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#1woord (in Dutch only)

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Sorry, this entry is only available in Nederlands.

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Social Design for Wicked Problems: authorship as warranty for social impact.

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Last Friday I attended a dialogue at Kennisland between their research project ‘The Wicked Series‘ in collaboration with Hivos and ‘Social Design for Wicked Problems‘ (SDFWP) initiated by Het Nieuwe Instituut, Twijnstra Gudde en Tabo Goudswaard.  The Wicked Series organized by Kennisland and Hivos spanned three evenings in which 40 participants were invited to unravel -in collaboration with relevant (experience) experts- the (un)logic of a series of wicked social issues. SDFWP involves a research project in which design teams work on three different topics, one for ING/NN, a (Dutch) bank/ insurance company, one for the Municipality of Amsterdam and another one  introduced by the designers themselves. SDFWP I observed from a distance since it kicked of with an ‘expert meeting’ at the conference WhatDesignCanDo 2013 in Amsterdam. In the Wicked series I attended as a participant in 2013.
What these projects share is their intention to deal with/unravel the complexity of (global) social issues. What fundamentally sets them apart is the way they both deal with context, a key-factor in ‘wicked’ issues. (more…)

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On the importance of ‘making’

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Recently I was at a windowmakersshop because I needed a fence for a stairwell. It always takes some getting used to dealing with skillful craftspeople. If anything goes, you have to contemplate well about what it is you really want. And how nice that these professionals then actually are so skilled. And patient. Because they know that this one solution should be the ultimate one (for you) (because that’s what they know for sure). It is then quite useful to be able to think in terms of what can be made and what you exactly want yourself -and what is feasible (-but that will be a separate blog post). (more…)

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Apps for Democracy

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During an event in the Statenhal in Den Haag, organised by the House of Parliament, the Open State Foundation and Netwerk Democratie, Parliamentary  data sets were offered to invited makers and thinkers to develop apps that explore the possibilities of a more transparant parliament by rendering those data usefull for society. Who cares developed a set of icons visualising what open government data could mean in practice and set the stage of the day elaborating on the logo developed by Topika. (photos top: Anne Beentjes)

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41ste Reuvensdagen

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De Reuvensdagen is an annual archeology conference organised by Erfgoed Nederland, this time at the Philharmonie, Haarlem.

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Innovation brigade

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A new logo for the Innovationbrigade (InnovatieImpulsOnderwijs) that invites schools to consider innovating towards their ideal way of educating.

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On Open Space and design thinking

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During an Open Space session initiated by The Learning Lab l was invited to participate as space holder/facilitator. Open Space Technology in short is a way of organizing self-managed meetings. It took place at a school in Roosendaal (NL) which is about to face a huge reorganization. Commitment to change/innovation was high.

All stakeholders of the school (teachers, students, parents, local government, companies) participated in the session which was meant to generate the ‘collective intelligence’ of the group, thereby offering a wide scope at possible innovative solutions for the school and all its stakeholders for a new future.
What made it extra challenging (more…)

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40ste Reuvensdagen

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For a special anniversary edition of national archeology conference the Reuvensdagen organized by Erfgoed Nederland in De Doelen, Rotterdam, Who cares? took the 4 shades of the logo as startingpoint for a colourful, and recognizable layering throughout the whole venue.

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Chaise Directeur Jean Prouvé

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As if it’s in the air I recently stumbled upon the news that Dutch jeans brand G Star and Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra joined hands in launching an authorized reedition of Prouvé’s Chaise Directeur. I learned to appreciate  the work of Jean Prouvé some years ago while being an interior designer. This metalsmith-engineer-designer-maker, who even made it into mayor of Nancy, was one of the enigmatic forefathers of the Modernist movement and of design as we know it today.(Photo:MoMa)

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VitraHaus

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Sometimes something grabs you, in my case this often happens because of a love for architecture. This stroke of genious that I recently passed by is the VitraHaus for yes, famous Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, built by Swiss architects Herzog&de Meuron. Located next to Vitra’s production (assembly) plant in Weil am Rhein (DE).  It intrigues for many reasons,
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