About me

Welcome! I have been writing in this space since November 2002 about knowledge work, knowledge management, and the ways we develop tools and strategies to navigate a networked world. My background is in electronic engineering and philosophy of science, which reflects the crossroads I like to be on; people and the technology they use. I consider myself to be a networked individual, working in a networked world. I spend my time with different groups in different settings, but on topics that feel very much connected, at least to me. They feel connected because whatever it is I am doing, I am always passionate about increasing people’s ability to act (my working definition of knowledge), and increasing their ability to change (my working definition of learning).

tonzijlstra.eu
I am a self-employed and independent consultant on knowledge work, learning and complex challenges. I own my own job, and seek out others in my network to form context-specific teams when needed. In short I work in networked structures. In the past few years I have been working on projects for Dutch government ministries, large commercial enterprises as well as SME’s and non-profits. I am also regular speaker on (international) conferences on open data, the use of social media for knowledge work and learning, and digital making.

The Green Land
Four independent professionals with a long track record in open (government) data in Europe join forces in The Green Land.

Combined we offer experience in legal, economic, analytical, research, public sector, IT, change management, community building, and knowledge management aspects of the digital disruption wave that is open data. Based in the Netherlands we work throughout Europe, on national as well as regional and local level.

We have performed key studies and benchmarks on the economic and societal impact of open data, have helped plan and operate national open data portals, guided clients in opening data as part of normal operations, and have been actively building grass roots efforts as well as connecting stakeholders to create networks and ecosystems in which open innovation can take place. We very frequently give key note presentations and host workshops at conferences all over Europe, and sometimes beyond.

Innosense
I am working with six other great people as part of Innosense. We provide answers and methods to flourish in an increasingly networked and highly connected world. We are focused on rejuvenating management practices to better equip organisations when addressing intractable problems or seizing new opportunities in uncertain and complex situations.  Where traditional approaches have failed to deliver success, Innosense enables the emergence of fresh and insightful solutions seen from multiple perspectives.

FabLab Foundation Netherlands
FabLabs are workshops that put industrial machines into the hands of individuals. It is the digital revolution of production, and it does for production what social media does for sharing and publishing. Each FabLab (some 200 worldwide, 25 in the BeNeLux) has its own characteristics and they also form a network. Through the network designs are shared, which can be produced in the local context with materials at hand there. I was the chairman of the FabLab Foundation BeNeLux (Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg), and still work on network- and community-development, next to creating a FabLab at home.