ArtScience Labs Round Table Amsterdam

Dreaming compels the passion of children and visionaries alike. David Edwards, founder Art Science Labs

How do we prepare youngsters for issues not known to us now?
And how do we develop Dutch innovation into the future?
How can we connect in a global world and think outside our box?

We are pleased to organize a roundtable discussion in cocreation with the ArtSience Labs to explore the potential for the creation of an international young people’s innovation program in Amsterdam called the ArtScience Prize.

What is the ArtSience Prize?

The ArtScience Prize was originally developed by Professor David Edwards of Artscience Labs at Harvard University to help young people develop the ability to think in cross-disciplinary, creative ways that will inspire them to create change in the world and to tackle some of society’s most pressing problems. Each year, this curricular program engages hundreds of young people from many countries across the globe in art and design projects with a cutting-edge scientific theme. Through exploration of these themes within the context of a curricular program, young people have developed groundbreaking ideas for new ways of eating (such as Le Whif, a new form of inhalable chocolate), new humanitarian organizations (including Lebone, which grows energy from dirt in various parts of South Africa), novel artistic experiences (including Water Walkers, a public art installation that raises awareness about water access in the developing world), innovative companies (including MuseTrek, a cultural services provider that harnesses the power of user-generated content and GPS technologies), and much more. All of these groundbreaking ideas help to engage young people in creative ideation at the intersection point of their personal passion and the needs that exist in today’s society. The ArtScience Prize currently works with students from secondary education to post-graduate levels in France, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, South Africa, and the United States with programs launching in the UK, Canada, Korea and Germany in the coming years.


Video: Carrie Fitzsimmons about the ArtSciencePrize in 2009

Dutch Innovation Community for Youngsters
As a member of Amsterdam’s innovation community through our work at the de Baak institute, we were excited to learn about this project and to think of the possibilities that it presents for the Netherlands community. While de Baak does work at the professional level with many members of the Dutch community, we realize that creative thinking must begin at younger ages, within exciting innovation environments for students. The world that our young people will grow up in is uncertain in a variety of ways, but one thing that we know for sure is that our young people will have access to a wealth of information, and their power to impact the world and come up with creative ideas will lie in the ability to synthesize and use that information in globally-relevant ways. I see the approach of the ArtScience Prize to help children “learn how to learn,” become excited about the creative potential of combining different disciplines in new ways, and figure out how to bring ideas from conception to realization as key strengths of this unique educational approach. Additionally, building on a concept that is also central to de Baak’s work, the ArtScience Prize provides a framework through which community members, professionals, companies and organizations, and a global network of other ArtScience Prize students can network and engage with Dutchyouth to support the development of collaborative, creative ideas.

Round Table Conference June 21th in Amsterdam

On June 22th de Baak facilitates an invitation-only conversation to

  • discuss the development of the Netherlands innovation community,
  • to learn more about the ArtScience Prize,
  • and to discuss how the ArtScience Prize might help us to synthesize and build on the local resources currently available in the Netherlands.

We would be delighted to have your voice in this conversation! If you would like any further information about the ArtScience Prize or the roundtable conversation, please contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Rutger Slump
Program Director Innovation
r.slump@debaak.nl 

Kristin Jooss
Program Director International
k.jooss@debaak.nl

Connecting to Boston

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