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.

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Slowly but certainly moving towards 100

Continuing this project next to my regular work (since my sabbatical ended almost a year ago) is quite a challenge, and especially updating the website. Since the summer holidays started, I now have a bit more time to address my adventures the last half year. In 2016, I had 12 encounters up till now.

12 new encounters 2016

At the top row, you see three encounters I had with designers in practice (from left to right: Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, Less or More and Onmi) about their approaches and visions on design and design research. Moreover, I had the opportunity to have five inspiring encounters with researchers who were visiting the Computer Human Interaction conference in San Jose, CA, USA (from the 2nd row on the left to the right and downwards: George Khut, Dag Svaenas, Gerrit van der Veer, John Zimmerman and Marko Teras) about the direction HCI and design research is taking, and how this relates to social, cultural, philosophical, technological and economical developments in our society. Moreover, Pierre Lévy and I had the pleasure to have an encounter with Veronique Hillen, Dean of Paris d.school, on design thinking and design education (3rd row on the right). I met Gbolagade Ayoola, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Policy and founder and president of Farm & Infrastructure Foundation, in Eindhoven and we discussed amongst other things  the differences between Nigeria and Europe e.g. regarding the role of policy and technology to offer people equal rights. In August, I had a meeting with Maarten Konigs & Hans Robertus from the Holland Branding Group (4th row in the middle) to discuss participatory processes to explore the identity and branding of groups and neighbourhoods to offer people a frame and source of inspiration to act upon. Finally, I explored with Roel Freeke, the director of Necker van Naem, about the role of data, tools and social interaction to support governance and democracy processes. So the counter has reached 79.


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