Ik kan vliegen: wow!

ik kan vliegen
Met vliegen heb ik niets, maar ik heb wel iets met Jeroen Komen. Dus toen ik zijn nieuwe boek Ik kan vliegen kreeg, met een mooie persoonlijke opdracht voorin geschreven, ging ik het lezen vanwege die persoonlijke band hoewel – ik geef het eerlijk toe – ik dacht dat ik er niet veel aan zou vinden. Nou, dat kan ik meteen rechtzetten: het is een spectaculair goed boek. Ik heb het van a tot z gelezen en dat was alleen maar een genoegen.
Daar heb ik een tijdje over nagedacht: wat maakt dit nou zo’n goed boek voor mij? Dat zijn verschillende elementen. Jeroen heeft er bijvoorbeeld een erg persoonlijk boek van gemaakt. Het is een boek over levenslessen in de brede zin des woords; allerlei aspecten van het leven passeren de revue. Jeroen neemt ons mee op de verkenningstocht van zijn eigen ontdekkingen, zijn twijfels en zijn doorzettingsvermogen. De schrijfstijl, mooi en zonder opsmuk, werkt daar versterkend bij. Dat op de eerste plaats maakt dat ik het ademloos gelezen heb. Andere kwaliteiten van het boek zijn de afwisseling: als vlieger komt Jeroen op allerlei plaatsen (lees: culturen, mijn grote hobby) wat superinteressant is en zeker een bron van goede anecdotes. En dan zijn er natuurlijk de prachtige foto’s die hij zelf vanuit zijn vliegtuig gemaakt heeft. Het meest intrigerend vond ik die op pagina 68-69 (koop het boek en kijk zelf) om de simpele reden dat ik me tot in mijn slaap afvroeg of het hier nu een openbaar zwembad betreft of niet.
Veel boeken hebben zeker kwaliteit maar die zit vaak in deelaspecten en is niet consistent. Ik kan vliegen is van begin tot einde ‘af’. Ik hoop dat Jeroen of de uitgever eraan gedacht heeft dit naar de Koninklijke Bibliotheek te sturen want een plaats binnen het nationale erfgoed is verdiend. Warm aanbevolen!

Why give awards for high intelligence?

why give awards for high intelligence

In 2012-2013, Mensa the Netherlands worked with great enthusiasm to create a ‘daughter’, the Dutch Mensa Foundation. It was inspired by the American Mensa Foundation www.mensafoundation.org that was founded in 1971 already. Somehow no ‘Mensa country’ followed that example so Mensa the Netherlands decided to be the first one and hopes for more Mensa countries to do the same and create a worldwide network of Mensa foundations. Every country has its own motives and issues to fulfill the overall Mensa mission that highly intelligent people cooperate ‘for the benefit of humanity’. What the benefit is, differs by country and that is OK.
In the Netherlands, one of the things we started to do from the very beginning in 2013 is giving Awards in the fields of Education, Society and Work. The awards are not given ‘for’ high intelligence; they are given for the role a person played, the example that person shows or the product or service a person invented in that field. We need that in the Netherlands because we have a culture that is rather focused on the ‘average’ and ‘fitting in’ and much less to be ‘out of the box’ and ‘stand out’. Dutch society will benefit a lot with awareness of HIQ potential and active measures to use and develop extraordinary talent. This is why the Awards were created.
Everybody can come up with proposals for nominations – a jury chooses 3 candidates per field that receive an official nomination from our Mensa Foundation. This week, the names of the nominations for 2015 will be published. November 7, everybody is welcome to join the meeting in Leiden where the names of the Awards winners will be made public and nominees and winners will be honored! And we are happy that Mensa member professor John Grin will speak at the event about ‘creativity, setback and inspiration’. More info at http://mensafonds.nl/index.php/awards. It is in Dutch but for anyone joining, we will do our best to make you feel home also if your Dutch is limited. Talent and intelligence are transnational indeed, aren’t they! Let’s go for the benefit of humanity in all its aspects…

Why vote for Grethe as chair?

could use an update-jpg Follow my youtubes here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbzPkJaMyAX36DcgDfqAoSw

Mensa International is going steadily but slowly > it needs to speed up!
A more effective and faster reacting organisation; as a business leader I can realize this. We missed opportunities but now we can really grap the opportunities > gogogo!!!
Do you expect this from a chair of Mensa International, then vote for me:

  • More interaction between the national Mensa’s, more international activities and a better learning community.
  • Less re-inventing of the wheel: clear and findable communication and presentation of solutions found.
  • Next step in our International Leadership Program: develop it further to the benefit of all countries.
  • Transparency and accountability in decision making.
  • Focus on what matters (Mensa International has limited sources) and be good and visible in that.
  • An Excom team that cooperates effectively including generations and cultures.
  • IBD meetings streamed worldwide for all members to be informed and inspired.
  • IBD meetings that inspire
  • Have fun while working – laugh while you achieve things together, I love that! Please join me 🙂

