From Fresh Face to true Fronteer Force

Fronteer is growing. And a growing business needs a bigger team. Our circle Fresh Faces is dedicated to finding the best and brightest to join Fronteer. Last year we added 7 fresh faces to the team. I am honoured to say I was one of them. And now, one year later it’s time to reflect on my journey from fresh to established face at Fronteer.

Why Fronteer?

I immediately applied when I saw the job opening and learned about Fronteer’s way of working. To be able to work with top experts on challenges for such a variety of organisations, I knew instantly I could make impact there.

Collaborative innovation, a better description of Fronteer’s use of co-creation, was key in my motivation to join Fronteer. I just finished my second sustainability masters and thought I would apply for a job in nature conservation. However, when I got a message about the job opening from a friend I knew I could learn so much about the way of working of commercial organisations. Additionally, I knew after working a lot with circular economy concepts that collaboration is key; the concept of collaborative innovation was something I was eager to learn more about.

What I learned and what I’ve been up to

It was really inspiring to work from an early stage on the project Recycle the Party for Heineken. It was a project in which we searched for ways to stimulate positive consumer behaviour and circularity. It was a great experience because it was so tangible. No study books with theory but a strategy to find fun ways to collect and recycle plastic waste that is made into something that is again used during the next party. Making sustainable strategies impactful and appealing is Fronteer’s specialty.

80% vegetarian lunch

However it is not only external project in which you can make some valuable impact. Our Holacratic way of working also enabled me to pilot a 80% vegetarian lunch for our employees. Wednesday is still meatball day, but no meat during all the other days. And I swear to you that vegetarian tuna spread of the Buurtboer is delicious and one of our favourites! And to be honest; this ‘meat balance’ is something I even haven’t seen during my time as a research-intern at one of the world’s leading environmental NGO.

Reviewing our Flying Policy

Additionally we have looked at our flying behaviour and are in the process of implementing policy to stimulate travel by train to Hamburg, Berlin and London. The team is willing to take some extra time in our mission for positive impact. Only with this leadership we can face our current societal challenges. With this policy we can save up to 3.6 Tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of three cars that drive 24/7 for a year. As an organisation we are always searching for our next Fronteer. And I am happy to say that there are even more positive internal developments that, at this time, I cannot reveal yet.

What’s Next?

I hope that Fronteer can support more organisations in the transition to the Next Economy. For me that’s an economy that is more respectful with its resources and doesn’t produce in such a way that stuff breaks down. I was so surprised by the theory of planned obsolescence which suggest imposing legal lifespans on products. Instilling in the buyer the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary’’. Rather than owning the newest iPhone every two years I want everyone to have a phone. Which is something that is more easily achieved when the eternal updates do not result in older out-of-date models that do not work properly. Let’s shift to real growth, where everyone benefits across the globe. I hope to work on projects and for clients that can contribute to this.

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