Inspirators Benelux

A substantive part of my Engaging Encounters takes place in the Netherlands with Dutch (wo)men, but also with inspirators that visit the Netherlands. Up till now I met 23 inspirators in the Netherlands. Moreover, I had 4 encounters at our neighbours in Brussels, Belgium, and 1 in Paris, which you will also find on this page. When you click on the inspirators’ photo, so will get their short bio (of a part of them).

Geert-Jan Bogaerts                       Rob van Gijzel


  Yuri van Geest                             Roberto Verganti


  Lin-Lin Chen                               Ron Wakkary


  Nicole Dewandre                        Guy Janssen & Kolja Ehmling


  Alain Ruche & Joss Tantram       Lee-Sean-Huang


  Zuzanna Skalska                        Sietske Klooster


  Jorge Alves Lino                         John Helmes


  Paul Gardien                               Jos Stuyfzand

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  Reon Brand                                Thecla Schiphorst


  Marco Bevolo                             RAAAF: Ronald & Erik Rietveld


  Wim van der Meeren                   Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken


  Less or More                               Veronique Hillen & Pierre Lévy


  Gbolagade Ayoola                       Idowu Ayoola


  Maarten Konigs/Hans Robertus  Roel Freeke





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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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