And today I started with another visionary, Cees Hoogendijk, who focuses on learning organizations and appreciative inquiry. Learning organizations continually transform themselves and as an effect bring innovation forward. After Cees I met Ton Zijlstra who works on complexity and big data. He thinks that companies should test their assumptions in a way that is cheap to fail and thus explore the entire evolution space, not only one possible outcome.
At lunchtime I talked with Ronald Vandenhoff about the serendipity machine, a new type of organization that he created and that could become an extremely innovative way for companies to stay in touch with the leading edge of developments in their respective fields. The serendipity machine is a way to increase the chances of bumping into the right person in any particular field.
Finally I met Gijs van Wulfen, an ex-marketer and ex-consultant who created FORTH, a brand new methodology to navigate the innovation process. With FORTH the innovators in a company feel they can develop their creative ideas, while managers are able to feel in control of the process, always working on innovative ideas well radicated in the market.