Evert-Jan Ouweneel, writer of these blogs, is a Dutch philosopher with extensive experience in describing major social developments. His one-day and one-evening seminars on 5000 years of civilizations, 5000 years of spirituality, China, Europe, human values, world powers and world issues have reached a wide audience. As a philosopher, Evert-Jan is especially interested in the logics behind events and in the major connections that make you see the wood for the trees again.
Evert-Jan Ouweneel holds an international position as advisor in World Vision, a relief, development and advocacy organization reaching out to over 100 million people in nearly 100 countries. His position requires a lot of travelling and dealing with a wide variety of cultures and social issues. It has made him deeply aware of how everything on this planet is interconnected and how important it is to invest in understanding every part and corner of the world.
Some of Evert-Jan’s favourite activities in the past: 1) Summarize world history in one day as part of the official diplomats training, organized by the Leiden University on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2) Advise the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture on the current developments in China. 3) Writing a series of articles explaining world issues for nrc-next, a Dutch daily newspaper.
At the moment, Evert-Jan regularly holds one-day seminars at the University of Nijmegen, the University of Tilburg and the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht. He can also be found in Theatre Figi (Zeist) and Theatre Spant! (Bussum), summarizing world history in one evening.
Although logic plays a central role on this website, Evert-Jan would be the first to relativize the meaning of logic in life, for example by referring to the following scene in “A Beautiful Mind” (2001).