Finals Mensa SlimmerIQuiz coming up

mensa slimmeriquiz finals  The finals for the Mensa SlimmerIQuiz are coming up! 26th November the University of Amsterdam, a Top 50 University worldwide, will host 23 teams of 3 kids in the age of 11/12 to fight the final battle…
The teams have already survived 2 prior rounds, the 1st round at their own school, the 2nd round at regional highschools supporting education for the highly gifted. Now the next step is Amsterdam.
Last year Mensa the Netherlands started this project for our 50th anniversary and it was a good and promising start. See also http://grethevangeffen.nl/2013/12/30/jurylid-slimmeriquiz-inventiviteit-viert-hoogtij/ for a review from the point of view jury. In 2013 we started with 300 kids in the first round, this year it was 2500 (!) kids already.
Mensa NL invented SlimmerIQuiz to show that being smart is fun and that it is nice to be challenged. Well, the 2014 finals are not going to disappoint the kids. Not only will they have great and tough SlimmerIQuiz finals in an very beautiful place (http://www.esil2013.nl/wp-content/uploads/originals/Aula.jpg), they will also follow a mini-lecture by Robbert Dijkgraaf, a leading scientist from both the University of Amsterdam and Princeton. That is going to be so interesting! Please find all info at www.slimmeriquiz.nl and support our mission to appreciate intelligence as a source of challenge and fun.

 

Spanish Princess and Spanish Mensa

princess letizia and princess (now queen) máxima August 2011 we were 15 Mensa women to visit our Princess (now Queen) Máxima, a meeting in which we could tell all about the life of high gifted people in our society and listen to the ideas of our Princess on the subject. It was a very nice visit at her home De Eikenhorst in Wassenaar: http://www.mensa.nl/informatiecentrum/nieuws/20110822-15-Mensa-vrouwen-bij-Maxima .
It inspired Mensa Spain to take a similar step. In 2012, during the 65th anniversary of Mensa International, the chair of Mensa Spain requested a meeting with the Spanish Royal Family. Next 8 May, Princess Letizia will receive a group of Mensans to better understand the Mensa Spain association. Congratulations Mensa Spain!
I hope this meeting will be relevant to Mensa Spain and to Mensa in general and that it will be a very nice meeting, like we had with Princess Máxima. See also (in Spanish)
http://www.casareal.es/ES/Actividades/Pagina/actividades_actividades_detalle.aspx?data=11966

Een veiling net zo divers als Mensa zelf!

Radiografisch modelcarSAMSUNG CSClederpoetsset Drie nieuwe gevarieerde artikelen zijn vandaag toegevoegd aan het veilingaanbod. Mensa staat bekend om zijn diversiteit aan leden en activiteiten. Dit vind je grappig genoeg ook weer terug in de veiling morgen 3 januari voor het Mensa Fonds.
De oogst van vandaag is: een set materialen om leder te poetsen, in te vetten en te voeden; HIQ fietstassen; en voor grote en kleine kinderen een radiografisch te besturen modelcar. Dit komt dan na workshops, een gast aan tafel, zilveren hangers, een infrarood voetenpad, een privatissimum en een KernTalentenanalyse 🙂 om maar wat andere items te noemen.
Het kan niet anders of er is altijd iets leuks bij voor onze diversiteit aan leden en hun introducé’s. Met dank aan de gulle gevers. Iedereen welkom morgen op de veiling van 20-21 uur in het Polanentheater in Amsterdam!
Voor het volledige aanbod (al ruim 20 items) zie: http://grethevangeffen.nl/aanbod-mensa-fonds-veiling/

50 Years Mensa the Netherlands

visual_goud-Mensa  This weekend (and in fact during all 2013) we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Mensa the Netherlands. There is so much to be proud of! We are steadily growing, counting now exactly 4450 members. We are flourishing, almost every day a Mensa activity is organised so no Mensa member needs to be bored 🙂 What is really great is how members enjoy the intense contacts and great atmosphere in Mensa the Netherlands, as shows our new movie (in Dutch):   http://t.co/XASeZ85SUi
Please enjoy the movie and when you’re a Dutch Mensa member: happy birthday! Let’s toast on many more beautiful Mensa years in the Netherlands.

Presentation at EMAG about Mensa Foundation

Mensa NL 50 years  Are you visiting EMAG in Bratislava this week? Feel welcome to visit the Dutch presentation about the first Mensa Foundation in Europe. The Dutch Mensa Foundation was launched in April 2013, see also my blog about this great momentum http://grethevangeffen.nl/2013/04/21/mensa-nl-fonds-born-yesterday/
Many questions were asked after that: how did you do it, tell us your tips and tricks, what if we want to start a foundation too… So we promised to explain all about it and that moment will be on Thursday 2 Aug at 15h. It would be great when many Mensas develop similar activities; we would strengthen each other’s initiatives and PR, inspire each other and our societies while creating a new vision on the benefits of HIQ.
Are you not in Bratislava but interested anyway? Write me an email and we can exchange ideas.
By the way, the first version of the new Foundation’s website (in Dutch only) has just been launched: www.mensafonds.nl. And it announces the first awards; you can nominate teachers, employers and colleagues… let’s all cooperate to turn these new activities into a great success!

