AIMING TO IMPROVE DUTCH SOCIETY
About the National ThinkTank
The National ThinkTank Foundation (‘de Nationale DenkTank’) was founded in 2005. Its goal is to create a critical mass in order to influence decisions in a direction that will result in progress for Dutch society, by presenting an independent vision, thorough analyses, and innovative ideas.
To achieve this goal, the foundation appoints an annual National ThinkTank, consisting of a multidisciplinary team of about twenty highly talented PhD or Master students and graduates. During a period of four months the ThinkTank works on visionary and practical solutions for a topical societal issue such as education, healthcare, or sustainability. The project is facilitated by project leaders from McKinsey & Company and sponsored by a large number of Dutch universities, private companies and public institutions. At the end of these four months, the participants become members of the foundation’s alumni network, a hotbed for new initiatives and future leaders. Together with its steadily growing number of partners and alumni, the foundation continues to seek social impact and innovation.
The annual ThinkTank opens with an intensive summer school, allowing the participants to freshen up their analytical skills and to acquire knowledge on the topic, while engaging with experts and the ThinkTank’s partners. During the ensuing month, the participants map the main bottlenecks regarding the topic, working closely with experts within the field who have earned their stripes in business, government, or the academic world. An intensive one-week course follows in the sixth week, organized by THNK: School for Creative Leadership. THNK prepares the participants for the next phase: idea generation, creating solutions and workable advice. Two months later, at the beginning of December, the final results are presented to partners of the foundation and representatives from the public, private, and academic world. Subsequently, if feasible, the ideas are implemented either by the participants themselves, by partners, or by other interested parties.
The National ThinkTank Foundation is supported by a number of Dutch universities, private companies and public institutions.
On our page Met wie? you’ll find a list of all our structural and annual partners.
Our foundation board
The National ThinkTank Foundation is led by an active board, that is in charge of long term strategy and responsible for all activities the foundation organises. The board is actively involved in the annual ThinkTank and network activities. The board commissions the annual ThinkTank, and decides on the topic of the annual ThinkTank together with our advisory board.
Our advisory board
The advisory board has been an important sparring partner ever since the National ThinkTank Foundation was founded in 2005. They advise on the theme of the annual ThinkTank and on strategic matters.
The core team is responsible for organising the annual ThinkTank and other network activities.
The topics of the yearly National ThinkTank
Since 2006 there has been a National ThinkTank each year, on different societal subjects. Since 2014 we have started to translate summaries of our results in English. If you are interested in receiving an English version of our reports, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016: Education: How can we adjust our educational system to fit the requirements of future learning? (focused on college, university and beyond)
2015: Education: How can we adjust our educational system to fit the requirements of future learning? (focused on pre-school, elementary school and middle/high school)
2014: Society: How can we use Big Data to make the Netherlands more mobile, social and healthier?
2013: Healthcare: How can we maintain an affordable healthcare system?
2012: Sustainability: How can we create a more sustainable food chain?
2011: Society: How can we renew labour organisation, working conditions and working environment?
2010: Society: How can public institutions regain people’s trust?
2009: Sustainable energy: How can we motivate consumers to choose for a sustainable lifestyle?
2008: Healthcare: How can we stimulate young people to choose for a healthy lifestyle?
2007: Education: How can we attune society’s needs and students’ wishes to one another?
2006: Healthcare: How can we keep healthcare for the chronically ill accessible?