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How to Integrate ECO Coins into Society? Four Eco Dreams in Four Scenarios

Economy and ecology are two spheres that usually do not cooperate. Thanks to the ECO coin the environmental value can be conceived economically. A currency that can be earned by making good and sustainable actions towards nature.

We are talking about an alternative currency that could contribute to solve the current environmental crisis. This project by Next Nature Network was presented at the Border Sessions International Festival in The Hague. Twenty people with different backgrounds gathered to participate to a workshop on the possible introduction of the ECO coin in our culture.

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NNN Movement and the First ECO Coin

On the 22nd of October 2015, during the third edition of the talk show Now Future, organized by Dutch Design Week and VPRO in Eindhoven, we officially launched the Next Nature Movement in The Netherlands.

To seal the beginning of the Next Nature Movement, director Koert van Mensvoort donated the first symbolic ECO coin – a currency for nature ecology value – to Age of Wonderland fellow Yoyo Yogasmana for his work in Indonesia, preserving more than 130 existing rice varieties without any use of insecticides.

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Wild Systems

The Biosphere Code Manifesto

As a result of a discussions that took place during the event The Biosphere Code in Stockholm on 4th October 2015, Stockholm University researcher Victor Galaz and colleagues outlined a manifesto for algorithms in the environment.

The precepts for an in-progress Biosphere Code Manifesto are a recommendation for using algorithms borne out of growing awareness that they so deeply permeate our technology “they consistently and subtly shape human behavior and our influence on the world’s landscapes, oceans, air, and ecosystems” as The Guardian wrote in an extensive article.

We are just starting to understand the effects that algorithms have on our lives. But their environmental impact may be even greater, demanding public scrutiny. Here the Biosphere Code Manifesto v1.0, with its seven principles.

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We Have Moved…

While you were on holiday we moved both virtually and physically. We are pleased to reveal our newly designed

We hope the updated design makes our website more agile, easier to read and navigate. Of course this is for you to decide, dear reader, so do send us your comments, critiques and shouts.

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Analogue vs Digital: Caught on Film

Digital cameras have made us think less about taking a snapshot. Why should you think twice? We are no longer limited to a film, which lets you take about 27 photos. The memories of our experiences are unlimited because of the number of photos we can take. Photographic memories never die! Or are our photographic memories being killed by quantity?

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Analogue vs Digital: Innovative Nostalgia

Ever noticed that the design of your iBookshelf looks quite like the traditional, analog bookshelf in your living room? Fast changes in technology make us to constantly adapt ourselves to an ever-changing media landscape. Designers link new technology with more familiar phenomena to ease the changes. Browsing through your virtual bookshelf gives you the feeling of having an easily accessible collection of books, just like your good old analog one.

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Analogue vs Digital: Los Santos

On the left is a picture of the city of Los Angeles. On the right is a screenshot from the computer game Grand Theft Auto V. Los Santos is a big, fictional city in the state of San Andreas inspired by the City of Los Angeles. 250 people have been working on GTAV for five years to give you this hyper realistic experience while working on your criminal career in Los Santos.

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Self Driving Cars

Analogue vs Digital: Self-Driving Cars

I can hear you think. “What’s the difference, both are analogue cars?”, you are right. Both cars are analogue, driving on physical, existing roads. However, they differ greatly from each other. The image on the left is a car, as we know them. It has a lot of digital technology in it already, but not nearly as much as the other one. The image on the right shows a Google Driverless Car. I know, I want one too! Just lay back and relax while a complex system of sensors and artificial intelligence software drives you through the streets. Do you think driverless cars belong to the future? Think again! The future is here already.

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Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution

Save the date! Next Tuesday, June 30, Future Series, in collaboration with Dutch Design Week and de Volkskrant, will host a evening on the theme Design and Evolution. Next Nature Network director Dr. Koert van Mensvoort will lead the conversation and examine the relationship between design and evolution and how they can influence each other. Invited speakers: designer Teresa van Dongen, creator of Ambio – the Bacterial Lamp, visionary artist and filmmaker Floris Kaayk, and designer Govert Flint, known for his Dynamic Exoskeleton Chair.

The event is free and it will be live streamed online. We invite you to come, listen and join the conversation! Find more info here.

Next Nature Night on Design & Evolution
Tuesday 30th June at 20:00
Pakhuis de Zwijger – Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam


Analogue vs Digital: Horseless Carriages

E-mails don’t reach you in envelopes. However, the desktop icon of your e’mail software looks quite like the envelopes humans once used to send letters. This illustrates how every innovation must pass through a first stage in which the new effect is secured by the old. A designers’ trick to make the new accessible through the known. This is called a horseless carriage. A concept that origins from the first cars: they looked like horse carriages but without the horses.

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Digital Native

Analogue vs Digital: Vinyl Revival

The vinyl record has been the main vehicle for the commercial distribution of pop music from the 1950s until they were replaced by the Compact Disc. CDs didn’t keep it up for so long. Since the early 2000s, CDS have been largely replaced by digital downloads and mp3 players. Conversely, vinyl sales have begun to grow. Vinyl is more popular then ever! The revival of vinyl is considered to be part of the greater revival of retro style, since many of today’s vinyl buyers are way too young to remember listening to them back then.

