My Presentations

I am a frequent speaker at conferences and a lecturer at business schools especially on: the impact of emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, blockchain, Internet of Things), digital transformation and platform economy, smart cities and circular economy.

Predicting the future with the wisdom of crowds and the blockchain

Prediction markets are frequently used to predict the outcome of future events. New companies such as Augur, Gnosis and Bitcoin Hivemind develop new prediction markets based on the blockchain. Their goal is to democratize the prediction markets and make it easier for non-experts to participate. This could improve the reliability of the predicion markets and give better outcomes. See my presentation for the Dutch Future Society in November 2016 below. A few months after my presentation and article, WIRED Magazine wrote a very similar article about these new prediction markets.

Cocreating smart cities


My Books

So far, I have written more than hundred well-read articles on leading Dutch websites, in magazines and edited volumes. Websites include: ManagementImpact (management and innovation), Marketingfacts (marketing), OneWorld (sustainability and energy transitions) and PubliekDenken (government).

Based on my research and experience I wrote four books, three of which were nominated top 5 management book of the year.

Handbook for digital transformation

My most recent book, ‘The Plug-and-play Organization’ gives you the four building blocks and four steps to transform your organization into an agile digital one. Learn about the cloud, ecosystems, crowdsourcing, digital platforms and API’s. Learn how to startup, scale up and evolve your organization.

A successful and future proof organization must digital agile and adaptive, or in other words: be plug&play, be able to tap into the knowledge and competences of others, leverage the wisdom of crowds and let third parties make additions and applications that bring new value to the customer.

Platform economy: it’s power to transform and disrupt markets

De kracht van platformen (The power of platforms) is the first and only Dutch book on the platform economy . Based on more than three years of extensive research. It describes and analyzes different types of platforms, their dynamics and different governance styles (competitive versus collaborative, open versus closed).

The book covers the rise of the platform economy in multiple industries ranging from ict, healthcare and manufacturing (3D-printing) to agriculture and financial services (crowdfunding), publishing, energy sector and logistics.

The wisdom of crowds: the future of crowdsourcing, cocreation and self organization

Samen slimmer cover promoSamen slimmer‘ (Collectively smarter) shows the world in 2035. Internet and other technologies have created new ways for people 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.

Digital democracy, the impact of social media on politics

Veel gekwetter frontVeel gekwetter, weinig wol‘, describes the use of social media by governments, citizens and politicians: Twitter, Hyves (Facebook), Government 2.0, initiatives in the Netherlands, Arab Spring and successful social media 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.