LIMITS TO GROWTH. Can enough become the new more?


27 Nov 2009

Zilveren Zaal @ Beurschouwburg, A. Ortstraat/Rue Orts 20-28, 1000 Brussels.

Exploring the Limits of Growth was the 6th workshop withing Energy Efficiency, organised in the Beursschouwburg in Brussels.


Event chairs: Marleen Wynants, Operational Director CROSSTALKS and Nico Verplancke, Program Manager, IBBT

(30 min talks + 15 min discussion)

09.15 Coffee and registration
09.30 Intro & Welcome
09.45 Talk 1 - A radical demographic perspective on population growth
“De Club van 10 Miljoen” by Drs. P.J.Gerbrands, president of the Club van 10 miljoen, NL
10.30 Talk 2 – Existing sustainable concepts versus The Hype of Cradle to Cradle by Saul Lemkowitz, Professor TU Delft, NL
11.15 Coffee break
11.30 Case 3 – Social software and collective purchasing of energy “Case study: iChoosr” by Bart Stevens, Director of iChoosr
12.15 Case 4 – NoiseTube by Matthias Stevens, VUB Programming Technology lab
13.00 Lunch

Bios / Slides

Marleen Wynants is an independent publicist with a master in Germanic Languages and Audio-visual Communication Media from KULeuven. She started working as music producer and content researcher for the official Belgian Radio and Television in its pre-commercial stage. Since 1984 she wrote articles and columns for the major media groups in Belgium, focusing on ICT, art and science. At present she is the director of CROSSTALKS, the university and industry network of Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Together with Jan Cornelis she co-edited the CROSSTALKS books 'How open is the Future?' (2005) and 'Brave New Interfaces' (2007). She is editor of the third CROSSTALKS book 'In Sickness and in Health' (2009).

Nico Verplancke graduated in 1997 with a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Leuven, Belgium. However, he decided to pursue a career in IT and worked with several IT companies such as Guidance Benelux, Sydney Tristar and the Real Software group. Since 2004, he joined the Interdisciplinary institute for BroadBand Technology (IBBT) as a program manager. Since then, he has been working with research groups, companies, government, and cultural organizations, to create and successfully complete research projects in the field of eGovernment and New Media.

Paul Gerbrands is historicus. Hij is in 1947 geboren in Den Haag uit Delftse ouders. Zijn vader was boekbinder. Met het gymnasiumdiploma op zak vertrok hij naar Leiden om er geschiedenis te studeren. Na zijn doctoraal stond hij ruim 38 jaar voor de klas als geschiedenisleraar waarvan ruim dertig jaar in Noord-Brabant. Hij was sinds zijn studententijd lid van de PvdA en bekleedde er enkele functies. Later werd hij lid van D'66. In 1994 richtte hij de stichting 'de club van tien miljoen' op om het onderwerp overbevolking nationaal en internationaal voor het voetlicht te brengen. Er verschenen bij uitgeverij Damon in Budel vier boeken van zijn naam over dit onderwerp. Hij schrijft regelmatig stukjes over allerlei maatschappelijke onderwerpen en is geen onbekende op radio en televisie.

Dr. Saul M. Lemkowitz is Associate Professor of Chemical Risk Management and Sustainability at the Faculty of Applied Sciences of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Concerning 'Chemical Risk Management', Dr. Lemkowitz has been teaching and researching in chemical safety, health, and environmental questions ('SHE' = Safety, Health, Environment) for decades. Examples are fire and explosion risks of chemical products and processes; idem toxic risks to humans (workers, public), idem environmental risks. By extending the temporal, spatial, and complexity scale, 'SHE' logically extends to 'sustainability'. Within 'sustainability', Dr. Lemkowitz actively promotes the approach of 'Industrial Ecology', whose basic goal is to modify industrial civilization such that society functions like an ecological system: no 'wastes', total recycle. Within the approach of Industrial Ecology fits the 'cradle-to-cradle' (C2C) concept. But not vice versa. Because Industrial Ecology is a more comprehensive approach than C2C. Industrial Ecology embraces C2C, at the same time also integrating it into the more holistic approach of Industrial Ecology.

Bart Stevens has more then 10 years experience in the IT industry. He has lived and worked in South and North America for his first two ventures (SP&B in Brazil, Acunia in USA). After this, he moved back to Europe and joined Oblicore selling enterprise software systems in Europe and Asia. The business grew from 0 to over 20 Mln USD in 2007. During 2007 he coached an "old school" SW company (Tenforce) to reach out into the SAAS world by transforming their project management application into an online application. He has a built up a clear understanding of the opportunities and weaknesses of the internet and understands what it means to create value for shareholders. Bart is a contributing member of the VRM project sponsored by the Berkman Center at Harvard University and therefore has direct access to applicable expertise.

Matthias Stevens has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the VUB and a Bachelor's degree in Applied Computer Science from Hogeschool Gent. He works at the Computer Science department of the VUB as a PhD student with a scholarship of the Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders (FWO). At the VUB Matthias is affiliated with the AI Lab and the SOFT lab (formerly PROG), respectably through his promoter Prof. Dr. Luc Steels and his co-promoter Prof. Dr. Theo D'Hondt. During the second half of 2008 and the summer of 2009 he also worked as a research trainee at the Sony Computer Science Lab (CSL) in Paris. His principal research interests are participative sensing, citizen science, ubiquitous computing, location-based services, geographical information systems and locative art and storytelling. At Sony CSL, Matthias was involved in the creation of NoiseTube, an ongoing research project focused on creating a collaborative platform for monitoring urban noise pollution.