Daring Innovation

Daring Innovation

 
Because of my involvement in the BAAK STRATEGIC PROGRAM and a history involving Rutger Slump in on stage drawing of scenarios in improvising theater, I was lucky enough to reconnect with Rutger at the moment when he was setting out on a new program adventure. Daring Innovation is an empowering program for people to learn how to design their own change. This can be seen & experienced on many different levels, as always with the programs of the Baak. The main reason for my appearance in the 1st day of the program was to get the participant to pick up their pens (or mine..;) and start drawing out what they want to change. As far as respons goes the chemistry with Rutger was grade A which resulted in some very detailed visual overviews of what these people want to change. Hopefully you will hear more soon as this program is an accelerator for my “Drawing Out Change” initiative.
for more info contact Rutger Slump

The Drawing Laboratorium

The Drawing Laboratorium

Any change is good… its just a matter of how YOU look at it…When the perspective is right then you can joke about anything. I think George Carlin (comedian) said something along these lines when he was talking about what can be perceived as funny. Moving to a new location is funny like that. To me it feels like something I ought to be doing all the time… Professionally I move around to stay fresh and accept the situation that I am on my own making new connections and getting rid of old thinking.
As I move to a new location with Visually yours so begins a new chapter. The move was relatively painless and all done with my trusty Volvo…;). The fact that it was 500 meters from my Thinking Salon did not hurt either. The new center of my work is located at Gravestraat 8a in Wassenaar. If you are familiar in Wassenaar it is directly across of the windmill. After a half year of thinking in a huge and empty store and meeting a lot of inspiring people,I grow towards a 3 layer House where I will organise a new version of the Thinking Salon. The top floor will be a 3 station studio and the basement a tinkering lab for all design and fabrication purposes needed for my new Focus: The VISUAL CHANGE MAKING business. More on that later. For now I leave you with a quick impression of the new place, where the coffee is always brewing…;)
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A new phase… a new face

A new phase… a new face

Making your mark does not get boring… I must say that for all the years I have been working there have been an equal amount of years of me trying to get my thinking to match my doing. In JAM I thought I had almost found the right kind of sharing when it comes down to talking about visual thinking and the people who are best at this. It has now been about 6 months since I have moved on from the comforts of the JAMJAR and ever since that time I have been looking for a right way to make myself known to the world. With Visually yours I have rekindled the pilot light of a vision, which has long-since been with me,  to a new fiery beacon of phat visual beats…. because yes folks… It’s all about that bass… no treble…;)
Today I reach one of those nexus point when you are slow cooking a design. Suddenly I just overlaid one piece of my puzzle of the other and presto, wham bam thank you ma’am… there it was. The next step of my visual identity. I know that after all of these years I show ask for help and that is just what I would like to do by posting this post.
To all of those graphic nut-cases who I have met over the years I pose a challenge. Help me take the look and feel of Visually yours to a new level of mark making. In exchange I offer you my services and personal enthusiasm to get your own story unleashed! Oh yeah and I just acquired a kick-ass plotter scanner…so…:).
There is a story that fits with the visual feel of this Logotype… check out my next post for more about Vy!
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framing and EPIC event

framing and EPIC event

What is the last EPIC event you have attended? Something that changed your perspective on things or even the world after visiting an event so great that it is worthy of the adjective EPIC. For me Burning man 2007 springs to mind, but there have been lots of events that have had elements or people in them that have made me a better person for experiencing them. Last year I met up with Ruud Janssen & Roel Frissen of event model generation.com. When I started to work with them I was confronted with two things… my sweet spot for people with a potentially great product / service… something that has lead me down some very inspiring paths… and secondly the fact that my working with 2 passionate people who happen to be event planners resulted in ORGANIZING an event myself. An activity not unfamiliar to my past, but after some soul searching maybe not the activities with which  should keep me busy. Organising something for organisers… always tricky.
EMG canvas team
What happend? Together with Ruud & Roel I organised a 2 day event at Zuidpark (the former home of JAM). The goal was to test out what they had put together from all of their knowledge and experience of 15+ years worth of event planning. The target group being 6 seasoned event planners and owners of high level / high stakes events.. What they were testing was a 1 page summery and prototyping tool for designing events that describes the basic building blocks for the realisation of a valuable event, while at the same time forcing the planner & event owner to communicate and share their ideas in a common language…. check out the vimeos of the event made by 3xfilm!
About 6 months on I am happy to have been able to challenge these gentlemen once again. The setting now being my own Thinking salon! After a our last meeting Ruud and Roel have been taking their story all over the world…literally! When you check out their website you will see that they are acting out what they have put as one of their simples but most needed goal: Get as many people to use the canvas and harvest their results and evaluations of its use.
Right now I am working with these event junkies to finish up the elements that will lead to the first publication of their upcoming BOOK. A simple manual for using the EMG CANVAS plus the examples, tools and inspiration needed to start prototyping events using this great new canvas. The great thing we realised in this last “booksprint” was that the word event, when look at in a braoder sense, covers much more then just big events. Potentially it is a great way to bring different disciplines in design togther, while at the same time being able to share in 1 minute (at any point in the process)m where you are in your process.
I know I will be planning a halloween BIG DRAW event on the 30th & 31st of October using this CANVAS… keep you posted! For now a quick timelapse:


Kickoff #EMGcanvas book from Ruud Janssen on Vimeo.

Haags Denken


Had a very enjoyable meeting with Ad Dekkers, new director of the bureau of innercity planning The Hague. The conversation was timelapsed on my iphone 5… 15 minutes of editing afterwards et voila! Enjoy an hour of exploration in 33 seconds!

Innovating a good thing

Innovating a good thing

I travelled down to Hilvarenbeek to settle down in a nice inn and have a great diner with my long time friend Ramon Vullings and his partner in ideas Mark Heleven. On my second day after the holiday I was invited by Ramon to co facilitate a future vision session for Brabant Water. The second biggest water provider/miner in the Netherlands. It was a very good session, mainly because of Ramon’s excellent preparations. What does help is that all the participants of this Broad Vision session were very motivated and had an above avarage interest in making the techniques we used work… they KNOW they have to have to change…;).
brabantwater
What interests me though is that a company that is doing very well at what it does and has absolutely no direct problems or threats (outside of the normal trends you have to deal with in your organisation), organizes an event to start preparing for future resilience. It almost feels like the ultimate organisational luxury when you think in the moment. But when you look at the ambitions and strategies from a broader scope and start practicing a way of thinking that allows you to be ready for anything that might happen in the future it starts to feel logical… at least to me…;). What I learned at this session was that the creation of a possible future WHATin2050-scenario, was a great way to prepare these people to backcast that broad minded scenario using the business model canvas in combination with a deep-web-search-booklet as a way to get into the future mindset. At the end of the day we were able to bring all the “weirdness” back to practical investments in conceptual experiments that Brabant Water can start up to get familiar with this way of thinking and prototyping. Don’t focus on creating new innovations, but make room for an attitude adjustment that will lead to a more resilient way of handeling future black swan [TALEB] events.
The location rocked by the way…: Hilvaria Studio’s