Program 2017

  • 11:00

    Doughnut Economics

    Doughnut Economics is the economical book of the year. The British author Kate Raworth shows the blind spots in the classical way of thinking about economics. She starts from the finding that de dominant economic models are belonging to the past. They made it possible that extreme poverty continue to exist while our living world degrades until a scale that threatens the future of everyone.

    Raworth develop a roadmap via her doughnut model. In this model is the outside ring of the doughnut the ceiling of the planet, the boundaries we can’t cross if the earth needs to stay a liveable place. The inner ring represents the social fundaments where we can’t go under, if we do, will the fundamental rights of some people be compromised. The future lays in between these two rings, the save and fair zone to further develop ourselves and our mankind.

    With an introduction by Bogdan Vanden Berghe, managing director of 11.11.11

  • 12:30

    Digital cooperation: platform cooperativism

    What if we use the known forms of cooperating – cooperatives– to create digital platforms as an alternative for the Airbnb’s of this world? The answer is platform cooperativism. Josef Davies-Coates, organizer of the first huge European conference about this topic will talk about it with Aleksandra Przegalinska,  a renowned University researcher at the Massachusetts University of Technology (MIT) in Boston. Her current primary research interest include consequences of introducing artificial intelligence systems to people’s social and professional sphere. At last but not least is also Joachim Jacob, CEO of Partago (an electric car-sharing cooperation), taking part in this debate.


  • 14:00

    Little me against Big Data

    We throw our live on digital media just to show how nice or unique we are. This makes it possible for big companies to collect a lot of big data and sell it. On the other side are citizens also organizing them for more transpiration in our democracy. According to the European Cyborg Rights Activist and designer/developer Aral Balkan doesn’t connect Facebook people to each other, but is it Facebook who connects people to Facebook. What we need are new infrastructures to enable people to regain individual sovereignty. The infrastructures we build must be funded from the commons, belong to the commons, and be free and open. They must be zero-knowledge and interoperable so they can be hosted by a multitude of organisations without surveillance or lock-in. Alicja Gescinska will also give an answer how this can contribute to strengthen our freedom. A critical view is also present in this debate by journalist Wouter van Noort. In his book, Is daar iemand? Hoe de smartphone ons leven beheerst [‘How the smartphone controls our lives’]. And also, how does a novelist as Hans Bogaert looks at the temptations of the digital area?

  • 15:30

    Tools for democracy

    The digital world creates new possibilities to telling stories and take action. So is digital activism a daily reality for Gustavo Illescas (Independent Media Centre) who in Guatemala as a digital activist is fighting for democracy. And also for the Israeli Sarit Michaeli (B’Tselem), who is documenting protests on the West Bank. In Belgium is it mainly the activism of Jeroen Olyslaegers on Facebook that attract a lot of attention. Does he believes in the connecting force of conversations on this digital platform? Writer Gea Schoeters  knows now how heavy it can be in ‘Facebookland’.

  • 17:00

    Public debate and media in digital times

    Social media have changed the public debate on a very high speed, for young people is Facebook thé most important newspaper. When democracy stands or falls according to a powerful  public debate and a strong 4the power, it also means that digital public spaces are crucial for the future. How are Hanan Challouki (cofounder of the online media platform and Karel Verhoeven (Chief-editor of De Standaard) looking at this? Is internet also offering space for new forms of journalism? We ask it to Ana Naomi de Sousa, filmmaker and journalist who is cooperating with Forensic Architecture (Goldsmiths University of London) and this summer will be a guest on Documenta14 and Muhammad Rabbani (director) (CAGE, an independent advocacy organisation working to empower communities impacted by the War on Terror).

This year you can take part in some Artistic interventions at Ecopolis.

Benjamin Vandewalle will take you on a virtual trip trough the city with his project ‘walking the line’. Do you want to know how he will take you to a city at the other side of the world? Have a look here.


Have you ever wondered how you can make your own instruction video on YouTube? Can you make something nice and would you like to share it with others? Then you should definitely come to the ‘Dumpling bus ‘ of Cateringa & Kompanen.


CREW also will be attending Ecopolis. They will present a project where they use a ‘HeadSwap-technology’ where people live on a intimate manner get in contact with each other. At the same time, 2 people will get some camera’s and sensors and other extensions. Are you ready to share your body ‘literally’ with another person?

  • Docu – In the Same Boat

    “In the Same Boat” is about this boat, a metaphor for our civilization, faced with a unique opportunity; technological advances could be the key in bringing about a more just and better world, but if we do not learn to manage them and reorient the boat by its rudder, the future looks menacing.

    Different great speakers, like Zygmund Bauman, Tony Atkinson en José Mujica, will talk about the influence that technological developments have or can have on topics like labour, the economic model we are using, climate change, edgrowth, basic income and much more. Not only the ideas the speakers will bring are inspiring but also the music and photographic used in this video are very inspiring. You can have already a first look at the trailer on YouTube.

  • The ecological future debat

    Three authors of books with a strong vision will debate about an ecological future.

    Tine Hens brings in her book ‘Het klein verzet’ (‘The small resistance’) the image of stories of people out different European countries who are not following the dominant economic growth model. She looks at stories of people who transformed from ‘buying stuff’ into ‘trading, sharing and giving’. According to Mathias Bienstman is the transition to a greener, better world for many people an evidence. Still are there a lot of different forces in our society who are slowing down this process. Or this last convulsions are and of the transformation to a greener world is unstoppable, is he writting about in his book ‘Op eigen kracht’ (‘On our own force’). The third author who will participate in this debate is Nick Meynen, in his book, Frontlijnen’ (‘Front lines’), is he focusing at the consequences of the global economy. He isn’t doing this by using a pessimistic image but by showing that resistance is possible and necessary.

  • Fear the Robot! (Green European Foundation)

    This discussion room will focus on digitalisation and robotics, going beyond the will-robots-steal-our-jobs? type of debate. Aleksandra Przegalinska, Research Fellow at the Centre for Collective Intelligence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston and Aaron Sterniczky, PhD and Consultant in digital transformation of markets and societies, will dialogue with the participants around the concrete impact on our work lives and the ethical and normative questions that increased use of robotics will bring up. That will mean to talk about human feelings of unease or anxiety towards robots and artificial intelligence. This will be a fully participative and interactive workshop where you’re not an audience but participants and where human feelings meet robots!