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Aaron Mirck

Tech philosopher | TEDx speaker | Author
Future & impact of Tech
There is plenty of smart technology, now it's time for smart users!
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Aaron Mirck is a writer, poet, entrepreneur, (TedX) speaker and tech philosopher who advocates for more offline focus.

We communicate largely online and almost everything is at our fingertips with just a swipe. But how good is this for the earth, for our social lives and mental health? He says we suffer quite a bit from the influence of technology. Although, according to Aaron Mirck, it is not as black and white as “online bad and offline good”.

We don’t have much patience anymore; we are less creative and sometimes don’t know how to make real connections. We live in an age where we numb ourselves with digital distractions.

According to Aaron, we must remain critical of technology and whether it still serves society. As such, his mission is to make sure we become “smart users”.

In his lectures, he broaches complex and fraught topics, such as digital ethics, etiquette, AI and consciously dealing with technology.

Full of humor, self-mockery and (sometimes painfully) recognizable situations for the audience, he explains, among other things, how algorithms influence our lives, what that does to you and what a social media diet delivers. A social media diet can offer more attention, focus, peace, time, creativity, productivity, and space to shape your life the way you want it.

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Harm Edens

Producer & Screenwriter & Columnist
Energy Transition, Resources & Biodiversity
Harm Eden's lectures are a plea to stop messing around on the margins.
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Knowledge, humor and age; according to Harm, the prerequisites for being able to kick against sacred cows and keep pushing the boundaries

Harm is of course known to the general public as host of the satirical news program Dit Was Het Nieuws, language quiz 10 voor Taal and the Four Day News. But that is only the tip of the (melting) iceberg. Harm has been committed to nature conservation and sustainability for almost 30 years. Privately, too, he lives as sustainably as possible, eats with the seasons and – despite his great love for art city New York – has even given up flying.

Rumbling in the margins

Once Harm saw Princess Irene speaking in front of a group of people about sustainability. An 88-year-old man in the audience exclaimed, “I’m doing it all for my grandchildren“. Irene – then also in her 80s – replied somewhat piqued “if you don’t think life is worth doing it for yourself, then it won’t be anything!

That’s the way I see it. If you only do it for your children or grandchildren, you don’t really feel it. You also have to want it for yourself, for nature, for everything on earth.

And it’s desperately needed too. Ecosystems are on the verge of collapse, deforestation, freshwater and resource shortages, plastic soup. Or in Harm’s words, “It’s drama! The Earth Overshoot Day is at the end of July, which means 5 months of living at the expense of the future, every year.” His lectures are a plea to stop messing around on the margins, and get two feet in the new economy.

Companies need to stop lying to us, young people need to demand a better future from those currently in power, and we need to dream and act bigger and more radically.

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Frank Peters

Author, Speaker, reputation strategist, faculty member
Moral leadership,(Sexually) Transgressive behavior and stakeholder management,
Always do the right thing even when no one is looking, from profit to value, and from image to reputation
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Frank Peters is founder and owner of VIRTUS Communications, a boutique consulting firm focused on building and protecting reputations. From his agency, Frank advises clients in business, nonprofit and government.

Frank Peters is founder and owner of VIRTUS Communications, a boutique consulting firm focused on building and protecting reputations. From his agency, Frank advises clients in business, nonprofit and government.

Frank works and speaks for leading companies and organizations in a variety of industries, including banks, insurers, and other financial service providers.  Frank is also a sought-after speaker in the agri/food sector, as well as in the world of healthcare and well-being, where Frank regularly speaks for executives and healthcare professionals at hospitals and related parties.

Furthermore, Frank is also associated as a guest lecturer at various universities and business schools, including Nyenrode, TIAS and Beeckestijn.

Frank is also a successful writer and bestselling author of several management books, including “Doing the Right Thing when No One Is Looking (2021)” and “From Profit to Value” (2022) and “Stop the Silence (2023).

Two of his former books made it to the shortlist (top 5) of ‘Nominated Management Book of the Year.

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Inge Westerink

Sustainability consultant, speaker, 'greenfluencer
Sustainable business, sustainability, real estate and lifestyle
Inge Westerink inspires companies and individuals that you can make a difference, by moving in a more sustainable direction or by making an impact in your workplace.
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Inge Westerink is a ‘green influencer’ and sustainability consultant. She talks about making business and real estate models more sustainable,  and the individual impact we can all make.

