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), the west coast of USA, Asia, Scandinavia, and 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).