Linking ecology and economy | Dr. Koert van Mensvoort | TEDxAruba by TEDx Talks   4 years ago

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At TEDxAruba, Dr. Van Mensvoort talks about a link between ecology and economy with an alternative currency that express environmental value: the ECO currency.

Dr. Koert van Mensvoort (1974) is an artist, technologist and philosopher best known for his work on the philosophical concept of Next Nature, which revolves around the idea that our technological environment has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that it is best perceived as a nature of its own. It is his aim to better understand our co-evolutionary relationship with technology and help set out a track towards a future that is rewarding for both humankind and the planet at large.

Among his works are the NANO Supermarket (a traveling exhibition disguised as a supermarket that that presents speculative future technologies), the Datafountain (an internet enabled water fountain connected to money currency rates) and the book ‘Next Nature: Nature changes along with us’, the documentary ‘Daddy! The Woods smell of Shampoo’ - among many other things. Van Mensvoort directs the Next Nature Network in Amsterdam and is a fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology.

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