Inge used to be a flight attendant and flew around the world.

Now she is a sustainability consultant and green influencer. At the time of the corona pandemic, she began to delve into the world of fashion and sustainability and the dark side of the fashion industry.

She was shocked by the effect it had on the planet and how people were treated in production chains, not just in fashion, but in other industries as well. One problem many companies experience is that the barrier is unnecessarily high due to complex language and legislation. Also, sustainability is often unnecessarily seen as expensive. This is something she wants to change.

“I want to show the business community that sustainability does not have to be expensive or complicated, despite complex regulations.

In her talks and workshops, Inge convinces companies the value of developing a sustainable business strategy. She is well prepared for the topics and challenges that concern the audience.

By telling her story, she wants to make it clear that everyone, every individual, can make a difference; by moving in a more sustainable direction or by making an impact in the workplace.

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Michaël Wilde

Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur
Leadership, Management, Diversity and Inclusion
Michaël speaks from the heart and with enthusiasm about organic farming and the food transition.
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Michael Wilde is an expert on organic farming and speaks from the heart

Michael Wilde believes that food is one of the big factors that everyone in the world has a say in.  We all eat and can decide what we want on our plate. Michael is concerned and finds organic farming crucial. We can decide what we care about, every day.

“Organic food has a huge impact on your own health, animal welfare, the environment and therefore on society. As a result, the organic farmer generally experiences more meaning and social appreciation.”

Michaël Wilde was director of BIONEXT and worked for EOSTA for 12 years as sustainability and communications manager. He knows the motivations and objections of farmers and companies regarding organic food like no other. He speaks from the heart, with infectious enthusiasm. Michaël outlines a positive future perspective for everyone who wants to participate in the food transition.

“We can only feed the growing world population if we work together with nature.”

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Saskia van den Muijsenberg

Certified Biomimicry Professional
Biomimicry, Circular Economy, Regenerative Business
Saskia brings 3.8 billion years of R&D to catalyze innovation and create conditions conducive to life.
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Saskia van den Muijsenberg shows how biomimicry can contribute to solving issues in organizations and society

Biomimicry NL describes biomimicry as ‘imitating life’. Using nature as inspiration to solve problems in our human societies. Does that still sound a bit abstract? It doesn’t have to be according to biomimicry expert Saskia van den Muijsenberg. She explains in a practical way how biomimicry can help people and organizations face complex challenges. Because, “we are nature, and once you start seeing this, you start seeing connections all around you.”

Take care of the place that takes care of you“, that’s really the essence. The reason biomimicry stayed on her mind when Saskia was introduced to it in 2009:

We as humans want to take care of our children and grandchildren. But we can’t physically do that for our descendants seven generations from now. What we can do is create an environment that takes care of them.

That realization touched her, as it did the many people she inspires with biomimicry. Audiences are sometimes moved to tears. So Saskia strives for a better, more beautiful, fairer and healthier world, and if you ask her, biomimicry plays a key role in her mission.

According to Saskia, the philosophy of biomimicry can be applied in all facets of our personal lives, but also in all areas within various organizations. It can provide new perspective and guidance for engineers and architects, economists, policy makers, educators and entrepreneurs, for example.

Saskia van den Muijsenberg therefore appeals to a broad audience with her lectures and workshops, which are interesting for anyone who wants practical tools and answers to the question: “How can I start making changes tomorrow in order to do better?”

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Ruud Veltenaar

Inspirer of transformation
Sustainability, Leadership, Transition
Ruud speaks and writes about the vital ideas and solutions for the world of tomorrow.
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As an inspirer of transformation, Ruud speaks and writes about the vital ideas and solutions for tomorrow’s world. He is among the most wanted and highly rated speakers in the market.

Ruud provides clarity about the future and offers concrete hope for a better world. Ruud is philosopher, future thinker and progressor and he clearly distinguishes himself from the usual trend watchers and speakers. He does not tell what people like to hear, but shares insights, facts and stories that people should know.

For say, it is rather turbulent in the world. It feels like we are stumbling from crisis to crisis. That’s because our systems and institutions are dated and no longer doing what they were designed to do. There has never been a better time in our history to redesign and reshape our future.

