Being a servant leader to the NEON consortium, my role is Point of Contact (PoC) to the partners and organisation architect. My role in the NEON project at the surface looks very practical and managerial, with apparent little relation to the research. Still quit some deep research development is happening in the background. My postdoc research continues the doctoral research on radical innovation by ecosystem dynamics. During my PhD I did participation research in a startup ecosystem. I.e. the ecosystem was a pop-up structure driven by an open tech community in an emergent market. NEON is about two existing markets, one Energy and one Mobility fusing in the transition to zero-emission economy. The transition ecosystem has mature organisations. The challenge will be to take over the general dynamics from the startup ecosystem and make it work for a transition ecosystem. The NEON agent based model is the catalysing spill in this project, it is a great conversation tool for partners to forecast transitions (like weather forecasts). My postdoc role is on the outlines of this mission, more focused on the human side, helping the partners to move in a converging patterns with all the ongoing changes in the work field and in the research.
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The integral model that colleagues work on with Floor Alkemade and Maarten Steinbuch, needs input from all the other work packages. Auke Hoekstra as the project lead goes into depth technically, my focus it to go broad to all partners and researchers, as a servant leader to the project. In earlier work my role was called Human Capital Strategy and it also relates to my fellow postdoc Piet van Gool, while I focus on the collective Piet focuses on the job crafting and team building. Every researcher is developing a learning path, with the partners I’m developing a penetration path to focus on the emission goal and navigate uncertainty in a lean-agile way. I’m using the methods developed during my PhD to assist the growth of the ecosystem.