In 2012, the idealism and creativity of Qi GLOBAL was deemed as a inspirational success, but a financial failure. To run an innovation platform around "Human Progress in Harmony with Nature" and several innovative projects, we needed a massive change. A few feel-good corporate sponsorships were simply not enough.
As a tired social entrepreneur, I was deeply frustrated about the superficial support of sustainability in the business world. Most people have good intentions, but most corporate cultures were - and still are - toxic towards both "Human Progress" and "Harmony with Nature". Perhaps it was time for me to take the bull by its horn and see if we could change the corporate culture itself? Away from the present greedy culture of anxiety, sameness, cynicism, impotence and selfishness.
Together with Marieke Van der Heijden, I went on a three-year journey into the heart and minds of corporate executives and CEO's. We were brave and enthusiastic. With a small team, we took on large change management assignments. We invented a whole range on new tools, ideas and methodologies, among them the iconic innovation culture canvas and The Innovator's Juice (Joy, Uniqueness, Intuition, Creativity, Empathy).