This event, co-organized by Future of Work and The Fifth Element program by The Club of Rome, brings together diverse individuals from various backgrounds and disciplines to foster an enriching exchange of thoughts and ideas. By encouraging open dialogues, we're paving the way for shared learning, amidst the festival's diverse approaches and artistic expressions for creating a new heartset about ownership and economy.
Location: Verkadefabriek, Den Bosch
Time: 9.45 - 17.30h
Costs: 38 Euro / 15 Euro students (excl service costs eventbrite)
(includes coffee/tea, lunch, and closing drinks. Students: please show your student-pass upon entering the venue)
09:45 Warm Coffee/Tea
10:00 Warm Welcome
10:15 Warm Data Lab hosted by Carlos Alvarez Pereira
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 16:15 Afternoon sessions featuring short presentations.
16:30 - 17:30 Visit expo & closing drinks Willem Twee Art Space
Morning session - Warm Data lab
The morning will start with a Warm Data Lab. Warm Data is a concept developed by the international Bateson Institute. ‘Warm Data’ is information about the interrelationships that connect elements of a complex system. It captures the qualitative dynamics and offers another dimension of understanding to what is learned through quantitative data (“cold data”). The implications for the uses of Warm Data may offer a whole new dimension to the tools of information science we have to work with at present. The Warm Data Lab session will be hosted by Carlos Alvarez Pereira, Vice President of the Club of Rome.
Afternoon sessions - Open dialogue
The afternoon event explores possibilities of how to become ‘careholders’ instead of shareholders in an economy based on competition, exploitation and extraction. The speakers will trigger these ideas by showcasing their professional backgrounds with short presentations.
Imagine our economy as the caretaker of our shared planetary home. Picture it like a tapestry intricately woven from agreements, traditions, value systems, and connections. This economic fabric isn't solely about currency, finance, and numbers; it's the intricate web that binds individuals, communities, knowledge, nature, science, and technology.
We find ourselves entwined within the intricate web that weaves the economy. Yet, somewhere we lost touch with the heart of what "economy" really means. The word itself hails from the Greek "Oikos," which signifies managing our shared household. As the process of industrialisation increasingly shaped our lives, we've drifted from the deep sense of collective care and stewardship.
While we often see the economy as an unchangeable force of nature, the reality is that we have the ability to reshape this system as its creators The economy is more than just changing rules on paper; it's about altering how we relate to each other and the world around us. As we navigate this uncharted terrain, we're discovering new ways to connect, care, and collaborate.
Our home for the future needs a renewed commitment and a reconnection to the core of what "Oikos" represents. By reimagining economy, we're embarking on a journey that challenges us to weave in compassion, community, kinship, and trust, back into the intricate fabric of our planetary household. This isn't about grand theories; it's about taking practical steps to nurture our home and each other, making sure we're all woven together in this tapestry of life.
It's about re-imagining how we become “careholders" again, instead of shareholders.
Anne Snick - is an independent researcher at the cooperative Smart.be. She engaged in fieldwork and transdisciplinary research in gender, poverty, and social economy. Her current projects concern sustainable higher education and sustainable finance. She is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science and Associate member of the Club of Rome.
Cynthia Hathaway - is an artist/designer based in The Netherlands. She is also the founder of the Wool Alliance for Social Agency (WASA). Her participatory artistic research projects are based on social themes such as community and local industry regeneration. Her work can be seen during the festival.
Peter Blom - is the former CEO (1995-2021) of Triodos Bank and was one of its founders. The bank has become a global reference for value-based banking. He is a full-time non-executive board member of the Dutch Central Bank and the co-chair of the Sustainable Finance Lab.
Raad Sharar - is a development anthropologist, and the Programme Coordinator for the Emerging New Civilisations Impact Hub at the Club of Rome. She has worked in social development in Bangladesh focusing on climate change, climate activism, sustainability and gender.
Teresa Borasino - is an artist whose work balances upon the fertile edges between art and activism, poetics and politics, and the radical engagement with social movements. She contributes by cultivating a deeper understanding of the ecological and sacred entanglements experienced by oppressed and exiled communities. Her work can be seen during the festival.
Event hosted by:
Carlos Alvarez Pereira - is the Vice President of The Club of Rome. With a background in engineering, he started his career as a researcher in applied mathematics to engage later as an entrepreneur in the digital space, and promoter of responsible research. He explores the possibility of civilizational shift from a systemic perspective, and advises the International Bateson Institute, among others.
Olga Mink - In addition to her role as artistic director at Future of Work, Olga also serves as the Head of the Interdisciplinary Arts (iArts) at The Maastricht Institute of Arts (ZUYD). Olga is interested in how art unveils trans-contextual relationships between objects, people and systems.
The Fifth Element is a program by the Club of Rome that seeks to ask better questions for the future of humanity and learn from communities acting by themselves towards equitable wellbeing within a healthy ecosystem. Ultimately, it looks for new syntheses of traditional wisdom, leading-edge science and humanist practices, enabling the emergence of desirable futures in a pluriversal world.
The Club of Rome is a platform of diverse thought leaders who identify holistic approaches to complex global issues and promote policy initiatives and action to enable humanity to emerge from multiple planetary emergencies. The Club of Rome's commitment to sustainability, systems thinking, and long-term perspectives enriches discussions, providing holistic insights into the complexities of economy, society, and humanity.
Future of Work questions the economic system from both ideological and everyday perspectives, offering proposals for alternative choices and narratives. It fosters new forms of collaboration and envisions dialogues where our needs prioritize a healthy ecosystem and a just society.