CAPS was truely inspiring

July 7 and 8, I was invited by Marta Arniani (thank you Marta for giving me the opportunity to be part of this vibrating event) to be part of the opening panel at CAPS, the international event on Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation in Brussels. and to bring my Engaging Encounters studio. In the end I had four intense and inspiring encounters about the shift towards a more sustainable society based on different values and approaches than are current Western society is based on.

Nicole Dewandre
With Nicole Dewandre (advisor for societal issues to the Director General of the Directorate General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission) I explored how the ideas and concepts of  Hannah Arendt could offer handles for our current society and transformation.
Alain Ruche & Joss Tantram
With Alain Ruche (Senior Advisor on cultural matters, Office of the EEAS [European External Action Service] Secretary General) and Joss Tantram (Founding Partner of Terrafiniti) I discussed how the principles of complex systems can be used in our nowadays society and how we can move towards a sustainable world. And how valuable is a mechanistic perspective on the world?
Guy Janssen & Kolja XXX
With Guy Janssen (governance advisor and a political economist) & Kolja Ehmling (Management Consulting Professional) I explored (through continues playing and making) the challenges for moving towards co-governing communities and building collective awareness platforms.
 Lee-Sean Huang
And with Lee-Sean Huang (Community-Centered Designer and Creative Director) I explored new business models in the realm of social innovation, and the role of young and upcoming designers in this process.