NEW HORIZONS op TEDxLeiden, november 2014, foto: Marjolein Braam-Morris

The horizon as a source of inspiration

Life as a children's book, except: for real. From the smallest idea towards a complete and award-winning art project. A life-changing experience for myself, while at the same time an eye-opener for many people who followed the project. I will cherish this achievement in the future, and keep sharing it enthusiastically.


I consider it a privilege to have been able to spend more than three years on my own horizon playground. Exploring, investigating, collaborating, constructing, plowing at times, and celebrating.

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While working on NEW HORIZONS, I have been telling about the project frequently and in various contexts. I have been sharing my insights into engaging people create value, and about designing your future, as a person of as a company.

If you are curious as to what I will be finding out in the near future, please feel welcome to attend one of my lectures, walks, excursions and book fairs that I will organise or attend.

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Sources of inspiration

While working on NEW HORIZONS, the first source of inspiration has always been the horizon itself. Many of my ideas have been enriched and sharpened by the instructive collaboration with my project partners.

I would also like to point you to four books that have served as inspiration. I warmly recommend you to read them if they look interesting to you, too:

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

Extraordinary story about a Spanish shepherd, who goes hunting for a treasure following a dream he had about finding it. The journey turns out te be very intensive, but eventually leads him to the treasure. Which he finds surprisingly close to where his adventure started.

I particularly read and re-read the part where the main figure has to change himself into a storm, and the part where he tells about working at a chrystal shop: stages that I have gone through extensively while putting together NEW HORIZONS. You will also easily recognise the journey from home to home, just like the Legend as a leading principle in life's destiny.

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

An old-time favourite, as you may know. Because it\s about perception in its more pure and essential way. And because its writer is a role model for any professional pioneer.

For a while, it looked like we would integrate quotes from SaintExup' with the images in the book, but eventually only one remained:

"For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant its flow."

800 Views of Airports - Fischli & Weiss

800 Airports, nothing more or less. Those are published within this remarkable book. Two per page, at the same two positions over and over again. No text. There is little to tell. It is what you see.

And I like how these planes were caputured at different moments and different, almost anonymous, places that could have been anywhere but aren't. I greatly enjoy browsing a book and feeling like I am travelling around the world.

Costes - Arno Nollen

This book made us aware of the existence of the flatbook binding method. Wim van Sinderen, senior curator at the Fotomuseum Den Haag, held a presentation about this book, which immediatly struck my attention.