Stefaan Vandist

Stefaan has a decade of experience as a brand strategist in advertising and has since dedicated the past 15 years to exclusively assisting impact initiatives to flourish. With a fresh array of insights, trends, storytelling structures, and illuminating examples, Stefaan conducts lectures and workshops to inspire and captivate audiences and groups of people at seminars and in-company events.

Each lecture explores possible futures, strategic journeys, inspiring cases, and practical advice. 

Stefaan's strategic innovation approach, Provotyping - or provocative prototyping - combines foresight, innovation, and storytelling. In one day, participants create an attractive and collaborative vision of the future, establish a coalition of the willing, practice provotyping, and celebrate the results.

Provotyping is a way to transform sustainability projects from mere ideas to real-world actions. It is also a powerful tool for nurturing creativity and systemic change mindsets. Finally, it enables your team and partners to join the journey, make your sustainable project exceptional, claim leadership, and rewrite industry rules.

Stefaan has several aspirations, including participating in coral reef restoration projects in Bali and collaborating with a collective to create the first Impact Retreat.

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I might remember. But involve me and I’ll learn.”

George Washington

My expertise

What if workshops
Circular Business Model Training
Building coalitions of the willing
Topic trend inspiration
Inspiration safari’s

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referentie cases

Volvo Cars Benelux

Stefaan partnered with Volvo to embark on a journey to the future, utilizing foresight and trend-watching tools and techniques. The objective was to envision and develop a set of future scenarios for car retail that would anticipate sustainable mobility perspectives.

L'Oreal benelux

Stefaan utilized sustainability perspectives for the beauty industry to align staff and partners with an appealing vision for the future in merging and relocating the l'Oréal Benelux marketing and R&D activities from Paris to Rotterdam.

Baloise Insurance

Can insurance catalyze positive change? Stefaan collaborated with the team of B-Tonic, a Baloise spin-off that focuses on workplace well-being and activating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The project aim was to assist Baloise clients in strategically linking two futures ("sustainability on the work floor" and "sustainable impact in the world") into one single narrative.


There is a widespread desire for a society with accessible renewable energy. However, this "world of B" cannot be achieved using the principles, institutions, infrastructures, and economic systems of the current "world of A." To address the significant systemic challenges facing our energy system, the Dutch National Government commissioned Stefaan to host a hackathon. The event attracted 250 participants, and the resulting solutions are now being processed through an "Impact Booster Program."

Love Tomorrow

Recognizing the urgent need for a positive sustainability narrative emphasizing creativity and possibility rather than pessimism and negativity, we partnered with Tomorrowland, G-Stic, and Vito to create and showcase new heroes. Our objective was to provide a platform for these heroes and offer them the largest and most beautiful stage ever to inspire and attract more individuals to join the cause.


From a fragmented brand that lacked unique strength in the market, Els has positioned workwear brand Havep as a sustainable leader, a purpose-driven brand. By reinforcing the brand’s already existing sustainable DNA and introducing innovations, HAVEP established a strong position that attracted new customers.


Don is responsible for the first fundraising of Rockstart's initial web&mobile funds, including selecting and leading deals in companies like 3D Hubs (Exit USD 330 million to NYSE: PRLB), (USD 71.4 million Exit to NYSE: GDDY) and iClinic (Exit €27.9M to NASDAQ: AFYA). Additionally, he founded and led Rockstart's corporate practice, launching customized programs and competitions for renowned companies such as Philips, Sony, and Shell. Don guided Rockstart's successful expansion to Latin America, generating significant regional growth. He was part of the selection committee for the Energy, Agrifood, Digital Health, and AI programs, where he screened thousands of pitches and companies.

Volvo Cars Benelux

Stefaan partnered with Volvo to embark on a journey to the future, utilizing foresight and trend-watching tools and techniques. The objective was to envision and develop a set of future scenarios for car retail that would anticipate sustainable mobility perspectives.

VP Capital

Astrid provided coaching and support to the VP Capital family office, helping them with various subjects such as impact investing, sustainability transformation of heritage portfolio companies, philanthropy strategy, and ESG due diligence. Furthermore, Astrid helped VP Capital to attain Bcorp and SBTi status and advocated for impact investing in the Family Wealth world. Astrid committed to data readiness and compliance, engaging the team and portfolio companies in the journey towards sustainability and impact, creating strategic pillars and KPI models, managing public reputation, and facilitating communication with family members and external stakeholders. She also organized community events with HNW owners and portfolio companies, striving to transform wealth owners and existing companies into frontrunners in carbon reduction, circularity, regenerative practices, and inclusivity.

Impact Factory

Jan led the concept development for a circular hub, which involved repurposing a blackfield site into a thriving center for impact entrepreneurship. This initiative aligned the goals of both the city of Mechelen and the project developer. As part of his role, Jan developed a robust business model for the exploitation of the hub, strategies for market positioning and securing funding and financing.

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