Maikel Andelbeek

Information Management Specialist, Semantos
Maastricht, Netherlands

About Maikel

Bio

I have always had an interest in IT and business; this interest made me study Information Management. In the past, I have organized LAN-parties in unique ways and supported faculty of Zuyd University in the use of their Learning management System. Now, I am focusing on new ways for students to support the university and gain some experience in their fields.

Languages

Dutch, English, German

Areas of Expertise

communication, information management, Projects & events management

An idea worth spreading

The use of open-source promotes the whole of humanity. As Edward Tenner points out in his TEDtalk (Unintended Consequences) the creation and the improvements we work on now might have a very different goal in the future. When we create using traditional closed commercial models, we are essentially blocking these unintended consequences. However, when we use open-source, we open up the world to all possibilities of the built/developed/improved good and thus might be able to change the world!

I'm passionate about

Business, IT and everything in between

Talk to me about

Business, IT, organizing an TEDx event

My TED story

When I saw my first TED-talk in 2008, I was immediately addicted. I have been watching TED-talks ever since. Unfortunately I have been unable to attend the TEDx-events nearby because of work/school. Attending an official TED-conference is my goal for the next few years, just as organizing an TEDx of my own.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Maikel Andelbeek
Posted almost 3 years ago
Obsolete Jobs
It doesn't just depend on your network, your ability to keep learning new things and adapt yourself also plays an important role. Further, if you keep improving upon yourself you might find out that you have hidden qualities invaluable in other fields ;)
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Maikel Andelbeek
Posted almost 3 years ago
Titles are essential for leadership
Another reason those qualities might be desirable is that everyone has the opportunity to be a leader, but perhaps in different environments. I know lots of people who can be classified as a leader, but are not perceived as such by most other people. They all have one thing in common; they provide a good example and stimulate others to do the same (without expecting it).
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Maikel Andelbeek
Posted almost 3 years ago
I am very confused. What should i do?
Knowing your limits is nothing to be afraid of, but trying to stretch those limits is what makes you great! You just have to decide what you love doing, then you'll end up being good at what you do. Who cares if you're not the best? As long as you have fun, you will live a fullfilling and fun life ;)
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Maikel Andelbeek
Posted about 3 years ago
Let's learn to build underwater structures at greater depths.
That's a very interesting idea! This way of utilizing the pressure could be the beginning of underwater-building which in turn could prove to solve many other problems of the current industrialized world. Do you have experience in this field of expertise and do you plan to continue this idea further?
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Maikel Andelbeek
Posted over 3 years ago
How susceptible are we to a Malthusian catastrophe?
We have enough space to feed all people on the planet now and then some more. But the distribution of food and energy is very off. People in western countries use most of the earths food and energy-resources. We consume more than we need; if this changes (downward), then there is more than enough food and energy
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Maikel Andelbeek
Posted over 3 years ago
User-generated data to provide real-time, accessible information relating to disaster and following relief efforts.
The problem with this is the accuracy of the information and the way in which people tend to exaggerate the damage to their own stuff. Also, who decides when to put what information on the map? A computer? This might prove very difficult to create. Don't get me wrong, I like the idea! However, it might be difficult to implement this system for use other than warning people. Take a look at the TED-talk by Sir Berners Lee about Open Data; it is about the use of data on maps and connecting that data (http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_berners_lee_the_year_open_data_went_worldwide.html)
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Maikel Andelbeek
Posted over 3 years ago
Do introverts make better leaders?
In my opinion this depends mainly on the organization. Look at Facebook for example; Mark Zuckerberg is more of an introvert leader, but he did create the first real global social network. This probably would have been different if an extrovert leader had been in charge. Then look at Apple and Steve Jobs; he qualifies as a extrovert leader and his actions also guided the company to prosperous heights. However, the standard definitions of introvert and extrovert are not as black and white as that (just as Susan Cain says) and there could be both introvert parts and extrovert parts in a good leader.
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Maikel Andelbeek
Posted almost 4 years ago
Do we really need Royal Families and their regencies? Why dont we just dismiss them?
I think they have their purpose. Look at Germany for example, they only have a "Bundeskanzler" or Prime Minister and no royal family. The PM of Germany has to travel the world and make his face known to the world in order to be taken seriously, but by the time everyone knows him his/her term is up and there might very well be another PM. When you have a royal family (as we do in the Netherlands), then you have someone who is known by other countries and who can act as a go-between. We have laws that discern that the royal family doesn not have its own opinion in these matters and is obligated to say what the PM wants them to say. It saves a lot of time not having to travel the world and making themselves known, time they can spent trying to govern the country.