I’m an urban planner and co-founder of Humankind, a Rotterdam-based agency for urban change. I help cities to look beyond functionality and to plan urban spaces that make people smile.
I'm an urban planner and co-founder of Humankind, a multidisciplinary collective accelerating the transition towards urban happiness for all. I help cities to look beyond functionality and to plan urban spaces that make people smile.All the projects I participate in have one thing in common: they create people-oriented cities. Being a Jane Jacobs’ enthusiast and a fan of great public spaces, I am keen on making cities better with an emphasis on local, innovative interventions and on including residents in urban planning.
The world is changing, and sometimes it's difficult to fit in. Johnny, a lovely and friendly car, experiences it firsthand. One day, Johnny's family finds out how nice it is to use a bicycle instead of a car. Johnny misses his family and dreams of becoming a bike. Can Johnny turn into a two-wheeler? How does his family react? Can Johnny find a new purpose in life?
Please first check the answers to common questions I receive.If you want to collaborate or have a question, I'd be happy to hear from you via the form or email. Keynotes, tours, and workshops are a big part of my work. To streamline the process, it would be helpful if you could include the prospective dates and whether travel will be involved. and if so, whether travel costs will be covered. Also, do provide an outline of your budget for this engagement.If you want to collaborate with Humankind, please head to its website.Contact me:
Frequently Asked Questions
I've compiled answers to some of the most common queries I receive. Whether you're interested in joining the team at Humankind, booking me for a workshop or tour, or simply want to know more about what I do, I hope you'll find your answers here.Before you send me an email or message, do take a moment to read through these FAQs. You might just find the answer you're looking for. if you've read the FAQs and still have questions, feel free to reach out.
I would like to join the team at Humankind, do you have open positions?
That's great! However, contacting me directly won't give you an edge. We believe in fairness and transparency. Hence, our website is your best bet, where all open positions are listed, along with an email for general inquiries. To stay updated on new openings, also follow our LinkedIn page.
I would like to have a (virtual) coffee with you to learn about your work/urbanism
I really value the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals. Unfortunately, I'm receiving many requests and my schedule is packed. So it's challenging to find time more meetings.However, I've thought of an alternative way to facilitate a collective exchange of ideas. It's still just an idea, but would be happy to hear your feedback.I'm considering organizing a monthly (online) "open cafe" where urbanists who share our common interests can come together and engage in dynamic discussions. It would be a platform for sharing multiple perspectives and exploring various topics related to urbanism.If this idea sounds interesting to you, please answer some questions here. I'll keep you updated once I've gathered enough responses to move forward.
Could you give a talk/tour/workshop for...?
Absolutely, keynotes, tours, and workshops are a big part of my work. If you'd like to arrange one, please shoot an email my way. To streamline the process, it would be helpful if you could include the prospective dates and whether travel will be involved. and if so, whether travel costs will be covered. Also, do provide an outline of your budget for this engagement.
Do you give talks/tours/workshops for free?
On occasion, yes. Particularly when it involves groups with a cause close to my heart, or an event that piques my curiosity. But do bear in mind, my time is not always as flexible as I would like. If you have a compelling proposal, I'm all ears! However, please remember that I can't promise to fulfill every request due to other commitments and the need to balance various aspects of my work.
I'd like to set up a sales call or demo. How can I arrange that?
I appreciate your interest! However, to keep my focus on the work I do, I avoid getting directly involved in sales calls or demos. You are more than welcome to email the information, and if it's relevant I'll get back to you.