Workshop: "Symbiosis in Development"

Workshop: "Symbiosis in Development"

A Unique Dutch Model for Integrating Sustainability in Organizations and Systems


The Heschel Center and the Dutch Embassy in Israel are hosting the Dutch organization Except for the first workshop of its kind in Israel, presenting the innovative model "SiD - Symbiosis in Development."

About Except

Since 1999, Except: Integrated Sustainability has mentored dozens of companies and local authorities in creating systemic sustainability strategies. Over time, the organization has developed the SiD model, which combines a unique approach to sustainability, systems thinking and a set of tools for analyzing systems, together with a structured process for crafting a strategic action plan for promoting sustainability in the activities of the organization or company.

About the Workshop

During the three days of the workshop, we will become familiar with the sustainability approach of Except and the SiD work model.

Become part of a small, high-quality group (10-14 participants) to learn this unique framing of systemic sustainability for organizations, how it creates long-term successes, and how the SiD model helps actualize it.

In this hands-on workshop we will learn practical tools for systems analysis and for formulating an effective intervention strategy. Participants will work on their own concrete real-life case studies, integrating various dimensions of sustainability, including: circularity, ethics, systems thinking and resilience.

Who is the Workshop For?

Directors in companies, and other commercial and industrial organizations, leading officials in local authorities and public institutions, organizational consultants, business owners, and others who are interested in strategically guiding their system in a sustainable direction. The workshop will be facilitated in English.

Workshop Goals

  • Distinguish between object-oriented thinking and a dialogue based on a systemic approach;
  • Grapple with challenges in light of sustainability, from the level of object, network and system, according to the SiD approach;
  • Design interventions for sustainability according to the SiD process and method;
  • Apply the SiD method in a relevant case study in the field of activity or personal interest of the participant;
  • Learn to apply the tools and processes for promoting sustainability in the participants' organizations;
  • Create value for the organization of the participant by helping them become more sustainable.

When and Where

28.2 - 09:00 – 18:00; 1.3 - 08:30 – 14:00; 8.3 – 08:30-14:00.

Tel Aviv – exact location will be provided to the participants.


Facilitation Staff

Freek van der Pluijm of Except, and Shachar Kahanovich Gal (the Heschel Center for Sustainability). The workshop will take place in English.


Participants will receive SiD accreditation from Except.

Participation Fee

2500 NIS per participant (this is after a generous subsidy from the Dutch Embassy).

For more information about Except and the workshop, please submit your name and contact information on the form.

The Heschel Center

The Heschel Center for Sustainability works to promote a sustainable Israel: a just and cohesive society, a robust and democratic economy, and a healthy and productive environment for all its residents, now and in the future.