Where are the opportunities that we don’t see now, let alone take advantage of? How should we connect with the emerging future and what role and responsibility is there for governments and for the business community? Not to mention for ourselves? How do we create together the world everyone longs for?

Make your event an unforgettable experience and go with Ruud on an exiting expedition to the unleashed future. Maximum impact with lots of interaction and examples of best practices.

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Tom Kok

Inspirer & Former Politician
Inspiring Leaderschip, Governance and Politics
Inspiration is what Tom breathes and lives. Inspiration is everything for him, what he does and what drives him.
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Inspiration. That is what Tom breathes and lives. Inspiration is what everything is about for him, what he does and what drives him. From personal inspirations to inspirational leaders.

Tom sees a lot happening in business, in Dutch politics and in the world. He believes that a lot can be done differently or better, if driven by inspiration and positive energy. And he contributes to that by taking the stage.

A grandfather who was a policeman in the resistance during World War II. That is Tom Kok’s personal inspiration. Because thanks to the choices his grandfather made back then, Tom is not only inspired. He lives!

Over 23 years ago, Tom Kok said goodbye to his corporate career and his chairmanship of D66. What for? He didn’t exactly know. He did have a list of everything he wanted to be: millionaire, celebrated statesman, captain of industry, inspirer, warm dad. That list quickly dwindled, with the last two options remaining. Tom decided he had to choose and finally realized he didn’t want to be someone who hadn’t really inspired anyone in his life. And so he chose inspiration. A line he has continued ever since, in everything he does. And that’s a lot.

Tom is a speaker and can be hired for small and large groups; from 1-on-1 coaching to small-scale workshops and lectures for 1,000 people. With his stories, which are based on his own experiences and combined with theory, he gets his audience thinking about leadership, Stephen Covey’s 8th trait, energy and fundamental questions such as ‘who am I?’.

Tom is a man of many words who also knows and appreciates the power of silence. After a meeting with Tom, you will have plenty of food for thought as a listener. To which Tom warns:

“You may come to the conclusion that you need to make big decisions in your personal or professional life.”

Thijs Suijten

Spreker & sidekick
Technology for Good, sense of purpose
Thijs Suijten shows you that you can choose what you use your talents for, if it was up to him 'for good'.
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Thijs Suijten is a software engineer who uses his tech-skills to solve “real” problems in the world.  He talks about how we can all contribute to something good with our own talents!

In his own words, Thijs is a real ‘tech-nerd’ and has spoken quite often in his (20+ years) career in front of his peers. But his real passion turned out to be ‘tech-for-good projects’.

Since 2019, Thijs has been contributing his skills to projects for ‘Hack the Planet’. He also speaks about his experiences wanting to show people from all kinds of professions that you can choose what you use your talents for; if it was up to him ‘for good!’.

Thijs is the perfect person to give them a boost; with impressive examples, images and a story in which many will recognize themselves.

“I have discovered that it is possible to contribute to something good in the world with your work-skills in the most extraordinary places.”

If you are curious about what his thought-provoking keynotes “Corporate Altruism” and “Innovation for good – with Celine Dion”, check out Thijs’ profile.

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Iris van Asselt

Interior designer, tiny house builder, world traveller and climate mayor
Sustainable living
Iris van Asselt takes you into a world where you live with no more than you need - only what you love.
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Iris van Asselt is an interior designer, tiny house builder, world traveler, ambassador for sustainable living and mayor for climate. She talks about following your heart and dreams.

Iris van Asselt is an interior designer, tiny house builder, world traveler, ambassador for sustainable living and mayor for climate. She talks about following your heart and dreams.

Iris made her own choices as a child and still does. She traveled around the world twice, crossing countries such as Pakistan, Mongolia, and Iran.  She traveled the second time to Tokyo in a camper which she converted with her partner and two young daughters.

Back in the Netherlands, they built a biobased house with a tiny footprint together, amid an eco-community of others who like to live sustainably, minimalistic and in nature.

Iris’ lectures bridge her travels, her passion for interior design and living in and around her double tiny house with her family. Living with no more than you need – only what you love; is a common thread throughout her stories. She draws richly on personal experiences.

