Beyond Survival 3 – Evolution, New Organisms

A vision is no use if it cannot be translated into a practical plan, including all the business elements of income generation and investment. New strategies will require new leaders and perhaps new structures. With so much uncertainty in the current times it feels like driving in fog! But this does not mean we cannot plan – in fact without a core strategy and scenario planning (“what if” plans?) we are sure to end up in the ditch!

The third efesai seminar focuses on strategic business planning, scenario planning, legal structures, collaborations, and leadership.


Iris van den Akker, efesai (The Netherlands) – Iris her core professional believe is that future relevance of organisations require sustainable business development today.
As a seasoned banker, she provided business and financial advise to companies and has elaborate knowledge on how sustainable business models are established. The value she brings is a translation of what a sustainable business model means to income generation, cost components, overall financial health and organisational implications. Iris has an eye for the sector’s current developments and understands how to turn these into concrete business plans. Iris is known to take an out-of-the-box view, brings practices from different industries to provide innovative insights.

Saman Amini, Black Sheep Can Fly (The Netherlands) – Founder BLACK SHEEP CAN FLY, a foundation that initiates, develops and produces stories that are underexposed in the art and culture sector. Amini was born 1989 in Tehran, and fled to the Netherlands at the age of eleven with his mother and sister. After graduating from the Theater Academy in Maastricht Amini played the lead in the short films The Sacred Defense (2013) and No Way Back (2011). The Sacred Defense received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film in 2014 and won the Cilect Prize for best international student film in 2014. His own 2016 play Concurrence of Circumstances was named by the Dutch Volkskrant newspaper as one of the two best productions of the year and NRC newspaper named him the rising star of the year. Amini’s 2019 production A Seat at the Table was named as one of the top five Dutch theatre productions by NRC and has been awarded the Toneelschrijfprijs award for best Dutch-language theatre text of the season. Amini also starred for Dutch TV series Seinpost DenHaag, Flikken Maastricht and VanGodLos.

David Dixon, efesai

21 October 2020


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