in terms of cases and time pressures! The only difference with real life is that IPMS is a risk-free environment where you can try all your negotiation and facilitation techniques, get real great feedback and the experience a steep learning curve!
Anja Oussoren, Canada/Kenya, IPMS 2009
IPMS was one of the best experiences in my life. I learned a lot in a very unique way. I also met lots of wonderful people, from my class mates to the team and I say thank you. After the program I was able to use some of the skills acquired on the job and luckily for me I was promoted in January 2010 to the post of deputy managing director of our company.
Abbas Sambo, Nigeria, IPMS 2009
I want to express my deep gratitude for the chance to take part in the IPMS course. It did exceed my expectations, broaden my perspective and (most fortunately) has turned me into a questioning machine - why, when, what if, how so.... ????? - in order to get the desired mutual gains results in any kind of negotiation. It also introduced me to fifty wonderful and highly capacitated individuals from the four corners of the world, who share the same concern for our common future on this planet. Thank you so much for all the efforts you and the team have put forth to make our stay with you so welcoming, relaxed and productive!
Alexandra Lichtenberg, Brazil, IPMS 2009
I see this course as a key event in terms of my personal and professional development.
Jan Willem den Besten, The Netherlands, SDD student - IPMS 2009
This program is not just a knowledge & experience exchange; it is a way of warming up the brain and making it use all its capacity so you become a walking MGA idea factory. It is a teaching how life can be lived. An amazing experience...
Daniela Petrusevschi, Moldova, IPMS 2009
The IPMS helped me, to put a lot of sustainability concerns that I have, in perspective, and taught me to work with the aim to find reasonable and good solutions to all parties interested. Many problems, from the macro to the micro level, could be tackled with the Mutual Gains Approach, and the challenge can bring really good results to a better and sustainable world.
Rodrigo Lima, Brazil, IPMS 2009
I can’t think of a better place, a better method, a better learning setting with better qualified faculty members to learn consensus building and sustainable development than IPMS. In every way and measure, this is world-class!
Jeffrey Tan, Malaysia, IPMS 2009
The program transcends across religion, nations, and individualism to attain its overall target goal of sustainable development.
Chetwaile Nyendwa, Zambia, IPMS 2009
It is hard to tell whether it is more impressive than enjoyable or the other way around!
Rob Hendriks, The Netherlands, IPMS 2009)
If more leaders used the methods taught in this program, many of our conflicts would be prevented or stopped before reaching escalation.
Paula Gabriela Freitas, Brazil, IPMS 2008
This program has reaffirmed my understanding humanity is enriched through global solidarity or issues of common concern to the world.
Umar Kawu, Nigeria, IPMS 2008
This programme has been a life changing experience. It is the materialization of the idea that no man is an island and that changes occur in waves, and that we can accomplish great things together!
Barbara Oliviera, Brazil, IPMS 2008
This is a subtle way of developing world leaders for sustainable development. The skills can not only change national and international negotiations but it can be the basis for family and societal development.
Ibironke Olubamise, Nigeria, IPMS 2008
Searching for Mutual Gains together gives you energy. It opens the way to opportunities and options which you have never thought of on your own.
Ivette van der Linden, The Netherlands, IPMS 2008
The program provides entrance to a rich world of ideas, culture and skills that you are not aware of before participating in the program.
Frédérique van Zomeren, Belgium, IPMS 2008
This program opens your eyes, even if you think they are already open.
Francine Hijmans van den Bergh, The Netherlands, IPMS 2007
This experience has changed the way I look at problem solving and helped me feel more confident to participate in negotiation situations. It also gave me a wonderful feeling that there are many people doing wonderful work on sustainability.
Rachel Biderman, Brazil, IPMS 2007
The innovativeness and quality of this highly regarded program allow you to become a conflict mediator, not only dealing with sustainable development issues, but also in other parts of your life. The program is challenging, multicultural and interdisciplinary at the same time.
Alexander Belyakov, Ukraine, IPMS 2007
This is an invaluable program to all, irrespective of your background. Amidst acquiring & chairing knowledge of how we can preserve and hand over a rich resource in our environment to generations yet unborn, there was fun, multi-culture, and friendship working towards a common good.
