Unexpected Encounters

A 5 part event series discussing how to make sense of climate change and how to collaborate on climate challenges.

Unexpected encounters

We see many professions that are confronted by the complexity and urgency of climate change. New language and terminologies emerge to help us name those processes and events that we encountered - climate grief, to climate hoax, to ecocide, to climate policy.

The aim of Collaborations for Future is to create innovative, commissioning models, methodologies, tools and structures that enable creative professionals to collaborate effectively with climate scientists, ultimately addressing the urgent challenges of climate change.

As a part of the research trajectory, a series of encounters will be hosted in collaboration with Foundation We Are, Social Design Showdown and Pakhuis de Zwijger. With this program we want to make visible the sorts of questions different professions ask themselves, and the sorts of answers the individual speakers have found within their own practice, organisations and personal position.

During these encounters we invite various inspiring speakers who work in different domains to set up unexpected encounters to find out how to make sense of climate change and find ways to work together.

Upcoming events

Unexpected Encounters #3

How do we see climate change?

Date: 4 April, 2024 | 19:00-21:00
Location: Foundation We Are, Eindhoven 

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During this third encounter, we will invite film-makers, photographers and visual artists to talk about the way how do we see climate change? Our focus will center on how diverse professions perceive and represent the unfolding events on our planet and will discuss how we can visualise what is happening on our planet.
What does climate change look like? How do we make it visible, when it is as tiny as the carbon particles in the atmosphere, and as large as the entire planet.

Unexpected Encounters #4

How do we embody climate change?

Date: 20 June, 2024 | 19:00-21:00
Location: Foundation We Are, Eindhoven 

During this fourth episode, we will invite choreographers, architects and dancers to talk about the way we embody climate change.
This discussion seeks to understand the intersections of artistic expression and environmental awareness, fostering a dialogue that illuminates the transformative potential of movement and design in the face of the evolving climate narrative.

How do our bodies relate to notions of extinction or unfamiliar weather? What choreographies or architectures become necessary to ease us into these unfamiliar conditions?

Unexpected Encounters #5

How do we make agreements on climate change?

Date: TBA
Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

In this last encounter, we extend the invitations to policymakers, politicians, and diplomats, encouraging them to participate in discussions concerning agreements on climate change. This dialogue aims to comprehend the intricate intersections of governance and environmental responsibility, fostering a discourse that sheds light on the transformative potential of collaborative agreements in addressing the evolving climate narrative.

How do international policies relate to notions of mitigating climate change or adapting to unfamiliar environmental conditions? What diplomatic strategies and agreements become necessary to guide us through these uncharted territories of global climate challenges?

Past events

How do we talk about climate change?

Date: 8 February, 2024 | 19:00-21:00
Location: Foundation We Are, Eindhoven

recording will be available soon

In this second encounter, we dove into the crucial role of communication, journalism and editorial policies in the climate crisis. We came together with Jaap Tielbeke, Maartje Bregman and Ties Joosten to hear and discuss the professional roles and positions they’ve taken, why they did so and what effect that has on their audience and professional communities. We talked about the great transformations in media coverage of climate change that we’ve seen over the last 10-20 years, and the way media and journalists can influence the content, direction and tone of our climate debates and discourses. And this in turn, can frame how we as citizens, designers or policy-makers, can imagine the actions we can take.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Saskia van Aalst couldn’t join this conversation, we are grateful for sharing with us about her work as press officer of Greenpeace and for contributing to our thinking and understanding of climate change communication and news.

How do we frame our knowledge on climate change? How can we craft narratives that inform meaningful conversations across different societal and political concerns? Watch the recording to hear the full conversation, wonderfully moderated by Marsha Simon. Marsha is a presenter, moderator and programme maker, and often hosts and enables conversation between design and other fields.



Ties Joosten

is a climate journalist who writes about everything that emits a lot of greenhouse gases: the port of Rotterdam, KLM and Schiphol, power plants and the agricultural sector.

Which financial flows accelerate sustainability here - and which hold it back?

Maartje Bregman

emphasizes the urgency of climate change and practical actions for societal change, highlighting the importance of a positive narrative for mental well-being and broader impact. She addresses the current impact and encourages a shift toward collective efforts for a sustainable future.

Jaap Tielbeke

is a climate journalist at De Groene Amsterdammer and author of the books "Een beter milieu begint niet bij jezelf" (2020) and "We waren gewaarschuwd" (2022). Additionally, he serves as the co-host of the TV program "Wat houdt ons tegen?" on Omroep Human.

image by Marten van Dijl
Saskia van Aalst
currently works as a press officer and project manager at Greenpeace. She trained as a journalist and transitioned to activism 7 years ago, driven by a strong desire to combat climate change. Always dreaming of being a Greenpeace activist on one of their ships, she now dedicates herself full-time to a greener world, and has worked on all Greenpeace ships.