Ozadi “Inspirers” come from all walks of life but have a common bond; a love for bringing nature into their day, their work, and their lives.

Inspirers lead by example, sharing their individual experiences and expertise to help everyone discover the benefits of working with nature.

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Ozadi Founders

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 Rolando Balli and Philip Vanhoutte created Ozadi as a cultural movement to improve the happiness and health of us all through the adoption of nature as an integrated component of our work life.

Experience Rolando’s and Philip’s passion and ambition for Ozadi
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Rolando Balli


I grew up with the mountains as my backyard in the foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico. My father incorporated nature into the homes he designed and built. There are actual boulders and waterfalls inside his house!

I lived in Panama the summer between junior and senior college year and loved the rainforests and archipelagos. Through my first office work experience I realized a corporate career was not where my soul belonged.

I had my first ‘working from home’ job with Dell Latin America and was so target driven that I would sometimes forget to eat. 9/11 was my wake-up call for more meaningful work and I became a Winning Culture leader in my organization to then move on to a role in Diversity and Inclusion. I also began my love with cycling in the Texas Hill Country. I became passionate about building better work-life environments and engineered the Dell Connected Workplace Initiative.

Hooked on transforming work cultures I was also … burnt out! Whilst sharing best practice at a work-life conference in Seattle, I was captivated by Mt. Rainier. I summited Rainier soon after and stepped off the corporate ladder to climb mountains. Back surgeries got in the way so I started part-timing at REI to later create an construction company focused on building outdoor living areas.

Walking the Camino De Santiago in Spain made me wonder if I could find the perfect blend between career AND adventures. Prepping for SXSW2018 workshops, my path crossed that of Philip Vanhoutte and soon after we founded Ozadi.

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Philip Vanhoutte


My first work experiences as post and delivery man were largely outside and most enjoyable. University and DJ years were mostly indoors.

Early in my career I suffered chain-smoking colleagues, darkened Executive Briefing Centers and dull cubicles, not to speak of stressful commutes to polluted cities. But in Scandinavia I discovered ergonomics and the power of nature for work.

A 2007 Work Topology study informed me that creative work is nearly impossible indoors ! That kicked off experiments in agile working, winning “most productive” workspace awards and led to the Smarter Working Manifesto. During an Italian lakeside vacation, it dawned on me that I was immensely inspired … for work. This started my quest to blend more outdoor into work … rebelling against meetings in windowless spaces. I selected riverside office locations am Rhein in Koln, sur la Seine in Paris and championed the design of a benchmark biophilic workspace near Amsterdam.

Preparing for a SXSW2018 workshop on Distributed Work Success I came across Rolando Balli and Ozadi was born soon after!


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