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Koert van Mensvoort at Moonshot 2017

Join us tomorrow for the third edition of the innovation forum on technology and social capital, Moonshot in Amsterdam. Expect a day full of innovation techniques and dialogue, as “technology will be embedded in everything in the digital business of the future”. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will introduce the Next Nature philosophy and share an inspiring story on how to keep thinking in a creative and innovative way. The event takes place at Beurs van Berlage on March 23, from 9:00. We hope to see you there!

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Van Mensvoort Introduces Kevin Kelly at STRP

It has been a while since Kevin Kelly attributed his essay The World Without Technology to the Next Nature Book and joined the Next Nature Power Show in Los Angeles. This month, after nearly a decade, we will meet him again at the STRP Biënnale in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. On March 29, at 21:00, the famous writer, philosopher and Senior Maverick at Wired will give a keynote lecture during the Conference for the Curious, with an introductory talk by NNN director Koert van Mensvoort. NNN members enter for free! Keep an eye our for our newsletter to learn more.

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Koert van Mensvoort at Springforum 2017

On March 31 (from 10:00 to 13:00), two weeks after the parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, the Dutch city of Amersfoort will host the annual edition of Springforum. Organizer Natuurmonumenten will seize this moment to present a manifesto containing proposals from various speakers, who will introduce their vision on how to establish a sustainable, yet green coalition for the future. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort is among the speakers and will guide the audience forward to nature.

Image: Impakt

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NNN at STRP Biënnale 2017

Join us for this year’s edition of the STRP Biënnale and expect a future oriented experience of senses and sensors. With its fully packed program, the biennial includes an exhibition with interactive installations, performances, concerts, a two-day conference and masterclasses in and around Klokgebouw, at Strijp-S in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Among the participants: NNN director Koert van Mensvoort, fellows Floris Kaayk, Thought Collider (Mike Thompson and Susana Camara Leret), Chloé Rutzerveld and Leanne Wijnsma. Make sure not to miss it! STRP runs from March 24th to April 2nd. More info: STRP.

Video by Oddone

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NNN Is Hiring: Managing Director

We are looking for a Managing Director (Dutch speaker) for our studio in Amsterdam. You will join an international network and will explore with us a future in which nature and technology are fusing. In a landscape of traditional nature organizations, we are the only group that approaches the concept of nature in a new way. Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots; we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How not to lose sight of the human factor? Preserving nature is of great importance, but we must also dare to look ahead. Do you agree? Then you might consider working with us! (Robots need not apply). Applications close on March 31, more info about the job.

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Congratulations to designer Leanne Wijnsma, who won the STRP Award for Creative Technology (ACT).
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Leanne Wijnsma Wins STRP Award

Our best congratulations to Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma for winning the STRP Award for Creative Technology (ACT), a new European prize that encourages the merging of innovative powers. Wijnsma won with her project Smell of Data, which the jury regarded as “a wonderfully layered and many-facetted project that brings together the digital and the sensorial in a surprising and meaningful way”. During this year’s edition of the STRP Biënnale (in Eindhoven from March 24 to April 2), Wijnsma will premiere her documentary about her search for a more instinctive Internet and will showcase the initial project.

Join us this afternoon for a discussion on how we can reappropriate global climate change as an infrastructure for our urban environment.
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Koert van Mensvoort at Tropic City Talk

The Earth is warming up, global warming extensively alters the Earth’s climate system, including its lands, oceans, and ice. Join us this afternoon for a discussion on how we could regulate climate change as an infrastructure for our urban environment. The event is initiated by designer Jólan van der Wiel, who will present the first part of his Odd Environments series: Tropic City. The installation imagines Amsterdam as a tropical city and will be concluded with an expert meeting in which NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will present his vision on natural transformation. The event is free and starts at 14:00 at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.
More info: Het Scheepvaartmuseum

Image: Gravity Stool by Jólan van der Wiel

Yesterday Bistro In Vitro served some delicious ice cream during the opening of the exhibition (Re)Inventing Nature at Fotodok, Utrecht.
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Bistro In Vitro at (Re)Inventing Nature Expo

Yesterday we served some freshly scooped meat ice cream at the opening of the exhibition (Re)Inventing Nature, where international artists examine the changing relationship between humans, nature and technology. Among the participants: NNN fellow Floris KaaykYves GellieUniversal Assembly Unit and many other talents. The exhibition runs until April 23rd at Fotodok in Utrecht and it’s free for children under 12.

