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Nico Blaauw

Nico is managing partner of Pilgrims.
Organization strategy, change management and branding have dominated his career. Prior to his consultancy role, Nico has spent many years in senior management positions in international companies, such as Dow Chemical, Fortis, C&A and Leo Burnett.

Nico earned a university degree in Business Communications and a Master degree in Marketing Management. By working with Jody, Nico is equipped with hard data and well-founded business concepts and strategies.

Nico’s approach is very personal and highly involved, especially during turbulent transformation processes. He is convinced that direct personal involvement and presence does increase the effectiveness of consultancy significantly.

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Interesting talks

Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild

What can we learn from the slimy, smelly side of life? In this playful talk, science journalist Anna Rothschild shows us the hidden wisdom of "gross stuff" and explains why avoiding the creepy underbelly of nature, medicine and technology closes us off to important sources of knowledge about our health and the world. "When we explore the gross side of life, we find insights that we never would have thought we'd find, and we even often reveal beauty that we didn't think was there," Rothschild says.

Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild 2018/06/21 21:43

How Netflix changed entertainment -- and where it's headed | Reed Hastings

Netflix changed the world of entertainment -- first with DVD-by-mail, then with streaming media and then again with sensational original shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Stranger Things" -- but not without taking its fair share of risks. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings discusses the company's bold internal culture, the powerful algorithm that fuels their recommendations, the $8 billion worth of content they're investing in this year and his philanthropic pursuits supporting innovative education, among much more.

How Netflix changed entertainment -- and where it's headed | Reed Hastings 2018/06/21 16:56

How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod

The global refugee crisis is a mental health catastrophe, leaving millions in need of psychological support to overcome the traumas of dislocation and conflict. To undo the damage, child psychiatrist and TED Fellow Essam Daod has been working in camps, rescue boats and the shorelines of Greece and the Mediterranean Sea to help refugees (a quarter of which are children) reframe their experiences through short, powerful psychological interventions. "We can all do something to prevent this mental health catastrophe," Daod says. "We need to acknowledge that first aid is not just needed for the body, but it has also to include the mind, the soul."

How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod 2018/06/20 16:56

Technology that knows what you're feeling | Poppy Crum

What happens when technology knows more about us than we do? Poppy Crum studies how we express emotions -- and she suggests the end of the poker face is near, as new tech makes it easy to see the signals that give away how we're feeling. In a talk and demo, she shows how "empathetic technology" can read physical signals like body temperature and the chemical composition of our breath to inform on our emotional state. For better or for worse. "If we recognize the power of becoming technological empaths, we get this opportunity where technology can help us bridge the emotional and cognitive divide," Crum says.

Technology that knows what you're feeling | Poppy Crum 2018/06/19 16:58

The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal

In this fascinating look at the "alpha male," primatologist Frans de Waal explores the privileges and costs of power while drawing surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose their leaders. His research reveals some of the unexpected capacities of alpha males -- generosity, empathy, even peacekeeping -- and sheds light on the power struggles of human politicians. "Someone who is big and strong and intimidates and insults everyone is not necessarily an alpha male," de Waal says.

The surprising science of alpha males | Frans de Waal 2018/06/18 21:50

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