Jim is a community builder, a consultant and host, a facilitator and unlocker currently using his talents to serve as Advisor to the President of the European Commission. He lives in Belgium, combining service to the community with academic and international public administration activities.
Jim holds a PhD in socio-economics of innovation (Paris) and a PhD in philosophy (Brussels). He received the Fulbright Scholar Award and was pre- and post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, in the program on Science, Technology, and Society. He has taught at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, Harvard University, and Brussels’ Universities, where he is currently based.
Jim’s research and publications address the interconnections between knowledge, values and action.
Besides his writing, Jim is a sculptor and multimedia artist and an award-winning game inventor.
Jim is also an internal consultant for policy strategy and development and a civil servant with the European Commission. After joining its citizenship policy team, with a special mandate to develop new political forms fostering participatory democracy, also sharing his expertise as trainer and facilitator, he is now based at the department for research and innovation, in the unit for policy analysis and foresight.
Jim’s involvement as a host and facilitator also extends to the voluntary sector, in particular in inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue, social justice and peace building, locally as well as internationally.
His life to date has been about bringing people together in a situation where they are able to speak their mind, their heart, to learn from each other, and are enabled to effect changes that matter. It has been about probing far-reaching questions and cultivating collective intelligence to make the world a better place, one meaningful conversation at a time. At bottom, it has been about creating and enabling and learning – and he is blissfully aware that he has much more to discover, every day.