After an executive career across the world Jean-Paul Close came back to his homeland, Holland in 2001. As an entrepreneur he started to write books, speak in public and coach enterprises on business spirituality. In 2008 he started to uniting entrepreneurial people with a high sense of cultural creativity in the STIR Foundation with the objective to work together on transformative processes. Starting with self-employed people they caught the attention of larger organizations and institutions to eventually create new cooperative initiatives in various fields. Proving their concepts slowly in the complexity of the Netherlands they started communicating their findings to international audience and through international papers.