Refreshing solutions for organizational and social issues based on inspirational ideas of children

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Refreshing solutions for organisational and social issues based on inspirational ideas of children

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Refreshing solutions for organisational and social issues based on inspirational ideas of children

Our beliefs

Children think differently and are not limited by things that may seem impossible

At ConsultingKids we are convinced of two things: Children can help adults solve complex issues AND benefit from the lessons learned for the rest of their lives.

For organisations

Working on complex organizational and social issues, resulting in refreshing solutions and first steps into action

A child’s world view is different from that of adults. He or she views the world with an open mind, asks questions that adults no longer dare to ask and come up with ideas that no longer occur to us. ConsultingKids harnesses children’s way of thinking and lack of inhibition. Inspired by their refreshing ideas we uncover inspirationally innovative solutions that help your organization and our society overcome challenges and keep it moving forward.

Issues range from:

  • How do we organise governance for regional cooperation between decentralized youth care organizations?
  • How to convert a national strategy for local banks in different regions?
  • What is the best way to organize a policy based on poverty reduction?
  • How do we improve context focused learning within a multinational?

By no means typical children’s topics!

For more examples of projects, check out the following impression of questions and clients we’ve worked for on our website.

The benefits of working on your project with ConsultingKids:

  • View their issues through children’s eyes
  • Gain access to the creative ideas of children
  • Are pushed forwards with inspirational solutions
  • Opening possibilities to discuss sensitive issues and initiate action

For kids

Kids learn professional skills and have a fun and educational day

We do this using methods and techniques developed by leading consultancy firms and described in acclaimed management books, specially adapted by us for working this children. We teach them:

  1. Probing deeper to find the root of the problem
  2. Working together & yes-ands
  3. Devising solutions from different perspectives
  4. Prioritizing & substantiating a point of view
  5. Evaluating & refining ideas

This way we teach children the problem solving skills we as adults all develop throughout our working careers but all wished we had learned much sooner in life…

A project with ConsultingKids offers kids to:

  • Learn skills that can help them solve problems now and in the future
  • Have an unforgettable fun day
  • Feel pride and are taken serious
  • Are appointed junior consultants (including certificate)

A selection of our mainly Dutch clients

Bedrijven

By no means typical children’s topics!

Businesses

  • How to convert a national strategy for local banks in different regions?
  • How do we accelerate learning within a multinational?
  • How can we improve our customer journeys, so that customer satisfaction will improve?
  • How to improve employee involvement regarding an organisational transformation?
  • How to reduce HR-costs and at the same time increase the commitment of employees?
  • How can we benefit from digital developments?
  • How can we improve our products/concepts?

And more…

Government

  • How to keep the healthcare system affordable?
  • What is the best way to formulate the environmental vision?
  • How to organise a poverty policy?
  • How to set up the development of an organisation?
  • How can we ensure regional cooperation of governance?
  • What is the smartest way to reduce traffic jams, without building extra roads?
  • What is a new way of organising youth policy?

And more…

NGO's

  • How can we reduce the number of child marriages in Nigeria?
  • What are the best ways to create participation?
  • How do you stimulate gender equality?
  • How can school milk be promoted in Uganda?
    How can education be improved?
  • How can we stimulate youth entrepreneurship?
  • How can farmers and livestock farmers life together in a better way?

And more…

Would you like to know if we already worked on a project that is related to you? Send us an e-mail!

Reactions from our clients

Reactions from our clients

Steps

Depending on the question, together with our clienten we determine the best approach that meets the goals and ambitions. Our knowledge and professional experience, together with insights from previous projects of ConsultingKids, are essential elements to ensure the most successful approach. Whether it involves inspiring ideas. new insights of surprising solutions, we aways strive to generate the biggest impact with our projects, programs or change trajectories. We always base this on refreshing ideas of children that we try to utilise as much as possible and helping organisations by doing so.

