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Future Life Research

Social innovations for the unknown.

Future Life Research (FLR) is working on “Global doubling of positive behavior achieved by 2030.” To this end, FLR developed the innovative e-changing: digital didactics for behavior change and matching software plus implementation advice. With this, we challenge people and organizations to prepare for the unknown. FLR finds solutions for still unknown problems!


Future Life Research BV (FLR) contributes to the unknown future through research and development, think tank sessions, master classes and keynotes on:

  • Ethics in practice through positive behaviour
  • Self-directed learning for unknown (technology) developments
  • Self-management of illness and health
  • Making the elusive measurable


FLR was founded in 2014 by Dr. ir. Nicolet C.M. Theunissen, senior scientist, psychologist, entrepreneur, musician and artist. She foresaw that standard training and education will not prepare you sufficiently for the future. Because more is needed than adapting to all technological and social changes. People not only need to adapt, they need to be able to contribute to and help shaping this changing world. The society as a whole needs people that can create a prosperous future. That is the challenge that FLR takes up.

Science ánd Practice

FLR conducts applied research according to scientific standards, whereby concrete solutions for practice are sought for. FLR takes the combination of science and practice very seriously and is only satisfied if a company or organization not only gets a good and reliable picture of the current situation, but also quickly sees the possibilities for future improvements.

Every organization ethical and positive!

FLR developed the (formerly an innovative e-coaching website for positive behaviour and integrity. The website is for everyone who wants to work on their own positive behaviour: Individuals or organizations. can be used commercially for HRM or Compliance. With an online range of practical exercises, to be completed with research and evaluation. Focused on integrity and positive behaviour in practice.

Small company with great ambitions.

FLR is working on “Global doubling of positive behaviour, to be achieved in 2030”. A strong ambition inspired by the well-known Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals must put an end to poverty, inequality and climate change in 2030. That is only possible if people really go for it and use their positive behaviour. This can be achieved with help of, an English version of the Dutch With the slogan “Beautiful person, better yourself” people outside the Netherlands are also encouraged to contribute to a better world.


Dr. Nicolet


Nicolet Theunissen = Dr. Nicolet: Senior scientist and Entrepreneur with a fascination for the unknown. – Inspiring speaker, teacher and writer who can make difficult subjects easy to comprehend. – Project leader, program leader, designer of innovative learning innovations such as and IML (Interactive Micro Learning) – Leads multi-disciplinary teams on the border between behaviour and technology. – Quickly oversees where the beaten track runs … and where not.

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Lectures, master classes and research projects

  • Ethics in practice through positive behaviour
    • How do you support people in their moral development?
    • How can organizations influence their integrity climate?
    • Keywords: Moral competencies, moral development, positive behaviour, virtues, Interactive Micro Learning, self-development,
    • Publications: Read more
  • Self-directed learning for unknown (technology) developments
    • How do you prepare for a future that nobody can foresee?
    • How do you support people so that they take control over their own learning and development?
    • Keywords: Learning and evaluation technology, psychology, self-directed learning, ubiquitous learning, e-learning, Interactive Micro Learning.
    • Publications: Read more
  • Self-management of illness and health
    • How do you support patients in taking control of their own illness and health?
    • How can caregivers anticipate this?
    • Keywords: Health Psychology, Quality of life, therapy compliance and adherence, self-management, eHealth, doctor-patient communication.
    • Publications: Read more
  • Making the elusive measurable
    • Can subjective opinions be measured objectively?
    • Does self-evaluation provide guidance for development?
    • Keywords: Quantitative and qualitative analyzes, questionnaire development, SPSS, methodology.
    • Publications: various publications within the first two themes, example: Read more


Nicolet Theunissen = Catharina 2.0: musician, singer and composer of alternative electronic pop. — Elegant stage beast that fuses pop, jazz and classical with a sense of drama. — Singer of layed back and intense pop-jazz songs in Sound of Balance. — Nicolet Theunissen = Nicolet: Amateur artist with a preference for oil on canvas. — Nerd who loves SF and craft projects with materials “that I still had”. — Volunteer in politics for campaign and talent development. — Social being, mother, wife, girlfriend, neighbor, listening ear, friendly passerby. — World Improver, eternally curious and looking for the challenge. — Recharging herself by messing around in the house and garden. — Allergic to boxes. — At her best when new situations require new combinations of knowledge and skills. — Many-sided person, multi person, renaissance person.




The future

Imagine a world you can’t imagine and then start thinking about how to prepare for it. Should you prepare like an experienced outback traveller would do? Carry equipment to keep you alive in difficult circumstances? Study before your journey and practice your skills to improvise and stay alive? Or should you prepare like an adolescent would do when going for the first time on a holiday without parents: Pack up some cloths, bring your friends along and be confident that you will have the time of your life! Probably we need a little bit of both for this unimaginable world: thorough preparation and self-confidence. But we will never know for sure until we get there.

This travel metaphor illustrates the challenge we take up when talking about ‘Preparing for the unknown’. If nobody knows what the future will be, how can we decide about the perfect preparation? One can argue that the future has always been unknown and that this does not automatically imply new developmental challenges. Of course the future has always been uncertain, but the world is changing and it is changing fast. It is a relatively new phenomenon that technical and societal changes tumble over each other within the horizon of a single lifetime. People not only need to adapt, they need to be able to contribute to and help shaping this changing world. The society as a whole needs people that can create a prosperous future. And from this a pedagogical challenge arises: can we support people to take control over their own unknown future? This is the challenge Future Life Research takes up: innovations for the unknown.