In 2011, the social entrepreneurs and impact investors Pieter de Rijcke of De Hoge Dennen, Paul Baan of the Noaber Foundation together with Henk van den Breemen launched The Owls Foundation to accommodate The Owls Project. The aim of the Owls Foundation was to help achieve impact for a sustainable society by stimulating the debate on innovations and breakthrough processes through exchanging knowledge, experience and research.
The 26 case studies in the publications Breakthrough: From Innovation to Impact were the first result of The Owls Project. The two volumes of the books are intended to be a contribution to an ongoing discussion on innovations and breakthroughs, and by doing so helping to establish stimulating environments for innovation and a more sustainable society. Over a hundred men and women in the field of business, diplomacy, geo-politics, philanthropy, economics, media, agriculture, logistics, technology, circular economy and healthcare wholeheartedly volunteered their contributions.
The Owls has been sharing the knowledge and experience gained by The Owls Project through a number of channels like presentations and meetings with small selected groups. The meetings were seized to present the publications and to discuss the opportunities of The Owls approach: The Owls Breakthrough Method©. To apply The Owls Breakthrough Method© even better, practical tools were developed.
In 2018, the Board of The Owls Foundation consisted of Pieter de Rijcke (Member) of De Hoge Dennen, Paul Baan (Member) of the Noaber Foundation (until 15 March 2018) and Henk van den Breemen (Chairman). The Board expressed the ambition to migrate to a cooperative organisation to realize ecosystems together with project partners who also want to make and increase a positive social impact.
Between 2011 and 2018 The Board members did not receive payment for their work. In practice, they were not reimbursed for expenses.
The Owls’ logo is a contemporary take on an iconic design of British designer C.F.A. Voysey, one of the leading figures in the Arts and Crafts movement. All the lines in the design flow from the older owl, a seasoned professional, towards the next generation representing the flow of knowledge and experience in innovations and breakthroughs from one to the other.
Before the original design could be used, consent of Voysey’s descendants was needed. But how to contact them? As it happened, Field Marshal Lord Peter Inge, one of The Owls’ advisors from the very beginning, was a class mate of Voysey’s great grandson. He arranged for a letter of consent from Mr. John Voysey. So, an appealing design which has stood the test of time lives on in The Owls’ present logo.
These fascinating case studies and interviews reveal how innovations and breakthroughs succes or fail. Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are now availableRead more
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