Introduction overall Engaging Encounter project

Introduction overall Engaging Encounter project

Be part of the ambitious project called Engaging Encounters: Sketching the Future together. During this one-year project, I will visit 50 inspirators around the world, including politicians, researchers, people from industry and NGOs, designers and artists, and envision with them what our future can be at the cross-section of their expertise and design (my expertise). By sketching this future together and creating a joined vision, I aim at bridging our worlds in action. Through these encounters, I like to show examples of phenomenology-inspired work from our DQI group (dep. of Industrial Design, TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands) and other interaction design work; I like to inspire the inspirators by revealing what design could bring and vice versa get inspired by them; and I like introduce to them to the ideas and vision of the other inspirators by connecting the results of all encounters. This way I hope all participants get new insights and can grow, which might even create potential ground for further collaboration. Moreover, I hope that the overall result, documented in a blog, book and a movie, will inspire others in their work and perspective on the world.

Especially for the TEI conference, I offer six personal encounters with individual TEI participants to discuss, explore and sketch the future of TEI. Every encounter will take 1,5 hour, and the results of the six encounters will not only be included in the book and movie about the overall project, but also be included in a special publication about the future of TEI.

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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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