2018-10-01Souper #97

Souper #97

The last Monday of September two climate men were guests. Jan Rotmans (Professor of Transitions and Transition Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Hans Bolscher (advisor and director at various initiatives in the field of climate, new energy and green financing) gave us insight into the field of influence of a changing society.

The agendas of Jan and Hans are the same: we have to go to a healthy, honest and more sustainable society. Jan and Hans, however, think completely differently about how we should achieve this and how fast this can be done.

Hans, ex-doctors without borders, ex-director Max Havelaar, former director of IND, ex-director of Climate at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and now full-time climate consultant at Trinomics is looking for solutions that produce immediate results. Such a solution is not necessarily interesting for the longer term, but it moves things and makes things happen. Communicate, investigate and fine-tune a problem and a solution and then tackle the next problem again is the way of working.

Jan, originally a mathematician, analyse quickly and carefully and substantiates his ideas with models. These cannot simply be disproved. He only goes for a solution that also has a long-term value. No intermediate solutions, but immediately the right solution for the right problem. He starts research centres at various universities, is involved in movements such as the Nederland Kantelt and Urgenda and is partner at a new health insurance company. In this way he is not only a preacher of a new era, but also as a researcher, networker and entrepreneur looking for new knowledge and (business) models.

It was a very pleasant evening at restaurant Huson. The force field in the energy, food, building and care sectors, for example, slowly became clear to us this evening. Complex problems were explained to us with enthusiasm. Possible (directions of) solutions were even more enthusiastically shared by our guests. Transition is fun!