From my experience gained throughout my career, I have stumbled over and over again with organizational problems. Companies and organizations, from whatever field, are simply inefficiently structured. More or less the classical top-down approach tends to persist, completely contradicting a more efficient approach to empower people. Ofttimes, the talents and the potential of employees are restrained by organizational hierarchies, which at the end of the day is counterproductive for most organizations.

As a founder of a company, I searched for a different model to organize and manage a company without having to reinvent the wheel. A complete breakthrough to me was the discovery of Holacracy, which "replaces today’s top-down predict-and-control paradigm with a new way of achieving control by distributing power. It is a new 'operating system' that instills rapid evolution in the core processes of an organization." We have implemented this approach and from then onwards has fit greatly to our company's philosophy.

Ever since I found out about Holacracy, I keep coming across similar approaches. Recently, I have coordinated a GIZ publication, of which one chapter also elaborates on democratic and innovative organizational models. Moreover, I once had the pleasure to be invited by

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Open Innovation Course - a guide to get you started

Jun / 11 / 2014

Open Innovation is a great concept to drive ideas and find solutions. To approach and dive into open innovation is not always uncomplicated. At WE THINQ (Disclaimer: I am the founder of WE THINQ) we believe that an easy-entry point is much needed, and that a good alternative to this would be practical and concise messages showing you the potential and needed resources, factual examples, and providing accurate answers to the right questions. Here is a little taster to show...

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5 crowdsourcing examples on how the United Nations open up

Jun / 02 / 2014

There is no doubt that crowdsourcing has great potential; particularly in the case of the United Nations. One clear advantage of open innovation for the UN is that it allows it to test its performance and engage with each target group to learn what it is actually needed and achieved. The UN has an unlimited audience and deals with immense challenges, which require creative, collective solutions. Using the Internet to gather ideas, discuss and collaborate on finding solutions should be...

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