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About us

Netwerk & Co is a group of independent facilitators specialised in helping professionals to vitalise the sometimes complex networks that they work in. We work mainly in the field of agriculture culture, sustainability and local communities.  This could be local or national networks focussing on innovation in agriculture or networks enhancing transition in energy or climate issues. It could also be networks in the health sector or a group volunteers passionate about greening their neighbourhood. Want to know more? Go to this page: Who we are.

Assume you have an initiative and need others to join you. Or suppose you assist a network of people who share an ambition to change something or to work on an innovation. What can you do to bring your initiative further?

Our approach

Our work is based on The FAN approach developed by Eelke Wielinga. FAN stands for Free Actors in Networks. Healthy networks require at least one ‘free actor’: someone who walks the extra mile to connect people and make the network work, regardless a mandate. Seemingly abstract concepts, such as energy, connection, and communication, are made tangible. The FAN approach emerged from a large-scale experiment with networks of Dutch livestock farmers. For more see: Toolsfornetworkers

Networks can be understood as living organisms. In this way, they may be more or less healthy. Staying healthy is not something that will just happen, it is something the needs energy and effort from all participants and delicate ‘relationships management’ from the Free Actor. Our approach offers concepts and language to reflect on crucial factors often ignored in contemporary management culture: energy and connection.

As ecosystems grow, they develop complex structures with great beauty. Ask anyone who’s ever set foot in a rainforest or dived in the Great Barrier Reef. Human civilisation can also evolve even further, if we remain connected to each other and our ecological environment.  This is an inspiring view, but the question remains: Can we adjust our human behaviour in time?

Tools to navigate

The FAN tools provide insights into network patterns and offers possible interventions. Our approach helps you to navigate in unknown areas. The tools and methods support you to focus on the energy in the network. Because, if there is energy, lots of things become possible.

You can order a set of tools here: ….. [link]

Book ‘Energising Networks’

In the book ‘Energising Networks’ the concept of energy that we experience in our relations with others, is explained on a scientific basis. It offers methods and tools to guide and steer our everyday practices based on this notion of energy.  

The Dutch version of the book (Netwerken met energie) was highly appreciated by two professional jury’s for the management book of the year 2019 (Managementboek.nl: top 5, and OOA -Association of Management Experts and Consultants: top 10).

The English translation of the book will soon be released.  

Wielinga, H.E., Robijn, S. (2020): Energising Networks: tools for co-creation.  Wageningen Academic Publishers.