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Here’s all you need to know about the future of the ECO Coin (and how it came about)

Today is Earth Day! This means that we think about the relationship between man, nature and technology, as technology is becoming a nature of its own. Acknowledged in 192 countries, Earth Day is among the most widely celebrated eco-events across the world. Today it focuses on creating awareness about our planet and demonstrating support for environmental protection.

Now, what have you done to protect the environment? Took the bike to work last week? Had a meat-free lunch? Tell us on Twitter using #ecocoin or drop us a line in the comments below, and you might earn your very first ECO Coin in return!

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Wild Systems

ECO coin goes back to school with a living lab at Erasmus University Rotterdam

The ECO coin recently was trialed at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), offering the sustainable currency a glimpse at student life. At the beginning of the academic year, a group of students called the Positive Change Agents took responsible for the design and implementation of the ECO coin economy. The group  launched the ECO coin during the Erasmus Sustainability Days, a completely student owned and organised event.

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Wild Systems

Connecting economy and ecology: Join us for the ECO Coin white paper launch event

Ecological value is not well represented in our current economy. When you cut down a tree and sell the wood, you earn money. When you plant a tree, you create value, but you won’t get paid. What if there was a new currency to reward sustainable actions? There is, and we call it the ECO Coin. On Friday 20th April at 5pm in the circular pavilion Circl, Next Nature Network will showcase our vision of the ECO coin as a cryptocurrency. All are welcome to join us for this free public event.

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Listen to this podcast with Koert van Mensvoort

Script, the human invention of writing, may be one of the oldest and most invisible forms of technology. But, don’t we all sometimes prefer listening to someone telling a story, instead of reading it? Therefore, we’re happy to share this podcast with you. Get inspired by the Next Nature Philosophy, told by our very own Koert van Mensvoort, who was recently invited for a podcast at the Zukunftsinstitute. Listen here! (Language: English)

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Koert van Mensvoort at the Future Cities Show, Dubai

How can we design cities of the future, by focussing on three pillars of sustainability, innovation and happiness? This is what the Future Cities Show in Dubai is seeking to explore. Our director Koert van Mensvoort is invited to be one of the 4 keynote speakers of the conference, on the 11th of April. Here he will introduce the next nature perspective, show how technology becomes nature and what engineers, inventors, designers and entrepreneurs can learn from it.  What does next nature mean for our future cities?

 

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Koert van Mensvoort at Human Nature event

Mankind’s assignment is as simple as it is complex: to take good care of our planet together, as there is nowhere else for us to go. How do we ensure balance between humans and nature? And what instruments do we have at our disposal and how does this reflect on a future that we can look forward to with more awareness and greater sensitivity? These are just two of the many questions that will be elaborated upon during Human Nature: Designing the Equilibrium, on Thursday 12 April in Paradiso Amsterdam. Running up towards Milan Design Week, this event kicks off the project with a live interview NNN director Koert van Mensvoort. Stay tuned for more info!

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Van Mensvoort Kicks Off the Digi Challenge

How to ensure a digital world that’s desirable for everyone? The Digi Challenge is a day for and by professionals, companies and volunteers, during which you gain inspiration and insights for a better future. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort kicks off the program to fuel your day. Meet new parties, share knowledge and work together to take the next step. Sign up here.

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'Circumventive Organs' explores bioprinting as a possibility for new organs.
Humane-Technology

Meet the Organ Designer at Fotodok

Now that organ printing is a reality, we can start designing body parts as well. And this where the Organ Designer comes in. This profession is one of the 16 speculative jobs from HUBOT, the job agency for people and robots, and will be on display as part of the Why Work? exhibition at Fotodok in Utrecht, opening on March 9th. Members bring a guest for free! Want to learn more about this job? Then visit our virtual office. Want to find out if this working position suits you? Take our jobtest!

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The return of Rayfish Footwear?

Rayfish Footwear was a fictional company that offered personalized sneakers crafted from genetically modified stingray leather. This online science fiction story allowed customers to grow and design their own sneaker from a genetically modified fish, to question our (often all too consumptive) relationship with animals. Now, the company fiction is back: Catch Rayfish as part of FAKE at the Science Gallery in Dublin.

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Koert van Mensvoort presents HUBOT in Leeuwarden, the cultural capital of Europe

Hello Leeuwarden, the robots are coming, and so is Koert van Mensvoort! The creative director of Next Nature Network (and HUBOT) will present his vision on future work during the next IepenUp, a multidisciplinary program in the cultural capital to explore how we will live in a rapidly changing world. The event is free of charge and takes place on 21 February, at 7.30pm. Looking for more? Take the HUBOT jobtest and discuss your future job with Koert!

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Wild Systems

100.000 ECOs earned at ECO coin’s Living Lab with Booking.com

After last year’s successful Living labs at DGTL and Welcome to the Village we started 2018 with another. This time with Booking.com at their Annual Meeting in January where over 8000 employees attended. The ECO coin team produced a tailor-made program to encourage attendees of the event to become more aware of sustainability and community inclusive activities but also to earn ECOs by participating in them. In total over 100,000 ECO coins were earned!

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Manufactured Landscapes

Sandra Rey wins ECO Coin Award

In 2015 we handed out our first ECO Coin award to Yoyo Yogasamana for his digitalization of sustainable knowledge to preserve more than 130 existing rice varieties without any use of insecticides. In 2016 the award was given to Dave Hakkens for his ambitious open source precious plastics recycling machine. This year we have had entries from around the world and have interviewed our top three candidates: Shubendhu Sharma for his Tiny Forrests initiative, Ritsert Mans and Peter Mooij for their algae powered bike and Sandra Rey for her work in the field of bioluminescence. It has been difficult to choose but we are delighted to announce that Sandra Rey is our 2017 ECO Coin Award winner.

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Wild Systems

HUBOT: Meet the Cybercrime Detective

No computer criminal is safe with you around! As a cybercrime detective, you search – along with a network of tracking algorithms – for suspicious patterns that indicate crime in the digital domain. Sometimes these are unscrupulous criminals, sometimes innocent civilians with a virus-infected computer. You are able to process large amounts of data, you can easily track the situation and interrogate the suspect when needed.

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Augmented Bodies

HUBOT: Meet the Street Knitter

Bricklayer, a physically heavy occupation, becomes a lot more bearable with the street-knitting robot. Gone are the days when you struck your knee joints and worn out your back, making you incapacitated at the age of forty. Robotization empowers bricklayers to continue their job for a longer period of time. Feed the street-knitting robot with bricks, choose the pattern you want and the robot will be on its way.

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