Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands is a social entrepreneur, writer, strategist and dialogue facilitator. Her work revolves around social and ecological innovation and intergenerational dialogue on socio-economic issues. She is a passionate advocate of bringing together different organizations and individuals – including the “unexpected” experts – as a basis for developing systemic solutions to urgent issues.
Princess Laurentien is the director of Number 5 Foundation, which she founded in 2017 together with her husband Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands. Number 5 is an independent space of thought and action around complex societal issues. Through its philosophy and methodology based on dialogue and co-creation, it helps diverse groups of stakeholders build mission-driven alliances. Besides from environmental issues, Number 5 Foundation works on a broad range of societal issues such as educational reform through youth participation, language development, child poverty and digital inclusion.
‘Digitalisation opens a lot of opportunities for people, on a broad range of areas. At the same time, we should not lose sight of the fact that there are many people for whom this is not straightforward. An inclusive approach is necessary, it requires us to look at the issues from all perspectives: facts, policy and the law. Perception, interests and needs’.
Princess Laurentien is author of various children’s books, several of which have been translated into other languages. Amongst them is the successful Mr. Finney-series on climate change. Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien have three children, Eloise (2002), Claus (2004) and Leonore (2006) and live in The Hague, the Netherlands.