Guy Janssen and Kolja Ehmling

Biography Guy Janssen and Kolja Ehmling

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Guy Janssen is a governance advisor and a political economist. His strength is aligning forces that stimulate and perpetuate change. Guy excells under difficult circumstances on challenging assignments. He is currently living in Phnom-Penh, Cambodia. He is having his own blog discussing how our political system can be improved. “How do you eat an elephant? Bite by bite!” With his blog he aims at supporting agile reform: reforming highly complex systems through incremental competing solutions introduced through iterations of improvements. His strength is aligning forces that stimulate and perpetuate change and his specialties are amongst other things e-governance, political analysis, SME development, public sector reform, public financial management, climate change, community and social assessments. More information can be found at his blog. or at his LinkedIn page.

Kolja Ehmling is management consulting professional working in the area of process management. Kolja has a Master in Science, Business Adminstration, as well as a degree in Engineering and general Management. He is currently living in Hamburg und Lüneburg. Germany. HIs motto: You will only find solutions with a new way of working together, which we are in need of.More information can be found at his LinkedIn page.

Engaging Encounter

The encounter took place on Tuesday July 7, 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. in 2016.

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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