Origin story

Robert Overweg was fed up with the large skills gap between what skills are necessary in life and what skills people were actually taught. He wanted to change that many people are unhappy in both their private and work life. Stuck in positions they don’t belong. Making both the people unhappy and companies not innovative. He discovered that having an Adaptable mindset in thinking and acting makes you happier and more resilient. That’s why he founded the Adaptable mindset program to enables us to evolve with disruptions, see them coming and see them as opportunities.


The people

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Robert Overweg is the founder of the Adaptable Mindset program and has a diverse background in Art, Design and Tech.

In 2007 Robert started taking photographs in computer games, which most people thought was silly, some still do. The photographs ended up in the Centre Pompidou, and many other places around the world.

In his business career he has helped transform companies like Ebay, Vodafone, Liberty Global, Heineken and helped build a variety of startups. 

It’s Roberts goal to empower people and give them the ability to synthesize from all aspects of life



Simone van Neerven is a partner at the Adaptable Mindset program. She holds a masters in Mathematics, and she is fascinated by people. Curious and creative, always learning.

In 2018, she founded her own company ‘reBel.la’ after a long successful corporate career. She is a catalyst for innovation supporting organizations in their innovation journeys in various ways. From a 2 year role as head of innovation at Vueling airlines in Barcelona, to boosting innovation at Mourik, a Dutch civil engineering company, and Chanel a French luxury brand.

For Simone, innovation is certainly not only about tech, but very much about people. Without the right mindset innovation will never be successful. One of her inspirations is Pipi Longstocking, who always said “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that”


Guests of the program

You can’t do the difficult and interesting journeys in life alone. — well you can, but it’s less fun. The Adaptable Mindset program collaborates with experts from the field with actual practical experience. 

Peter Vermeieren is a guest of part  3 of the course. He knows it all, from meditation to holotropic breathing. A mind hacker and mind explorer, ever since his youth. As an entrepreneur in digital health he brings scientific research to the market, he is also president of Compassion for Care through which he teaches about compassion and mindfulness in Healthcare. He is a teacher of meditation and holotropic breathing to groups of enthusiasts or groups at corporates, he brings over 20 years of experience to the table.

Ruben Jongkind is a guest in a special interview. He is the former Head of talent development at Ajax and current Head of Montessori Football. In his role as head of talent development at Ajax he wrote together with Johan Cruyff and Wim Jonk the manifesto for the velvet revolution. A philosophy that revolutionized the Ajax youth academy.

His main focus was always to create the right learning environments for people to help them become adaptable and independent. What this revolution at Ajax brought, is widely known. According to Jongkind, Cruyff and Jonk in a football academy, it should (always) be about individual talent development. 

These learnings Ruben wanted to scale and he also wanted to help the not extremely athletically gifted. He partnered up with Montessori, together they are now bringing individual talent development in both sports and education to over 2000 children in Australia, South America and China, and more is on the way.