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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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Foresight UM Master Students
Throughout this month, Pantopicon’s Nicole is teaching a foresight course at the University of Maastricht in which she’s taking a group of 45 master students Sustainability Science and Policies on a journey into the wonderful world of scenario building.
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Smart Circular Cities
A new year, new projects coming up. Pantopicon has been granted the assignment to research any opportunities ‘Smart Tech’ and the advent of ‘Smart Cities’ can provide in enabling the Circular Economy. We will be closely working together with SMIT-VUB on this project, commissioned by OVAM.
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book publication: we are wanderful – future forward
Together with Virginia Tassinari, Nik Baerten was invited to contribute a forward-looking chapter on design in future times for “We are wanderful“, a book covering 25 years of design & fashion in the belgian province of Limburg. Each invited a series of international friends and colleagues to zoom in on a key[…]
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It’s official!
We are proud to announce that Nicole, one of Pantopicon’s co-founders, obtained her doctoral degree yesterday. After a powerful defense the dissertation committee especially praised Nicole’s work for studying the application of foresight for local policy development, a niche in foresight research. Nicole was further complimented for acting as a[…]
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