For the project Engaging Encounters: sketching futures together, I am visiting 100 inspirators around the world, including visionary politicians, innovative researchers, inspiring educators, dare-deviling business(wo)men, NGO and NPO do-gooders, imaginative designers, ingenious artists, and other creative, wise and inspiring people.
During a hands-on encounter, we envision together what the future can be at the cross-section of our expertise. The overall project will address various questions of which one or more are explored. Overall, I’m intrigued to hear what kind of world the inspirator foresees or prefers to create tomorrow and in a few decades. How can we address our societal challenges and move towards a sustainable world? What are the challenges for implementing the Transformation economy? How can people learn from each other and prefer to work together? What can be the role of the inspirator’s disciple as well as other disciplines? How do we boost the potential and passion of every human being? How will technology influence our society? What are the ethical implications of our innovations? And what can design offer in the process of creating our future together?
By sketching this future together and creating a joined vision, I aim at bridging different worlds and perspectives, in action. Through this encounter, I like to discuss my perspective on the world through embodied perpection-inspired designs from our DQI group (dep. of Industrial Design, TU Eindhoven) and other design work; I like to inspire the inspirators by revealing what design could bring. Vice versa, I like to be inspired by them; their dreams, ideals, passion and experience. Moreover, I like introduce to them to the ideas and vision of the other inspirators. This way I hope all participants get new insights and can grow, which might even create potential ground for further collaboration to realize our ideals and envisioned future. Finally, all encounters are recorded on video, audio and in a database with all materials used including time-marked highlights, and documented in a blog, a book and a movie, thus hoping to inspire others in their work and perspective on the world.