The European Economic and Social Committee [EESC] is an EU advisory body comprising representatives of workers' and employers' organizations. It issues opinions on EU issues to the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament, thus acting as a bridge between the EU's decision-making institutions and EU citizens.Strategy reflections During “Europe 2020” [Brussels, summer 2015] I co-hosted the conference together with the chair of the organization. Throughout the day the audience reflected on the current Europe 2020 strategy. A strategy that has 5 objectives with which it wants to boost economic growth and employment: more research investments, less...

Innovation Festival | 300 Entrepreneurs, educational institutes and other stakeholders reflect on how to boast innovation within their region ["De Achterhoek"].Every year Dutch region "De Achterhoek", organizes the "Innovation Festival". The goals is to bring together local entrepreneurs, educational institutes and other stakeholders and exchange views on how to improve collaboration. During a one-hour talkshow setting, I was sidekick of former Dutch TV talkshow host Frits Barend and his daughter Barbara Barend.Panel discussion 2.0During the talkshow we interviewed a panel of entrepreneurs, educational professionals and representatives of local municipal authorities. The interview was based on 4 statements on which every...

During the 3rd edition of the FRESH Conference - an international meeting for event professionals - Sendsteps sponsored an interactive talkshow of which I was the presenter and host. Together with event app developers [SpotMe, DoubleDutch, WhalesOnWhaves, EventMobi, SuperEvent and Twoppy] I talked about the current use and the onward development of event apps. I did so in the form of a table interview. The setup of a clever table interview Instead of just talking out and about, I structured the talk by discussing a statement every 15 minutes [the talkshow lasted an hour]. Those statements were formulated in advance and together...

Accountant Day [INCLUDING video] | 1300 Accountants, financial professionals and -students reflecting on "ethics within the profession of accountants".In the midst of the financial crisis, the role of accountants got more and more under pressure. During the Dutch Accountant Day, organized by the NBA [a national association for accountants], several speakers reflected on the theme of "ethics" within this professional group. One of them being former politician Ms Femke Halsema [Green Left Alliance]. She presented the findings from a commission report about "ethics and the role of accountants". About 1300 attendees were eager to hear the conclusions.An interactive Q&AAfter her presentation...