BAM Congress, workshops Friday afternoon Nov 19th

Workshops / interactive sessions

FRIDAY, Nov 19th 

13:30 – 14:45

Round 1



  • Sunshine Nut Company in Mozambique; backgrounds and future plans.

Background, approach and future plans of Sunshine Nut Company. Ten years ago Don Larson moved from the US with his family to Mozambique to develop a fair business model and market concept through nut processing plants. A foundation has been set up next to the company from which they do social work, with a lot of attention for widows and orphans. In this session, Don takes a closer look at the dilemmas they encountered, the current state of affairs, what they hope to achieve and what it takes to achieve it. See background information about Sunshine in this document >

 Don Larson has 25 years of experience in the food industry; as Director of Cocoa at Hershey, he traveled the world and saw the effect of poverty. He was also known as ‘the problem solver’ at this food giant. After a spiritual journey, Don decided to use this talent for a more honest chain.


  • ‘The road to hell is paved with good intentions’ An abrasive title for an abrasive session on sustainability

How can you do good with your company based on your faith and seek justice and fairness? These are the questions that are difficult to the BAM employee . In this session we are inspired by surprising insights from Isaiah and Markus. Combined with knowledge from contemporary science, new perspectives are created for future-proof entrepreneurship that do justice to the other and to Creation. Sustainability is high on the social agenda; we want to face the changing times and embark on the collective quest together with people who intend to seek the good. The adjustments that are required also offer opportunities; after all, there will always be a need for food and mobility, even if the market changes. The session is based on the book ‘How do I trade honestly’ by economists Matthias Olthaar (NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences) and Paul Schendeling (Berenschot).

 Dr. Matthias Olthaar speaks and writes about an overall picture in which faith, society, ecology, economy and their mutual connections are represented. He is a lecturer in Green Economics & Process Optimization, co-author of the book ‘How do I trade honestly’ and co-founder of the Enough to Live foundation.


  • BAM and social missionary entrepreneurship in NL; practical advice for design, planning and implementation

Sixty Fruits employs people who are at a distance from the labor market. They make beautiful vintage furniture that is mainly sold via the web. Bob Houter takes you on the journey from the very beginning; from idea, start, restart (phew!) to bloom. With special blessing from God. How do you deal with spiritual, social and business goals? What is success? How does it become sustainable? How can you be missionary? Practical advice for design, planning and implementation.

 Bob Houter

made a career switch; based on his experiences in business, he started a social enterprise with a mission.


  • ‘Just’ business; rediscovering the role of business

Since Friedman shared his doctrine with the world sixty years ago, business has devalued over the years to mainly one-sided profit. “Ordinary” business seems to be just about financial profit maximization. However, today’s society and the planet require a different approach, which is how new initiatives arose (think of CSR, Creating Shared Value, Environmental, Social, etc). But what if ‘normal’ business included these initiatives and trust in business as a means for an inclusive, healthy society and planet were restored? Based on the philosophy of Economics of Mutuality and her involvement with Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods, Margreet Noordhof gives a practical example of how we can redefine the meaning of business in an integrated way. The starting point is the strength of our place, our position and our product.

 Margreet Noordhof is Impact Manager at Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods and founder of Nova Business Society Management. Based on the philosophy of Economics of Mutuality, she looks for innovative ways to shape the God-given responsibility of business for society and the planet.



2nd ROUND 

15:15 – 16:30


  • Being Purpose Driven versus being Purpose Led (Engelstalig, vertaling mogelijk)

Whether you have a BAM business, or you’re active in the secular space, being purpose-led is in fashion. However, there is a big difference between just having a purpose and being purpose-led. Research shows that businesses that have a purpose and that align their business practices and ecosystems with that purpose, perform up to 30% better than those that don’t. This is an important key for the holistic transformation of business into a force for good. During this interactive webinar you will learn about: the three types of purpose statements, what constitutes a meaningful purpose statement and to what degree the purpose statement of your own business is meaningful and effective.

 Dr. Arleen Westerhof is Founder en Executive Director of the Economic Summit en Director for the Economics of Mutuality.


  • How do you build a ‘Kingdom culture’ with your team? The Spiritual Experiences of Sixty Fruits

The Sixty Fruits team worked together on the book ‘5 practical habits for a missionary life’. Sixty Fruits is a Christian social enterprise, where people with a distance to the labor market make vintage furniture. From the beginning, founder Bob Houter’s great desire was to give a practical dimension to being a disciple of Jesus in the workplace. The Sixty Fruits credo is therefore ‘Love works!’ But in practice it soon became apparent that business/organization goals got the upper hand too easily. The business and social targets were met, but Bob didn’t want to go on like this. A search followed and the course of Sixty Fruits changed: the spiritual side was given priority, then quality in everything, and only then would any growth become relevant. In this session Bob shares experiences from an unruly practice, and will challenge you to get serious with spiritual goals.

 Bob Houter

made a career switch; based on his experiences in business, he started a social enterprise with a mission.


  • You are looking for investment; how do you approach this  that and what are the possibilities? 

 Wim Hasselman nmatches missionary (business) projects with investors through his organization MissionInvest. Bert Dorr is Impact Investor.

 Bert Dorr is part of the Dutch BAM team, and Impact Investor 


  • BAM International; insights, lessons learned and developments (English speaking)

 David Skews was 35 years owner of a business in UK and Asia, he sold it in 2014 to focus on supporting the BAM movement globally.


  • Roundtable conversation; think with us about the development of BAM Netherlands.  

Business as Mission is a movement and aims to offer a platform to initiatives who aim to integrate business and mission, with the aim to build Gods Kingdom – to share love, hope and justice. In this session we’ll focus on where and how you see the integration of business and mission. And if we can be of help as BAM Netherlands.

 Erwin Wietses is board member of BAM Netherlands and is involved with several BAM-related initiatives.  

  Gea Gort is specialised in BAM and is the ‘engine’ behind the movement. 


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