Connecting to the Invisible World: Between Micro-organisms and Planetary Health

Ecological Memes, ‘AWAI’ gathering on Friday, November 19

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Sustainability is high on the agenda and climate change projections provide plenty of reason for concern and action. An important underlying question here is how we as humans relate to the world around us, as this largely determines our interaction with our natural environment. Can we even see nature as something “outside of ourselves”? As part of this exploration, on November 19 we will dive into an “invisible” world of micro-organisms: self-healing concrete, regenerative agriculture (supported by data analysis), and the relationship between bacteria and physical health.

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Digital Services for Europe-toolkit

The digital transition and the delivery of digital services is high on the agenda. In fact, due to the societal impact of the COVID pandemic, the urgency regarding digital services has increased further in the past year.

A robust and agile digital infrastructure is of great importance, but there is more to it than that in order to realize the digital transition. Not just legal and technological, but also social and cultural. Digital leadership at all levels of government and all layers within the organization are crucial, and to demonstrate this it is essential to know where you stand and how you can build on what is already available. As such, the digital transition is primarily a change management task, and that requires an appropriate set of tools.

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Sustainable digitization requires a broader perspective

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The Covid-19 pandemic has given a huge boost to digitization worldwide to keep society running as much as possible. We do our shopping online more often, we keep in touch through social media and video calling, and we work digitally from home in droves. By flying less together, getting into our cars less often, and spending more time relaxing in our own region, the impact on the environment is also reduced. Do digital platforms and online services therefore definitely make a positive contribution to the climate, a healthy society and the preservation of employment?

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Data-driven steering continues to call for a story to go with the numbers

Image Mabel Amber via Pixabay

The national government, municipalities, provinces, water boards and police; all are exploring and introducing new possibilities around data-driven steering. And there’s a lot to be said for that. Assumptions and opinions can be substantiated or invalidated on the basis of concrete figures. For directors and managers, figures are a pleasant guide to choices to be made and policies to be implemented. After all, you can’t disagree about concrete figures, can you?

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When digital comfort becomes too personal

Wanneer digitaal gemak te persoonlijk wordt

Image Gerd Altmann via Pixabay

A lot of public outrage this week now that it appears that, in addition to Google, Apple also allows people to listen in to recordings of their voice assistant. Apparently the fact that a human being is unnoticed listening in on what you are doing and saying sets a limit to what we are willing to accept in terms of privacy. Has this reached a turning point?

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Self-driving cars: innovating along the beaten path? (republished)

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It will not have escaped anyone’s attention: the tech and automotive industry is going full throttle on the development of the self-driving car. Slowly but surely it is making its appearance. But what moral dilemmas does this bring with it? And is such a self-driving car really the solution?

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