Michael Priddy, Sierra Leone, IPMS 2007
If all leaders and negotiators of this world have these unique tools, taught in this program, and if they are willing to implement the principles, then our world is heading for not only sustainable development, but also for peace.
Babatunde Oloko, Nigeria, IPMS 2007
Why getting interested? Because it is fun to learn about your BATNA! Negotiations will become so interesting if the interests are shared instead of fighting the positions. To look behind what seems to be the issue should become my second nature. It’s about exploring, inventing, discussing, suspending and clarifying your opinion in a new way!
Jelle Blaauwbroek, The Netherlands, IPMS 2006
One week that has passed so fast together with people who have learned how to negotiate in peace for issues found in international, national, even everyday family agendas. In the nature of Holland all the world was met.
Konstantinos Chalvatzis, Greece, IPMS 2006
Getting involved in sustainable development is getting involved in looking beyond day-to-day management and knowing the role you and your organization have to play.
Sandra de Kruijf, The Netherlands, IPMS 2006
Geopolitical issue about sustainability seems very bad in every corner of the world, makes us less hopeful and almost giving up. This week has been energizing and refreshing in teaching me that clarify consciously different interest and seeking to build relationships are key to the process of building consensus to achieve much more gains than anticipate helping to solve short term and long-term problems. With this approach many meaningful things are possible.
Emilia Arthur, Ghana, IPMS 2006
IPMS provides a more holistic approach to negotiation.
Jan Bos, The Netherlands, IPMS 2006
Bringing together experienced faculty which such a large number of well motivated individuals can only advance the causes of sustainability and spread the word around the globe.
Abdelwehab Alwehab, Iraq, IPMS 2006
A very interesting experience to get acquainted with the concept of MGA and CB in this international group.
Evert de Zoeten, The Netherlands, IPMS 2006
This is an excellent program both in theory and practice that makes negotiation a real tool for achieving sustainable development.
Noble Wadzah, Ghana, IPMS 2006
I think this is one of the courses that I will remember all my life because each time I will be talking with anyone (at home, or at work) I will be thinking of what I have learned here: to better communicate with people.
Sawsan Abu Fakhreddine, Lebanon, IPMS 2006
The gathering of know-how from around the world vis-à-vis sustainability and capability building.
Anat Gonen, Israel, IPMS 2006
IPMS is a deep learning experience to practice sustainability from a space of trust, mutual gains and strategic collaboration that has high relevance for systematic transformation at different levels. The multicultural nature of the program supports the creation of a web of change makers that can shape out present and inspire others to act.
Dania Quirola, Ecuador, IPMS 2006
Many problems in the world are related to poor skills to communicate. The course improves the awareness of importance of communication and introduces communication and negotiation skills. This course is absolutely an eye-opener and a prerequisite to prepare people to communicate and solve problems of the world in a sustainable way.
Stefan Morel, The Netherlands, IPMS 2006
A valuable program to develop your personal view and personal skills on managing sustainable development that can be used in your whole life.
Wim Goedhart, The Netherlands, IPMS 2006
It’s a very good program that makes politicians, economists and environmentalists work together by negotiation to get sustainable development.
Betsy Anna Sihombing, Indonesia, IPMS 2006
In the increasingly intricate context of the outside world, the skills you learn here, enable you to construct a process in which mutual value is leading in finding sustainable solutions.
Monique Stouten, The Netherlands, IPMS 2006
Consensus Building technique like MGA should be applied more in order to get a better world.
Titia Zonneveld, The Netherlands, IPMS 2005
The program makes it possible to make gains for everybody in a negotiation situation.
Rikke Lundsgaard, Denmark, IPMS 2005
Networking; establishing cooperations; getting to global/regional demand; improving professional negotiation skills, ...
Andrei Isac, Moldova, IPMS 2005
It has been a very valuable program, especially in making me a better negotiator. How to prepare and agree on process; setting BATNA; understanding Mutual Gains Approach.
Agnes Kalibbala, Uganda, IPMS 2005
It opens a person not to think in a box. “Think outside the box”
Winnie Musonda, Zambia, IPMS 2005
A great opportunity for self reflection and growth in my professional career. Sustainable development has just become clearer.
Rest Kanju , South Africa, IPMS 2005
The knowledge and experience gained during this course is not only going to transform y future work within my organization, but also those who will come in contact with me. I am so grateful to both SCF and my organization who enabled me to participate in this important conference.
