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An organisation created in spring 2020, during the depth of the pandemic caused by Covid-19 and founded by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano

World Hope Forum

photo by Michael Baumgarten

Main goal is to create a holistic global platform for the exchange and expansion of knowledge, innovation of business practices, resetting of making methods, invention of alternative models, and the rethinking of rituals for selling, sharing and bartering – as other initiatives yet to be discovered.

In concordance with the digital Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven we plan on launching the very first day of congress on Saturday 24th of October, organized in cooperation with our Dutch Ambassador Petra Janssen, leader of the active Social Label.

In this first simple and straightforward encounter of great spirits and major testimonies we invite general audiences around the globe to join us and celebrate this launch. Although this is a slow and small-scale start we want to get going and gain momentum while we all share these ideas and tasks.

Many themes are on our horizon, such as climate, inclusivity, waste management, cooperation, indigenous design, archeology as a source of inspiration, and the humanities to be included in the way we design. Ideas about slowing down and scaling down, integrating people and planet in all we do.

RSVP required (register below):

10:30 Lidewij Edelkoort, World Hope Forum Manifesto
10:45 meet the WHF Ambassadors
(Mary Portas from England, Kyung-Ae Han from Korea and
Kaori Ieyasa from Japan)
11:00 Petra Janssen, WHF Ambassador for the Netherlands & founder of Social Label
11:45 Philip Fimmano, A Labour of Love: new materialism in design

12:15 lunch break

13:15 Rodney Lam, serial entrepeneur & co-owner, Daily Paper
13:45 Pascale Gatzen, head of Practice Held in Common, ArtEZ
14:45 meet the WHF Ambassadors
(Kerin Arazi from Israel, Stephanie Calvino from France, Ragna Froda from Iceland,
Kavita Parmar from Spain)

15:05 short break

15:15 Michiel van Maaren, 2020 Design Academy Eindhoven graduate
15:30 meet the WHF Ambassadors
(Marcella Echavarria from Mexico, Lili Tedde from Brazil,
Barbara de Vries from the US)
15:45 Tord Boontje, designer & creator of Do-It-Together
16:10 Lucas de Man Biobased Creations
16:30 Lidewij Edelkoort with last words of hope


Petra Janssen

Ambassador Netherlands World of Hope Forum