Recently I interviewed the American journalist and writer Russell Shorto, my predecessor as director of the John Adams Institute, the independent center for American culture in the Netherlands. We talk about Trump and the meaning of his victory for the United States and its relationship with the rest of the world.
Leisure has not only become an enormous industry, but various aspects of our lives are becoming more focused on entertainment. We are living in a ‘Belevium’ (entertainment world) in which we amuse ourselves to death. But when others – tourists – want to play along, we are not so happy anymore.
Watch and listen to my multimedia tour ‘Vrije tijd’ (Leisure) in which I discuss how our environment is becoming more like a playground with Hans Mommaas, director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, farmer Elmar Hoogendoorn and leisre consultant at LAGroup Stephen Hodes.
All three multimedia tours that I created on the occasion of being awarded the Maaskant Prize 2016 can be seen on www.tracyinnederland.nl
The Straits Times of Singapore wrote an article about my lecture with the title ‘Tackle floods? Create more space for water’. I gave this lecture, called ‘Water – Holland’s ‘Frenemy’, on February 18th for the Centre for Liveable Cities in Singapore.
The Netherlands is known for its control over water. But now that the climate is changing, the Dutch are also changing their approach towards water management. In cities more space is being created for water, the landscape is being redesigned to let water in and sometimes the dikes are even being lowered. Water is becoming a friend instead of an enemy – or better said, frenemy.
Read the article…
On Friday November 6th Kenneth Cukier, data editor at The Economist, gave a lecture about the impact of Big Data at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam. I was the moderator of this event and started with the introduction, which is added below.
Click here to see the video of the evening with Kenneth Cukier in Pakhuis de Zwijger.
Kenneth Cukier, the big data editor of The Economist, was invited by knowledge center BrabantKennis to give a lecture in the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch. I acted as moderator. In his book ‘Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think’ he and his co-author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger describe how big data is already changing everyday life.
‘So what can we do to protect our city from climate change?’ Every city in the world is asking itself that question, including Montclair, New Jersey, just across the river from New York. New Jersey and New York were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. And that was the question that Gray Russell, sustainability officer of Montclair, put to me in our interview for a special edition of the local cable tv show ‘Greater Montclair’. I was in town to give two lectures in the month-long program Rising Tide at Montclair University. Read the article…