James Rubakisibo, Rwanda, IPMS 2005
IPMS is a high energy, high level and highly involving pressure cooker training in getting complex (SD-)issues solved in a more profitable and durable way.
Louis Meuleman, The Netherlands, IPMS 2005
This training course is very important. Not only for the developed countries, but also for developing countries; to build self-confidence to find a best solution for sustainable development.
Saruth Chan, Cambodia, IPMS 2005 & IPMS 2008
Together we build consensus and we win world peace!
Amade Sucá, Mozambique, IPMS 2005
IPMS makes you think beyond the boundary of your present position.
Bouke Ottow, The Netherlands, IPMS 2005
It was very useful and enjoyable to see the very different skills from people from different countries, used in the negotiation meetings.
Edward Stigter, The Netherlands, IPMS 2005
Different cultures broaden your perspective on sustainable issues. Broad range of experience that is shared and available. The program integrates skills, tools and attitude in a very clever manner.
Tom den Boer, The Netherlands, IPMS 2005
A course that makes you understand and improve the world on sustainability…
Yunus Arikan, Turkey, IPMS 2005
Create value before you claim one!
Ecaterina Berghi, Moldova, IPMS 2005
IPMS will change your life! The program offers you tools, techniques, theories, simulations that are so obvious if you hear them that you’re surprised by the results in using them! If everyone negotiated like this the world would be a better place!
Ronald Kramps, The Netherlands, IPMS 2005
To have this planet in a better condition or at least in the same condition, sustainability is a tool. With this concept you can save your water resources, soil, air of human. We need to educate people in different sectors, who can disseminate the concept and who can practically perform to tackle the situation. This is an excellent program, it should remain continued. At least there are some who are doing a great job; this topic is beyond the eyes of many people. This program can help people awake.
Saeeda Yousaf, Pakistan, IPMS 2004
This is the right place and time to share knowledge and experiences related with multilateral dialogue and mutual gain approach, from all over the world.
Ariel Pérez Castellón, Bolivia, IPMS 2004
Consensus Building towards a mutual gains result is the cornerstone of sustainable development. This program has strengthened my skills and motivation which will make me more effective I what I do.
Samuel Sangüeza-Pardo, Ecuador, IPMS 2004
Everybody has to do this program the way that it is done: at the international level. It has a lot of benefits!
Galit Cohen, Israel, IPMS 2004
Best practical skills course that enhances individual arbitration and capabilities of initiating a process and effectively managing a process towards achieving common understanding and a group decision. I strongly recommend the course for business managers, policy-makers and heads of institutions and organizations dealing with complex issues that require mutual gains.
Patrick Karani, Kenya, IPMS 2004
The program offers lots of opportunity in various capacities. Also learns the art of relating, which is very important and an essential treat. One becomes more confident in handling situations. It also helps you to understand your family well, especially adolescent children. The principles remain the same.
Joy Benjamin, India, IPMS 2004
IPMS gives you some very concrete tools to work with in a very complex reality. Not because it makes the reality less complex, but because it gives you the possibility to make a difference.
Laura Tolnov Clausen, Denmark, IPMS 2004
To truly understand the impact of cultural differences on negotiations or in life for that matter just do the program. If you think that culture is only about nationalities, you know where to find the application form….
Martijn Koobs, The Netherlands, IPMS 2004
Extremely useful and interesting program with respect to learn and practice a most valuable and necessary instrument to use for working on sustainable development. Also much added value because of the multicultural participants that reflect the practice of sustainable issues.
Nanda Gilden-De Bie, The Netherlands, IPMS 2004
In my opinion this is the only program in the world that can help all countries to increase their capacity in implementing sustainable development issues through training experts. I personally would not had had the opportunity to play simulation games if I did not have the chance to participate in this program.
Levent Keskin, Turkey, IPMS 2004
You make it happen!! Congratulations!!
Anna Wiech, Poland, IPMS 2004
The program brings you with both feet back on the ground and makes you look after the things it is really about in the world.
Antoinette Wilmot, The Netherlands, IPMS 2004
In the emerging world of social, cultural, economic and environmental conflicts, there is no any other important course comparable to IPMS. Mutual gains negotiations and consensus building stimulates our everyday life at all levels, that is, village, sub-location, location division, district, province, nations and international levels. Understanding the Mutual Gains Approach and consensus building is perhaps the only way to realize sustainable development.