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Analogue vs Digital: Drone Wars

The use of armed drones has dramatically escalated during the war in Pakistan. Some in the media have referred to the attacks that started in 2004 as a drone war. The difference is hard to tell on these cards. The plane on the right is controlled by a pilot that bombs miles away from the actual combat zone where the plane operates. But still, some of the drone pilots even get post-traumatic stress symptoms from commanding these war machines.

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Analogue vs Digital: Augmented Reality

The perception of the analogue is no longer limited to its physical elements. Loads of digital layers are placed over the analog to enrich our in real life experiences. Augmented reality, like Google’s Glass is already wearable and will become more invisibly incorporated into our bodies. Get ready for a future in which the digital is literally your first point of view.

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Next Nature at Futur en Seine Festival

If you happen to be in Paris you may want to attend Futur en Seine, the festival that presents the latest digital innovations to professionals and general public. The event takes place from June 11th till 21st in Paris with evens, workshops and conferences. One of these features Dr. Koert Van Mensvoort in a debate with technology experts on how to combine a digital lifestyle with emotional balance.

The conference, titled Mindfulness and Digital Detox: How to Tune Out to Tune In, will be held tomorrow in the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts in Paris, public and free, it will be also streamed live. You can’t miss it!

Next Nature @ Futur en Seine 2015
Mindfulness and Digital Detox: How to Tune Out to Tune In Conference
Friday, June 12 – 11:00
National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts


NANO Supermarket Opens in Latvia

The tour of our lustrous NANO Supermarket is coming to Latvia! Tomorrow we will open a pop-up store in Riga. Come visit our glimmering new franchise from the 10th to the 12th of June at the EuroNanoForum 2015, Europe’s largest networking conference on nanotechnology.

Our shelves are stocked with nano inventions that could become available in the market between now and the next ten years: nano paintlab-grown meat, medicinal softdrinks, nano wine and more. Test and taste the products and discuss the impact of new technologies on your life.

NANO Supermarket @ EuroNanoForum 2015
Location: Conference & Events Centre – Elizabetes street 55, Riga , Latvia
Dates: 10-11-12 June  2015

If you are interested in hosting our NANO Supermarket pop-up store at your venue or event please contact our production team.

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Next Nature Talk at IoTx in Dubai

Going to the lustrous IoTx conference in Dubai? Don’t miss out the Next Nature lecture where Dr. Koert Van Mensvoort will present how technology becomes nature in seven steps. From stone-axes to mobile phones, a variety of technologies have been born. Yet, despite our love for technology, most of us are still unaware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted or discarded within our society.

The two days exhibition is dedicated to the Internet of Things, bringing together government, industry and technology leaders, to discuss how to create smart ecosystems, and showcasing innovative technologies and game changing solutions. Visiting the exhibition is free, so make sure to drop by if you are around!

Next Nature @ IoTx 2015
Tuesday, June 9 – 10:00
Dubai World Trade Centre

Microbial Factories

Interview: Nadine Bongaerts, Synthetic Biologist Bridging Science with Society

Nadine Bongaerts is a Dutch synthetic biologist and entrepreneur who is building bridges between science, business and society. Fascinated by engineering life at the smallest scale, she designs bacteria with new functions. In 2010, she joined a team of TU Delft students to participated in the worldwide synthetic biology competition iGEM (Internationally Genetically Engineered Machine) for which they developed DNA bricks that turned bacteria into minuscule oil-degrading cells. The work was recognized nationally and internationally and awarded with different prizes. Her current research focuses on using genetic engineering of bacteria to produce a pearl-like material with advanced mechanical properties.

Bongaerts is always looking for creative ways to share her knowledge and connect science to societal developments. This resulted in the co-founding of Biotecture (2011), a company for communication and education of Life Sciences. Since 2014, she is Global Community Director of Hello Tomorrow in which she leads a global network of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and investors to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations that accelerate scientific findings to the market.

We recently talk to Nadine Bongaerts about the role and impact of synthetic biology, the gap between bio­sciences and society and the importance of communication to overcome the fear of new technologies.

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Analogue vs Digital: Digital Pets

In 1996, Tamagotchis were the most bought pets in the world. More than 40 million(!) were sold. Just like analogue pets, Tamagotchis require a lot of attention since they need to be fed, played with, and nurtured. Schools massively banned Tamagotchi at school since they distracted kids from learning. This led to the highest pet mortality rate ever known. Nowadays, almost all are residing in digital graves.

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Digital Native

Analogue vs Digital: Thumbs Up

Good job! A thumbs-up is a common hand gesture to sign approval. The source of the gesture is obscure, some origins in ancient Rome, medieval or World War II have been proposed. But who knows, will the children of the future think Mark Zuckerberg came up with this gesture?

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Analogue vs Digital: Handwriting

Will handwriting soon be history? Or will we always prefer a handwritten love letter from our beloved? About 6000 years ago humans started writing and its effects have been enormous. It alters the brain, allows us to transfer information (in large numbers), and has a huge social, cultural, psychological and political impact. Today, writing words by hand is just wwway toooo ssslow for our times, and our minds. Keyboarding has taken over. A shame? Turn your personal handwriting into a font! And never forget: handwriting is a technology as well.

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