Somaye Dehban is a Dutchified Iranian who is on a mission to live in a world with true personal freedom of choice, equality of opportunity and the ability for people to thrive, which is balanced with a personal responsibility to contribute to the collective good. She is a nexus strategist at her consultancy Somaye Dehban-Community Guardian, part-time PhD candidate at Rotterdam School of Management, advocate for financial sustainability for community-based organizations, curator and host of four podcast series, active member of VVD and ALDE and mother of two kind and energetic boys. Somaye lives with her partner, Remko, and their children in Driebergen-Rijsenburg.
Is the Dutch Polder Model still fit for purpose? In this article Somaye Dehban, researcher and nexus strategist, sheds her light on the Polder Model, revisiting its history and discussing why and how it can be replaced.