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?
To all creators! Next Nature Network is invited to nominate 2 projects that deserve a place in the limelight of the Border Labs Award 2018. Send us your project and get the chance to win €5000! (for members only)
Tonight, Studio Drift is launching their debut museum solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam: Coded Nature. As NNN Fellows, this Dutch duo is showcasing a dazzling walkthrough of “10 years exploring fluctuating relationships between nature, technology and mankind,” and you are invited.
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!
Calling all bloggers! We’d love to have you on board for the 2018 Border Sessions festival in The Hague (NL). Join our team for behind-the-scenes access to festival events.
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.
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)
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?
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!
The robots are coming! How will we work in the future? And how to prepare for this? Join us for a talkshow on future work. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort presents HUBOT, our job agency for people and robots. The event takes place on March 27nd, from 20.00-22.00, in De Balie (Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam). Get your tickets here.
Well, we finally made it. After a long, cold, dark winter, spring has officially started today. And guess what it’s bringing with it? Nope, not spring flowers: Love flowers! Here’s a selection of our favorite NANO Supermarket products to kickstart the season.
How did organic life start? Can we create new life forms? Can we imitate and learn from the special capacities of living beings – birds, spiders, insects? And can we change the genetic basis of organisms, populations or species? Join us for the 100 years Wageningen University & Research (WUR) celebration event.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Join Next Nature Network! While our core team works in Amsterdam, our network works across the whole world. The team consists of an eclectic mix of creative people; from thinkers to makers to business people. We are seeking a community manager who will help to further extend Next Nature Network.