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I'm available for speaking & listening inquiries about futures thinking. Formats vary from crashcourses for beginners to comprehensive sessions with experts.
Previous speaking engagements and workshops for

Harvard University | Nyenrode | Pakhuis de Zwijger | de School | TNS NIPO | NSOB | Belastingdienst | Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid | Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit | Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat | platform Duurzame Leveranciers | Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken | de Jonge Klimaatbeweging | University College Amsterdam | Nu & Straks festival Tilburg | Dutch Future Society | World Futures Studies Federation  | World Future Society |  Several academic conferences

 

 

Photo by Kilian Moesker

Photo by Kilian Moesker

Photo by Kilian Moesker

PhD thesis

Becoming Futurists.

Professions are both cornerstone and elusive. Questions about what professions are, what professionalization entails and what a good professional is, are lasting. In this thesis I study the case of futurists, a ‘profession’ in which these questions are alive and visible. On the one hand, futurists have gained self-confidence to merit their value for companies and governments; on the other hand, they show a remarkable reluctance to adhere to the classic notions of what it entails to be a profession. In my thesis, I trace and investigate futurists' reluctance, in their debates on professionalization, but also in their efforts to negotiate boundaries between their expertise and those of others. In this way, I intend to contribute to scholarly reflection on professionalization as well as to the actual struggle of futurists to be a profession.

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RESEARCH

PROJECTS

Designing

the future

 

 

 

 

As lector (associate professor) designing the future I translate the futurist mindset for a broader public. Due to the corona crisis, my job is first and foremost to help others make sense of this daunting time. The topics that we are going to pursue with this novel research group are about how to deal with uncertainty (especially because we love certainty so much!) and a reflection on the skills that future creative professionals may need to be of societal value.

With the Trend Research Lab, supported by Fontys Academy for Creative Industries, we aimed to introduce the future to young and old. We did this by offering a (physical) space for experimentation and research in the city centre of Tilburg. In this setting we advanced our knowledge of the future together with local entrepreneurs, students, experts and neighbors.

Trend

research

lab

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Visit my office: Lauriergracht 116-U, Amsterdam.

For speaking Inquiries reach out to alma@thenextspeaker.com