Visit our Meat the Future expo in Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade
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Meat the Future Exhibition: Appetizer

It’s time to discuss the future of meat. We started the discussion with a cookbook featuring 45 speculative recipes using in vitro meat, a meat ice cream cart filled with savory frozen delights and a virtual restaurant to explore the possibilities of lab-grown cuisine. Do you want to join the debate? Now you can get the full experience and visit our Meat the Future exhibition at Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. We selected a three course menu that will make you crave for more.

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Join us for this year's SXSW film festival and explore the future of the human habitat.
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Next Nature Habitat VR at SXSW

We are more than happy to announce our participation at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. From March 10 to 19 the festival will celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries with conferences, performances and exhibitions. This year, SXSW will feature a virtual reality section to showcase the newest and most cutting-edge VR and mixed reality projects in their Virtual Cinema. The Next Nature Habitat VR experience was added to the lineup.

Attend the event and join the discussion on how you want to live in the near future. More info: SXSW.

Join The Smell of Data Workshop by Leanne Wijnsma at the NieuweVide in Haarlem.
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The Smell of Data Workshop in Haarlem

Data became so omnipresent that we need to protect from it. Designer Leanne Wijnsma has developed a scent dispenser to alarm us when we visit a malleable website through the sense of smell. Tomorrow, February 18, you can learn more about this technology during The Smell of Data Workshop at the NieuweVide in Haarlem. The event will start at 13:00 with a talk on how we deal with the Internet and data in relation to our instincts, and will continue with each participant developing their own scent or sound for the Internet, based on behaviors from the animal and plant world. More info: Nieuwe Vide

Eco Coin Award winner Dave Hakkens is upgrading his Precious Plastic recycling machines, and you can help him do it!
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Fighting Plastic Waste Together

Last year we handed our annual ECO Coin Award to Dutch designer Dave Hakkens for his outstanding contribution in fighting plastic waste with the Precious Plastic movement. His work caused a wave of enthusiasm around the world and has been growing ever since. After four years since Hakkens launched his first version of the recycling machines, it is time for an upgrade and you can help him achieve that goal.

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The Nano Supermarket was invited to the first edition of Broklede Inspiration Day at ROC Broklede, a high school in the Netherlands.
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NANO Supermarket at RSG Broklede

Last week our NANO Supermarket pop-up store was invited to the first edition of Broklede Inspiration Day at RSG Broklede, a high school in Breukelen, The Netherlands. The theme of the day was innovation, and was aimed to let youngsters explore future possibilities in our rapidly changing digital era. The students who visited the indoor exhibition were amazed by the inventive products on the NANO Supermarket shelves and their underlying implications; their only disappointment was the fact that some of the items still don’t exist!

Book the NANO Supermarket to your school and explore speculative nanotech products that may hit the market within the next ten years.

Join us for the festive opening of Hello, Robot
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“Hello, Robot” Expo at Vitra Design Museum

Can we trust robots? This is one of the key questions of the upcoming exhibition Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine. To explore the current rise of robotics Hello, Robot presents over 200 objects, including our Pyramid of Technology poster and What’s Flying There? drones coloring book. The exhibition will open tomorrow, February 10, at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany and will run until May 14. Did we mention the opening talk “Life with Robots” (tomorrow at 18:00) by much-celebrated science fiction author Bruce Sterling?

More info: Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine
Image: TRNDlabs, SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone, 2015

Find the Bistro in Vitro Ice Cream Cart this weekend at the National Health Fair in Utrecht.
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Bistro In Vitro at National Health Fair 2017

In 2050 there will be 9 billion people on Earth​, how can we all live and eat well on the planet? A strong body of scientific evidence links excess meat consumption, particularly of red and processed meat, with various diseases. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans can help prevent these diseases and provide health benefits. But what about cultured meat? Join us this weekend and share your thoughts on the future of meat production, while tasting our finest selection of savory Bistro In Vitro meat ice cream. Until Sunday you’ll find our red ice cream cart at the Agrifood Tech Platform, during the National Health Fair. More info: De Nationale Gezondheidsbeurs 2017.