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Online Colloquium No. 39: Harvesting Complexity - Approaches, Tools & Applications in Technology and Organisations

Datum und Uhrzeit
2 Stunden

Collin Bootsveld, Dr. Bettina Geiken, Integral Projects

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​  Dr. Bettina Geiken & Collin Bootsveld



Harvesting Complexity - Approaches, Tools & Applications in Technology and Organisations:

Even though many of you might be familiar with the benefits of integral theory, self-organisation or approaches to navigating complexity, these principles are still relatively unknown in many organisations and companies - or at least not applied consistently.

Yet, trying to explain them first has proven to be counterproductive. We cannot convey an experience by talking about it. So, our approach is to apply those frameworks and only explain in terms of the immediate situation at hand.

During the first part of this Colloquium, Collin Bootsveld will present a number of practical applications of frameworks that allow us to “harvest” the complexity connected to the challenges in his engineering work and the organisational structures around it. These practical applications show that the theory then becomes relevant in daily life, which motivates people to learn more about it. Further practical application then helps to internalized these the principles in our being.

In the second part of the colloquium, Bettina Geiken will guide the participants through an interactive practical experience of recognizing different domains of complexity and making sense in each of them.




Collin Bootsveld (1967) has studied Chemical Engineering on Twente University, Enschede, The Netherlands. He worked in the Netherlands, on technologies to reduce the use of energy. Since 2010 he has worked for Colruyt Group on the introduction of new technologies such as hybrid and electric trucks, hydrogen for transport. His current project introduces cooling of supermarkets, based on natural refrigerants. In parallel, Collin has been trained in the use of consciousness techniques and has managed to softly integrate this background in his technical work. Collin is an associate member of IFIS.

Dr. Bettina Geiken​ is a full member of IFIS and a member of the board. She is a trained biochemist and a project manager for EU-funded projects in the areas of international developmental cooperation and sustainability. She is also a co-founder of the Social Architects Community of Practice (SoArCo) and a certified Selfleaders Valuetree Facilitator. Bettina lives and works as an integral consultant and project designer in Brüssel and Weinheim.