In my life I moved from theology through philosophy to sociology. I was raised as the fourth child in a big reformed family in a village in the eastern part of the Netherlands, born ten years after the second world war, when all the turmoil apparently, seemingly, has come to rest. My father had served as a soldier in Indonesia and had become a truck driver transporting cattle after the war. He hadn’t finished his education due to the war and due to his military service in Indonesia.
But he had discovered that the universe was bigger than the village we lived in could comprehend. After finishing the gymnasium I studied theology. At that time the struggle against apartheid was a hot issue and I got a part-time job at the faculty of theology supporting black theologians from South Africa in their masters and PhD training. That was an impressive experience during the formative years of my life. Afterwards I became a pastor, later students pastor at the Technical University Delft. During that time I wrote a PhD on Levinas, one of the representatives of the philosophy of dialogue. I started teaching philosophical ethics to engineers. Also as ethicist I remained involved in development issues in many ways, among others by supervising interns from Delft in their work in developing countries. I started teaching intercultural management and at the same time I was studying the sociological work of Rosenstock-Huessy, who is at the origin of what is now called the philosophy of dialogue. In my work as students pastor I focused on training of personal qualities and communicative ability of the engineers studying in Delft. Later on I quit my job at the students chaplaincy and participated in the minor program “International Entrepreneurship and Development”. This program is focused on training the capacity of engineers for being competent in contributing to technical projects in a cross-cultural setting in developing countries. I published two books on Rosenstock-Huessy in Dutch and the second one has recently been published in English in an extended version with the title “Planetary Responsibilities – An Ethics of Timing”, Wipf & Stock, Oregon. Besides that I published on culture, values, management and technology both from a historical perspective and focused on development issues. Most of them are traceable on https://www.researchgate.net/.