The 21st century will be defined by those who collaborate with purpose, responding with big ideas and big heart to the ills caused by post-industrial growth. Our problems are beyond what any single leader can tackle. By working together to get beyond the status quo, we will design unconventional solutions for a new path.
In 2012, we gave our dream a name: THNK.
Taking the “I” out of THINK gives us the humility and freedom to innovate without ego. We welcome entrepreneurs, scientists, corporate executives, politicians, activists—the more diverse, the better. We are a circle of future-builders.
THNK is the space in which we practice. It is our Home, our studio, and our point of expansion.
We develop and support creative leaders around the world to find new solutions and opportunities to address the world’s most persistent social challenges.
In perpetual beta
Diverse changemakers practice the THNK method around the world
THNKers collaborate and partner in multiple countries
THNK faculty and network offer programs, pop-ups, and events in 15 cities
Since our first program launched in Amsterdam 5 years ago, THNK remains the only school of its kind
CULTURE + VALUES
WE IMPLEMENT CREATIVITY
THNK embodies the spirit of its Home in Amsterdam—with an orientation to global diversity, entrepreneurship, creativity, and active citizenship. Our network of staff, faculty, and participants is truly international, with a reach that extends beyond fifty countries.
How we work together
THNK’s practice is renewed with every cohort, as we work to master the tensions of growth:
CLASH + FLOW
We find the best ideas with the creative collision of perspectives. We aspire to a state of openness where true creation occurs.
PRESENCE + VISION
We are always fully grounded in the present, yet we never lose our focus on a bold vision for a better future.
STRATEGY + SERENDIPITY
We strategize the best path forward while following unexpected discoveries and opportunities.
PRIDE + HUMILITY
We are self-aware as individuals and as a collective, with constructive feedback and mutual good listening.
PROVOCATIVE + TOLERANT
We are never afraid to challenge each other, but with deep respect for diverse viewpoints. We are always open to reframing our beliefs.
EXPERIMENT + PERFECTION
Being in a state of perpetual beta means being adaptive to experimentation and failure while striving for perfection in execution.
FAST + SLOW
We move at high-speed where possible, favouring trial and error over deliberation—while protecting our key values where needed.
THNK was founded as a joint initiative of the business and creative sectors, and in cooperation with the Dutch Prime Minister and the Dutch Innovation Platform. In 2010, THNK was officially established in the mayor’s residence, receiving more than €6 million of initial capital from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the City of Amsterdam and the Province of North Holland. We also received significant support from our launching partners, which include McKinsey & Company, Droog Design, Vodafone, Stanford d.school, and Philips Design.
We launched our first Program in March 2012. Almost 500 participants have taken part in our Creative Leadership Program and thousands more have joined our in-company and online programs. At the end of 2014, we opened our first international locations in Vancouver and Lisbon. We are currently pursuing expansion to Dubai. We also offer THNK Programs in Partnership with Stanford University in California, Polifonia in Sao Paolo and the Dubai Future Academy. We have also recently offered Pop-Up programs in Mexico City and Bogotá.