Ton Zijlstra

Inhaber, Founding Partner, The Green Land

Amersfoort, Netherlands


Knowledge Management
quality assurance
cultural change
communities of practice
social media
innovation processes
complexity theory
systems theory
open government data
international aid


Professional experience for Ton Zijlstra

  • Current 5 years and 7 months, since Dec 2018

    Chairman of the Board

    Open State Foundation

    volunteer position in the board of an NGO

  • Current 5 years and 10 months, since Sep 2018


    Vereniging Open Nederland

    Volunteer role, Open Nederland is the association behind the Dutch Creative Commons Chapter

  • Current 9 years and 9 months, since Oct 2014

    Senior Open Data Expert

    The World Bank

    As a senior expert for the World Bank I assist national governments in identifying opportunities for open data in addressing development issues through assessments and formulating national open data action plans. I also provide implementation support in the form of training, community of practice building, and establishing connections with international good practice examples.

  • Current 12 years and 8 months, since Nov 2011

    Founding Partner

    The Green Land

    Four professionals with a long track record in open data in Europe join forces in The Green Land. We offer experience in legal, economic, analytical, research, public sector, IT, change management, community building, and knowledge management aspects of the digital disruption wave that is open data. Based in the Netherlands we work across Europe, having worked with clients in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Moldova, Germany, Italy, Austria, the UK, and the European Commission.

  • Current 16 years and 6 months, since Jan 2008


    Independent consultant on the crossroads of knowledge work, learning and social media. Projects involve communities of practice, innovation in education, research into work practices, design of knowledge management processes and structures, implementation of social media inside the firewall and organisational culture, sensemaking, open government data

  • Current 21 years and 8 months, since Nov 2002


    Interdependent Thoughts

    My blog on all professional interests

  • 4 years and 11 months, Feb 2010 - Dec 2014

    Board Member

    Stichting Ambtenaar 2.0

    The Ambtenaar 2.0 Foundation ("Civil Servant 2.0") is the umbrella organization for a 4000+ member strong community of mainly civil servants. Focus is how under influence of internet, social media and new IT affordances government work and government work places are changing. (Gov2.0, Open Gov, Open Gov Data)

  • 3 years and 11 months, Sep 2010 - Jul 2014


    TOP Innosense

    TOP Innosense helps you spot patterns and answers in what seemed complex and chaotic before. Large scale listening and participation: Real time customer insights, employee satisfaction, and opportunity spotting in volatile markets and environments. Measuring actual impact while you work, and tackling intractable problems. TOP Innosense combines many years of experience in complex change and knowledge management issues, as well as experience very diverse sectors.

  • 4 years, Feb 2009 - Jan 2013


    FabLab Foundation Netherlands

    The Stichting is the Dutch FabLab Foundation. We promote the FabLab concept originated by MIT's Neil Gershenfeld. Next to being treasurer my focus is on developing the (international) FabLab community, and the supporting web platforms.

  • 3 years and 9 months, May 2004 - Jan 2008

    Senior Change and Knowledge Management Consultant

    Proven Partners

  • 2 years and 3 months, Oct 2005 - Dec 2007

    Founding Boardmember


  • Knowledge Manager

    I&O Research

  • Technical consultant


Educational background for Ton Zijlstra

  • 2002 - 2005

    Philisophy of Science and Technology

    University of Twente

  • 1988 - 1995

    Electronic Engineering

    University of Twente


  • German


  • English


  • Dutch



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