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.

FabLabs and Maker Households
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 (over 250 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 in the maker scene, next to creating a FabLab at home. My interest is in how this new making increases the resilience of households in local communities by leveraging global networks: Maker Households