Visions Economy 2030

LfEC 2012: Group visions on the Economy 2030

The visions and the presentations of the visions at the Economic Exchange Conference 2012:

Vision A – Change higher education

There is a strong undercurrent in our society, one that demands of people to find purpose and have some good influence on the world around them (not ‘just making some money’). The terminal apathy of our current higher education system is that we specialize (create boxes for everyone) student to become a tool without exposing them to other perspectives, ways to think of value (ethics), and to expose them to what their place in society could be. Essentially our plan to make the undercurrent the mainstream. Our educational reform will unlock the vast potential that is yet unlocked in the majority of students and prepare them for a purposeful and responsible life after their study.

Plaatje visie A formaat website

By: Shoshannah Bramlett, Tim Haarlemmer, Shutong Liu, Jorim Tielbeek, Suzanne van Straaten.


Vision B – Shared value to reduce mass consumption

The 2030 economy will ideally practice a long-term profit commitment. It will be lucrative to invest in local production, renewable energy, cradle-to-cradle production, and qualified waste treatment in such a way that all potential natural resources are never destroyed (land filled or incinerated) but continuously recycled. The desired goal is that the making conscious individual choices will produce a prosperous and sustainable society. If every individual takes responsibility to care for the local community, communities and livelihoods worldwide can become self-reliant, and produce a bright future for everyone.

Plaatje visie B formaat website

By: Thijs Cloosterman, Andrea Sindova, Leonoor den Ottolander, Sebastiaan Guitton.


Vision C – BOND

BOND is about being Brave, Open, a Networker and Discoverer. With bonding a chain reaction will happen.  Awareness about other views will grow and lead to better understanding and respect for each other. Bonding is about creating global consciousness that will lead to global solidarity and empathy. Amongst others by creating society services for your people.

By: Siraj Zubair, Gift Zhinga, Emma Hersee, Merijn Biemans, Annelies Kers.


Vision D – Urban Agriculture

Sustainable urban vertical farming is an important and necessary development to create today’s future towards 2030. By adopting sustainable urban vertical farming we want to inspire people, businesses and governments to create future cities where its inhabitants can stand close to nature and their fuel for living: food. By 2050 69% of the world population will be living in urban areas, 86% in the developed world. This will create pressures on essentials like energy, food and water.

Plaatje visie D formaat website

By: Sara Flores Carreño, Theodoros Galanos, Rosalie van Gelder, Mirjam van der Bent-Crezee.


Vision E – Upstyling the Economy (this years winning vision!)

Why do you, at times, feel the need to buy something new? Usually something breaks and you need to replace it. Or you discover that your wardrobe, your house or your life is missing something crucial like that beautiful dress or that expensive iPad. We have to ask ourselves though: is it really necessary to always buy something brand new? We believe that in the future people will more often than not repair, rebuild or re-use products, realizing all too well that our planet’s resources are finite and that back in 2012 we were living beyond our means.

Plaatje visie E formaat website

By: Xiaochen Wang, Pietro Galgani, Simone Toxopeus, Jeroen Drijver, Indra Römgens.


Vision F – Rituals for Economic Change

Ritual economy views economic behaviour as constituted by such social practises as rituals. It is “the process of provisioning and consuming that materializes and substantiates worldview for managing meaning and shaping interpretation”. By applying the jargon of rituals to the field of economics, we gain a refreshing tool to explore and explain economic situations and practices. Through the glasses of ritual economy we look at overconsumption and inspect the communicative dimension of transactions.

Plaatje visie F formaat website

By: Andreea Staicu, Lejla Ramovic, Timo Spijkerboer, Eva Hartog, Stefan in ‘t Veld.

Jury announces the winning vision at Economic Exchange Conference 2012


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