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An advisory board of six pioneering scholars, thinkers and designers from the Netherlands and abroad will be appointed during Dutch Design Week. In a public forum, they will critically examine Eindhoven’s ambitions and formulate some points for action.

These radical thinkers will help us to confront and provoke policymakers, designers and businesspeople. Eindhoven will empathically serve as the research territory, and the council members will lend their expertise to the city over the long term. The advisory board will receive substantive input from two citizens - Wim Venhuis and a yet-to-be-named second person - and two local policymakers: strategic design consultant Vera Winthagen and smart city programme manager Neeltje Somers.

Dan Hill

Dan Hill is an Associate Director at Arup, the global design and engineering firm. He is Head of Arup Digital Studio, a new, multidisciplinary team that helps clients design, build and deploy transformative digital technology across cities, spaces, infrastructure and organisations. A designer and urbanist, Dan Hill’s previous leadership positions have produced innovative, influential projects and organisations, ranging across built environment (Arup, Future Cities Catapult), education and research (Fabrica), government (Sitra), and media (BBC iPlayer, Monocle), each one transformed positively via new digital technology and a holistic approach to design. He has lived and worked in UK, Australia, Finland and Italy.

He started his career working on the urban regeneration of Manchester, and has subsequently worked on city strategy and urban development projects worldwide, including Barangaroo in Sydney, Masdar in Abu Dhabi, Low2No in Helsinki, Melbourne’s smart city strategy, and the design strategy for the State Library of Queensland, amongst many others.Dan Hill is an adjunct professor at RMIT University (Melbourne) in Design and Communication and also at UTS (Sydney) in Architecture, and has taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University of Sydney, Politecnico di Milano, Aalto University and many others. He is adviser to the online Masters degree in Design Futures at RMIT.

Published writing includes “Dark Matter & Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary” (Strelka Press, 2012), as well as numerous pieces for books, journals, magazines and websites. He has produced the groundbreaking and highly influential weblog City of Sound since 2001.

Anab Jain

Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker, and co-founder of Superflux, a critically acclaimed foresight, design and technology innovation company. She is also the co-founder of IoTA, a civic innovation and advocacy platform around the Internet of Things. Anab Jain’s work has won awards from Apple Computers Inc., UNESCO, ICSID and the UK Government’s Innovation Department. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA New York, V&A Museum, Science Gallery Dublin and National Museum of China amongst others.

She is a TED Fellow, a RSA Fellow, sits on the advisory boards of Broadway and Mztek, and curates the Long Now Foundation’s London Meetup Group. Jain has led technology and design innovation projects for numerous organisations including BBC, Sony, Samsung, Microsoft Research, Nokia, Govt. of UAE and Anthemis. She regularly speaks about the impact of exponential change and emerging technologies on people, society and culture. Originally from India, Anab Jain is a graduate (distinction) from the Royal College of Art.

Tsjalling Swierstra

Prof. Tsjalling Swierstra studied philosophy and political science, received his PhD in philosophy in Groningen, and worked at the technical university of Twente, until being appointed full professor in Maastricht where he now heads the Philosophy Department. He is member of the Maastricht University Science and Technology Studies (MUSTS) research programme; director of the centre for Ethics and Politics of Emerging Technologies; member of the Advisory Committee on Health Research for the Dutch Health Council, and of the Program Committee of the ‘Responsible Innovation’ program funded by the Dutch Research Council NWO. He has published widely on the ethics of new and emerging science and technology (NEST-ethics) and on the mutual shaping of science, technology and morals (technomoral change) in numerous books and in journals. He is presently leading a three year research project on the topic: under what conditions are companies, municipalities, and citizens willing to collaborate on smart city initiatives?

Evelien Tonkens

Evelien Tonkens (b. 1961) has been a professor of citizenship and humanisation of the public sector at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht since May 2014. She sits on the boards of trustees of the Meander Medisch Centrum and Mondriaan psychiatric institution. From 2005 to 2014, she was a special professor of active citizenship on the sociology faculty at the University of Amsterdam, and from 2005 to 2012, she wrote a weekly column for the daily newspaper De Volkskrant

Tonkens studied political science, social sciences and cultural studies at the University of Amsterdam. She received a PhD in social sciences from the University of Nijmegen in 1999, submitting the dissertation Het zelfontplooiingsregime. De actualiteit van Dennendal en de jaren zestig (“The Self-Actualisation Regime: The Timeliness of Dennendal and the 1960s”). Tonkens has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the universities of Nijmegen and Groningen and various research institutes. From 2002 to 2005, she served as a public health, welfare and equality spokesperson for the GroenLinks party in the Dutch House of Representatives. She has written numerous articles and books on changing ideals and practices of citizenship and the public sector. Photo:

Chris Sigaloff

Chris Sigaloff is the director of Kennisland. Her expertise lies in the field of social innovation. She is particularly fascinated by the way in which social innovation helps lead to smarter ways of tackling shared problems, not through the formulation of clever ideas behind a desk but rather through supporting innovators in practice. Chris Sigaloff designs smart learning environments that help involved parties to produce innovations of their own, with the goal of creating better outcomes. She was involved in the founding of Slimmernetwerk, a programme for enterprising public sector professionals; Onderwijs Pioniers, a programme for pioneering teachers who think there are better ways of doing things in schools; Innovatie Impuls Onderwijs, in which schools set up innovative experiments; and the Sociale Innovatie Safari, an intensive programme for change-makers working to solve difficult social problems in the short term. A common tenet shared by all these initiatives is that innovation and learning are inextricable: theory must support practice, rather than the other way around, and continuing to search for a solution often proves more fruitful than finding one. Alongside her role as chair of Kennisland, Chris Sigaloff is a board member of the Kafkabrigade, superintendent of Stichting Kriterion, and a member of the SIX (Social Innovation Exchange) international network.
Photo: Giorgos Gripeos



Albert Jan Kruiter

Albert Jan Kruiter has dedicated himself to public affairs for more than 15 years. As a lecturer and researcher, he works on behalf of cities, provinces, government ministries and executive agencies. He has a keen eye for dogmas and taboos that disturb the relationship between political values, policy objectives, their instruments and their effects. He’s not afraid to professionally deconstruct revered edifices from the work floor or from within. At the same time, he abhors government-bashing. For him, loyalty and criticism are inextricably linked. As a student of Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859), on whom he wrote his PhD dissertation in 2010, he knows that government and society are both responsible for creating and solving public problems. Albert Jan Kruiter has worked as a researcher, moderator, innovator and entrepreneur for the Netherlands School of Public Administration and Leiden University and is a member of the Kafka Brigade and founder of Narangi. He spent two years in India working on his book Mild Despotisme, has frequently stayed in Budapest, and has lived in The Hague since 2012. He has written several books and regularly publishes articles in national newspapers and magazines. He won the prestigious GA van Poelje prize for the best dissertation on public administration in the Netherlands and Belgium. 

The State of Eindhoven
Linda Vlassenrood

This project is part of the programme track Partner projects and the folder Research.

The multiyear cultural programme The State of Eindhoven)looks at the changing relationship between government and citizens and, specifically, Eindhoven’s twofold ambition of being a “smart city” in a participatory society.