Strength & Connections - Humans of the future

03 October 2022 12:00 till 14:30 - Location: Library TU Delft | Add to my calendar

The Diversity & Inclusion Week will kick off with Art & Human, an artistic introduction to the theme of #Strength&Connections. The programme opening will be inaugurated by theatre maker Rikkert van Huisstede of the theatre performance & movement BOYS WON'T BE BOYS, with an artistic message about how binary thinking limits us.

This will be followed by the idealist, trainer and founder of Emancipator, Jens van Tricht. Van Tricht will discuss the dominant standard, the changing social role of men and masculinity, and how there is a world to be gained for everyone in gender equality.

Our second speaker is the investigative journalist and writer Zoë Papaikonomou, known for her book De Inclusie Marathon (The Inclusion Marathon). Ms Papaikonomou will discuss how #power and power structures underlie exclusion, oppression and inequality.

She will be followed by the anthropologist and journalist Joris Luyendijk, who will reflect on privilege based on personal experiences, and how we can bring about change as a conscious #ally.

Global thought leader and strategist Everard Findlay will be our final speaker. Findlay will give us his perspective to offer insight into how social inequality is related to global challenges, such as sustainability and climate change, and how #intersectional innovation is the solution for the future.

After this speech, it is time for the After Talks, there will be opportunities to connect with each other and the speakers and to discuss the topics that were raised during the session.

Programme schedule

Free Vegetarian Lunch Grab & Go

12:20 - 12:30
Strength & Connections - Humans of the Future:

  • Opening: Art & Human - Rikkert van Huisstede
  • The Future is (Hu)man - Jens van Tricht
  • Power, Structures and Dynamics - Zoë Papaikonomou
  • Becoming Allies for Change - Joris Luyendijk
  • Beyond Inclusion: Intersectional Innovation on World Scale - Everard Findlay (English spoken)

13:50 – 14:30
After talk and drinks

The main programme will be Dutch spoken with live subtitling in English and Dutch. This event will be livestreamed and recorded, and it can be rewatched online. Click here to watch the livestream.

Admission is free with the TU Delft Campus Card

Registration link:  Click here to register.

Location: TU Delft Library, Prometheusplein 1, 2628 ZC Delft

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Jens van Tricht studied Women’s Studies at the University of Amsterdam and specialized in the changing social roles and perceptions of men and masculinities. Van Tricht explored the subject of men and masculinities both scientifically and in social practise, connecting women’s rights and men’s engagement, locally, nationally, and globally, on a personal, political, and professional level. 

Zoë Papaikonomou is an author, investigative journalist, and lecturer. Her work is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Not only by researching this field, but also by challenging current structures en norms especially in mainstream media. She just published her second book, The Inclusion Marathon, about the world of DEI in the Netherlands together with Kauthar Bouchallikht. In 2018 she published her first book together with Annebregt Dijkman: 'Got an angry Muslim for me?' 

Joris Luyendijk (Amsterdam, 1971) is a writer and journalist, currently based in Amsterdam. Trained as an anthropologist, mr Luyendijk has lived in the United States, Egypt, Lebanon, the occupied territories and the United Kingdom. He has worked for The Guardian, de Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad and his work has appeared in Le Monde Diplomatique, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, De Standaard and many other European newspapers and magazines. Mr Luyendijk has written seven books, of which the most recent is De Zeven Vinkjes, hoe Mannen zoals ik de Baas Spelen (The Seven Ticks, how Men like me Run the Show). Mr Luyendijk has been awarded the NS Publieksprijs (the National Book Award) twice and his books have appeared in over two dozen countries in Asia and Europe. 

Everard Findlay builds strategies for global leaders, with the core value of creating opportunities for greater cross-disciplinary understanding, innovation, and growth. For the past 20 years, Everard Findlay LLC has been widely recognized as a global thought-leader, providing targeted strategic consultancy and brand development for clients ranging from countries to cities, regions, corporations, recording and visual artists, Ivy-league universities, and foundations. 

Findlay is actively engaged in fostering alignment across the public, private and NGO fields to achieve healthy economic, environmental, and social growth.