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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.

Decisively Different

 

Interesting talks

A librarian's case against overdue book fines | Dawn Wacek

Libraries have the power to create a better world; they connect communities, promote literacy and spark lifelong learners. But there's one thing that keeps people away: the fear of overdue book fines. In this thought-provoking talk, librarian Dawn Wacek makes the case that fines don't actually do what we think they do. What if your library just ... stopped asking for them altogether?

A librarian's case against overdue book fines | Dawn Wacek 2018/11/15 16:51

Is civility a sham? | Teresa Bejan

What exactly is civility, and what does it require? In a talk packed with historical insights, political theorist Teresa Bejan explains how civility has been used as both the foundation of tolerant societies and as a way for political partisans to silence and dismiss opposing views. Bejan suggests that we should instead try for "mere civility": the virtue of being able to disagree fundamentally with others without destroying the possibility of a common life tomorrow. (This talk contains mature language.)

Is civility a sham? | Teresa Bejan 2018/11/14 16:56

My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs

Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand "thank yous" later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey that ensued -- and shares the life-altering wisdom he picked up along the way. "I discovered that my coffee would not be possible without hundreds of people I take for granted," Jacobs says.

My journey to thank all the people responsible for my morning coffee | AJ Jacobs 2018/11/13 16:45

What to trust in a "post-truth" world | Alex Edmans

Only if you are truly open to the possibility of being wrong can you ever learn, says researcher Alex Edmans. In an insightful talk, he explores how confirmation bias -- the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs -- can lead you astray on social media, in politics and beyond, and offers three practical tools for finding evidence you can actually trust. (Hint: appoint someone to be the devil's advocate in your life.)

What to trust in a "post-truth" world | Alex Edmans 2018/11/12 16:50

The case for a decentralized internet | Tamas Kocsis

Who controls the internet? Increasingly, the answer is large corporations and governments -- a trend that's threatening digital privacy and access to information online, says web developer Tamas Kocsis. In this informative talk, Kocsis breaks down the different threats to internet freedom and shares his plan to build an alternative, decentralized network that returns power to everyday users.

The case for a decentralized internet | Tamas Kocsis 2018/11/09 16:51

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