I just for it, I start to shine when I get to talk about our tiny house and the way we live here in our eco-community.”

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Merijn Everaarts

Speaker & Entrepreneur
Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, System change
Merijn makes you aware of your potential. As a speaker, he inspires a wide audience with his drive, experience and knowledge. Book him now!
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Merijn Everaarts is founder of Dopper, (hospitality) entrepreneur, visionary and speaker with a mission.

On a summer day in 2009, Merijn Everaarts is sitting on the sunny beach in Bloemendaal. At the end of the day, he notices how much plastic waste is left on the beach. Waste that is not cleaned up by people, but ends up in the sea. At that time, Merijn is still working in the events industry. He cannot deny that huge amounts of plastic are wasted there, too.

“We danced at festivals on carpets made of plastic.”

Surely that can be done differently? And it can, Merijn shows. In 2010, Dopper was “born. Since then, the colorful, three-piece bottle has become indispensable in our sports bags and backpacks. But according to Merijn, Dopper is not just ‘a fun brand that wants to improve the world’.

“We have become more combative and show our face where policy is made.”

Meanwhile, sustainability and serving Mother Earth has become Merijn’s life mission. Under the appropriate name, he is establishing plant-based restaurant ‘Mama Gaia’ as well as sustainable co-working space ‘Oceans’ in 2020, both located in the same building in Haarlem.

With his drive, experience and knowledge from founding several impact companies, he inspires as a speaker. He makes you aware of your potential impact. He speaks for a wide audience, from Greenpeace to Shell, because “to make the wave of change bigger we need everyone.” Merijn certainly does not shy away from this challenge.

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Jorn van Vrijaldenhoven

Resilient Society
Jorn is a presenter, actor, podcast creator and speaker. His talks focus on mental resilience and finding unconditional self-love.
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Jorn is a presenter, actor, podcast creator and speaker. His talks focus on mentalresilience and finding unconditional self-love.

After an unexpected revelation, Jorn realizes that he wears a mask all the time. Imposed by his ego that needs outside affirmation to feel if he is good enough.

“My ego wanted people to look up to me, to see me as someone who was successful. The reality was that I started seeing myself more and more as a loser. It was destructive and exhausting.”

He dives into the world of personal development, exploring various ‘tools’ – such as meditation ánd psychedelics – that bring him back to himself, piece by piece breaking down the ego and the wall that offered him (false) security. In his talks, he shares his experiences and insights.

His keynotes are positive, hopeful and give insight into your own behavior (and ego!). Because, says Jorn, we are all conditioned. We see the world through our own glasses; glasses colored by events, culture, successes and disappointments and upbringing. What if you could polish those glasses and see the world clearly? Act from the heart, from love instead of fear.

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Mark van der Heijden

Speaker & Entrepreneur
Conscious entrepreneurship and leadership, Soundjourneys, creativity
As an entrepreneur and adventurer, Mark speaks from experience and with knowledge about the importance of wellbeing and conscious leadership. Book him now!
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Mark van der Heijden is an entrepreneur and adventurer with a background in advertising. He speaks from experience and knowledge about the importance of wellbeing and conscious leadership.

After an extraordinary experience – ‘Nature Quest’, based on a Native American ritual (in which a boy becomes a man), where he spent 48 hours alone in nature with only a sleeping mat, no food and only 3 bottles of water – Mark van der Heijden changed course. This was followed by a great adventure, which continues to this day.

Mark travelled the world for 7 years, working in 60 countries for 32 different companies as ‘The Backpacker Intern’, getting to know cultures from the inside and founded the digital nomad platform ‘Wanderbrief’. He also embarked on a true inner journey, eventually leading to the founding of ‘Conscious 500’ and ‘Mmm Cacao’.

To inspire others about developing more awareness, wellbeing, and conscious leadership, he speaks about his experiences as a world traveler and entrepreneur. He does so in a unique way, with stories supported by live ‘sound alchemy’; A special, consciousness-enriching experience that makes the message of his story reach even deeper.

“Resilience is needed to be prepared for the future as a company. That starts with taking good care of ourselves and others.”

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Jan van der Spoel

Speaker, Trainer & Entrepreneur
Trust, leadership, organisation culture
Jan van der Spoel is a "problem solver," author and "designer of trust.” He talks about the importance of trust in creating a better world.
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Jan van der Spoel is a “problem solver,” author and “designer of trust.” He talks about the importance of trust in creating a better world.

