Alain Ruche and Joss Tantram

Biography Alain Ruche and Joss Tantram

With Alain Ruche is senior advisor on cultural matters, Office of the EEAS [European External Action Service] Secretary General). He has worked most of his life, mainly for the European Union, in various countries around the world. A decade ago, he decided to settle down in Brussels at the Asia Directorate. He is dedicated to out-of-the-box thinking and policy making in the field of international relations. He also enjoys being active in an internal community of practice using techniques of collective intelligence. He is a fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and an associate member of the Club of Rome. A powerful question that animates him is, How to shift to the next level? Alain is a member of the Kosmos Global Ambassador team, a group of volunteers. who are dedicated to spreading the Kosmos mission of creating a new civilization for the common good through their work, lives and travels. More information can be found at his website.

Joss Tantram is founding partner at Terrafiniti LLP, where he is mixing practical guidance and big, hopeful ideas for a sustainable future. He has 16 years’ experience in sustainability consultancy and 5 years with WWF. He mixes technical knowledge with passion and a track record of innovation and leads Terrafiniti’s strategic services and their innovation initiative, Towards 9 Billion. He pioneered a range of innovations in the business case for sustainability and sustainability and corporate strategy. He conceived, built and lead WWF International’s One Planet Leaders Programme from 2005-2010 and was a driving force in Elopak’s groundbreaking Futureproof 2020 Strategy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar and Member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS). Joss is a member of the Board of Cass Business School’s Masters Programme and Judge of the Edie Sustainable Leadership Awards. More information can be found at his blog or at his LinkedIn page.

Engaging Encounter

The encounter took place on Wednesday July 8, 2015 at CAPS 2015, the international event on Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation, in Brussels, Belgium.

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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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