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Not a Design Conference

22 juni om 09:00 17:00

This Is Not A Design Conference 2019: HUMAN – NATURE

Maastricht Disrupt and Cube design museum organise their third ‘This Is Not A Design Conference’. This year’s theme and title: HUMAN – NATURE.

The well-being of our planet involves nature as well as humans. The health of our environment is connected to our personal health. Today we are challenged by severe environmental problems that are primarily caused by human activities like global warming, soil deterioration, waste increase, and the ever-growing amount of mouths to feed. During This Is Not a Design Conference we invite inspiring speakers from a wide range of sectors and industries to present their views on these complex topics.

*Included in your ticket:*
– Shuttle bus from Maastricht central station to Cube Design museum and back 🚌
– Access to all exhibitions in Cube during the day🌿
– Goodie bag with sustainable surprises 🎁
– Lunch, drinks and snacks during the day 🍕
– Access to after event with live music and good vibes 🎷
– Free access to the Reflection Day, the day after, in Maastricht 🍂
– Discounted lunch at the Reflection Day 🍅
– Ticket to Cube for a visit in your own time ✨
– Awesome conference!!! 🎉

*What can you expect?* The conference raises questions about how our human inventions influence nature and how nature influences us. Through talks, workshops and a panel discussion you are invited to learn about humans in nature and nature in humans. Questions we will discuss are: can we feed 9 billion people healthy food while respecting our planetary boundaries? How will we design our future cities and is sustainability the answer?

As an audience member, you are invited to ask critical questions and work on solutions using the Design Thinking method.

Programm (preliminary)

This programm is updated constantly. Go for all the updates to


Welcome by the Cube Museum /Opening Talk from Maastricht Disrupt Team
09.45 –
Overview of the problems – Via Story or Ignace Schops

Human’s problem-solving capacity – Dennis Hambeukers (Designer at Zuiderlicht)
10.45 –
Economic localization: in service of People and Planet – Anja LyngBæk (Associate Director of the international NGO Local Futures; coordinator of the International Economics of Happiness Conference Series)
11.15 –
‘Plants don’t like nature’ – Gertjan Meeuws (Indoor farmer at Seven Steps to Heaven)
11.40 –
World premiere Farmer Philosophers (NGT)
13.45 –
Workshop Pitch  – in the ISS Room
14.00 –
Workshop card selection/get to workshop rooms (via
the entrance hall)
14.15 –
Rakesh ‘Rootsman Rak’ (experienced permaculture designer, teacher, forest garden specialist, yoga teacher, homeopath and reggae DJ) – Permaculture – Create Lab (second room downstairs).

Artist duo from Denmark – Decentralization of humans & other species – Ask & Imagine Lab (first room

Esther Baukema (Food lover, graphic designer and
teacher. Food education pioneer from Amsterdam) –
Nature, Food and culture – Newton/exhibition (big
conference room circular).

Pim Martens (Holds the chair ‘Sustainable Development’ at Maastricht University (Netherlands), is also founder
of AnimalWise, a “think and do tank” integrating
scientific knowledge and animal advocacy to bring
about sustainable change in our relationship with
animals, and member of the Board of House of
Animals) – Animal advocacy –  Topfloor room.
16.15 –
Anja Lyngbaek  (associate director of the international
NGO, Local Futures; coordinator of the International
Economics of Happiness Conference Series) – Big
Picture Activism – Create Lab (second room

Li An Phoa (walking watershed mobiliser and a systems thinker and interdisciplinary social innovator) – Whole
system Ecology – Outdoor.

Briana Seiderman and  Erika Lauro (senior experience
designer and experience designer at AKQA
Amsterdam) – Design and Technology- Conference
19.30       First bus back to Maastricht
19.30 –
NADC’’7 After Event: live
21.00Second bus back to Maastricht

*The Venue: Cube Design Museum*
The Cube Design museum provides beautiful conference rooms that merge with Design Thinking labs. Together with the conference, Cube Design Museum is hosting the exhibition NATURE from 10 May onwards in collaboration with the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. It displays the world’s most innovative design solutions that solve compelling environmental and humanitarian issues. During the conference, you are free to take a look at the exhibition.

€5 – €100

Cube design museum

Museumplein 2
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