He is not a scientist, neuropsychologist or change manager. And yet these disciplines are deeply intertwined with everything he does and talks about. He was triggered by the statement “We say what we think and do what we feel. If that is not balanced, confidence is lost “

This reinforced his fascination with human behavior, and he wrote a book about it ‘360º trust’. He also owns a center of expertise ‘Grip on Trust’; where he helps leaders and managers shape their leadership based on trust.

Jan talks about the power of trust and how to make it understandable and concrete. He pleads for Gross National Trust and advocates for feminine leadership. He does this with contagious energy and enormous enthusiasm.

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Aniek Moonen

Future designer, Transition expert
Sustainability, Transition
Aniek advocates for systemic change, which includes themes as social equality and diversity.
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Aniek seeks generational and climate justice

Aniek wants generational and climate justice, and wants to encourage people to explore what they can do within their own means.

Aniek was 19 years old when she first became aware of the topic of sustainability and the consequences of climate change. At the kitchen table with her parents it was never a topic of discussion, nor was it part of the educational program at school. Rather remarkable, looking back – as it is the problem of the young generation.

She realizes how big the climate problem is when she takes mandatory courses in Earth, Energy and Sustainability at the university. In Santa Barbara, where she will later study, she sees the impact of climate change with her own eyes. Extreme drought in California has resulted in devastating forest fires. The realization that this is only the beginning of the effects of climate change makes her decide to change course and make the world realize how destructive we are.

She starts working for the board of the Young Climate Movement, where she is now full-time president and the loud voice of the young generation in the climate debate. Their goal – also her personal mission – is achieving generational and climate justice. She has interesting conversations with influential people of business and politics about this matter.

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Maarten Steinbuch

Scientist & Entrepreneur
Technology, Robotics, Mobility
Maarten makes complex issues like robotization and AI tangible and accessible.
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As a TU/e professor and socially-minded HighTech entrepreneur, Maarten Steinbuch makes complex issues such as robotization and artificial intelligence tangible and accessible

Maarten is known for his pioneering work in new automotive engineering, mechatronics, motion control and robotics. He is the co-founder of three companies focused on precision surgery, using high-precision robots.

Speaker, scientist, professor and world champion soccer-playing robots; Maarten Steinbuch simply cannot be pigeonholed. A brief summary of his career: he studied Mechanical Engineering at TU Delft, where he later obtained his PhD in Measurement and Control Technology. He worked for 12 years as a mechanical engineer (Philips) and at the age of 39 started working as a professor at TU Eindhoven.

Maarten takes his audience on a journey to the future and tells them about the speed of technological developments and their impact on our lives. When he speaks people are on the edge of their seat; young, old, scientist, director or engineer. And if not him, his faithful companion will make sure of that; a small, robotic dinosaur that even impressed the Dalai Lama in 2018.

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Marga Hoek

Entrepreneur & Author
Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability
One of the world's leading thought leaders and speakers on sustainability and leadership.
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Progressive thought leader and successful CEO: Marga leads the way to sustainable and profitable business

Marga is former CEO of successful, circular companies in the construction and real estate sector, Founder & CEO of ‘De Groene Zaak’ and Founder & Chairman of ‘Het Groene Brein’. In addition to her current roles as Board member and Chairman at international companies, as a speaker she is the undisputed authority on sustainable business, the new economy and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Marga’s drive to have maximum impact to make business more sustainable is the common thread in all her roles. Initially as a CEO, then as the leader of networks ‘De Groene Zaak’ and ‘Het Groene Brein’, now as an international writer, speaker and Board Member. She is deeply convinced that entrepreneurs can and should help solve world problems. They can, because it offers a range of business opportunities, according to Marga. Therefore, there is no reason not to do it, so she wants to help companies see how they can do it. Ultimately, her wish is for sustainable business to become the norm, rather than the exception.

Purpose is therefore her keyword and she helps companies find that purpose, make it concrete and lead the company from that insight. This means that companies actually focus on world challenges and then consider how their business can contribute to them, while maintaining or even increasing profitability and growth. In doing so, she likes to use the Sustainable Development Goals, which also form the core of her gold-winning new book ‘The Trillion Dollar Shift’.

