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Call for projects: bring your groundbreaking creativity to tackle pressing energy issues

We need to change the way we power our daily lives. Burning fossil fuels is the primary cause of climate change, yet this is still our main source of energy. Much of this energy is used in our ever-expanding cities: cities and metropolitan areas thus offer a huge opportunity to transform the way we generate and use energy. How can our notion of waste be transformed so that we will see it as a valuable resource or source of energy, rather than simply trash?

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Wild Systems

Flock of Drones fly over Amsterdam

There’s nothing more satisfying than watching a murmuration of starlings swirl across a plum-coloured, darkening sky. This Friday, at sunset, you can; but instead of it being real birds, FuturePace artist Studio Drift will present a flying sculpture of 300 luminously lit Intel drones, which will swarm and swoop above the river IJ, Amsterdam, mimicking birds flight. Franchise Freedom acts as an opportunity to show the public how nature and technology can be merged in ways that are startlingly beautiful, rather than frightening and ominous.

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Towards a design brief for the artificial womb

Humanity is facing the disconnection between biological reproduction and the body, facilitated by the emerging technology of the Artificial Womb. Envisioned in bleak science fiction scenarios many times in the past, this technology is about to become a reality in our present. But how will it affect our culture – and how should that new culture be designed? Join us for a public discussion on September 7th during the REPRODUTOPIA summit at Tech Festival in Copenhagen, and explore with us how we may make babies, experience intimacy and build families in the future.

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Meat the Future

In vitro meat is here! But we are not allowed to taste it

Previously we predicted that we would be eating in vitro meat by 2028. But as it turns out… In vitro meat is already here! And we are not allowed to eat it. The meat has been sealed by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, under new European ‘Novel Foods’ legislation. This means that we cannot test it. Therefore, we started a petition. We want to taste this in vitro meat at our own risk. Sign if you want to taste in vitro meat.

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Explore with us the future of making babies, relationships and intimacy @ WDCD

This year Louise Brown, the first ‘test-tube baby’, will turn 40. By now, In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) has become accepted practice around the world, resulting in thousands of new-borns annually. Developments in the reproductive sciences continue, and it has become possible to think of reprogramming human skin-cells into gametes or bringing lamb foetuses to term in ‘biobags’, or artificial wombs. How will this future look like?

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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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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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