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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.

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Suburban Utopia

The New Gold: Honey!

A ‘gold rush’ is haunting New Zealand’s beekeepers, as beehive and honey thefts are growing, leading local police officers to believe a network of organized crime is seeking to profit from escalating honey prices. It appears the search for the liquid gold is on a quest to prevail, since prices for native Manuka honey have tripled in value since 2012.

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Wild Systems

A Robot Will Spark the Next Avant-Garde

­­“An illegal theme park exposing the ideology of the aesthetics of hacking”. “A hybrid drone targeting technological domination”. “A psychedelic fridge to raise doubt about fake news”. Do these quotes sound artificial to you? Not so strange, since they are generated by an artificial intelligence. Predictive Art Bot is one of the many tweeting bots on the Internet. It is an algorithm that generates random combinations of recent headlines of online articles and publishes new non-human expressions of potential artistic concepts on Twitter. This results in funny, strange, alien and random headlines.

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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.

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Society of Simulations

FarmVille Turns into Real-Life Agriculture

By taking a look at human evolution, we quickly notice that food gathering and production – also known as agriculture – has always been an important constant in our daily life, at least for most of our ancestors. With the industrialization of food this changed drastically and disconnected nine out of ten people from the production of the fuel that powers our bodies. Now that our “hunting ground” is the supermarket, we lost that connection with soil, animals, plants, seasons and climate, but also the direct link between labor and income.

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