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the cyberiad: telling stories of power relationships in future wor(l)ds

How might the future (re)shape power relationships? What might define power, what will it consist of? How might such prospects challenge the way we design the world around us? How might this render our lives different? On June 15th, Nik Baerten (Pantopicon, Antwerp, B), Elisa Bertolotti (University of Madeira), Virginia […]

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toolkit to inspire urban labs launched

The final conference of the URB@Exp project (JPI-Urban Europe) took place in Graz, Austria. Together with its partners, Pantopicon launched a toolkit for civil servants or other stakeholders exploring to set up their urban lab. The LAB kit – as it is called – contains a booklet of guidelines and […]

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lecture on the value of futures thinking for policy making

In Bruges … Nicole delivered a lecture yesterday on the value of foresight and futures thinking for policy making. The lecture took place during #uitdaginggeaccepteerd (challenge accepted), a one day seminar for top-level civil servants from the Flemish government.

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Hack Belgium

Last week Catherine featured as a future expert during Hack Belgium, a three-day laboratory for the future. For the event about 1000 participants convened at the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels to hack together a series of game-changing solutions to 14 societal and systemic challenges across a variety of thematic areas such as mobility, healthcare and education. Experts […]

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rural & rurban innovation in Midden Delfland

… is the name of a new innovation network for sustainable rural and rurban innovation in Midden-Delfland. Pantopicon collaborates on the setup of the network with the municipality of Midden-Delfland, the province of Zuid-Holland, Wageningen University and Imagro. Midden IN Delfland will bring together urban, rural and agrarian players to engage in collaborative action. Currently, they […]

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International Lifestyle Studies – Antwerp field trip

During their yearly International Lifestyle Week field trip, students of the Fontys bachelor programme International Lifestyle Studies visited Antwerp. Over the course of three days, they explored the city’s offerings and hunted for local trends. Furthermore, Pantopicon challenged them to come up with concept designs for sustainable enterpreneurship in the Nieuw Zuid neighbourhood. Together […]

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thinking through prototyping

“Make in order to think better” underscores a key principle of prototyping in design. It was also a starting point for one of the activities during the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (aka VITO)’s recent “Upcycle your innovation” day. Pantopicon – Nik, Nicole & Catherine – took participants on a […]

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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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