Wilson Nyaoro, Kenya, IPMS 2004
Sustainability (or Spirit) development, is the core living of both human and nature.
Janet Munyao, Kenya, IPMS 2004
It is may be difficult to explain to all the people what I have learned during this week because efficient learning can only be done by doing. Everybody who wants to contribute to sustainable development should follow this programme. It makes you aware of your shortcomings and gives you tools to compare and be much more efficient in realising sustainable improvements, which benefits yourself and many other people!
Philip Drontmann, The Netherlands, IPMS 2004
If all people would follow the core principles promoted by this course – sustainable development, consensus building and Mutual Gain Approach, it would make the world a much better place to live in.
Roman Simec, Slovenia, IPMS 2004
The participants are all special people, with a lot of talent, inspiration and ambition. Of all type of countries, reason enough to follow this course very interesting new connections could come out of it as I have experienced.
Ton Bos, The Netherlands, IPMS 2004
The program emphasizes the need to strike a balance between economic environmental and social needs as a way of achieving sustainable development. It also provides knowledge and skills for successful negotiations in situations where there is conflict of interest.
Lawrence Mangerere, Kenya, IPMS 2004
Wider dissemination of the IPMS can help reducing conflict at different scales and levels. This program must be strengthened and widened to larger spheres.
Chandan Mahanta, India, IPMS 2004
Listening to lecturers speak from real experience of cross-cultural works on consensus building is such an awakening to our conventional past understanding of negotiations. Mutual Gains Approach would definitely stand the test of time.
Clive Wafukho, Kenya, IPMS 2003
People from different countries/cultures seem to be different at first sight, at second sight they turn out to have a lot in common, especially sense of humor and individuality.
Barbera van der Hoek, The Netherlands, IPMS 2003
Great experience! A great change to learn how to negotiate (and how not to negotiate) and to reach a consensus in a safe environment.
Loret Tijhuis, The Netherlands, IPMS 2003
Sometimes you just get a present. That is how the program felt (although it was hard working).
Roel Posthoorn, The Netherlands, IPMS 2003
This program offers a multi-cultural experience sharing opportunities that, together with the theory and tools learned, motivates participants to use a consensus-building approach on their everyday negotiating processes.
Mario Yarto, Mexico, IPMS 2003
We have to see cultural diversity not as a barrier but as a challenge to reach Sustainable Development.
Ana Luz Quintanilla-Montoya, Mexico, IPMS 2003
Often in negotiation participants focus on “not to lose" in the negotiation process. This program learns that there are ways to negotiate that produce gains for all parties involved.
Steven de Bie, The Netherlands, IPMS 1999 & IPMS 2003
This training course shows that conflicts are better resolved when interests or stakes are shared, not hidden .
Louie Bacomo, Phillipines, IPMS 2003
I have had more cross-cultural experience in this week than in my whole professional career.
Syed Tauqir Shah, Pakistan, IPMS 2003
An excellent course that provides me with good tools for both my persona/life and my today work as well as for taking part in actual negotiations.
Anne Solgaard, Norway, IPMS 2003
If you think the people you try to convince about your goal are complete idiots and you don't reach your goal at all, do this course!
Gerben Roest, The Netherlands, IPMS 2003
I consider the most important value of this program to be that it gives participants new ideas and tools on how to achieve sustainable development of the society and the environment both. It helps people all around the world to conserve the earth for the future generations.
Jozsef Karda, Hungary, IPMS 2003
This program offers me the tools to tackle the problems in a more broad and positive way.
Arona Soumare, Senegal, IPMS 2003
Perhaps you should emphasize a bit more the statement: "No sustainable development without sustainable agreements based on the sustainability pyramid and consensus-building processes.
Christ Rijnen , The Netherlands, IPMS 2003
Negotiating sustainability is not about win and loose, give and take, but about mutual gains. IPMS gives you this value and the opportunity to put this in practice.
Mariana Bellot, Mexico, IPMS 2003
To take this course was an opportunity for me to understand why developing countries always lose their negotiations (they never go prepared and they always take information for granted).