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Egge van der Poel

Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur
Minimalism, Sustainability, Personal growth
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Physicist, philosopher, data scientist – Egge van der Poel doesn’t fit into any boxes. He is actually just “full-time curious”; he follows his curiosity.

 

The care and well-being of people must and can be improved Egge van der Poel knows. That technology plays an important role in this, he believes, is beyond dispute. But despite insufficient hands at the bedside, he believes it is not the lack of technology that hinders progress.

There is fear of change due to big-data and AI, among other things. Fear of losing jobs, of losing income, of losing privacy and control.

Egge wants to overcome this fear by showing how we can harness the potential of people and data for good. He describes this in his book “Geheelmeesters – compromisloos radicaal betere zorg ontwerpen”, and he lectures on this and related topics.

Central to his personal and working life is ‘ubuntu’ – an African saying from his native Zambia. It freely translated means “I am because we are.

Data can help expand our collective knowledge and wisdom, which in healthcare can mean the difference between life and death.

In Egge’s lectures, the experiences from his “fragmented career” come in useful. Egge creates an unlikely bridge between the fields of physics, philosophy, data and communication he has studied, painting a rose-colored yet real picture of the future of healthcare.

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Jelle Derckx

Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur
Minimalism, Sustainability, Personal growth
Jelle shares how you can still take steps today to live a happier, healthier and more sustainable life.
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Jelle’s goal, as a speaker and an author, is to show that minimalist and sustainable living is attractive

Jelle is sitting on the bus, he just got back from his trip around the world. Around him; sounds of notifications and people who are completely absorbed by their smartphones. Social media dominates almost everyone on the bus. But Jelle abstains from it. He doesn’t want to return to this chaotic world, from which he managed to free himself some time ago.

We overconsume and buy products we don’t need to impress people we don’t even like.

Minimalism is often explained as the opposite of materialism. But personally, Jelle perceives minimalism as a much broader concept. One that relates to all aspects of life. It’s not just the things you buy, but also the way you organize your life, fill in your time and spend your energy.

You may even call Jelle’s way of life essentialism. Back to the essence, nothing more and nothing less. This not only benefits our (mental) health, but also the planet, because “taking action against climate change is incredibly urgent”.

Jelle’s message moves people because his story is personal, vulnerable and positive. He tells the painful truth, without pointing the finger. He explains how we can all do better, by giving practical tips. His audience goes home full of enthusiasm and inspiration.

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Joris Merks-Benjaminsen

Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur
Leadership, Management, Diversity and Inclusion
Joris’s view of the world is fundamentally different from that of his colleagues. He addresses topics such as inclusion, leadership and managing without power.
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Joris Merks-Benjaminsen helps organizations perform by creating space for people to do the right thing.

 

Joris’ view of the world is fundamentally different from that of his colleagues. Does it have something to do with his former martial arts career? The rules of the game are “if you want to win you must try harder”, but this doens’t seem to apply easily in business. Or does it have to do with how he grew up, with two mothers and an open-minded view of the world? The equality and diversity so common to him doesn’t seem so natural in the workplace.

Company politics, playing games, prejudice, winning by kicking down are incompatible with his own values. With Google he found an employer where he finally felt truly at home. In the 12 years he has worked here – much longer than he initially planned – what he had long avoided happend: he became a manager.

“I decided to become the manager I would have liked to have had myself one day. Not someone who is only concerned with his own career, but who invests in and cares for his team.”

His unique perspective on leadership and outstanding reviews by his team didn’t go unnoticed by Google. He also began training fellow managers according to the principle of leading from trust, rather than from fear and control.

Joris wrote a book about his leadership style, ‘Managing without power’. In 2023 he will establish his own training agency ‘Managing without power’. He also gives lectures, for every leader or manager who wants to take steps towards moral leadership.

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Daphne Laan

Innovative leader & Bridge builder
Feminine leadership, Entrepreneurship
Daphne stirs up the fire of change in CEOs, founders and leaders of the future.
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Daphne Laan is a creative impact entrepreneur; the common thread in her story is pioneering and impact

Daphne Laan is a creative impact entrepreneur; the common thread in her story is pioneering and impact. Daphne has over 20 years of experience at the nexus of business, technology, creativity, and impact. As Head of Technology & Ecosystems at Google, she took on the experiment: In business, what happens when you follow your heart and do only the things you love? Then doors open unexpectedly….

