Weconomics Foundation

The Weconomics Foundation is the fiscal legal entity for the preservation and further development of the Weconomics mental legacy, body of thought or philosophy. This philosophy consists of a model, infrastructure and program:

  • Organization model (NOMAD): Weconomics goes back to the smallest building blocks and organizing principles (‘peel the onion’). An important principle for organizing work and trust is: specialization, coordination and finalization. After applying this principle you look at the best form to coordinate. That can be a hierarchy, a market but also a more hybrid form such as shared information and transaction networks.
  • Infrastructure (WECONET): The Weconomics infrastructure ensures that data workers can work together smartly, without high transaction costs or barriers between functions and companies. Important starting points for this infrastructure are: data sovereignty (you own your own data) and design organizations from the smallest parts: people and resources, supply and demand.
  • Program (APOLLO): The Weconomics program facilitates the transition from classical organization to Weconomics, from the industrial age to the digital age and from ‘company-organizing’ to ‘community-organizing’. We do this, for example, by consultancy, training & coaching, supporting projects and organizing events. The Weconomics program also consists of a number of books, articles and whitepapers.

Weconomics works with the tetra politica principle.

Weconomics and Tetra Politica
Tetra Politica is an expansion of Trias Politica, a well known governance model with separated powers or bodies that monitor each other’s functioning. Trias Politica has three separated powers or branches a: Legislature, Executive(s) and a Judiciary. Weconomics adds a fourth ‘power’ to Trias Politica because we value that we not only live in the ‘here and now’, but also in the ‘there and later’. So we add a fourth more time dimension to Trias Political, a body of thought, an organization that develops a consented shared values and a vision for the future where our children live:

  • WECONOMICS (Weconomics Foundation, Valuator): This organ can be compared with (social, economic, ecologic and technical) councils that advise parliaments and governments and develops and monitors  Weconomics core connections of a community from the demand side: values, purpose, principles, perspective, vision and ambition (demand side). This body also holds the majority of votes in key executors with a mandate of DEMOS.
  • DEMOS (Weconomics Foundation, Legislature): This body can be compared in our constitutional state with a parlement or the House of Representatives in combination with referenda and approves (or not) the core connections developed and maintained by the Valuator, translates ambitions into execution and makes it possible (conditions) for partners and executors to act (coordination).
  • WECONET (Weconet Technologies B.V. (among others), Executive) is a spin-off of the Weconomics Foundation and an executive organization with a number of special executive tasks, similar to ministries. An executive authority executes projects and services based on Weconomics core connections (Value, Purpose, Principle, Perspective, Vision and Ambition) and executes with the other core connections: governance, structure and culture (supply side).
  • SOTIC (SOTIC Foundation, Judiciary) is the controlling body, similar to the investigative and judiciary function in our constitutional state.

What we believe
Weconomics partners believe that we as humans are capable of organizing an affordable and ultimately sustainable prosperity. The prosperity that we now ‘consume’ (especially in the West) is not  ‘produced’ in a sustainable way. This is evident, for example, from the rapidly rising debt burden, climate refugees, unequal distribution of work, income and capital, scarce raw materials, including fossil fuels and global warming. These, for the human race potentially disruptive developments, are related to each other and are summarized as a (non sustainable) welfare problem. Our vision: improving productivity with organization technology and the smart use of the surplus time that this creates, will make an important contribution to the sustainability of our prosperity.

How the journey started?
The origin of Weconomics goes back to the late eighties when Weconomics founder Paul Bessems asked himself: “How is it possible that our work changes, from factory worker to information and service worker, but the way we organize work is not changing with it?” Later in the early nineties he started organizations such as Confluent Logistic Consultants, Buro Staff Support and later a community for HR products & services in the Netherlands. Most of these organizations originated in the Innovation Lab of Eindhoven University of Technology. From this the SOTIC foundation was established in 2005 as the forerunner of the Weconomics Foundation.

Board of the Weconomics Foundation:

  • Paul Bessems (chairmen)
  • Leo Kemps (secretary and vice chairmen)
  • Mary van Leeuwarden (treasurer)

Supervisory board:

  • Ernst Steltenpöhl (chairman)
  • Gert-Jan van Arnhem
  • Hans Savelsberg

Partners are pioneers who use the Weconomics commonality to develop ideas into reality. For example, they provide training, advice or project support services, they support the Foundation with donations, volunteer work, board work or by giving us a podium.

The foundation offers a number of commonality services, partners can use:

  • APOLLO: Advanced Program on Leading and Learning Others
  • NOMAD: New Organization Models and Design
  • WECONET: Peer-to-peer infrastructure for information & transactions
  • PROJECT: form idea to reality
  • SYMFIN: financing projects and communities
  • IFNOT: Institute For New Organizational Thinking