Sustainability/New Economy Policy

We practice what we teach. The set up of LfEC and its organisational structure is based on the future that we like to see. Our activities are put in a broader systemic context. We have called it, New Economy Policy where sustainability is an integral part. This policy is structured according to the ground pattern for transition, the six dimensions. The ground pattern is identified by the movement ‘Economy Transformers‘. Around each of the dimensions, societal and economic transition seems to take place; while every dimension has its own organising principles and boundaries. It is an integral framework that raises awareness when working towards economic system change and new ways of doing business.
Below you will read more about the six dimensions and how we contribute to the transition at each of the dimensions.

Ik Ben

I am

The dimension I AM is about the ‘why’ question, why do I do what I do, where do I live my passion, what is my identity. What is my relation with myself, my visions and ideas and what drives me? What do I strive for? ‘I AM’ also includes our personal development; am I doing what I am meant to be doing and is the company allowing me to do so? Am I able to develop my talents? ‘I’ in this dimension could be personal, but could also be read as a company.

Inner and outer change is core for LfEC. Real transformation can only happen when we know how we relate to what we create outside ourselves. That’s why we combine a leadership training and a journey along teachings on the economic, business and societal transition, including historical facts, in the LfEC programme. Anything that we teach or create throughout the programme will be held against our own personal believes, visions and ideas. Experience-based learning is the key to succeed in becoming a change agent. Participants are taught and encouraged to always do the inner and outer check. In addition, knowing ones own talents and passions allows one to create a team that is required to be successful in the things one wants to create. A team will flourish when all can do what they are good at.

In addition, we consciously put together people in the team that are complementary to the other team members. We actively search for ways how people can contribute in a way that suits them. That makes the team strong and dynamic.



DIALOGUE is about the way we shape our story; the communication with the stakeholders, the image that we bring across. How do we connect with others, is there room for dialogue, are we able to listen? What does our story creates in others?

As initiators and creators of LfEC we tell you our LfEC and our personal story on this website. We actively search dialogue with our stakeholders, like our participants, alumni, partners, clients and other interested people. You will find this in the way we organise our business model as a foundation together with a cooperative (to be developed, see below).We organise regular meetings to meet our stakeholders, hear their views and share ours. We would like to take a learning opportunity in every communication. We also actively communicate through the website, social media and communicate through blogging. We strive for maximum transparency.

LfEC envisages a role for itself by actively participating in think tanks on economic transition and new ways of looking at sustainability, for example through the organisation of our own Economic Exchange Conference. But we are also inspired by the movement ‘Economy Transformers’ and for example Het Groene Brein, one of our partners.




Ownership is about the way we determine and execute ownership, administration and maintenance and the right of use. It is also about investigating the question in what way ownership is there to satisfy our need for self-esteem. And what responsibility does ownership give us? Do we need to own what we own?

We, as initiators and creators of LfEC, believe that we have what it needs to make the LfEC to a success. In the evolution of the programme lies a lot of input we received of many individuals. We believe that with so much common good contribution to the programme AND because of the purpose we strive for, we do not feel it our exclusive right and wish to own the programme ourselves. In fact, the programme could be best owned by itself. Therefore, the intellectual property is safeguarded in a foundation. The board of the foundation will be a mixture of business people, LfEC-alumni and people from LfEC partner organisations.

LfEC shares all intellectual property that is developed within the programme and it is available for the partners of the programme. All visual materials will be made accessible through the website. The syllabus and other programme materials will be available upon request for interested people and organisations.



Organising forms

ORGANISATIONAL FORMS arranges our relationships with others. How do we organise ourselves? Each company/organisation determines its own desirable organisational form. This is about positions and functions and the affiliated decision-making processes. Who decides on what, where and how?

LfEC is a flat organisation that stimulates individuals and (business partners) to contribute to the programme. Currently, the exploitation is managed by the creators of LfEC2014. We are, Marjon van Opijnen and Damaris Matthijsen. The goal is to have this organised in a cooperative by 2014. All participants, alumni and partners could potentially become a part of the cooperative.

We are compensated for the efforts and inputs we give to the programme, our consortium partners and society by making it happen. The programme provides for part towards our living.

LfEC chooses to remain an independent organisation. This way we can ask the most renowned and frontrunning scientists, business leaders, pioneers and institutions to contribute to the programme. Our ambition is to sustain our pioneering role, which we can best do as an independent entity.Decision taking is based on the consent principle. This means that each voice is being heard. Decisions are not taken based on the majority or minority vote. Arguments and counterarguments are being heard and investigated fully and decisions are taken based on consent (‘yes’ when there is no more voice against). Without consent a decision cannot be taken. This method is used within the foundation board as well as within the team executing the programme.




VALUATION is about the (economic) value that we create and the way we determine this economic value, like the alignment of supply and demand, trade relations, pricing methods, and value chains. Do we recognise and act upon our global dependency on others/nature? In our current economy, valuation is based on monetary value within a singular money system. (This is not about moral norms and values)

LfEC creates value for the consortium partners and young professionals. We prepare people to design for the future, the newstream. The programme provides directions to the consortium partners for possible future change and to become ‘transition proof’ or even be a frontrunner in the transition. Consortium partners and participants create financial or in kind value for LfEC, together we make the programme work. We are still in need of the following services.

LfEC creates value for society. Current turbulent economic and societal times need people that are able to create and design for the future. The ground pattern for transition that is key to LfEC is an integral way to map where the transition happens in society, businesses and the economy.

Gift Zhinga

“The LfEC programme was very innovative and challenging. It kept me going and gave me full momentum to continue with my future projects on how to shape the economy and the society of today. As you know, when ever people meet, there is the potential for lives to change.”

Gift Shinga, alumni 2012

LfEC also create financial value. We will be transparent about the income that the programme provides to us. The remainder will be used to meet future ambitions of LfEC and to develop new programmes together with the consortium partners.

We strive for minimising of competition and look for ways to work together and cooperate with other initiatives. We always search for ways to be complementary and strengthen each other. We are also open to contribute to other initiatives in ways that is mutually beneficial.


The planet

AardeThe EARTH gives us a sense of reality and it reflects the effect of our activities. We consider the laws of nature like cyclical processes (life/death, growth/extinction), diversity, connectivity of eco-systems and healthy limitations of species. It gives a (new) perspective on growth.
LfEC cares for our planet in several ways:

  • Recycle where possible;
  • Make use of a flex office and where possible, office spaces of partners;
  • Stimulate partners, participants and team to travel by public transport. Where possible to search for locations that are easily accessible by public transport.
  • We procure sustainably. In search for venues we consider the sustainability, aim at providing organic food and always consider the sustainability of products we procure.

Besides taking care for our planet, we also take the planet as an example for what we regard as a healthy business and growth strategy. This is reflected in the following:

  • We strive for diversity in the programme and group of participants. We do so by allowing for a mixture of young professionals and students, different nationalities, gender balance.
  • The team and LfEC itself will grow organically and in stages. And a new programme will only be started when we and our consortium partners desire to develop such a programme.
  • We strive for and stimulate mutual learning and dependency. The participants benefit and also give something back in return. This is done by organising deepening sessions for their management, actively contribute to platforms, the end conference et cetera.


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