About Whitemergence

The term Whitemergence has its early roots at New shoes today, a group of professional soulmates with the mission to support and inspire people and organisations on their path of creation, innovation and change. In 2015 they stopped their formal organisation to create the space for new endeveours to emerge.

Whitemergence was the name of a rather experimental network event to provide context for emerging new initiatives out of self-organising. It now granted its name to this exciting endevour.

Core team

Liesbeth Debruyn

Liesbeth Debruyn |Biocatalyst, Process designer, host and guide

Liesbeth (1975) studied Product development in Antwerp. She worked as an analyst and project leader in IT and was strategically involved in several non-profit organisations. She designed for theatre projects and has a lot of experience in education and social innovation. In 2015 she finalised a master business in Imagineering (BUas, Breda) where she discovered the meaning and value of complexity related to human organising.

"I’m a designer, that’s the way I think and how I address challenges. For years I’ve experienced absurd organisational shortcomings, I also had a strong feeling that it could be otherwise. Complexity thinking provided me with many answers and I became passionate about applying valuable theoretical insights to organisational real life. Therefore I design and facilitate processes and circumstances wherein you can experience the huge potential yourself. It offers fascinating ways to evolve towards prosperous human organising wherein people can flourish."

Oscar Meijn

Oscar Meijn |Co-creator and inspirational instigator

Oscar (1949) is educated as organisational psychologist. He has a long time experience in senior management of businesses and consultancy. He is skilled in group dynamics and facilitating teams. He owned 10 years a modern art gallery.

"Always when I could find the combination of people, complexity and innovation, it brought me inspiration and excitement. More recently I discovered the domain of complexity theory and thinking. It brings an unexpected rich added value to the basket of knowledge about complex human systems. This sparks me with a new personal mission to instigate others."

Partners in organising and guiding Complexity Spectacles

Maarten Swinkels

Maarten Swinkels |Organisation-engineer, - masterchef, -consultant and guide

Maarten (1961) is educated in industrial engineering and management science. He is doing projects within a variety of organizations, profit and non profit for almost 30 years now. He is skilled in dealing with wicked questions and transformation dynamics in organizations, teams and individuals. He is co-owner of new shoes today (until 2015), nexstepp and changetrek.

"It appears that systems and more systems are being built to deal with complexity. These systems are supposed to create reliable organizations in a complex environment. More and more peolpe just follow the system and don’t understand ‘it’ anymore, they are giving up and are no longer connected with what they are doing. I get inspired from any initiative that give back to the people the responsibility to deal with complexity in their lives themselves."

Sophia van Ruth

Sophia van Ruth

Sophia (1971) has her own business helping people access their intuitive capacities when confronted with a complex situation (Animatearts). She holds an MSc in Holistic Science (which included study of complex systems science) and is an experienced InterPlay leader and a shiatsu practitioner. InterPlay works with improvised movement, voice, story and stillness. Sophia uses this practice to help people ‘play with’ the complexity of their lives in rich and meaningful ways.

"Humans have evolved in a complex world. On a deep, pre-conscious level, you intuitively understand complexity better than you think. However, you have probably been trained to use your rational, analytical mind above all else to make sense of the world. I am passionate about how our embodied ways of knowing can help us work through our professional and personal challenges, and what wisdom they can bring to the table."