Why the Adaptable Mindset program?


We were fed up with the large skills gap between what skills are necessary in life and what skills people were actually taught.

At the same time 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. Yet most people don't have the skills to evolve.

An Adaptable mindset in thinking and acting allows you to find new possibilities and perspectives. 

That’s why the Adaptable mindset program was founded to enable people to evolve with disruptions, to empower them and the companies they work at with the mindset and tools to adapt to any challenge that comes their way.

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 like Beyond Sports and MMGA.

Robert is a sought out international speaker and has spoken at: MIT, SXSW, and the European Commission. Where he often talks about how to positively use technology for the betterment of people and the world.

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”

Ruben Jongkind is part of our inspiration board. Ruben is the former head of youth talent development at the prestigious Ajax soccer club. Currently, he holds the position of 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. 

View the conversation we had with Ruben here about how we think about education.