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Bold Thinking

Bold Thinking is the intrepid, undaunted, bold and courageous search for innovative ideas.

Ideas that are required to:

  • Solve stubborn problems: problems that never got solved, what ever was tried;
  • Find the gap in the market: an unmet need that, if discovered, everone wants;
  • Dramatically reduce costs: less of the same will not lead to substantial reduction of costs;
  • Develop or improve a new product or service: a disruptive innovation that outcompete the competition by changing the rule of the game.

In any of those examples above, chances are that your company is trapped in a standard pattern of thinking that just prevents the solution.
The Practice of Bold Thinking – Creating Innovations do have the tools to escape from standard solutions.

However, we does not profess to solve your problems. You should not want us to: your innovation is too important to leave to others. You want to keep your advantage in house.

You will have to do the thinking yourself, with the aid of the appropriate thinking techniques. We will help your team  on its way. We select the correct thinking techniques and train your team to use them.

Our international network of smart thinkers

If necessary, and in consultation with you, we will call in the assistance of our international network of experts, each one of which is a specialist in a given thinking technique. Lateral thinkers, TRIZ-masters, experts in system thinking, rational problem solvers……….


Gijs van Beeck CalkoenThe Practice for Bold Thinking was established by G.J. (Gijs) van Beeck Calkoen (MSc) in 2003. Since 2015 it operates from the Malaga area, Spain.

Again and again, Gijs is surprised about the power of the systematic application of thinking techniques. This is why he established a Practice for Bold Thinking in 2003 to share his experience with and enthusiasm for creative and constructive thinking.
He studied electrical engineering and business administration. As a weapon engineer he sailed on a range of Dutch Royal Navy frigates and as a mechanical and electrical engineer on an oceanographic research vessel. He was a management consultant in the Ministry staff in the Hague, writer of material procurement documents as well a project manager to built drones for sweeping seemines. At the Netherlands Defence College he was responsible for the business management training of higher officers. His last position was that of research and development manager. In this capacity he was also Executive Secretary of the Dutch Maritime Innovation Forum, a collaboration of 11 marine industries.