Lewis is a designer interested in combining both a systems and human-centric approach to explore complex social issues and create positive change in the world. His practise focuses on sustainability in the widest sense of the word, whether economic, environmental or social.
Lewis has worked with businesses, NGOs and governments to reimagine more positive ways of living where people, planet and profit are balanced. This has led him to co-found the ECO coin, a currency earned through sustainable actions. He is driven and passionate about finding ways to rebalance our economy and our ecology.
Paul Mason is a writer, broadcaster and film-maker who speaks on the areas of economics, globalisation and the future of capitalism. His work interests consist on examining the social, cultural and business impact of the new age of digital and online.
He has been working as Culture and Digital Editor and later as Economics Editor for Channel 4 News. Paul worked on BBC2’s Newsnight programme firstly as Business & Industry Correspondent, and then as Economics Editor. Paul has written a series of books covering contemporary economics and politics, including ‘PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future’(2015), in which he discusses the threat posed to capitalism by the digital revolution. Paul’s latest book is Clear Bright Future: A radical defence of the human being (Allen Lane 2019).
Arne Hendriks is an artist, lecturer and researcher in the domains of human transformation, growth, food systems, health, work and economy. Recent projects include the construction of a floating island of fat, the artistic investigation of human height and how to become smaller, and the protein transition. Hendriks is currently an artist in residence at Wageningen University & Research, lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, and teacher in conceptual and speculative design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Previous residencies include NIAS-KNAW, Hubrecht Institute, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and Rabobank.
Godelieve Spaas is a professor in new economy at Avans University of applied science. She is researcher, practitioner and creator of new ways of entrepreneurial organizing where ecology, society, economy all benefit from and interact seamlessly with each other. By sharing yet unheard stories and walking untrodden paths, she invites new economic systems to unfold, to be identified and interpreted and to become a platform for action in everyday organizational reality.
Working in Europe and Africa, with companies, NGO’ as well as governments deepened her insight how to combine worlds that are often separated such as art, science, indigenous knowledge, nature and entrepreneurship.
TINKEBELL. provokes by exemplifying the blind spots of modern society. She confronts a public that revels in being indignant about everything that has nothing to do with them, but at the same time is very apologetic about their own actions. She questions why millions of male chicks are brutally killed every day, but she gets arrested for threatening to do the same in public. Why are people who openly discuss the lowering of the sexual age of consent treated as vile pedophiles, but are ‘barely 18′ websites intensely popular?
TINKEBELL. became famous by turning her own cat into a handbag. With this project she showed people their own hypocrisy about the use of animals for consumption and leather production. If anything, her works form an extreme incentive for the discussion of our morals and the way society is developing. TINKEBELL.’s research revolves around frictions in our norms: How we behave, how we live, how we connect with each other, our position towards animals, the environment, the future of our food, (social)media, refugee issues, politics, multiculturalism. TINKEBELL. believes she can save the world, so that’s what she is currently doing.’
Reon Brand is Design Principal in Future Studies and Innovation in Philips. He is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences. His research provides inspiration and guidance for initiatives in future probing, innovation and value creation. He co-authored a paper ‘Rethinking value in a changing landscape’ that explores different socio-economic paradigms. He recently published a futures study paper called ‘Co-Emerging Futures: A model for reflecting on streams of future change’.
The Yes Men
Igor Vamos (Also Known As Mike Bonanno of The Yes Men)
Igor Vamos is best known as a founding member of The Yes Men, an activist duo known for pulling off meaningful mischief to embarrass powerful corporate and government predators. With The Yes Men, Vamos produced three films including The Yes Men (2003), The Yes Men Fix the World (2009), and The Yes Men Are Revolting (2014). In these films, they impersonate entities that they dislike, a practice that they call “identity correction”. Their tag line is “sometimes it takes a lie to expose the truth.”
Meredith Degyansky is thinking about, practicing, looking for, and organizing other worlds and ways of being that pull us away from the exploitative and extractive practices of settler colonialism and capitalist modernity. Currently she is living in Western Massachusetts in the US.
Michel Bauwens is the founder of the P2P Foundation and also research director of the platform CommonsTransition.org. He has (co-)published various books and reports in English, Dutch and French, such as ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’, and more recently, P2P, A Commons Manifesto (Westminster Un. Pr. 2019). In 2017, Michel has crafted a Commons Transition Plan for the city of Ghent in Belgium, after a similar project for Ecuador in 2014. He is currently also adviser to SMart.coop, seeking welfare reform (commonfare), while looking into biocapacity-based, contributive accounting mechanisms. His last report, P2P Accounting for Planetary Survival, examines which shared accounting systems are needed for production within planetary boundaries. He is currently working on prototyping a MOOC on commons-based economics.
Gijs de Boer
Gijs de Boer (1992, NL) is a design researcher based in Rotterdam. He investigates how to make sense of the self in an entangled world, borrowing methods from trend forecasters, pop artists, philosophers and designers.
Gijs graduated from MA Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven and is currently writing his thesis in philosophy of technology. He is part of the collective Extra Practice.