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The Power of Decentralized Leadership

June 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Organizer: Ashoka România

Join us on 10th of June, starting with 11AM local hour on a conversation about decentralized leadership and collective impact with Ashoka Fellow Jos de Blok.

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Jos de Blok is the founder and CEO of Buurtzorg (neighborhood nursing), a Dutch organization with more than 10.000 employees, offering community based (home) care services to more than 100.000 patients a year. Founded in 2006 with one team of four nurses, Buurtzorg has transformed home-based health care and it has created an innovative method for nursing care at home.

As a community based and client centered organization, Buurtzorg connects highly qualified licensed nurses and clients to create positive and proactive solutions that are effective, holistic, and sustainable. Organized in small autonomous teams of up to 12 nurses within a neighborhood-sized care area, Buurtzorg nurses bring groundbreaking synergy and expertise in a direct and connected relationship between care-giver and client.

Buurtzorg has succeeded in reducing administrative burden for nurses, improving quality of care and raising work satisfaction for their employees (Buurtzorg was awarded five times employer of the year in the Netherlands). Buurtzorg is supported by an innovative IT system and works without management structure. Internationalization started by launching in Sweden, US, Belgium, Japan, China, South Korea, India, Germany, Scotland and UK.

At Ashoka, we believe in a world where everyone has the tools and knowledge to become a changemaker – to be able to self organize around issues of personal importance. During the current pandemic when inequalities are springing more and more, our ability to work as agile as possible becomes key for our resilience and relevance in society. In this context, we want to open up a conversation for the civil society to understand how our collective efforts of becoming leaner could continue even in times of crisis.

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