I started this initiative, actually already a long time ago. Since 2009 I’ve been exploring a more natural economy when I was writing my thesis about the behavior of CEO’s. After working as a consultant and finding that our economy and many of the businesses in The Netherlands were not really connected to the joy and freedom that I was used to in my own life, I started realizing that the “grown up” world of business wasn’t as I had expected it to be. In fact, I started realizing that the structures are in many cases quite unhealthy spaces for creativity and joy.
Fast forward to 2015 I started writing and hosting meetings about the topic of money and the economy. I had already developed an idea for regenerative society and investment of pensions in a way that could help self sufficiency and providing sufficient return and security, only in a different and more natural way, rooted and connected to projects and initiatives that are coming out of the joy and that are more resilient by themselves rather than generating money primarily.
In 2017 I started a platform, Co-creative universe, after the book that I wrote with the same title. However, in 2018 I collapsed, when my project and platform didn’t regenerate sufficiently or attracted the funding that it needed. After quite a hard time, I started to recover and am now feeling better than ever before, thanks to my self healing ability and the help of the Purification Space of Jacqueline Hobbs (Oracle Girl).
Now in halfway 2020, it’s time to start summing all of the inspiration I have as well as the inspiration we have together, to start making these new realities real. The ones we’ve been dreaming of and working on, already since many years. Or, if you just started to dream, it doesn’t matter. It’s important that we’re here now, able to connect and do things in a way we truly want to.
My name is Ewoud Venema, and I’m currently living in Zeist, The Netherlands where I was born (The Netherlands that is, near Groningen actually).