Previous speaking engagements and workshops for:
Harvard University | Nyenrode | Pakhuis de Zwijger | de School | TNS NIPO | NSOB | Belastingdienst | Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid | University College Amsterdam | Nu & Straks festival Tilburg | Dutch Future Society | World Futures Studies Federation conferences | World Future Society conference | Several academic conferences
Set to publish this fall, 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 will 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.
Design by Alt8 and artwork by Thomas Trum
Co-founder Trend Research Lab
With the Trend Research Lab, supported by Fontys Academy for Creative Industries, we aim to introduce the future to young and old. We do this by offering a (physical) space for experimentation and research. In this setting we advance our knowledge of the future together with local entrepreneurs, students, experts and neighbors.