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Our keynote speaker Koert van Mensvoort is creative director of the Next Nature Network; a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. Koert works to better understand our co-evolutionary relationship with technology. He masterfully blends philosophy, art and science to bring us into the future with our eyes open to the world of technology and nature around us.
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The idea with Next Nature is that our technological movement has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that it is best perceived as a nature of its own.
‘Nature changes along with us’ — Koert van Mensvoort
Keynote speaker Koert van Mensvoort started his career in videogame creation. He then went on to study computer science, philosophy, art and industrial design. Now, Koert uses all types of media to materialize his philosophical concept of Next Nature, where he hopes to set out a track towards a future that is rewarding for both humankind and the planet at large.
Throughout his career, Koert has achieved a great deal, including the traveling NANO Supermarket, showing nano-technology products that might hit the shelves within the next 10 year, The internet enabled Datafountain, connecting money to water, as well as the books ‘Next Nature: Nature changes along with us’ and the “In Vitro Meat Cookbook”.
Speaker Koert van Mensvoort holds several positions; he is appointed Next Nature fellow at the Eindhoven University of Technology, board member at the Society of Arts of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and supervisory board member of VPRO broadcasting organisation. Koert also has experience as a teacher at the Sandberg Institute (2002-2006) and as a Visionary in Residence at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (2008).
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