Her mission is to create space for freedom of thinking, doing & feeling. House of Wonder is her umbrella for creative collaborations and impactful entrepreneurship. In doing so, she stretches the boundaries to create new possibilities.

She is co-founder of The Board Whisperers, who help founders, boards and executive teams with transitions and turn vision or strategy into inspiring action, by also looking what is swept under the carpet.

Daphne fuels the fire of change in CEOs, founders and leaders of the future and helps them make more impact through collaboration.

She is active in connecting people and traversing bubbles. As an ecosystem orchestrator, she brings networks together, transcending the importance of individual bubbles and always looks at the big picture.

“I create space for possibilities in thinking, from positivity and show that pigeonholes we like to think in can be stretched, so that something new emerges.”

Daphne’s lectures are characterized by a light-hearted and upbeat tone on important topics such as technology, leadership, and transition issues. She brings energy, passion, lightness, fun and hope; as she herself tackles her challenges.

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Maartje Bregman

Contentcreator, writer and speaker
Climate change, sustainability and change of behaviour
Maartje addresses climate change, injustice, and inequality with infectious enthusiasm heartfelt fairness and equality.
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Maartje Bregman is a content creator, writer and speaker with a refreshingly positive message about the climate.

Maartje wants people to join on their own initiative and take responsibility.

News and opinions about climate are often charged and negative. I want to change this to bold and positive.”

During the corona pandemic, Maartje Bregman – then a physical therapy student – decides to write a book; “The Power of Giving Back. Among other things, she researches veganism and its effect on health, climate, and animal welfare. The book is published but all this freshly acquired knowledge becomes a dilemma …

The realization that the situation is untenable grabs her by the throat.
Lagging behind and being despondent is not what she wants, ignoring this is also not an option either…. So, what then?

She decides to use her talent and large network for good. She founded an online platform for positive climate news, ‘happytimesmagazine.nl’, a physical magazine and gives lectures on sustainability with contagious enthusiasm, refreshing among all the heated climate debates.

I want people to leave the room with their heads held high, realizing that they are part of the solution. I share the sincere concerns of my generation, but don’t point fingers. I show how things can be done differently in a fun way. With that positive approach, I get people on board.

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Karin Bosman

Researcher, writer and speaker
Safe work climate, behaviour change, Stop the Silence, (Sexually) transgressive behavior
Karin Bosman makes a deep impression as a speaker, with the power of humor and the courage of vulnerability she talkes about a positive work climate.
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Karin Bosman is a researcher, author, speaker, and expert on sexually transgressive behavior in the workplace.

For over twenty years Karin Bosman has worked for several international advertising agencies. She felt confident with two feet in the ground in this man’s world. Sexually explicit jokes were part of the culture and meant little to her.

But during her last job, things went much further.  For two years, she was sexually harassed by her supervisor. She was dumbfounded, her self-confidence and self-esteem disappeared, and she no longer recognized herself.

It was difficult for her to verbalize what she had been through, so she decided to write her story  to process it and help those around her understand. As a result, she discovered a new strength and direction in her life. Her book “Spitting on Hans’ Sandwich” was published in 2016 and impressed readers worldwide.

She studies NAADAC in the US on Social Safety and Psychosocial Workload, collects data on a large scale and develops a platform for reporting inappropriate behavior.

Since 2015, Karin has been traveling the world advising companies on prevention policies and creating awareness among executives and HR professionals, among others, concerning a safe working environment. To this end she uses her unique mix of communication and legal knowledge and (personal) experience.

As a speaker she makes a deep impression, with the power of humor and the courage of vulnerability.

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Niek van den Adel

Mr Featherforce
Resilience, Agility, Adaptability
The resilient speaker of the moment and takes people back to the essence of a happy life.
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Niek is ‘Mr. Featherforce’, because resilience is his middle name.

If you ask Niek, we as a society are a collective burnout in the making. Climate change and high work pressure, these are the big issues of our time. How do we deal with them? How do we change and adapt? Last but not least; how do we become and stay happy? One word: Resilience.

