Save the world. Free up resources. Make expertise matter. — Decision Free Solutions

Why Decision Free Solutions?

The way we live is not sustainable. We are collectively consuming too many resources. On a global, national, organisational and often also personal level.

The way we organise ourselves is not efficient and rarely make us happy. Hierarchical structures routinely bypass expertise and puts decisions at the feet of people who shouldn’t be making them. This happens in politics, in organisations, in teams, in families, in our own lives.

We will not simply start changing the way we live. We may want to, but we don’t. Still, we must use fewer resources. The problem is that to make a meaningful change in the way we live — allowing us to achieve the same goals with much fewer resources — we first need resources over and beyond the ones we are already using. Resources which we don’t have or can’t afford. This makes change almost impossible.

The key to change — and saving the world — is to free up resources. By finding a way to use but not waste resources. These freed up resources will allow us to make a difference, today.

Resources are freed if we, in politics, in organisations, in the way we organise our everyday lives, start making use of available expertise. Systematically. All of the time.

Wherever experts are at work — be it an individual or an organisation — decisions are avoided. Experts know what to do next to achieve results. If you tell an expert what it is you want to have achieved, an expert knows what to do. An expert, too, will be able to explain it to you. Every choice an expert makes the expert can substantiate.

Decisions are unsubstantiated choices1. Decisions increase risk.

Experts achieve results against minimal risk — and hence against the minimal use of resources — because they can avoid decision making.

Decision Free Solutions is an approach to make expertise matter by avoiding decision making. It frees up resources. It maximises benefits. It unlocks creativity. It increases joy at the workplace. And it will allow you to start saving the world, today.

What is driving us at Decision Free Solutions?

At Decision Free Solutions (a trade name of the company Trees with Character) we are driven to make your expertise matter, to have you achieve your aims against minimal risk — and thus against minimal resources. In any field you care to think of.

By freeing up resources your organisation can invest in the future. The organisation’s future, and our future.

By making expertise matter creativity will be unlocked and joy will return to the work floor.

We do so by means of Decision Free Solutions. By developing methods which allow for the removal of control, which are empowering, which allow for expertise and creativity to make a difference, which can save the world.

Explaining the Fundamentals of Decision Free Solutions

Understanding that decisions increase risk impacts all.

Decisions are unsubstantiated choices. Once you realise a decision may not contribute to achieving a goal you want to avoid them. The approach of DFS, using four steps and five principles, does so in a systematic way.

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That decisions increase risk is not semantics, it is logic.

That decisions increase risk follows from the dictionary definition and use of logic. Few experience decisions in this way, for various obvious reasons. These reasons don't take anything away from decisions increasing risk. The risk is for real.

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Everybody can manage risk, only few can minimise it.

In every organisation there are both identified and unidentified risks. To manage identified risks is straightforward. Everybody can manage identified risks. Which leaves the unidentified risks. Who will minimise these? Not everybody can.

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Decision Free Birthing empowers expectant women.

Decision Free Solutions is a generic approach. It can be applied in any field. Decision Free Birthing is a method to empower expectant women to get the birthing experience they want. It requires changes to the practices prevalent today.

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The alternative to decision making is transparency.

Decisions are conclusions reached after consideration. When something needs to be considered it means it is not transparent. Create transparency and what follows are not decisions but approvals (e.g. Decision Free Management).

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Decision Free Solutions will save the world.

Applying DFS in whatever field will result in the optimal utilisation of expertise, will unlock potential and spur on creativity, will minimise risk and free up resources. The resources free up using DFS will allow you to save the world. Be a part of it.

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The origin of "Decision Free Solutions"

Decision Free Solutions is a trade name of the company Trees with Character. Trees with Character was founded to provide independent consultancy in proton therapy. The name of “Trees with Character” came from a TED talk by high-wire walker Philippe Petit, as described at the very bottom of this page.

But there was more than just experience in proton therapy to be offered. There was also a different way of working. One in which experts would be able to use their expertise and wouldn’t be controlled or overruled. This only increased risk, and if there was anything there was not shortage of in the field of proton therapy it was risk.

Working with Chantal van Haeften from Pan Branding on developing the brand of Trees with Character the key-word was not “proton” but “transparency”. And to be an expert was not merely a function of experience but also of the ability to observe the surroundings, the ability to perceive.

Crucially, however, was the realisation that the WHAT would be a series of services to achieve results against minimal risk, the HOW the approach of Decision Free Solutions, and the WHY a need to improve and even save our environment using the resources that the approach of DFS would be able to free up.

These concepts resulted in the semi-transparent images of people perceiving their environment (as used here as well). Trees with Character was going to provide solutions free of decisions. The name “Decision Free Solutions” (which ended up also in the logo of Trees with Character) existed before the approach had been formulated.

Understanding that decisions increase risk impacts all.

Decisions are conclusions or resolutions reached after consideration. When something needs to be considered it is not transparent. When a decision is made when something isn’t transparent risk increases. With every decision it becomes less likely the aim will be achieved. How do decisions manifest themselves, what types of decision making are there? How will the approach of Decision Free Solutions avoid them?

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That decisions increase risk is not semantics, it is logic.

That decisions increase risk follows from the dictionary definition and use of logic. Few experience decisions in this way, for various obvious reasons. Many unsubstantiated choices are made based on experience or are educated guesses. We get a lot of decisions right. When the risk does occur, usually much later, we often fail to make the link with the decision. What is more, making decisions often makes us feel good. But the risk is still for real.

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Everybody can manage risk, only few can minimise it.

In every organisation there are both identified and unidentified risks. Unidentified risks occur e.g. when aims are not clearly understood, when it is unclear whether the right expertise is available, or used appropriately. All of which results in decision making. To manage identified risks is straightforward, to minimise risk you must avoid decision making. Which is what an expert does. But what does it take to become an expert?

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Decision Free Birthing empowers expectant women.

Decision Free Solutions is a generic approach. It can be applied in any field. As a demonstration of this Decision Free Birthing has been developed. DF Birthing is a method to empower expectant women to get the birthing experience they want. For this to happen today’s prevalent practices need to be changed. For example, a woman should not write her own birth plan, an expert should. Until the woman fully understands and approves it. Decision Free Birthing has been put in practice too.

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The alternative to decision making is transparency.

Decisions are conclusions or resolutions reached after consideration (the Oxford dictionary definition of ‘decision’). When something needs to be considered it means it is not transparent. Create transparency and what follows are not decisions but ‘the logical next step’. When something is transparent you don’t have to think. Transparency allows decisions to be replaced by approvals.

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Decision Free Solutions will save the world.

What if everyone, every organisation, will have his aim achieved? What if you are allowed to do what you excel at – as long as you can explain what you are going to do, and only have to tell them that all is going well, not having to share the details of what it is you are doing right now? What if expertise really matters –  always? What would politics be like? How if healthcare worked that way? Hard to imagine, but easy to start contributing to today. Let us explain how.

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