Maurits Kreijveld is an independent futurist and strategy consultant. He is an expert in digital innovation, collaborative innovation and platform economics. He is founder and CEO of wisdomofthecrowd.nl, a foresight consultancy.
He has advised multiple governments and companies on the potential future impact of new technologies (artificial intelligence, blockchain, nanotechnology) on their organization, such as new business models (such as collaborative economy, platforms) and design of the public environment (smart cities).
Maurits worked with several think thanks on themes such as the societal impact of new technologies, scenario planning and foresighting and innovation models. Before, Maurits worked with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs on innovation, ict and new media policy. Maurits holds a Master’s degree in applied physics and is specialized in nanotechnology. Maurits lectures at well-renowned institutes such as Nyenrode University, SIOO and Erasmus University.
Please feel free to contact me via: wisdomofcrowd[at]gmail.com
Maurits is a member of Council, a think tank for the Internet of Things since 2006.
Maurits has published four books, three of which were nominated top 5 management book of the year. He wrote more than hundred well-read articles on leading Dutch websites, in magazines and edited volumes. He is also a frequent speaker, lecturer at business schools and regular guest in radio shows and on television.
Recently, Maurits published ‘The plug-and-play organization’ in which he describes the impact of digitalization on organizations. In this book he shows technologies and strategies that enable organizations to embrace digital innovation and transform. These include: the internet of things, crowdsourcing, digital platforms and API’s. Also business strategies are discussed (open-closed, central-distributed, how to leverage network effects).
Maurits also participated in several international multistakeholder workshops both on technological and on social innovation such as ACSI, an international programme on societal (social) innovation led by Aalto University.
In 2014 Maurits was first to publish a Dutch book on the platform economy (De kracht van platformen = The power of platforms). In this book, based on more than three years of extensive research, he describes the dynamics behind platforms and different innovation styles (competitive versus collaborative) in multiple industries ranging from ict, healthcare and manufacturing (3D-printing) to agriculture and banking (crowdfunding), publishing, energy sector and logistics.
The wisdom of crowds: crowdsourcing, cocreation and self organization
The Internet has created new ways for us to connect to and exchange ideas and information. This allows us to make much better use of all the talents, ideas, knowledge, creativity and manpower that are present in our society. Collectively we can be smarter. This is often referred to as the ‘wisdom of crowds’: under certain circumstances, a large group of individuals can take wise decisions and make good predictions.
How can we harness this intelligence and everybody’s participation to tackle complex problems such as a healthy lifestyle and clean environment. Read more in my book, the result of foresight study of three years.
Digital democracy, the impact of social media on politics
My book ‘Veel gekwetter, weinig wol’ (2011), describes the outcome of a two-year research on the use of social media by governments and politicians: Twitter, Hyves (Facebook), Government 2.0 initiatives in the Netherlands and successful campaigns such as Obama 2008. Part of this work was published in: In ’t Veld, R. (red.): ‘Knowledge democracy. Consequences for Science, Politics and Media’. Heidelberg: Springer. Read: Knowledge exchange through online political networks.
Discover more of my work
Please discover more of my work in the separate pages in English below. More information is available on this website in Dutch. Feel free to contact me any time to explore possibilities for collaboration or advice.
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