During a project of the National Think Thank, the first ever Bord&Stift video was made, about the phosphorus problem. The problem was that nobody knew anything about that problem, so there had to be a simple and clear explanation. And what better way to do that than in a video with board and marker?
In the beginning, Bord&Stift is such a small company that Charlotte’s bedroom is our film studio. Very cosy, but because Bord&Stift is growing, this is no longer possible at a certain point.
We often work for large organizations where we do internal communication to clearly explain the strategy or vision, for example. But occasionally there are also public assignments, such as for Klokhuis (an educative Dutch tv-program for children), in which we could explain ‘democracy’ in a whiteboard video in an episode about politics.
We are moving to the Coppelstockstraat in Amsterdam. Not knowing then that we would soon grow out of it…
The first Bord&Stift woliday is a fact! We all went to the Ardennes together for a week to work on the larger issues of Bord & Stift. And to play a lot of games of course.
As we continue to grow, we are moving to our current office on the Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam. We have space here for three film sets and our own voice-over booth so that we can handle all requests. The neighbors take a photo while we test the fire escape.
Due to growth we have to think about how we organize ourselves. Thanks to the help of the consultancy firm De Hele Olifant, we decide to opt for a horizontal organizational company structure. No managers, everyone in charge…
Together we define our mission, vision, identitiy and core values. Because yes, if you have no managers and no boss, it is important to know clearly who you are and where you want to go.
Radio ‘BNR Incompany’ visits our office and we share our story about horizontal organization. More and more organizations are approaching us with the question whether we can help them in the transition to an organization without a hierarchical structure.
Because of Corona the Bord&Stift life is moving to Zoom. As with any organization, it takes some getting used to, but we notice that the horizontal business structure that is based on trust and responsibility helps us a lot. Fortunately, we notice that we can also help our clients from a distance and that there is a great need for clear communication, especially now.
We want to contribute to the world of tomorrow with the work we do, how we organize ourselves and what we propagate. Of course, as a small business, we cannot overthrow an economic structure, but we can be part of an ever-growing stream of conscious companies. We defined which organizations we would like to work for (and also which organizations we no longer wish to work for).
Bord&Stift has been its own ‘owner’ since January 1st! So the company is no longer owned by Charlotte, the founder. The shares of Bord&Stift are in the Bord&Stift foundation and we have established that the organization can never be sold. Bord&Stift will therefore always be run by the people who work there according to the steward-ownership concept.