My name is Martijn Kriens and this is my blog. I set up this blog in order to collect and structure my ideas around the activities I am involved in. These interests can be divided in four areas: Patient safety, Internet, Organization models and Politics. Maybe on first sight these have little to do with each other but I would, of course ;-), disagree. Al subjects have something to do with empowering individuals instead of the power of bureaucracy. Starting with the power of the individual that interacts with others is for me the essence of the word iCrowds.
My interest in iCrowds is founded in my view on life: I believe that people are most happy when they are able to influence their context and are respected for their contribution. People become happier by producing and getting rewarded for it than by consuming. iCrowds create the potential to unlock this motivation and creativity in all kinds of areas: in public life by giving citizens the potential to steer their government more directly to better ways to recognize valuable contribution in business settings. The Internet is of course a major enabler of the potential of individuals. As a pilot I have learned the potential of systemic working combined with empowered individuals. These lessons I now use in my work around patient safety.
I once worked at a company called BSO, founded by Eckart Wintzen. This company had I think many of the characteristics I am talking about: flat structures, direct communication, visible individual contributions and, most important, a founder that did not wish control the work of others. Many people that worked there are still motivated by the feeling of fulfilment that gave. I hope that by using the ideas of iCrowds more organisations are able to unlock the motivation many felt at BSO.