I studied at the Technical University Delft and chose the specialisation “Chemical Engineering”. Then I worked in chemical factories for some years. This was a very interesting time.
In 1974 I met Hans van Mourik Broekman who was an independent
consultant on “innovation”.
He used the knowledge - which is distributed amongst the respective brains of people with different functions and disciplines in a company - to guide these people to the birth of an innovation.
I realised that that was a major part of what I had been doing whilst working in the chemical industry.
I discovered that I had more affection for dealing with people than
dealing with technology.
We worked together for quite some time.
Before 1972 Hans van Mourik Broekman had discovered a method for speeding-up deliberations on difficult subjects by a factor of 3 to 10, and sometimes more.
He asked me to find out why this method yielded such good results.
Several years later I concluded that:
- the progress of the deliberations in a meeting, in which much information from different functions and different disciplines has to be considered, is limited by the size of the working-memory of a human being, and
- that van Mourik Broekman’s method spectacularly increases the respective working-memories of the participants in the deliberation.
We gave the method the name “OPTOFRONIE” (Greek: “optos” = visible ; “fronein” = thinking).
Further qualifications are presented on the LinkedIn site of Hans Damen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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