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co-creating sustainable entrepreneurship for Nieuw Zuid

What could sustainable entrepreneurship look like in Antwerp’s Nieuw Zuid (New South) neighbourhood, currently under construction? This question has been at the core of Pantopicon’s Citylab2050 activities for the neighbourhood from the start. Earlier on, a series of thematic sessions laid the groundworks for ideas on initiatives in the realm of mobility, food, sharing, smart tech etc. […]

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tomorrow’s arts education today

What might innovative, part-time arts education look like in the future? Which position might it occupy, which role might it fulfil in tomorrow’s cities? Which shape will it take? How will it connect to the city’s communities and activities? How might we embark on a transition to such new models? Pantopicon is currently supporting the […]

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Fintech Bootcamp Vlerick 2017

For the second year, the Vlerick business school invited Pantopicon to immerse their students in a series of fintech futures. During their 2017 Fintech Bootcamp, Nik welcomed them in four future worlds. Each world outlined the basic concept of a cross-industry fintech service in response to different societal needs and challenges. Through various foresight and design methods, students were challenged to design these services […]

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Reburg featured as ‘JFS digital design exhibit’

Over the past 12 months, the Journal of Future Studies has experimented with a digital exhibition format for a number of innovative projects. These digital exhibits are meant to provoke, disrupt and inspire. We are happy to announce this month’s exhibit features Pantopicon’s Reburg project for Plan C (now aka Circular Flanders) Reburg is a fictional […]

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archaeological findings from futures beyond packaging

Once again we had the pleasure to introduce a group of students from the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) to (some of) our ways of working with future scenarios. During a short workshop on February 14th 2017, Nik introduced them to Pantopicon’s blend of foresight and design, immersing students of the Man […]

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sustainable production

Last Friday, Nicole assisted in a roadmapping exercise for sustainable production of palm oil and coffee in Indonesia and Thailand. Together, 40 scientists from the Netherlands, Indonesia, Thailand and Germany created challenging roadmaps towards 2040. The exercise feeds into the SUSPENSE and SPIN projects.

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book publication: the pearl diver – the designer as storyteller

The DESIS Philosophy Talks are feedback loop encounters in which design practice and philosophical reflection cross-fertilise. Over the years, Pantopicon co-founder Nik Baerten contributed to various of its inspiring thematic meetings across the globe. Most recently, he also contributed to their latest book “The Pearl Diver – the designer as […]

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Energy consumption in European households and communities

Pantopicon co-founder Nicole Rijkens joined the kick-off of the ENERGISE project (acronym for European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy), a pan-European research initiative to achieve a greater scientific understanding of the social and cultural influences on energy consumption. Funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme […]

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Designing Privacy

Last week, Pantopicon (Toronto) in collaboration with Toronto based design studio DoUC, had the pleasure of facilitating a thought provoking panel discussion around the theme of ‘Designing Privacy’; exploring how we can use design to address issues of privacy in today’s context. The panel Brandon Kerstens – Commercial Lawyer specialising […]

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The City of Antwerp dives into the Future

Pantopicon is taking Antwerp’s Department of Energy & Environment (EMA) on a trip to the future! Together we’ll be exploring a broad range of future developments which might impact the measure of sustainability and quality of life in Antwerp between now and the year 2030. By anticipating change, the city […]

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