Flemish artist Koen Vanmechelen is an internationally-renowned, interdisciplinary artist, and also one of the most versatile thinkers of our era. He places himself at the confluence of art, science, philosophy and the community. He travels the world, like an eternal nomad, searching for answers to fundamental questions about hyper-current themes, such as identity, diversity and globalisation. All these answers are blended together in the impressive artworks and projects he creates; LABIOMISTA in Genk is his most recent achievement.
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While WWI tourism is one way of preserving heritage and its history, it should also allow for meaningfulness and reflection. Stefaan Gheysen (Director General Westtoer), Stephen Lodewyck (Programme coordinator Centenary of the Great War) and Koen Defour (Researcher Westtoer Knowledge Centre) explain how the Westtoer team achieved this in remembrance tourism (2014-2018) during the Travelling to Tomorrow summit on 12 and 13 September 2019 in Bruges.
Rob Hopkins is best known as the founder of the Transition Network, a radically hopeful and community-driven approach to creating resilient societies powered by community-based imagination and locally generated energy. Since forming the Transition Town Network in Tones, England in 2005, Rob has witnessed and nourished several thousand initiatives in over 40 countries and has also overseen the development of numerous practical tools to assist communities in becoming better equipped to shape their own destiny.
Daniel Christian Wahl is an international consultant and educator specialising in regional regeneration, biologically-inspired whole systems design, and transformative innovation. At the Travel to Tomorrow-summit Daniel Wahl spoke about 'Tourism as a catalyst for regional regeneration & climate resilience'.