Fred Matser

Fred Matser (1945) is a leading Dutch philanthropist, humanitarian and philosopher. He headed a successful commercial real estate company. A life-changing experience radically affected his vision on life, death and the human condition. Fred uses insights gained from his intuition, to restore the dynamic balance and harmony in ourselves, between people and in nature. He does this through the work of a large number of foundations he has founded and funded, such as Fred Foundation, Essentia Foundation, Flowfund and ForestPeace Foundation of which he is chairman. The development of consciousness is central to his life.

He is the author of Beyond Us and Rediscover Your Heart.


Beyond Us

“Fred Matser diagnoses our ills with x-ray vision and laser precision.” – Dr. Bernardo Kastrup

This short and vigorous book consists of a penetrating collection of interrelated essays whose defining characteristic is that they pin down, magnify and mirror back to us, with embarrasing clarity and force, our most dysfunctional yet unexamined ways of thinking, living and relating to each other in the early 21st century…

Beyond us

Media Publications

Book review Beyond Us by David Lorimer

I loved Fred’s definition of consciousness as ‘the universal organising principle that ‘in-forms’ – brings into form, shapes, orchestrates the myriad dynamisms of nature, which manifest themselves as ‘in-formed’ transformation.’

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Hoe Yvonne van Gennip Olympisch vuur naar Sarajevo bracht

Olympisch schaatskampioen Yvonne van Gennip bracht het olympisch vuur over vanuit Lillehammer naar verscheurd oorlogsgebied om vrede te brengen. Ze blikt terug op deze reis.

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Beyond Us review door Volzin

De vraag die Matser telkens weer stelt is: Waarom blijven we disfunctioneel functioneren in onze samenleving belonen?

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IMPACT – Impact van intuïtie

Dit interview met Fred Matser licht een tipje van de sluier op van de unieke kijk op de wereld, zijn ervaringen en de daaruit te trekken lessen.

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Fred Matser in gesprek over zijn boek ‘Beyond Us’

Fred Matser in gesprek met Jan Peter Balkenende en Harm Edens over groei, samenwerking, zelfexpressie en bewustzijn. Onderwerpen die in zijn boek ‘Beyond Us’ aan bod komen.

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David Birch and Fred Matser: big (and small) philosophical questions

“Is perfume art?” That might not be the kind of philosophical inquiry you expect. Just a sign of how innovative David Birch’s book is as he explores both the usual seminal questions that philosophers have pondered through the ages, as well as questions his students would enjoy. As a result, this episode spans a range of topics from “Are you a stranger to yourself?” to “Is it possible to have dignified sex?”

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Beyond Me

Beyond Me is an inspiring documentary about the insights of professional volunteer Fred Matser, who is passionately dedicated to helping others and our planet. Fred’s philosophy is expressed in the work of the foundations that he chairs. His message is essential and very much of this time, as we strive to restore balance and harmony within ourselves, between humans and in nature.

Love is letting go of fear.
Where there is fear, there is no love.
Where there is love, there is no fear.

– Gerald G. Jampolsky

Philanthropic work

Natuurplaats Binnenbos

Every person, every plant, every tree and every animal is equally important here and deserves a healthy life At Natuurplaats Binnenbos (Binnenbos Nature Reserve) in the Netherlands Mother Nature is given all the space she needs to flourish and develop to her full potential. On 80 hectares of land between the Kromme Rijn and the [...]

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Refugee Company

Supporting refugees towards social and economic independence Calling people to their own strength and showing them what they are capable of instead of what they are not. Refugee Company links the talents of people with a refugee background to opportunities and job possibilities to better our society in an immensely unique way. The best way [...]

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Support initiatives and/or investment funds to invest with positive impact on society. Stichting Flowfund is a foundation founded and funded by Fred Matser primarily with the aim to promote harmony: within people (the invironment), between people, and between people and the environment. Flowfund donates money to only a few selected charitable organizations, currently being Fred [...]

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Generation Investment Management

Transformational change to drive to a net zero, prosperous, equitable, healthy and safe society Since its founding in 2004, Generation has played a pioneering role in the development of sustainable and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. We invest globally in a concentrated, high conviction portfolio of public companies. We regard the integration of sustainability [...]

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Helping out where change is needed most Making a difference for thousands of refugees stuck in the crowded camp Moria on Lesvos in Greece. Stichting Bootvluchteling offers emergency aim to boat refugees landing in Greece. They are active in Athens, Kos, Leros and Lesbos. They have set up several collaboration, amongst other with the Greek [...]

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Buzz Women

Driving Prosperity Home We are on a mission to make low-income women the drivers of prosperity – for their own selves, for their families, and for their communities. BUZZ is a mobile academy consisting of a customised, full-equipped mini-bus with two trainers. Making education mobile and localised, it will make it accessible and meaningful for [...]

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Voedselbanken Nederland

Heart for people, eye for food. In the Netherlands, more than one million people live below the poverty line. Voedselbanken Nederland (English: Food Banks Netherlands) help the poorest by temporarily providing them with food packages. In order to provide their customers with sufficient food, they work together with companies, institutions, municipalities and individuals. Together they ensure that [...]

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A fast transition towards a sustainable society The Dutch Urgenda Foundation aims for a fast transition towards a sustainable society, with a focus on the transition towards a circular economy using only renewable energy. It works on solutions for this transition, including for example the introduction and realization of ‘energy neutral’ houses and the acceleration [...]

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Building the Peace Flame House in Tuzla

Bringing light Building a centre in Tuzla (Bosnia) where the citizens and refugees would find opportunities to start processing their trauma’s in safety and peace. It all started when Fred Matser was watching the winter games in Lillehammer (Norway) in 1994 on tv. His thoughts went back to the town where the winter games had taken [...]

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Essentia Foundation

Do we really live in a fundamentally physical universe? Are we essentially material beings? Essentia Foundation is a new force in the cultural dialogue about the nature of reality. We live under a materialist metaphysics: all that supposedly exists is matter, an abstract entity conceptually defined as being outside and independent of consciousness. This metaphysics is often [...]

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Rewilding Europe

Making Europe a wilder place Rewilding breathes life back into our landscapes. It helps us reconnect with the wonders of Europe’s spectacular wild nature. It is our best hope for a future where people and nature not only co-exist, but flourish. Rewilding is about: Nature’s own ways Nature knows best when it comes to survival and self-governance. [...]

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Helping children with leukemia with Mikhail Gorbachev

Creation of a modern center for the treatment of childhood leukemia Mikhail Gorbachev and Fred Matser first met in 1992 during the former Soviet President’s visit to the United States. One of the results of that visit was a major charity project that helped to modernize the Childhood Leukemia Institute in Moscow. October 17, 2019 [...]

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Stichting Milieubewustzijn

Uniek initiatief van Hilversums bedrijf. Deel van winst voor het milieu. Hilversum, 20 mei 1989 Geen woorden, maar daden. Als we wérkelijk wat aan onze milieuproblemen willen doen, dan moet het niet alleen bij plannetjes blijven. Er moet geld op tafel komen! Onder dat motto heeft het Hilversumse bedrijf Johan Matser Projectontwikkelings BV een uniek [...]

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