Julie Arts is an economist working internationally as a consultant, designing and hosting multi-stakeholder transition processes and leadership programs. Julie is fascinated by the complex challenges in our society, and believes that these require a shift in our way of living and working together, in our local communities and on the planet as a whole.
After a two- year masters class at the Presencing Institute (Boston, MIT) Julie joined the PI practitioners circle and the U.Lab team. Her career started in communications & strategy, which led her to becoming a facilitator of creativity and innovation processes in multinational corporations and large institutions like Unilever, TNO and Lekkerland. She also worked for the University of Leuven (Belgium) for one year, participating in a transition process for Food & Agriculture, and offered a leadership development program at IRRI in the Philippines.
Some examples from current work are:
- WaterLab: a multi-stakeholder process to develop awareness and innovative solutions around water quality, more specifically around the residue of medicine in our water, in a province in The Netherlands.
- A one-year Climate Change Leadership program in Burundi, Africa, with learning journeys to Ethiopia (GIZ).
- Ecosystem Innovation: Organisational development in Innotek, a Flemish Innovation Institute that wishes to start the transition from product innovation and business model building to ecosystem innovation. From ‘Creating New Business’ to ‘Doing business in a new way.’
- Leadership development programs in Belfius, a Belgian state-owned bank, with learning journeys and prototyping.
- Three year OD change process for Trager International.
Julie is also a co-facilitator of the MOOC, “U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society and Self” (MIT & Presencing Institute), supporting and cultivating the emerging network. Her role in the core team is – next to coordination – mainly focused on supporting and connecting people, ideas and hubs. This role gave her the opportunity to be part of the U.Lab Hub story that is developing in Scotland, in the Impact Hub Network and in many other places.