Step 1

Together we investigate the issue and reduce it to its essence

Step 2

We adapt the issue and themes for a child’s world

Step 3

We collect inspirational ideas from children

Step 4

We translate the ideas back to refreshing solutions

Step 5

Together we refine solutions

Step 6

Together we initiate first steps of action

Step 1:
Investigate the issue
We closely investigate the issue together with key stakeholders. Which issue can use a fresh perspective? What is the scope and the ambition regarding the innovation centre? What in- formation (figures, strategies, themes, innovations, opinions, dynamics, research....) is relevant? What else do we need to take into account? Together with the client we determine the main question, do additional research and reduce the issue to its essence. Before moving on we evaluate the outline with our client. 
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Step 2:
Translate the issue
We adapt the essence of the issue and themes into story form so that children can fully understand it. The story may read as a fairy tale with imaginary figures named Gompies, but it contains all the issues and themes key elements. This translation enables children to view the problem as external consultants in a ‘fictive’ ConsultingKids world and makes it possible to discuss complex organizational topics plus come up with solutions for it. This process of translating in itself often reveals initial insights. Before moving on we evaluate the storyline with you.
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Collecting ideas
Multiple groups of kids, 9-12 years old, in primary school classes tackle the issue and themes presented as an illustrated version of the story. This process is facilitated by an experienced ConsultingKids advisor, the kids generate inspirational ideas and at the same time practice as real problem solvers. We encourage up to three staff members of your company to sit in on the day’s activities to experience first-hand how children respond to the issues and themes in question. The day will be focused on coming up with ideas for the issue. At the end of the day we collect all ideas and the kids are appointed junior consultants of ConsultingKids (including certificate).
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Step 4:
Translating solutions
At the end of the exciting days with the kids we collect all weird, pure, creative ideas of the kids and place them unprocessed on our end product. But we don't stop here. In our experience kids touch upon great things but don’t provide complete advices. They provide inspiration for part of the solutions. This is why we utilize the ideas of kids as inspiration. Meaning we translate the ideas back to refreshing complete solutions for the adult world.
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Step 5:
Together we refine solutions
In the first interactive workshop we refine the advices and inventions by using brainstorming techniques on the presented solutions and original ideas of the kids. Participants will be asked to think about additional and better ideas, while being inspired by the ideas of the children. Every participant has its own references and manners of thinking which can lead to even way cooler ideas. To conclude the workshop, the participants will choose the ideas which are the most useful, suitable and/or inspiring.
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Step 6:
First steps of action
In a second interactive workshop with key stakeholders we take the first steps of action to bring the advices to life. So no difficult and dragging process of planning but a push to action!
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An impression of our company

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Kids

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and interventions that made and impact and we offered to our clients

Countless

priceless moments

with clients  because of the refreshing ideas, inspiration and fun we had while working together 

Our team at ConsultingKids

Our team consists of professional consultant and project managers, each with a unique background; we have years of experience as organisational and policy advisors, project managers at private organisations and governments, creative industries, media, IT and education. Additionally, together we share some crucial characteristics; the enthusiasm and analytical ability to handle complex organisational challenges, creativity that is needed to find innovative and new perspectives, the ability to recognise the refreshing thinking power of kids and how to use it and the belief that with our educational program we can help children in their development.

Bas Warmerdam

Founder and Consultant

I really enjoy making complex issues explainable in such a way that everybody can think along. So no “management jargon” and really touching upon the essence of the issue within its context and dynamics. 

Ilona op de Weegh

Consultant and Project Manager

The combination of working with kids and consultancy is perfect for me, because you really help them both. Furthermore the creativity and positief energy that arises makes me really happy.

Ralph Stam

Consultant and Project Manager

It’s really cool to find solutions for complex problems with new and creative ideas of kids, while teaching them the skills that are needed to solve problems at the same time.

Ilse Hofland

Consultant and Project Manager

Often in organisations we take the familiar paths and we lose track of the creative paths. Because of this we sometimes do not see the opportunities right in front of us.

Roos van der Steijle

Consultant and Project Manager

I enjoy helping our clients and the best part is to be blown away by the neverending wave of creative ideas of kids.

Sander Smit

Consultant and Project Manager

I am always looking for surprising ideas and I enjoy new perspectives. That’s why it’s a lot of fun to work with creative ideas of kids.

