2015 was an inspiring year, during which I met 67 inspirators all over the world. In 2016 I’m planning to have the last 33 of my intended encounters, in order to write and finialise the book about my quest.
This summer I started with encounter nr. 50 in Ireland. After my visit to Ireland and the USA, which I briefly described in previous posts, I went to the UK and I had several encounters in the Netherlands.
I welcomed Thecla Schiphorst (left) at the TU/e for an encounter. Thecla is Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Given her expertise in dance and computing, we explored the potential of embodied interaction and the what is needed to invite people to trust and develop their senses. Wednesday November 4, I had an encounter with Galahad Clark (second on the left), the founder of United Nude and Vivobarefoot, to discuss the possibilities of the transformation economy for companiers like Vivobarefoot, which aim for new values using nowayds technology, and the pitfalls of current paradigms. With Marco Bevolo (middle), who is a consultant in the cultural, creative industry and editorial sectors, I explored approaches towards innovation in public sector, the social and philisophical aspects of it, and the role of design and prototyping in this area. With RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances] (photo, second on the right) we explored the relationship between architecture, art and philosophy, and how a new perspective on architecture can influence society and set new values. Finally, December 22, I had an encounter with Wim van der Meeren (right), CEO CZ Insurance, about the challenges of Health care system towards the future, the potential of tachnology and the importance of craftsmanship for a healthy system.