If there is one person whose resilience has been put to the test, it is Niek van den Adel. His statements are anything but empty words, as he experienced firsthand that through resilience you can find a good portion of happiness, even in the deepest of valleys.

At age twenty-eight, he ended up in a wheelchair after a fatal incident. Although he could never have imagined this shortly after the accident, he works hard to see this event as a gift.

“Happiness is not in your legs but between your ears.”

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Frank Holleman

Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur
Climate, Sustain life, Behaviour change, Food
Frank presents a hopeful vision to solve the climate problem through food.
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Frank Holleman is author of a cookbook, founder of ‘Fork Ranger’ and ‘sustainability preacher’.

 

Frank shows a new version of how the ‘the good life’ could look. Food is an important part of that, because this is where we can make a lot of impact together. Contributing to this is not just for vegetarians and vegans, says Frank:

The idea still prevails to a large extent, that you are either convincingly carnivorous or vegan, otherwise you are a hypocrite. That is not true. There is room somewhere in between for everyone to make a better choice every day. In my book and lectures, I show people that the opportunity is there.

In both his cookbook and lectures, he uses data to show which food choices have the most impact on our ecological footprint. And the great thing is, he makes even the biggest meat lover, sceptic or pessimist see that you don’t have to make a huge sacrifice to do so.

Frank’s mission against climate change began when, as a 15-year-old, he saw Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, which predicted the bleak future of his beloved glacier – the Aletsch Glacier. At the time, he was living in Switzerland with his parents, both pastors.  He could not have imagined then that he would later follow in their footsteps to some extent. But he now sees himself as a ‘sustainability preacher’, with an important message.

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Mark Mieras

Science Journalist & Physicist
Psychology, Transformation
Mark Mieras takes his audience on a miraculous journey through the human mind.
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Mark Mieras is fascinated by psychology and takes his audience on a miraculous journey through the human mind

A science journalist with an immense fascination for the human mind and the passion to inspire others with his insights. Mark Mieras is a public speaker and writes articles for the Dutch daily newspaper de Volkskrant and for Psychology Magazine. He is also the author of ‘Ben ik dat?’, ‘Liefde’, ‘Heftige Hersens’ and ‘Voor de Leeuwen’, books about neurobiology and psychology, written in a way that makes sense to everyone.

Why do people do what they do? A very important question that everyone in society and in organizations should study if you ask Mark. Because understanding our mind plays a big role in tackling major societal challenges and issues.

According to Mark, a better world starts by taking into account the different ways people function, work and change. Among other things, he draws inspiration from nature, cultural and healthcare organizations – pioneers who fulfill a social role and are people-oriented rather than commercial-oriented.

The traditional way of dealing with a problem – such as high workload – for example is to work faster, harder and more efficiently. But efficiency can actually make us ineffective if we put processes instead of people first, says Mark.

With his lectures, Mark wants to make a difference for people and organizations, by reminding them what their purpose is, showing them how their beliefs play a role and how they determine their behavior.

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Ankie van Wersch

Pioneer & do-gooder
Sustainable business, leadership, circularity
Ankie talks evocatively about the opportunities available for companies. Getting rid of 'ifs and buts', using her lessons learned as a pioneer.
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Ankie van Wersch is a business person, pioneer and do-gooder. She believes in doing the right thing, always.

A truly sustainable business model requires radical thinking, but it is possible, Ankie van Wersch knows. She is founder of Tika foundation, a foundation offering programmes for underprivileged children and young people in Nepal. She is also CEO of Powered by Enviu, an organisation that builds business models that create value for people and the environment.

Perhaps it is her grandfather’s words; ‘you must always do the right thing’, or perhaps it is her own experiences; ‘children are still dying of hunger’. Probably it is a combination of both that drive her to make the world a nicer place. And she successfully does so in various ways.

“We have reduced avocado waste by 95%, saved billions of litres of water, and prevented 25 million single-use plastics from ending up in the ocean. We also set up a pension fund in Ghana for people without formal jobs. They can now also build something for later.”

Although Ankie’s stories don’t leave you cold, a positive tone prevails in her lectures. She tells inspiringly that it can be done; as a company, making a positive impact on the environment and people’s lives. ‘Thinking big and starting small‘ is her motto.

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