Agnes Sibileau, Argentina, IPMS 2003
Helping to build consensus does not have to imply weakening your position. It means taking a leading role and making a personal contribution to sustainable development. Sustainable development is a matter of caring!
Maria Amparo Alban, Ecuador, IPMS 2002
Through globalization no country is exempt of the need to negotiate with others certain issues and this program provides important tools for success in negotiations.
Gustavo Solórzano Ochoa, Mexico, IPMS 2002
In real life negotiations are usually based on intuitive rather than on written rules. The programme provides an opportunity to make negotiations well-manageable and to design our own negotiation scenarios.
Mike Tarasov, Russia, IPMS 2002
This program is extremely valuable, because of the quality of experience of the faculty members and because the participants have such a variety of knowledge and experience. What I really liked was the fact that people came from such different cultures. When I am in a group like this I don’t understand why there is war in this world.
Marita Driessen, The Netherlands, IPMS 2002
Sustainable development is a concept not well known to politicians. This programme should address more the efforts to improve understanding between different parties. The world is too small to be divided. We live on the same planet and should try to live together with all our differences.
Nadya Boneva, Bulgaria, IPMS 2002
Life is full of priority and responsibility. SCF/IPMS teaches you how to deal with them!
Fida Riachi, Lebanon, IPMS 2002
Sustainability (with capital ‘S’) cannot do anything if not negotiated. The program brings this across in a very effective and enjoyable manner. Interestingly, the converse also comes through very strongly for those involved in negotiation: sustainability (with small ‘s’) is a vital criterion for a good negotiation.
Derry O’Regan, Ireland, IPMS 2002
I am really grateful for this opportunity I was given to improve my skills in managing negotiations related to sustainability issues. I hardly know of any equivalent program in French speaking countries. I highly recommend that the option of developing it in directions of this public should be seriously envisaged. You are doing a great job!
Magdi Ibrahim, Morocco, IPMS 2002
You really gain insight in how negotiation processes work and it is not what you expected before.”
Marcel van Bockel, The Netherlands, IPMS 2002
The simulations have taught me how negotiations can support sustainable solutions.
Bernedine Bos, The Netherlands, IPMS 2002
It is a very impressive and wonderful training that I have never seen before.
Imade Putrawan, Indonesia, IPMS 2002
I think the alumni could be used as focal points in their respective countries to pursue the objectives of SCF.
Nawaz Khan, Pakistan, IPMS 2002
The value added is abstract, in the sense that I have learnt how to recognize the needs and interests of others in addressing and managing my own interests. The ability to apply skills and knowledge for consensus building and negotiated outcomes increases the benefits tremendously.
Nasimul Haque, Bangladesh, IPMS 2002
Sustainable Development through consensus building is appropriate for developing countries.
Ram B. Khadka, Nepal, IPMS 2002
As important as going deep to know what to do for sustainable development you must know how to do it. IPMS can provide you with this knowledge through a set of tools, exercises and a clear framework to understand it.
Anna Christina Barros, Brazil, IPMS 2002
An excellent program which enables you to improve your negotiations skills and forces you to think about all different issues concerning sustainability...
Jan Hoijtink, The Netherlands, IPMS 2002
The programme outlines very clearly what sustainability means and provides useful skills to achieve it.
Henk Kouwenhoven, The Netherlands, IPMS 2002
I have always been thinking that there is a way that human energy is united towards a better future for all living on one planet. This program showed me the way to step on that road.
Veleslava Abadzhieva, Bulgaria, IPMS 2001
A great interdisciplinary vision of how to reach sustainability...
Carlos Guerra Loaiza, Ecuador, IPMS 2001
I consider the program invaluable particularly in the developing world where capacity is very limited and the resources available for capacity enhancement are far-from-adequate.
Papa A. Cham, The Gambia, IPMS 2001
The programme has definitely enhanced my knowledge in sustainability and management, negotiation skills and technical tools. I hope to use this knowledge in my design of a green program.
Bee Chew Lee, Malaysia, IPMS 2001
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet with people from all around the world and be able to learn about their ideas, knowledge, countries.
Milena Tanusheva, Bulgaria, IPMS 2001
This programme has taught me that negotiation might bring us unexpected good results.
Laèrico Betiol, Brazil, IPMS 2001
Consensus Building is a tool for survival in today’s world. The IPMS program has given me skills not only to become a better professional, but also to be a better person.
