Inspirators Ireland & UK

During my trip to Ireland, I visited Dublin and Hook Head and had 6 Encounters.

  Michael Cruz Restrepo               John Mulholland


  Andrew Kiernan                          Ali Grehan


  Andrew Montague                      Peter Finnegan


I started with an encounter with Michael Cruz Restrepo, the senior brand experience designer at Vlieger and Vandam (photo upper left), who approaches branding for a performance perspective. The day after I had an encounter with John Mulholland, who is the senior Innovation Director at Prophet in London, UK (photo middle top), and who shed his light on the possibilities and difficulties of companies to move towards the transformation economy. The visit to Hook Head was concluded with a encounter with Andrew Kiernan, who was until a few months ago the Global Director of United Nude. Our encounter explored the challenges of connecting business organisations, branding and the fashion world to the values, ethics and type of collaboration within the transformation economy.

On my Dublin trip I visited the City Council and I first had a meeting with Ali Grehan (photo bottom left), the City Architect at Dublin City Council who is working on the City’s innovative housing programme. Thereupon, I had an encouter with Councillor Andrew Montague (photo bottom middle), former Lord Mayor of Dublin, who proposed the Dublin Bike Scheme in 2004 which was launched in 2009 and credited as one of the most successful public bike schemes in Europe. And finally, I had an encounter with Peter Finnegan (photo bottom right), Director Office of Economy & International Relations at Dublin City Council, who is responsible for Economic Development, the Digital and Smart City Agenda, City Promotion and Branding, Innovation, International Relations, Research and Access Programmes.

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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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