I am an entrepreneurial innovator dedicated to empower change makers. My work has two main focuses. 1. Innovation of educational methods, institutions and systems to better serve people and planet. 2. Supporting people and organizations on a quest for purpose and their unique contribution to "the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible" (quoting Charles Eisenstein). I co-founded an international school for young social entrepreneurs. An important inspiration in my work are the pathways many cultures have and had to support deep transformation - e.g. from adolescence into adulthood - rites of passage.
I envision, start and support disruptively innovative projects aimed at shifting to new, life supporting paradigms of learning, educating and organizing. I co-founded KaosPilots.NL (now Knowmads) - an international school for young entrepreneurial talents wanting to make a positive difference in the world. I have been envisioning The Journey Network (see below).
I work in close partnership with leaders and leadership teams - inspiring, supporting, facilitating or leading innovation processes. I bring 20+ years of experience in higher and secondary education - from teacher to executive, inside and outside the system. I add most value if your innovation is aligned with my work.
I have space for a small number of people for coaching, mentoring or apprenticing. Contact me if you have a gut feeling that I might be able to support you on your journey. I am at my best when you are on a quest for deep meaning and purpose in your work or when you are somehow (on the verge of) stepping or being pushed into a new phase of your life, in the middle of, or returning from such a journey.
People have retreated into nature for inspiration, transformation and renewal throughout the ages. In modern culture this has become less prevalent, while at the same time, the wish and need to break out of hectic daily life, to truly stand still or to mark a big transition is still as real as ever. I am guiding individuals and teams on such retreats, that always include spending time alone in wild nature.
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After 10 years of mostly beating my/our own drum, it’s time for me to shift away a bit from the lead entrepreneurial role. As of now I am available for work assignments.
I would like to offer my skills and gifts to projects, ventures or organizations believing I can add value to their mission. I am at my best in innovative, entrepreneurial environments. Key words: teamwork, complex, steep learning curves, strategy design, visioning, positive impact, global focus.
Where my strength are greatest:
I’m looking for substantial assignments or a longer term (several months up to a year) engagement. A huge preference for working based out of Barcelona (no problem with online/distance work and regular travel).
Contact me to explore!
Projects / engagements
I work both in the mainstream and far beyond. In the projects I do or the assignments I take on I look for maximum leverage and potential for multiplier effect.
Since 2015 I have been organizing Nature Quests near Barcelona. Shorter and longer ones. Both open registration and for groups and organizations. For more info see the Nature Quest Barcelona website.
Over the past years I have been envisioning a community and platform to support people journeying beyond the status quo of their lives, seeking for meaning, purpose and a personal answer to real needs in the world – The Journey Network. Inspired by the ways many cultures help their people move from one phase of life to another – rites of passage.
I co-founded KaosPilots.NL - an international school for young entrepreneurial talents who want to make a positive difference in the world. In 2010 KaosPilots.NL transformed into Knowmads and it has been running under that name in Amsterdam since.
Since 2012 I have been organizing and co-guiding nature quests for Knowmads students. Supporting the deep inner healing and purpose finding work that I believe is essential for any social entrepreneneur looking to dedicate his or her working life to positive change.
With Tsila Piran I have been supporting Woodstock School - one of the top international boarding schools in India - with advancing an ambitious strategic vision for an empowering and holistic education that truly elicits the greatness of the students. Until now we worked mainly with the staff (leadership, teachers, boarding staff, administration) to foster the culture and community that has to be the context for such an education.
For the United World Colleges in the USA and in The Netherlands I initiated and co-created the Social Entrepreneurship Incubator / Impact Lab. A space where the most entrepreneurially talented students could work on their projects and grow as young changemakers, within the IB curriculum. We introduced a new action learning methodology to the UWC’s, sharing responsibility for the learning space with the 16-18 yr old students.
My talk at TEDx Barcelona Education January 2015 'What the desert taught me about crafting a life of purpose'. A personal story of my walking out of the status quo of my life, seeking for new answers on ‘what is my role in this world facing so many challenges?’ and ‘how do we best help young people find theirs?’
Some of the main people and organizations I am collaborating with
I believe the world craves for us to fully embrace our inter-dependency with each other and the earth and to follow a deep call of service rather than a career and status. I dream of a vibrant new culture full of meaningful and life enhancing activity. My work is about empowering people and organizations to help this new culture emerge.
My sources of inspiration and training
See my LinkedIn profile for an overview of my work experience and training.