Monica Silva, Ecuador, IPMS 2001
For issues of sustainability, all negotiations should work as a “soccer team” and not against each other to achieve a sustainable solution. Win-win solutions regardless of the costs.
Mary Kinoti, Kenya, IPMS 2001
My way of negotiating is going to be very different after I attended this program...
Jackeline Siles, Costa Rica, IPMS 2001
My expectations were very high and the program gave me much more than I had hoped to gain. I believe that by implementing / using the tools and the ideas we have received from the faculty and the participants we will be able to create a different environment to work in, in the goal of reaching a better environment.
Ronit Golan, Israel, IPMS 2001
Since life is all about decision making and about making choices together with others, the lessons gained from this program help for all aspects and at all levels of life. Environmental management has been failing in most cases because of the lack of principles of consensus building as taught in this program.
Titilayo Olusolape Anibaba, Nigeria, IPMS 2001
I think having attended this year’s program enhanced my potential and capability in dealing with different stakeholders in future meetings and negotiations and even in my own personal dealing as well. The value of being creative, building trust and the art of sharing the pie as professors emphasized during lectures, will be very helpful in attaining success in every negotiation, but always have the best alternative option to fall back on. All that I learned will certainly go a long, long way!!!
Juris Rita Duenas, Phillipines, IPMS 2001
This programme is not just an ordinary one, it is to me like any other needs of man, after the basic one in order for him/her to survive. If possible, it should be taught right away from junior school throughout the whole world and I am sure that in the next generation, this world would have taken a new turn globally. I therefore recommend this program for virtually everyone who has the opportunity to attend, especially political and religious leaders.
Agboola Oladepo Falua, Nigeria, IPMS 2001
When you leave, you are another person. You feel powerful. Certainly this program is working on your mind. It makes you better, more flexible. It makes you think sustainable every day. It improves your character and your personality. It gives you a positive way of thinking about others.
Simona Marin, Romania, IPMS 2001
The value of IPMS to me is to see Dutch sustainability programs in the context of global sustainability. It inspires me to think of a change of career from regional and local level to the global sustainability level in a few years.
Reina Pasma, The Netherlands, IPMS 2001
IPMS is a sound programme, based on very cleverly defined general (human) principles, which - when actively applied by individuals and groups - can have a huge impact on decision making and improve the quality of life for human kind. We need to accelerate its adoption in much wider circles.
Arne Heineman, The Netherlands, IPMS 2001
This was the best training program I have ever attended. It was an excellent presentation of mutual gains tied to technical tools which can expand the pie or at least reshape it. I have seen nothing elsewhere to compare with the group and individual mentoring given, as I was personally guided through the process.
Peter Reiss, USA, IPMS 2000
Although I have attended many trainings that deal with the concept of sustainability, the content of this course and the way in which it is organized have made me rediscover myself and enhanced my perception of reaching a consensus on sustainable development notwithstanding the barriers of poverty, education and minority.
George Wamukoya, Kenya, IPMS 2000
This program taught me many tools and gave me great input for sustainable development negotiations. It helped me realize that human beings are the most important factor in getting results.
Cecilia Ayon, Mexico, IPMS 2000
If everyone in the field of sustainable development would follow this program, we would have a much better chance of actually making a difference to the conservation of our planet.
Paul Hoetjes, Bonaire, IPMS 2000
This is a valuable, fulfilling, enriching program that will stay with me throughout my life. It has had a great impact on my interpersonal relationships and added value to my well-being.”
Masigwaneng Salome Madiba, South Africa, IPMS 2000
After finishing the programme, I feel I have learned a set of very powerful tools that will definitely help my country in achieving sustainable development.
Juan David Pólit, Ecuador, IPMS 2000
IPMS is a unique, intensive program, that gives you not only the experience of sharing ideas and experiences, but also enriches your professional vocabulary by giving the opportunity to take part in highly effective simulations.
Benny Furst, Israel, IPMS 2000
This program is a must for every government and non-government official, manager and negotiator. I have been overwhelmed by the many strategies that can help one bring home a sustainable agreement.
Yanira Mbekeani Ntupanyana, Malawi, IPMS 200
A week of intense intellectual and interpersonal work that gave me valuable tools to support the implementation of sustainable development from my perspective.
