The original plan was to meet 50 people for an Engaging Encounter, but now it is expanding towards 100. You will find a short bio per person on the website after they agreed to participate in this project and I will create a summary of every encounter near the end of this project. The inspirators are clustered per region on this website, and you can go the related webpage by clicking on the maps. From left to right you will find the Benelux (Netherlands & Belgium) and France, the USA, Asia, Scandinavia, and Ireland & UK.

Netherlands & Belgium    west coast USA    Korea & Japan    Sweden and Finland    Ireland & UK 

Due to these encounters, I also met inspiring people that were recommended to me by the inspirators or that I met due to this project, but out of the scope of these encounters. You find more information about these meetings in section “More Inspiring people“.

The list of confirmed inspirators up till now, in alphabetical order:

Jorge Alves Lino (STRP Biënnale), Jan Belon & Gordon Tiemstra (Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken), Ana Betancour (School of Architecture Umeå), Geert-Jan Bogaerts (VPRO), Reon Brand (Philips Design), Bill Buxton (Microsoft Research), Lin-Lin Chen (TU/e & Taiwan Tech), Albert Ching (Urban Launchpad), Michel Cloosterman (AvMM & Lego education), Anna Croon Fors (Umeå University), Michael Cruz Restrepo (MCR), Deborah Dawton (Design Business Association), Linnea Dimitriou and Marlene Johansson (Sliperiet), Wim van de Donk (Province of Noord-Brabant), Bonifacio Garcia Porras (DG Enterprise and Industry EU), Paul Gardien (Philips Design), Yuri van Geest (Singularity University), Rob van Gijzel (City of Eindhoven), Pernilla Glaser (Academy of Risk), Hiroshi Ishii (MIT), Tjeerd Hoek (frog design), Mark Hoevenaars and Vera Winthagen (Van Berlo Social Design), Harry Hummels (Maastricht University / ACTIAM), Steffi Husslein (Interaction Design Group Magdeburg), Andrew Kiernan (AK), David Kirsh (University of California San Diego), Scott Klemmer (University of California San Diego), Lone Koefoed Hansen (Aarhus University), Donald Norman (University of California San Diego), Anette Novak (Interactive Institute Sweden), Eric Paulos (University of California Berkeley), Johan Redström (Umeå Institute of Design), Ronald & Erik Rietveld (RAAAF), Zuzanna Skalska (360inspiration), Jos Stuyfzand (Philips Design), Kenji Suzuki (University of Tsukuba), Ambra Trotto (Interactive Institute Umeå), Brygg Ullmer (Louisiana State University), Ad van Berlo (VanBerlo), Bill Verplank (Stanford University), Ron Wakkary (Simon Fraser University & TU/e), Carlo van de Weijer (TomTom) and Toshimasa Yamanaka (University of Tsukuba).

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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, 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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