I’m back from vacation, and a very traditional Dutch vacation it was. My family and I spend 3 weeks in France, as you do when you’re Dutch. We spend most of our time on the beautiful islands Ile Noirmoutier en Ile de Ré on a camp-site, on the beach and biking around without helmets or protective gear (also very Dutch), freaking out the car loving people of France.

When you have children a camp-site is great… kids make friends, spend most of the time outside so mum and dad can finally have a conversation that lasts for more than 1 minute ("so how was your year?"). And yes we are tired from a year of working very hard, or we are just lazy, so we go… I’m almost ashamed to say…  ‘glamorous camping’ or Glamping… yes it’s a ‘thing’!!  http://www.glamping.com/what-is-glamping/.

I must say It is not really glamorous… it just releases you from the pain of packing a (sometimes wet) tent, having back pains every morning (yes I’m getting old) and no fridge to store the white wine in… (!!) And for you folks in service design and Tourism, Glamping is an important trend signifying a larger shift in the wants & needs of people going on family vacations. I'm sure you knew that already, but if you need a customer journey I have one for you ;-)


And I also spend a lot of time painting (Art not the tent). You might think painting is relaxing, Alas, not for me. I simply can’t do hobbies… so I take it deadly serious. When I grow up, I want to be a full time artist (I also want to be a musician, a photographer and author of many mind-blowing and at the same time very funny books... I gave up on the professional football player).

Painting is a love-hate thing really. It’s pleasurably painful… and yes that sounds bad… Simply all my creative endeavours are battles with my insecurities. It makes me confront the fact that I don’t know shit. It is deeply personal, so it makes me vulnerable and that, I think, is the reason why it is also very addictive. I don’t think I like the ‘pain’, this is a necessity while stretching my boundaries, but I do like the sense of freedom, the possibilities, every new blank canvas, every new painting I start up gives me. It helps me open up and forces me to use other dimensions of my brain and creative skills.

To me creating something new is all about daring to let go. Stop thinking, analysing it to death, put aside my doubts, inhibitions and fears just start and let it flow. So my painting is very much connected to the work I do as an innovation facilitator and design thinker. For me there is no difference between my painting and the projects, initiatives and companies I start. Check out some of my artwork on www.behance.net/arnevanoosterom.


But now the vacation is over… back to work.


I don’t know about you but for me summer holiday is the best time to really think and get things into perspective, make new plans, plan new adventures. What some might experience with the start of a new year, I experience with summer vacation. So happy New Year people!


And yes I have some New Year’s resolutions. For one I’d like to write more, share more and spend more time nurturing and growing this beautiful community and spend more time here.


So you’ll see me here more often and I’ll share more of what I’ve experienced over the years. If not, please remind me of my promise! Like any New Year’s resolution there is always a danger of slipping back into old habits….  

If you have any thoughts on things we can do together with this DT Network community, any initiative or thing you’d like to start, please share it with me!

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Comment by Arne van Oosterom on August 12, 2015 at 9:46

@Joris.... that's an awesome challenge :-) I'd love to take on that challenge one day. It's such a beautiful instrument :-) I'd love to hear you play one day!

@NIels, thanks :-) yes... seeing me in the VT Wonen magazine on vacation must be scary indeed :-))

Comment by Niels Verhart on August 12, 2015 at 9:25

Yes Arne, VT Wonen! It's scary!

Nice article by the way (both here and VT Wonen)

Comment by Joris Funcke on August 12, 2015 at 9:19

True Arne, Holidays are great for introspection and scary challenges, here's mine:

Comment by Arne van Oosterom on August 10, 2015 at 21:41

Hi Niels,

Do you mean VT Wonen? That's funny... you can't escape from me ;-)

Comment by Niels Verhart on August 10, 2015 at 17:09

Hi Arne, I also just returned from camping in France (as i am also Dutch). Strangely enough I ended up reading an article of you in one of my wife's magazines!!! 

Small tip: I rented a Fridge!


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