Very pleased to have found this forum. Haven’t had time to do a deep dive yet - but having skimmed the surface it looks like I am in the right place.
A little about me. I’m British, 48 years old, living in the Netherlands (not too far from Amsterdam) with my German girlfriend our two girls aged 6 & 8 who now consider themselves as Dutch!
I left a large international broadband operator last year after feeling I needed to to get out and work on something more meaningful in the larger context of things. You can view my professional history on linkedIn here.
After taking a summer off to spend some quality time with my kids (was good timing as last year was a cracking summer) I started to look at what to do next.
Maybe it is being the father of two little girls, or maybe it has come with age, or maybe it is because we are living in such dynamic and exciting times…whatever the root cause I find myself thinking about the world, the possibilities, how it looks like it is developing, and how I think it should be.
Initially I started to look at ideas around how to improve parenting (since I would love to be able to do things better)…but the more I looked into it the more I felt that helping to improve parenting involved helping to improve multiple social systems and the world in general.
So this lead me to look at the problems facing the world. This led me to look into problem solving. But problems only seem important if they are big obstacles that stand between you and a goal. So this led me to think about what are our goals…and what is the bigger vision - which led me to see out the ‘futurist’ community…and hence my joining this forum.
So here I am. I’m now working on a concept I’m calling a BUMPConductor, where BUMPs = Big Unsolved Meaningful Problems worth solving (www.BumpConductor.Com). The general idea is to build a collaborative problem solving platform. I’m at an early stage, gradually building momentum, and getting out to seek out and engage like minded individuals on a similar mission who are open to collaboration to achieve a bigger vision.
Right, think this will do for a start. Look forward to getting to know you all over the coming months.