Dick’s working life inspired the Forum’s philosophy of collaboration. He was driven to find collaborative solutions in difficult situations; to satisfy real needs by finding the common interest between disparate stakeholders. Ultimately, these solutions would deliver more to each party over time.
“The forum idea was absolutely crucial in his thinking,” Dick’s eldest son, Tjerk Dusseldorp recalls. “You gather people on that platform who come from different needs and perspectives, and you work out – just as he had once done with his industrial relations works, or his customer work – you then work out smart solutions that meet the needs and have support.”