A group of critical thinkers

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Advisory Board

The main goal of the advisory board is to help improve ideas and execution of ConsultingKids in order to optimize quality for clients and children. The advisory board reflects and is consulted on ConsultingKids vision, strategy and operation and helps to identify opportunities for improvement.

Members

The advisory board consists of the following members:
Albert Jan Kruiter, founder Dutch Institute for Public Values
Raquel Smolders, Corporate Communications P&G
Bjorn Hoejenbos, Partner at Claassen, Moolenbeek & Partners
Jan Fokke Mulder, practice leader CGI
Gerben Vermeer, packaging specialist at Pakxo
Niels Smidt, business change manager Overstag Consulting
Paul Hartman, sports marketing executive Asics
Ralph Hanekamp, management consultant Hiemstra & De Vries

Continuous improvement of ConsultingKids, based on ideas from kids

Of course we also continuously involve school classes to improve our own organisation. We do this in the same way as we do for our clients. We translate our own challenges, we reflect on ourselves and we receive refreshing solutions to make our job more fun, help our clients even better and teach kids better skills.

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For many organisations the method described before is the starting point. We love to keep using the creative thinking power of children during the execution. But also in order to find new business concepts and for social entrepreneurship. And just like we do at ConsultingKids we teach the kids new skills which they can use for the rest of their lives. Skills that, we as adults, would like to have known before. How we do this will be discussed below.

ScrumKids

With ScrumKids we enable a refreshing movement during the execution of putting ideas into practice. Mostly we start with our advise following a ConsultingKids Project. You can let adults do all the work within the organisation. He/she will start working on an extensive plan and will spend a lot of time writing down the steps.

But how much fun would it be if you will keep kids involved during execution?! With their creative ways of thinking they enable a flexible and agile approach with refreshing elements and help the project leader of the organisation to create direct movement. Kids, on the other side, learn SCRUM-skills and will be appointed as junior SCRUM master

ScrumKids is powered by Nienke van de Hoef of Scrum Company.

KidsAdvisoryboard

Reality is not always entirely within your control, which can lead to a different execution than expected. The KidsAdvisoryboard assists during the execution and helps the project leader with refreshing ideas on how to handle possible challenges.

Additionally, they monitor the project leader on desired results, progress of the project and let you have fun at the same time.

This means that once every 4 to 8 weeks the project leader returns to the class. Most of the times a KidsAdvisoryboard is a continuation of ScrumKids, where a foundation is laid down. Kids will learn valuable consulting skills and how to work on challenges in an agile way.

DisruptiveKids

With which competing organisation will we completely wipe out your organisation? That’s an organisation that 10 times better than your current organisation en that will disrupt the current way of working.

 That’s the idea where DisruptiveKids is based on. In addition to an organisation, it can ales be focused on a product or service. The aim is to find new insights to improve the organisation, lay the foundation fo a new start-up next to your organisation, to maintain an advantage on your competitors.

 In return, the kids will learn to look at opportunities voor new business concepts in an innovative way and experience how to think as an entrepreneur.

Start-upKids

Find social start-ups based on inspiring ideas of kids for societal challenges. That’s the dream of Start-upKids. So being able to set up a business that is financially healthy, and is in no need of external finances afterwards, a place where there’s room for people with a background with the Employee Insurance Agency, employees will be coached by entrepreneurs within the neighbourhood and societal challenges will be solved. Beforehand we define a challenge for the kids and together we are working towards a solution.

The start is one, or a combination of ideas for a new social start-up. If possible we let the kids, but also students, have a role in realising these ideas. In return kids learn problem solving skills and get acquainted with several aspects of (social) entrepreneurship.

Mailing address

ConsultingKids Ltd.
Minervalaan 7
2314 BT Leiden
The Netherlands

(new entity and address as of 30-5-2019)

Visiting address

Area071
Sisalbaan 5a
2352 AZ  Leiderdorp
The Netherlands

Company information

Chamber of Commerce number 59896590
VAT number NL183852667B01