Manifesto
OUR CORE VALUES

Organic way of life and simplicity

From rest and an organic way of life come our strength, calm, humanity, simplicity, and elegance. From confidence - without taking ourselves too seriously. They enhance the quality of our attention and our ability to understand the essence, work organically and on time. Be in step with ourselves - and each other.

That’s why, we deeply respect the rhytms and leadership value of presence and absence. In our experience, ‘flow’ whilst creating is best achieved asynchronous. The right to disconnect is part of the professional, corporate culture we create amongst ourselves and for clients.


We set out to enjoy our very own day in our very own lives –
and long to enable clients and teachers/trainers to do the same.

We believe in working in an interdisciplinary way, with experts who are both really good at what they do and are wonderful to work with. We love to observe our experts, listen, tune in - what it is that they need at the human level, and faciliate that, to bring out all they can be, and see them soar, surprise us with their expertise.

We move lightly between people, governments, companies and institutions and follow the seasons as natural time demarcations of project cycles and contracts.

Quality of our attention

We love to work in a way that allows us to give our undivided attention to the work. Be engaged - fully present, with the people, the team, the work. Which is why we only take on one large project per season.

We believe in doing things well – simply for the sake of creating something good.

Design

We focus first and foremost on curriculum design, the drawing table, because this relates to a structural part of your own human resilience and the technical resilience of your course.

It is a consciuos choice for advisory, since we believe that you yourself are in the best position to take it from the design into your context. We aim to give you the maximum impact start by coming alongside you most intensively while you design. Clearly, we can also keep following you as you develop and roll out the course. Yet, never without first ensuring a solid design, for high performance and effectiveness of the teaching as well as making sense in the golden triangle of quality, time and cost investment.

It is a conscious choice for teacher training, to focus almost purely on design, to make optimal use of the flexibility and affordabity of remote compontents. Whilst we cannot remotely train you in actual teaching, since we are not credibly able to fully observe you on the job, we believe that from a solid design also almost naturally flow more qualitative delivery.


Technical / Pedagogy

We only work on technical matters, highly tailored for clients.

We don’t work in generic ways on education - we always speak right into your technical field. We believe every field has a pedagogy of its own. 

We look at technology through a pedagogical lens and design greenfully (see under climate).

We have a finite methodology for teacher training -  it is possible to gain mastery, confidence and calm.


Resilience and structural approaches

Resilience is at the heart of our work – both as humans, professionals and for the technical work. This leads us to ensure a healthy golden triangle of quality, time and cost investment, and to equally design courses/trainings in such a way that they last up to a decade, whilst teachers become more resilient too.

We believe both technical and human resilience should be realised from structural groundwork. For this reason, we focus so much of our attention, time and expertise on the design phase and piloting it. That way, both development and delivery in teaching flow naturally.

Seeing ‘live’ time with new eyes

We see ‘blended’ and ‘bichronous’ through new eyes, through the new meaning and value of ‘live’ time (face to face, in a physical space) in the post lockdown world.


Climate and privacy

We care deeply about the environment, and continue to grow in awareness about the carbon costs of technology. Which is why we only work with light online platforms, and mind our data storage by cleaning a course online every end of a season.

We are mindful of privacy and safety issues with Cloud storage, and do our best to find alternatives. We never record sensitive conversations, such as those where our teachers are learning and interacting. We always protect ourselves and our teachers first, and also that way it doesn’t keep circulating.

We are mindful of the meaning of holding something in your hands, and only print for such a purpose, since we are in awe of trees.

We try to keep Emails simple, and frequency to a minimum in a week - both from a climate perspective, and the human perspective. Rather, we use the phone a lot or see each other face to face. We rather work on an actual product in an asynchronous way.


Financial groundwork

We love how finance can bring clarity, health and simplicity. We aim to have accountability, transparency, ensure honest prices for true value of qualitative expertise and products, and ensure sound financial expertise and reliability.

HOW WE WORK

Optimal blend

Our StudioBlended is all about a blended approach to teaching / training – the thoughtful combination of face to face and online delivery. The blend that makes sense varies for every individual context, and even for the one leading it.

Our response is therefore a highly personalized, uniquely tailored approach.


