Our Story

We firmly believe in:

  • Thinking two steps ahead
  • Experiential learning
  • Co-creation
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Out-of-the-box thinking & innovation
  • Transparency, responsibility & integrity

The history of our organization begins in 2005 with two, then-recent graduates Gideon Shimshon and Ulrich Mans coming together with an innovative idea to provide Dutch Senior Staff Officers from the Defence Academy with a strategic political decision-making simulation. Their idea was to take the simulation created by their teacher and friend, Dr. Leonard Suransky, and develop a computer software program to facilitate the interactions between participants.

The software program came to be known as InterACT© and The Pax Ludens Foundation was born.  The initial board members – Gideon Shimshon, Leonard Suransky, Eric Crawford, and Jeannine Suurmond – cemented the principles of Pax Ludens according to their vision of creating a better world.

Pax Ludens, meaning “Playing Peace”, was solely focused on delivering the simulation to Dutch Defence Staff for next few years.  It was a virtual organization – no physical offices, computers, or permanent staff – that came out once a year and then disappeared again.  That is until in 2009, when the Board Members agreed that their talents and expertise could benefit many other organizations and spread to new issue areas beyond diplomacy.  The offices at Zeestraat 100 in The Hague were secured and fitted with all the necessities.  Permanent staff was hired to run the day-to-day operations and manage projects.

In only a few short years Pax Ludens acquired an impressive list of clients and partners in the public sector – including several defense and intelligence organizations, civilian government agencies, international organizations, think-tanks, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations.

We are proud of our accomplishments and heritage and we continually strive to deliver high-quality projects guided by the same principles of the initial board members.  So contact us and find out how we can help your organization.