OPENING UP TO PARTNERSHIPS & METASYSTEMS

HOW TRUST CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

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OPENING UP TO PARTNERSHIPS & METASYSTEMS

HOW TRUST CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

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"Learning to partner and collaborate may be the most important skill for the survival of mankind. This book makes the case - and then points the direction."

— Alan Jope, Global CEO Unilever

What the book is about

In the past 30 years, technology has caused waves of disruptive developments, each crashing onto society and business alike. With the tide building and the pace accelerating, the next wave promises to come in big. These new challenges have a societal and environmental impact, are systemic and increasingly complex. Our old ways of doing business don't suffice anymore. Furthermore, the future is too fast and too complex to go at it alone. In the future, competition will happen on the level of ecosystems, not just on the level of companies, products or services. This book gives companies the tools to build mutually beneficial, equal and sincere partnerships. We call them metasystems. And we believe them to be the most suitable armor for the next decade. Metasystems are built on trust and purpose. The biggest challenge is how to leverage the soft side, the human factor again.

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Don't just take our word for it!

"The view from the top should be more than the bottom line."


- Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp

“ The more combined knowledge you have, the more energy you have to enter the space of imagination”


- Stijn Swijns, Former special forces operator & founder of MissionMe

“ Engaging in metasystems is more about culture than about strategy.”


- Rudy Moenaert, Professor of strategic Marketing

Don't just take our word for it!

"The view from the top should be more than the bottom line."
- Jacques Vermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp

“ The more combined knowledge you have, the more energy you have to enter the space of imagination”
- Stijn Swijns, Former special forces operator & founder of MissionMe

“ Engaging in metasystems is more about culture than about strategy.”
- Rudy Moenaert, Professor of strategic Marketing

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"This innovative book on Partnerships will challenge you to think again about how businesses interact. It will show you that what we think of as business partnerships are generally very shallow and that, therefore, they are not very effective or even value accretive. In other words, today we have a suboptimal situation for your business, for other businesses and society as a whole. Dado and Nils will help you to explore how your company is structured, to reflect on what its purpose should be, and even what “value” actually is. You will see that if you think “value” is just about profit, then you’ve really missed the point. The authors convey the optimistic message that if we go beyond the walls of our own metaphysical walled business gardens, we will all benefit."

— Marcus Freeman, Deputy Group CEO,
Chalhoub Group

Meet the authors

Dado Van Peteghem

Dado is a founding partner at the transformation advisory firm Scopernia, and co-founder of startups Social Seeder and Speakersbase, giving more than 100 speeches a year on topics as digital transformation, innovation and ecosystem thinking.

Dado studied Communication & Computer Sciences at the University of Ghent and is a published author of 3 business books: "Digital Transformation" (2014) with Jo Caudron, "Corporate Venturing" (2018) with Omar Mohout and "Metasystems" (2020) with Nils van Dam.

Dado actively helps organisations with their innovation vision and strategy. As a member of the strategy committee of leading fashion group Chalhoub Group in Dubai he often spends time in the Middle East and Asia.

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Nils van Dam

Nils is CEO of Belgium's largest dairy cooperation, Milcobel.

Nils built an impressive track record in the Food & Beverage sector thanks to his career with Unilever, first as SVP in Europe and Russia, later as SVP Marketing in Benelux and finally as CEO Belux. After his period at Unilever Nils became partner at Scopernia.

As CEO of Unilever, Nils actively and successfully transformed the company into a sustainable frontrunner. Thanks to his extensive experience in the field of sustainable transformation, Nils also lectures on the topic at the University of Antwerp. Apart from being lecturer and CEO at Milcobel, Nils is also active as Non- Executive Director of Spaas, Westmalle and Jacoti.

Dado Van Peteghem

Dado is a founding partner at the transformation advisory firm Scopernia, and co-founder of startups Social Seeder and Speakersbase, giving more than 100 speeches a year on topics as digital transformation, innovation and ecosystem thinking.

Dado studied Communication & Computer Sciences at the University of Ghent and is a published author of 3 business books: "Digital Transformation" (2014) with Jo Caudron", "Corporate Venturing" (2018) with Omar Mohout and "Metasystems" (2020) with Nils van Dam.

Dado actively helps organisations with their innovation vision and strategy. As a member of the strategy committee of leading fashion group Chalhoub Group in Dubai he often spends time in the Middle East and Asia.

Nils van Dam

Nils is CEO of Belgium's largest dairy company, Milcobel.

Nils built an impressive track record in the Food & Beverage sector thanks to his career with Unilever, first as SVP in Europe and Russia, later as SVP Marketing in Benelux and finally as CEO Belux. After his period at Unilever Nils became partner at Scopernia.

As CEO of Unilever, Nils actively and successfully transformed the company into a sustainable frontrunner. Thanks to his extensive experience in the field of sustainable transformation, Nils also lectures on the topic at the University of Antwerp. Apart from being lecturer and CEO at Milcobel, Nils is also active as Non- Executive Director of Spaas, Westmalle and Jacoti.