How to explain the Next Nature philosophy to the next generations? Recently we’ve been reading, talking, interviewing and drawing to create a workshop to illustrate this concept to kids. We could hardly wait to test our ideas and see how much young people already know about technology and biology.
Yesterday the Bistro In Vitro Ice Cart took off for the Spring/Summer season in Vondelpark, Amsterdam. Bistro In Vitro is a fictitious restaurant with a menu of lab-grown dishes that may end up on your plate one day. We invite you to combine your favorite dishes to create your own personal menu and to reserve a virtual table. At the Bistro In Vitro’s mobile Ice Cream Cart we already give you the chance to taste one of the desserts on the menu.
Economy and ecology are two spheres that usually do not cooperate. Thanks to the ECO coin the environmental value can be conceived economically. A currency that can be earned by making good and sustainable actions towards nature.
We are talking about an alternative currency that could contribute to solve the current environmental crisis. This project by Next Nature Network was presented at the Border Sessions International Festival in The Hague. Twenty people with different backgrounds gathered to participate to a workshop on the possible introduction of the ECO coin in our culture.
On the 22nd of October 2015, during the third edition of the talk show Now Future, organized by Dutch Design Week and VPRO in Eindhoven, we officially launched the Next Nature Movement in The Netherlands.
To seal the beginning of the Next Nature Movement, director Koert van Mensvoort donated the first symbolic ECO coin – a currency for nature ecology value – to Age of Wonderland fellow Yoyo Yogasmana for his work in Indonesia, preserving more than 130 existing rice varieties without any use of insecticides.
While you were on holiday we moved both virtually and physically. We are pleased to reveal our newly designed nextnature.net.
We hope the updated design makes our website more agile, easier to read and navigate. Of course this is for you to decide, dear reader, so do send us your comments, critiques and shouts.
The Knotty Object summit promises to be a paradise of anti-disciplinary delight. The event held at the renowned MIT Media Lab gathers designers, scientists, engineers and writers around the discussion of four complex and omnipresent objects and the stories they tell.
The knotty objects–brick, bitcoin, steak, and phone–are employed as lenses through which we examine the current state of our society as well as the crossovers between design and technology. Speakers include Paola Antonelli, Tony Dunne, Fiona Raby, Kevin Slavin, Neri Oxman, Isha Dahar, Revital Cohen, Daisy Ginsberg and our own Koert van Mensvoort.
Wednesday and Thursday, July 15-16, at the Boston ICA and Media Lab. Video streamed all over the planet.
Save the date! Next Tuesday, June 30, Future Series, in collaboration with Dutch Design Week and de Volkskrant, will host a evening on the theme Design and Evolution. Next Nature Network director Dr. Koert van Mensvoort will lead the conversation and examine the relationship between design and evolution and how they can influence each other. Invited speakers: designer Teresa van Dongen, creator of Ambio – the Bacterial Lamp, visionary artist and filmmaker Floris Kaayk, and designer Govert Flint, known for his Dynamic Exoskeleton Chair.