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Jim Bowes

Advisor Amsterdam Area, Netherlands, NL

Natural-media pioneer. Sustainable outdoor media alternatives with a lower impact on the environment and a higher impact on the audience.

Natural-media pioneer. Sustainable outdoor media alternatives with a lower impact on the environment and a higher impact on the audience.

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Involved In


Natural Media Experts
GreenAdsBlue Foundation


Founder Natural Media Experts June 2015 - present
Art Director Scala Business solutions 1997 - 2000
Art Director Mudra Communications 1986 - 1987
Founder GreenGraffiti® April 2008 - June 2015
Founder/Director GreenAdsBlue Foundation January 2009 - January 2014
Owner Hemshaven 2005 - 2007
Director of Operations Cayenne Communications 2002 - 2006
Designer Vertical Vision BV 2000 - 2001
Dtp bartender FEDEX KINKOS 1999 - 2000
Art Director Scala Business Solutions 1997 - 2000
Art Director Dollary Rudman 1990 - 1993
Art Director DDB Mudra Group 1986 - 1987


Academy of Art University Graphic Design 1982 - 1985
College of the Redwoods Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1981 - 1982

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Green
  • • Media
  • • Social Impact

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Sustainability • Communication • Corporate Social Responsibility • Green Marketing • natural-media

Key Accomplishments

I am an advertising professional who left the tradition advertising industry to prove that advertising could have a much lower impact on our environment while having a higher impact on the audience. I founded GreenGraffiti one of the first "natural-media" companies in the world that produced over 650 natural media campaigns in 17 countries working for some of the worlds largest brands, SME, NGO's and many governmental agencies.
GreenGraffiti helped establish a new industry sector and though the business failed, the business concept is a big success with over 100 companies now offering similar services.
I was invited to speak at Ted X Warwick in 2014, ( my company won awards for its innovative and sustainable nature and was ranked the 53rd most sustainable SME in the Netherlands..
GreenGraffiti also founded one of the first water foundations in 2008 (GreenAdsBlue) and provided clean drinking water to thousands of people. Our primary service was reverse graffiti which literally cleans a communication message out of the dirt using only a template, water and a power washer. No ink, no paper, no electricity and generating very little waste. We produced advertising for our clients here while providing clean drinking water in regions where it is scarce.
GreenGraffiti generated over 1.5 million in revenue doing something that was not officially allowed in a very conservative market. I take great pride in this accomplishment.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I am dedicated to making our world a better place. I am not driven by money though I do understand that I need it to survive. Sharing my knowledge, collaborating and establishing relationships based on trust is how I like to work with others.
I have learned a lot about business by being an entrepreneur for the past 10 years. I see my failures as a great learning and perhaps the cheapest hands on MBA a person could get.
My goal is to help others succeed. To avoid the mistakes I made and to run with the successes I had.

As an Advisor

My motivation to help others is not driven by my bank account. Though I do value my experience and my expertise and need to eat, I believe that one needs to give to get.
One of my strengths is knowing my weaknesses. I do not have all the answers but I do have some of them. What is important to me is that others also value my time and contribution towards their success. Many start-ups do not have the funds to pay consulting fees and may feel they have to learn as they go. I know I did but this is not always the case. You can get a lot of help if you are willing to use time wisely and say thank you.
I like email. It allows me to gather my thoughts. Posing questions via email and then having a chat wither in person or virtually is the preferred method of working for me. This gives me the chance to think about my answers instead of just blurting them out

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Dieuwertje Damen
We worked together  •  Managing director, Rainbow Collection. Previously Mentor/supporter, Investment Ready Program NL.
Jim is the biggest ambassador and creator of innovative ideas for a beautiful, healthy planet. He is driven by passion, clever ideas and cre ... ativity.
Arthur van de Graaf
They're my advisor  •  Member Board of Directors, Incubators for Immigrants and Co Founder, Get a Crowd.
He is already a great entrepreneur, he is honest, driven and is eager to make an impact on subjects that matter
Shel Horowitz: Shel AT GreenAndProfitable com
They're my mentor  •  Green/Social Change Business Profitability Consultant/Speaker/Trainer, Going Beyond Sustainabilty and Founder, Business For a Better World.
Jim is great at the big picture, about taking abstract visionary concepts and turning them into real products. He's one of the original crea ... tors of a whole new industry. that make the world better
Natan Chapnik
They're my advisor  •  Owner, chapnik and ceo, triple - m.
Jim, Is a very special person, an entrepreneur in his soul A strategic planning capability, and capable of communicating a message in an un ... usual way. Man that creates positive energy around him, an expert in his field and an exciting environment and has the ability to promote ideas to practice. Jim and I met Over counseling that I received Over three years. . I highly recommend the services of Jim. Natan
Maurits Groen
They're my advisor  •  Co-founder and director, WakaWaka BV and Director, Maurits Groen Milieu & Communicatie.
Jim Bowes is a gently persevering most amiable man with a passion for sustainability, performed in a sound business like manner.