Jo De Wachter is interested in the links between science, technology and society. He is eager to study new opportunities and the cross-over potential that high-tech and creative players can generate. He currently works on 'smart & sustainable cities' and 'the future of healthcare'.
What bothered him was the lack of autonomy-supportive learning environments - involving real tools, real choice, real trust. So, together with colleagues of RVO Society, KU Leuven Campus GroupT and imec, they set up several open-ended design and engineering projects inviting students and companies to participate. One of the projects was the creation of a students' run cooperative company, CORE, focusing on rational energy use.
He became fully aware of the diversity of innovation tracks and sustainable development projects. Much more is possible when people with different backgrounds cooperate. He believes a lot of the solutions to our current challenges will be created/invented by cooperative co-design efforts, using technology building blocks which already exist today.
As an engineer student, Yolan Gielen participated in an interesting postgraduate named "innovating entrepreneurship for engineers". In this postgraduate he worked for 2 years in the student cooperative CORE. Now he organizes bootcamps circular economy for Circular Flanders.
He doesn't know how it started, but he just wants to create a world with more equity. He think it's very unfair that it matters so much where you are born to how your life will be. That's why he loves projects like Khan Academy, that offers open source education to everyone.
He believes he makes the difference by putting things into motion. He can only do this because he knows his strengths and weaknesses. He dreams of setting up a cooperative business school.
We let them talk.