KL researches and designs social progress.
The Netherlands is prospering in many respects, at least on paper. But who benefits from this? Where do old ideas, systems and types of organisation clash with new values, needs and opportunities? Our education system is excellent, but it is under pressure. Are we really teaching the right things? Our population is ageing and is becoming increasingly diverse, but can our healthcare system keep up? Our cities are booming, but how do we tackle rising inequality? Which knowledge is needed to give leadership to innovation?
We are critical, but also optimistic, and we see much untapped potential in society. KL is always searching for what is going on under the surface, for ideas for how things can be done differently, how they can be done better. We design new concepts, strategies, learning programmes and methods that help society to progress – and not just on paper, but most of all in practice.
We shake up existing systems. Our most important goal: to make society better. Based on an ever-growing reserve of knowledge, insights and experience, we create space to experiment and to learn from this. We uncover the underlying questions, and seek out different, better, more useful knowledge. Our research is action-based: we learn through practice, and apply what we learn to achieve real-world progress. And we share the results, because we believe the whole of society should benefit from such solutions. We do this openly and transparently, and bring people together to create learning communities, where knowledge is developed and shared.