Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

“Your life is not what happened to you. Your life are the memories you have and the way you decide to tell the narrative.”

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A unique week in Pari, Italy (november 2015)

I’m in Pari, a wonderful little village in Tuscany. It’s the 4th time I’m here. The reason is David Peat, a quantum physicist, who running a learning center here. In the previous years, I joined a course (on quantum theory) and 2 roundtable dialogues (on new economy in 2012, and on entrepreneurship from source in […]

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POC21, a unique ‘proof of concept’

Co-living, co-working, co-creating innovations for climate change for an open source economy. POC21 is an international innovation community, that started as an innovation camp. The camp brought together 100+ makers, designers, engineers, scientists and geeks. Late summer 2015, they have joined forces in a stunning french castle to prototype the fossil free, zero waste society. The […]

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Frozen Figs with Hot Chocolate

Is there a more appropriate title for a circle of women? It is defenitely the most divine dessert on the planet: picking fresh figs from the trees on the Island Andros (Greece), putting them in the freezer and then pouring hot chocolate on top of them. Ria and I were in Paleopolis, visiting Luea, for […]

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Voices for the Earth @ Schumacher, with Charles Eisenstein and Polly Higgings

The last 2 weeks of May, I was at Schumacher College attending a course “Voices for the Earth”. I’ve heard a lot about Schumacher College and was scanning their programs once in a while, waiting for the right moment to visit this remarkable place. The title “voices for the earth” sounded great and when I […]

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Down the quantum-theory rabbit hole

I read the two books of Joseph Jaworski: Synchronicity & Source. Very accessible reading, thanks to Jaworski’s open style of expressing his life story and his beliefs. His story took me on a journey through my past and present. I often put the books aside, to dig into my memories: How did that happen in […]

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Indulge in spitfire “thinking”: Prototyping for the future

Linda Mitchell introduced me to an interesting concept: spitfire thinking. It’s the metaphore that speaks to me, although the “story” around the Spitfire is one of war: The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. The story goes like […]

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Mindfulness for our Leaders

Today I had lunch with an old friend, in London. I had a couple of hours in between flights from Brussels to Amman, and it was wonderful to spend that time having an inspiring conversation. My friend told me something, that made me happy, so happy, that I’m still smiling about it today. I can’t really […]

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WaterWorld

I co-facilitated an innovation process in Jordan, around the future of water. I always like to immerse myself in the subject of the work, so I asked a friend who is a water-engineer, to give me an introduction into the world of water-management in The Netherlands: How does it work? What are the innovations? What […]

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Each of us must choose how we will approch the future.

The past 3 years, I was part of the facilitator-team of Pluk Ideas: a social innovation & learning platform in the housingsector in The Netherlands. Participants stepped in, as a team of stakeholdes, with a complex societal challenge they were facing in their environment. With a lot of inspiration, on-the-edge knowledge of MIT & the […]

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Ontmoeting met Johannes Witteveen

Eind december had ik de eer om Johannes Witteveen te ontmoeten, thuis in zijn studeer/mediteerkamer. De heer Witteveen was Minister van Financiën in Nederland in de jaren ’60 en Voorzitter van het IMF (Internationaal Monetair Fonds) in de jaren ’70. Maar dat is maar deels waarom ik hem graag wilde ontmoeten, Johannes Witteveen is ook […]

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