Emma loves stories. As a documentary filmmaker she does research on different themes. For example the South African wine industry, land grabbing in Africa,… Her reports reveal the complexity, the wickedness of certain themes. She realizes that there is no one truth. From a very personal starting point she shows us the need for a different, truly sustainable approach.
Hans Bruyninckx has been the director of the European Environment Agency since 2013. As a professor he has taught at several universities in the United States and Europe, including Colorado State University, Wageningen University and the KU Leuven. Over the last 20 years, he has conducted and managed policy-oriented research in the areas of environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development.
With the testimony of Emma Lesuis in mind, he shows us why and how core systems of our society should change. He highlights the major challenge that research and educational institutions face. Developing strong disciplinary knowledge, they have to build equally strong interdisciplinary, integrated systemic knowledge.
There will be time for debate with the audience at the end of this session.
Leo Van Broeck, the Flemish Government Architect, is responsible for the Flemish architectural policy. Leo Van Broeck is a great orator who will draw us into the complex world of sustainable design.
As an architect he experiences the interwovenness of numerous complex issues such as aging, social integration, food production, energy supply etc. He will consider the complex challenges for Flanders and Europe and shows us how the design world deals with these challenges by means of design processes. He will reflect on how these designing principles can support transition processes in higher education.
Leo Van Broeck will also share his vision on how the research and education world should evolve to meet the complex challenges.
Hard to describe Jaroslav Anděl in a few lines. He has been an artist, photographer, curator, consultant, museum director and educator.
He witnessed the events of September 11, 2001 in New York and has been bothered and frustrated by the direction the world has been going since. He realized that he needs to engage in major issues, which leads him to organize exhibitions and discussions. In 2016, he opened the exhibition ‘Back to the Sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy’, examining democracy, creativity and transdisciplinarity with the aim of introducing new perspectives of learning and creativity.
During the Summit, Jaroslav will generate ideas for the future, he will map these on a storyboard. In his ending keynote, he will look at how these ideas can feed the future. This will keep us awake and energize us to continue.