TSI foundation works on catalysing and facilitating systemic transformation within organizations to address societal challenges in a sustainable way. As we face complexity and so called wicked problems and there are no blueprints at hand, we stress the need for creativity, play and experimenting on a small scale. By emphasizing the need to co-create, bringing stakeholders together and facilitating the processes we support redesigning and innovation. We bring in the creative industries on the level of innovative products as well as on the level of breakthrough thinking. We are a Dutch based organization (Rotterdam and Groningen) and work on organizational, urban and regional challenges and are internationally connected with partner organizations.
Fields we are working on include Energy, Health Care, Education and City Development, all of which are characterised by bottom-up processes, citizen participation, sustainability challenges and the complex search for new meaning, new value systems, new relationships and a new order.
As we are facing the first stages of systemic transformation or transition we find many of the systems we created in the past don’t serve us any longer. We’re thrown back on our capacity to experiment and find out, and our courage to do so. Systemic change demands an open mind, agility and stamina and surely is not for the weak-hearted. Nevertheless, we find it can be great fun to join hands and encounter the world of what is yet to be discovered.
Keywords think tank, emerging leadership, youth empowerment, social business, transition, penta helix, co-creation, creativity creation, crossover, action research, connectivity, sustainability, natural organising, getting things done differently, social value & impact, and co-realizing the emerging future for a better world.
While we come more and more aware of existing systems that don’t work any more there’s no clarity on what to do instead. We have to find new ways. It’s an exiting time: we’re not living in an era of changes but in a change of eras. We have to be prepared to experiment, find out, be creative and innovate. This calls for guts. Older generations trust on newer ones to be brave and step forward. We need new leaders and new leadership. As no one has a blueprint for the future we can only take part in the process.
“We need to create a better understanding of social innovation by bringing public and private sector entities together with philanthropists to think about the types of tools and incentives needed to put an ecosystem in place.”
Asher Hasan, Founder, Naya Jeevan, Pakistan; Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
More than ever ownership (the awareness that the issues at stake are important to you) is a bench-mark in deciding who should work on complex issues. This goes for city- and organizational development as well as societal challenges. We help to create new narratives as the 'old' language and 'old' stories often fall short to reflect on new solutions or future based actions. Bringing together different ways of human expression as seen in poetry, prose, fine arts, cinema, music and theatre, with reflection, thinking and research common to science and business and relate them to societal needs, is the core of what we do. All this can be conducted on a micro scale with just a few individuals or on a large (city, regional, national or global) scale.
We enhance creativity within the concerning organization, help to overcome dysfunctional barriers in hierarchy and increase cross-departmental co-creation. Because we are convinced that the element of 'play' is highly disregarded as a valuable asset, we create experimental situations or 'playgrounds' to foster new insights and to break through counter productive patterns of behaviour.
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