The world is turned upside down, the streets are empty. Behind this seeming tranquility there is a storm raging through our values and structures. This gives us space to think about a complete ‘reset’. How can we restructure existing dysfunctional systems?
Politics will be guided by science and creativity
Our first speaker will be designer and professor Jeroen van Erp. According to Jeroen, the current crisis pinpoints the specific weeknesses of our (political) system. We need strong leadership and solutions, but are politicians taking their responsibility? And aren’t it the creative agents and the designers who should be operating on the policy level to restructure the society as good as humanly possible? A launch of overarching structures, ownership and design.
Jeroen van Erp
Jeroen van Erp graduated from the Faculty of Industrial Design at Delft Technical University. In 1992, he was one of the founders of Fabrique in Delft. In 2015 he became professor of concept design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering / Delft University of Technology. He is a member of the Dutch Creative Council and a board member of among others the BNO (the Association of Dutch Designers), the Design & Emotion Society and Lab Vlieland.
Indy Johar is an architect and co-founder of 00 (project00.cc), for which he has co-founded multiple social ventures from Impact Hub Westminster to Impact Hub Birmingham, along with working with large global multinationals & institutions to support their transition to a positive Systems Economy. He has also co-led research projects such as The Compendium for the Civic Economy, whilst supporting several 00 explorations and experiments, including the wikihouse.cc and opendesk.cc. Indy is an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative and a non executive director of WikiHouse Foundation. Most recently he has founded Dark Matter – a field laboratory focused on radically redesigning the bureaucratic & institutional infrastructure of our cities, regions and towns for a more democratic, distributed great transition.