SGI51: The New Economy with Godelieve Spaas

You may have noticed a shift that is happening among businesses and the nonprofit / NGO sector. Individuals, companies and organizations are becoming much more cognizant of their impact on the world. Our guest today, Godelieve Spaas, will be sharing some insights into this shift that she gained while working on a report entitled Research New Economy. That report is available on her website at

The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:

  • The New Economy means finding ways to use less and generate more.
  • The New Economy is about recognizing our interdependence.
  • Partnering with social entrepreneurs to turn cultural renewal into economic impact.
  • Cooperation feels more natural when it grows out of joint conversations.
  • A blurring of functions can help you rethink how you organize.
  • Community building as a conduit to social change.
  • Step into the real world, get touched by it and get engaged.


Episodes are also available via Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, and iHeartRadio.

About the Guest:

Dr. Spaas owns Creating Change, a social enterprise contributing developing sustainable and economically robust entrepreneurship. She considers finding and exploring a dynamic balance between ecology, society and economy – an emerging and essential element of entrepreneurship. A new economy is evolving where hybrid organizations and new innovative systems are unfolding as part of our learning process of connecting our natural, human and monetary systems. Combining the knowledge and skills of choreography, research and consulting, enables her to see through the various dimensions of people and organizations in a way that is essential in order to find this new dynamic balance.

As a researcher, she is connected to the University of South Africa and works with frontrunners in economic and entrepreneurial transformation, mainly the ones that aim to establish a system change. In cooperation with these organizations in many different countries, she unveils and designs:

  • new entrepreneurial ways of doing business,
  • open and inclusive organizational forms and leadership,
  • co-creative ways of working and leading.

This work serves as a knowledge base for her work as a consultant in transforming traditional businesses and institutions towards more sustainable and social ways of organizing, working and impact. Amongst them are universities, schools, multinationals, and family-owned businesses in various sectors.

Based on her experience, she thinks of leaders as:

  • Custodians of the ethical legitimacy of organizations
  • Connectors of people, organizations, and the natural environment
  • Stewards of emerging renewal

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