Week 43 – Balans

October 30, 2017

“I cannot say what the best, biggest or most important innovation is. Until a few weeks ago I would have completely gone along with these kinds of statements, but after a hurricane like Irma on our island, all these kind of questions sound ridiculous. When you see how much damage one storm can cause, I […]


October 5, 2017

The circular economy; I’ve talked about it often, an economic system designed to maximize reusability of products and commodities, thus minimizing value destruction. A very interesting concept, forcing organizations more or less to look into their processes in a different innovative manner. For example, the financial side of the case. Many organizations are already working […]


September 7, 2017

Are you familiar with that moment you feel the need to talk or write about something, but you do not know exactly why? Today (Sunday) was such a moment. Kind of a serendipity moment at my office. I sat with a few colleagues at the office to finish a few more things and to prepare […]


August 31, 2017

Have you heard of it? UBI (Universal Basic Income). More attention has been paid to this lately. But what exactly is it? A universal basic income (also called unconditional basic income, citizen income or just basic income) is a proposal for an economic system in which every adult in an economy receives a guaranteed basic […]


July 22, 2017

Do you meditate? A question being asked more lately, letting uncomfortable feelings arise in some people. Comments like “Meditating, is for those who are in to that hippy stuff”. Or: “Sitting down without doing anything, what a waste of my time!” are the reactions I regularly hear when I talk about meditating to people. On […]

Week 26 // Gifts

July 17, 2017

Another year older. Twice a year, I reflect on all that is happening lately, and how to approach the coming period. Always around the same time; new years and my birthday on June 25th. Both dates are beautiful mid-year dates. Within innovation, there has been far from little happening in the past year, both internationally […]

Week 24 // Sustainable Development

July 14, 2017

It’s Sunday morning 7 o’clock. The sun peeps through the curtains and illuminates the bedroom. Just like every morning, my heart makes a little jump. A new day full of possibilities has arrived. I decide to get out of bed and open my laptop at the beach to write my column there. The subject of […]

Week 22 // SDG’s VS AUA

June 13, 2017

“Which SDG suits you best and why?” This was my first question to the group last week Wednesday. I was asked to act as moderator during one of the UNDP sessions (United Nations Development Program – United Nations Development Program) to talk about the missions in Aruba. In this case, the SDG’s session targeted ‘Local […]

Week 20 // Hackathon Winners

May 19, 2017

It’s Saturday evening just a little after seven. The team spirit is amped and everybody is pending: Who will be the winner of the Hackathon Oranjestad? In my previous column I wrote about the Hackathon that took place this past weekend. An event initiated from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and established in […]


May 11, 2017

Monday morning, the office is buzzing. Everybody is talking about it. 1000VOZ is the talk of the day. The Bureau of Innovation participated in this most recent event of AVP. The message and goal of this event? Aruba is yours and your voice counts. It’s time to contribute and share your innovative idea’s to be […]

Week 18 // Hackathon

May 10, 2017

Let’s go back to last Wednesday night 5 o’clock. The auditorium at the Chamber of Commerce is packed and people are waiting for the presentation to begin. The topic of this gathering? The upcoming scheduled Hackathon Oranjestad and a presentation by Cor Molenaar on the changing customer behavior. This coming weekend, on the 12th and […]

Week 16 // Azores

April 24, 2017

We are all looking forward to lunch. The conference is way behind on schedule and I am about to hit the stage as one of the final presenters. I decide to start my presentation with a small joke; “I know everybody is ready to get some food in to their body. Unfortunately I can’t offer […]