Reyna Oleas, Ecuador, IPMS 2000
The skills we were introduced to in the program were invaluable. I say that because above all they were humane when so much in this world is lacking in that area. I particularly felt that taking your negotiating opponents’ interests into account instead of competing blindly against them is a basic concept but one we rarely realize, let alone practice.
Sonia Najjar, Ecuador, IPMS 2000
If all decision makers went through this course, what a wonderful world it would be.
Rose Kayita Ssebantindira, Uganda, IPMS 2000
An interdisciplinairy knowledge management tool par excellence.
Geoffrey Matthews, France, IPMS 2000
The more you interact, cooperate and dialogue with other people, the more you understand your own capabilities and opportunities. It is mutual enrichment in terms of culture and skills.
Artour Demtchouk, Russia, IPMS 2000
The Programme taught me to go into negotiations with a positive approach, realising that everybody can gain from it.
Betske Goinga, The Netherlands, IPMS 2000
Having fun, learning from each other and interacting in a safe environment, learning how to help others in a way that helps you, is a very positive experience.
Ralph Brieskorn, The Netherlands, IPMS 2000
BATNA is one of the best techniques to achieve the goal of sustainable development...
Wittawat Sarasalin, Thailand, IPMS 2000
I think IPMS provides a safe environment for learning from our own and others’ performance in a negotiation.
Andrés Flores Montalvo, Mexico, IPMS 2000
There are few general statements that apply equally to all national realities, but many of the lessons I have seen these days could easily fit within my country’s reality because there’s something in common: one only environment, one only earth.
Francisco Calderón, Mexico, IPMS 2000
I absolutely need this knowledge and expertise to be successful in my work on sustainability in the Netherlands.
Robbert Hijdra, The Netherlands, IPMS 2000
It is a useful course especially because it brings groups with different interests together. It is significant that they are put in each other’s shoes in order to realize that on each side, these are constraints too.
Priya Waeohongsa, Thailand, IPMS 2000
IPMS gives you the elements for non-selfish negotiations without forgetting your own goals.
Lex Hoefsloot, The Netherlands
A unique and enjoyable programme with all the elements for providing tools and skills in negotiation techniques and conflict resolution for sustainable development.
Mustapha Chouikha, Tunesia, IPMS 2000
I have learnt a lot, both from the content of the course and from the participants I met. The approach to reach objectives is interesting and eye-opening. In my opinion, the approach is applicable to my real life work.
Bunjong Nasae, Thailand, IPMS 2000
Sustainability is an utopic but doable task. It is a way of life. IPMS offers some excellent tools to help us to make it happen.
Juan Patricio Navarro, Ecuador, IPMS 2000
An awareness of the intrinsics involved in ensuring success in negotiations on sustainable development
Loo Took Gee, Malaysia, IPMS 2000
This is the second year that Environment Canada has supported the program. I have learned some new tools which will be very helpful to me as I return to my organization and become more involved in facilitation and in trying to explain the concept of sustainability and make it work in the context of our own body of rules and practices.
Jennifer Moore, Canada, IPMS 1995
People working at the policy level often forget how to deal with the process of sustainability and how to involve different parties. Environmental protection has to be an undertaking where everybody involved can be at the same table to discuss relevant issues and manage the process. In realizing this goal IPMS should be supported not only by people at the policy level, but also by those who are working in specific sectors and regions.
Daniele Smadja, France, IPMS 1995
Developing countries cannot afford to repeat the same kind of mistakes that some western countries have made. It is essential for us to get to more sustainable ways of using natural resources. The negotiation techniques set out in the program demonstrated to me a practical way of settling conflicts instead of fighting in court.
Sriram Panchu, India, IPMS 1995
We have been learning through the negotiation process and from simulations on several specific cases how to promote sustainability at local, national, international and global levels. The different cultures of the various participants contributed to a better understanding of how to promote this change at all levels to put us on the path towards sustainability.
Eugenio Singer, Brazil, IPMS 1994
IPMS is particularly useful for African countries which are increasingly involved in negotiations between themselves and other organisations and governments in different parts of the world. As the world becomes more open, it is essential that the African people prepare to negotiate better deals for themselves and their future generations.
Eric Kashambuzi, Uganda, IPMS 1994