Human

We care about the human connection with our clients, and always look to the long-term in the relationship. Consistency and open communication are important to us.
We use the phone, a lot, to connect or face to face meetings (and try to minimize Email).

We do not do extensive marketing, since we work exclusively with clients with whom we build up a professional relationship over time.

Science and practice

Deep understanding (deep learning) is demonstrated by the ability to transfer knowledge to new situations (applying it to reality). And so, at StudioBlended we see a continuum between capacity development of university teachers, and of trainers of professionals. Making science actionable, and infusing practice with research. You see these cross-linkeages reflected in all our approaches.

We can be both high level and conceptual, and grounded and practical with reference to a given reality and context.

We have a broad technical professional network with experts we can consult as necessary.

Agile and interdisciplinary

The StudioBlended concept operates as a platform, and our experts and artists use them to create their own work. The site is more or less static, whilst we each add dynamics on our individual social media, fitting to the season, the work we create, and our networks.

For actual deliverables we use the StudioBlended platform as a quick way to get together an agile core team, to best fit the needs of the specific project. Our disciplines, backgrounds and personalities are compatible, and we are already used to working together.

Rolling wave

We work with a rolling wave approach. We set out the broad sketch of a timeline, and anticipate deadlines, but only add detail as we approach a due date.
In this way we remain responsive to our organic way of collaborating with people, to how reality unfolds, and open to possibilities and opportunities.

Seasonal

In order to remain available, we only take up one main project per season to allow for that consistency. We love that natural rhythm to the season.

Should an assignment through its nature require a longer period of time, we dialogue about it with our agile team and a client, and realign per season what makes sense.

Pilots

Our strength is in pioneering projects and getting you started in this post-lockdown era. We are well versed with ‘fit for purpose’ approaches, designing, developing and delivering pilots. Incremental, rolling-wave, open-building, and modular are our signature strengths 
Simplicity of deliverables

We are flexible in our range of deliverables, from inventiveness with the ordinary solutions, to the beauty of simplicity in corporate, elegant, and even artistic end products.

Capacity development

We use a unique finite methodology for our teacher trainings, and developed a variety of options for capacity development. They center on technical and human resilience, simplicity and a brain-based angle to teaching (such as from neuroscience).

We consciously do not speak of capacity building, but of capacity development, as a two way direction. We are always creating opportunities and possibilities for this dialogue and exchange in our capacity development implementation.

Alongside / Consultancy

In consultancy we come alongside a project lead / client. We listen, ask, level and then advise, guide, troubleshoot, guide learning and feed-back into the design for the next delivery by the client.

We give consultancy, highly tailored to the client. We never take the lead, but instead, always come alongside, and may even equip. We love to create, and do not hesitate to be more daring, and are unafraid to visualise certain approaches for our clients in draft versions, to stimulate more effective communication.

For assignments that lead to a concrete deliverable (such as a training or product), StudioBlended is able to independently take the lead on the project, to take time and frustration out of a clients hands. We do so from initiation through to deliverable outcomes. We will work incrementally, and involve the client in key moments of the project, whilst we keep an open dialogue.

Clients

Our take on capacity development means that it is a two way direction.

We learn too. Therefore, to us the work alongside every client and teacher/trainer is a journey. We set out to equip a professional where relevant. Yet equally, with every client, we set out on a learning journey ourselves, as every client and teacher is unique and very knowledgeable and skilled in their fields. We aim to feed-back such learning into our trainings and advise. This is also part of our agile approach.

For this reason, we are selective in our choice of professionals and clients we work with, to create coherence (e.g. on technical fields of expertise, regions).

We work with clients including higher educational institutions, government, think tanks, corporations, foundations and (at times) civil society and non governmental organisations.

Regions

We work exclusively in:
Southern / Europe
Latin America
With cross-overs to Africa

It is here that we are in tune with reality on the ground and can guarantee quality.

We are here especially for you in technical and human resilience by design. #StudioBlended Keep asking: does it make sense? This is your day, in your life - enjoy every moment.

StudioBlended 2022

Registration Chamber of Commerce
KvK-number 86242598 (Dutch)

VAT identification number
NL 86 39 07 29 5 B01

Bankaccount
NL40 INGB 0709 6156 04
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