 

Be a Mensa International king/queen and/or free…

Dam28-4-2013 The Republic of Amsterdam, as many people call this anarchist city, is preparing for a great party. In 2 days, on April 30th, our queen Beatrix will abdicate and her son Willem-Alexander will take over and that takes place in the midst of our republic! Our city that is already very busy at the ‘regular’ Queensday celebrations on April 30th, is now completely crowded with both tourists and locals.
You can imagine what a complicated project this is, in a city that has only small roads on the sides of the canals… this is not London or Paris but a metropole with the size of a village. However 1000 foreign guests, most of them needing high security, will be present at the inauguration. It is the biggest project ever for Amsterdam from the governance and safety point of view.

I have made a small movie at the Dam Square today in the midst of all the liveliness, to appeal to vote for the Mensa International elections before the 15th of May. Please have a look and if you like it, give it your feedback and spread the news!
Miniatuur http://youtu.be/Y5pjf2OvlIo (1,5 minutes)

Mensa NL Fonds born yesterday!

Mensa Int 65 yrs  I am very happy to tell you that the business meeting of Mensa NL yesterday supported strongly and with great enthusiasm the creation of a Dutch Mensa Foundation. The decision that we want a Foundation was taken at the business meeting 2012 and we worked hard to realize it during the last year. It was my dream already during a long time to create a Dutch Mensa Foundation, and it takes time and effort to win people and turn it into a largely supported and well worked out idea: and I could!
Mensa members really feel that some things in society concerning high intelligence should change or be encouraged much more. The aims of the Dutch Mensa Fonds are:
          show / make visible the significance of high intelligence for society
          support research and best practices to use high intelligence optimally
         create positive awareness about high giftedness and societal opportunities

A 4-year program has been made and quite some Mensa members have offered financial support!The Mensa Fonds will work within the Netherlands and only outside in cooperation with Mensa Foundations in other countries; sofar, just American MERF (www.mensafoundation.org) but maybe, hopefully other countries will follow. Mensa is such a beautiful project to work on!

 

Mensa member Angela Riddering publishes book about trust

presentatie veldgids vertrouwen  Wednesday 20th March, Mensa member Angela Riddering presented the new book she wrote ‘Veldgids vertrouwen’. You can find the book here: http://veldgidsvertrouwen.nl/
We know Angela as a creative person. So the book presentation was in some misty place called Worm in Rotterdam, where the toilets were made out of plastic and the floor consisted of former Dutch Fortis Bank desktops. As a person from Amsterdam, I do not think I will ever understand the people in Rotterdam but I can admire them, though 🙂
Angela is one of those multi-talented people, she celebrated the presentation with a performance of her band playing the themes of her book in music. Music, the book, also her Mensa activities are just hobbies as she has a serious job in local government – or maybe the job should be considered as her hobby…
The book is very nice, it is designed in an original way and the structure is a real ‘field guide’ (veldgids): the different parts of the book can be read all by themselves but there is an overall idea and structure. After reading this book, you won’t say any more one-sided things like ‘trust is good, control is better’. Both trust and control get their place in management and governance styles in this book, and style choices can be made by the reader following the lines Angela and her co-writer Frans de Jong draw.
Thanks Angela, for another nice meeting and for offering a good new book to the world!

 

Companies do not use the full potential of HIQ (yet)

don't see (yet)  High gifted people who work freelance are much happier in their work than high gifted people who work in a company, actual Dutch research results reveal (see www.koosvanderspek.nl). In general, high gifted workers are positive about the work they do, they have a good work-life balance and not too much stress. However, when it comes to passion, HIQ’s who work independently are much more passionate than the average Dutch worker and HIQ’s who work in companies are clearly less passionate than the average Dutch worker. This is a big contrast.
Mensa members are not really surprised about this outcome. We knew this already and what we like is that there is now scientific evidence for it! 1250 HIQ’s cooperated for this research, 80+% of them being Mensans as Mensa the Netherlands supported this research of the University of Utrecht.
Another outcome: 37% of HIQ’s in companies are bored and lack challenge; this is again much more than average Dutch workers. So there is a lot of neglected potential in companies, even in times of crisis where companies absolutely need all available talents to survive and if possible innovate. HIQ’s are innovators. So most probably these research results (that are the first part of much more results to follow) indicate that Dutch companies are not good enough and not fast enough in innovation – yet. HIQ will be discovered in the near future as an excellent source of that, I am sure!