Koert van Mensvoort presents his work in Rotterdam
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Koert van Mensvoort at Galerie Untitled

What to do this Sunday afternoon? If you are in Rotterdam we suggest you a visit to Galerie Untitled. NNN director Koert van Mensvoort will be there, together with musician Gery Mendes, for an afternoon-filling program during the exhibition The Sound of Silence. The expo presents photographs, clippings and drawings from Zaida Oenema and Lenny Oosterwijk, artists who take nature as their source of inspiration. The event takes place on Sunday, November 20th, from 15:00 to 17:00. Reserve your tickets!

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Meat the Future Cube Design Museum
Meat the Future

Meat the Future Happy Deal: 2 for 1

Hello meat eaters, hello vegetarians. Welcome to Meat the Future, our exhibition to presents a possible and controversial alternative to meat production: in vitro meat. Installed at Cube Design Museum in Kerkrade (The Netherlands) as a restaurant for trailblazers, world changers and nature lovers. We invite you to visit it to experience 30 cultured meat dishes that could end up on our plates.

Next Nature Members can bring a guest for free until December 31, download the coupon here and join us!

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Make sure to catch the NANO Supermarket indoor exhibition at van Nelle fabriek, Rotterdam
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NANO Supermarket Expo in Rotterdam

Our lustrous NANO Supermarket left the four wheels of the track to open a pop-up store exhibition. The shelves of the NANO Supermarket are stocked with nanotech products that could hit the market in the next ten years: medicinal softdrinks, interactive wall paint, programmable wine and more. Our debate provoking objects are pioneering, uncanny and disturbing. They function as scenarios for potential technological innovations, helping us to decide what future we actually want.

Since its opening, the NANO Supermarket has received over 75.000 visitors in various cities around the globe. Pictured above the latest indoor exhibition at Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam.

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Next Nature Habitat VR Preview

If the natural habitat of the polar bear is the Arctic and the natural habitat of the scorpion is the desert, then what about humans? What is our natural habitat? As a species, we need to discover what does it mean to live in a world where biology and technology are merging, and ask ourselves what exactly is natural in our environment. We invite you to step inside our Next Nature Habitat virtual reality experience during VR Days Europe 2016 and see what is like to live in a next nature.

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The Brave New World conference discusses what ethical and social impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced in society.
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Brave New World Conference in Leiden

How will the future impact human life? Will we fall in love with robots? How can we combine nature and architecture? Is technology part of human evolution? These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the Brave New World conference on November 2 and 3, 2016 in Leiden (The Netherlands). The events discusses what ethical and social impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced to society. Among the speakers: NNN director Koert van Mensvoort and our ambassadors Floris Kaayk and Rachel Armstrong.

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Dave Hakkens Wins the ECO Coin 2016

Every year at Next Nature Network we search the globe for people and projects that have outstandingly contributed to making this planet a more sustainable place to live and honor them with our ECO Coin Award. Last year the award was given to Yoyo Yogasmana for his work in Indonesia for transferring his knowledge on growing more than 130 rice varieties without the use of insecticides to the digital domain.

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Empowered by Robots Event at DDW16

‘Robotisation’, ‘Robots taking our jobs’, ‘Human replaced by a machine’ is what we often read in the newspapers. Whereas news items mainly focus on robots taking our jobs, we would like to show to other side of the same story. Empowered by Robots is a congress during the Dutch Design Week that explores the optimistic side of future employment. Besides that, Koert van Mensvoort has an exciting announcement to make.

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NNN fellows discuss design fiction in Amsterdam
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NNN Fellows Discuss Design Fiction

Can fictional design lead to solutions to social problems? What is the point of design fiction if the alternative is feasible? Is this a new hype for designers? Or is fictional design a mere alternative view to social problems? These were some of the questions raised during the second edition of Toekomstplanners at Pakhuis de Zwijger cultural organization in Amsterdam. Among the participants, NNN Fellows Floris Kaayk, Mike Thompson and Susana Camara Leret joined the debate on design fiction.

See the full video of the event here.

Image: Bloodlamp by Thought Collider (Mike Thompson and Susana Camara Leret)

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Koert van Mensvoort will discuss Meat the Future on Tuesday October 25 at Natlab in Eindhoven, as part of a lecture series that centers on the topic of design thinking. Join the meeting and enter the debate!
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Koert van Mensvoort on Meat the Future

To make a hamburger of 200 grams you need: three kilograms of grain and forage, 200 liters of water for land irrigation and livestock drinking, seven square meters for grazing and cultivating feed crops and 1.093 kilojoule of fossil energy to grow and transport feed (enough to power your microwave for 18 minutes). Keeping in mind the continuous growth of the world’s population, we need to find alternatives to the traditional meat production. One of them could be in vitro meat.

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