Except Integrated Sustainability
Except Integrated Sustainability
We are a collective of experts that realize sustainable business, industry, policy and urban environments.
Multi-disciplinary innovation
With over a dozen specializations at our disposal, we love creating synergies between science, design, nature and systems thinking.
Urban Renaissance
We (re)develop cities, buildings, and regions, into beautiful, healthy and resilient places.
Clarity in complexity
We use systems analysis and route mapping to develop strategies to go from now to a resilient future.
Worldwide experience and network
We rely on a decade of global experience, and partnerships.
Complete sustainability services
We are a one-stop shop for innovation, including energy, urban environments, agriculture, products, industry, and governance.
Fundamental Sustainability Research
We ensure long-term resilience with our full-spectrum Symbiosis in Development (SiD) method.
Software, Websites & Tools
In addition, we develop tools, websites, and software for knowledge management and sustainability analysis.
“Working with Except was inspiring and effective. They quickly delivered beyond our expectations. We look forward to future projects.”
-- Justin Elicker
Coordinator Community Carbon Fund, Yale University Office of Sustainability
What is Except?

Except is a cooperative of over 30 scientists, designers, and social entrepreneurs that take sustainable development to the next level. Together we develop concepts and strategies that make places, companies, industries and day-to-day life more resilient, more sustainable, and more human.

We provide strategy, conduct research, design solutions, and reconcile stakeholder interests for projects  from a sushi menu to eco-neighborhoods, and from online eco-dashboards to self-sufficient urban communities.

Our clients are as diverse as our projects:, from small family businesses in the Netherlands to multinationals in the US and Asia. They all have one thing in common: they want cutting-edge solutions that are future-proof, resilient, and above all, inspiring, realistic and feasible.

Through systems thinking, innovation, and co-creation we change complex challenges to game changing opportunities. Curious about what we can do for you?  Talk to us

What's new?

Latest News
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Jul 11, 2016
Open position: Graphic Designer
Open position: Graphic Designer
Open position: Graphic Designer

Open position: Graphic Designer

Opportunity for Entrepreneur

Jun 29, 2016
Join us at the Border Sessions

Join us at the Border Sessions

International festival on Technology and Society

May 26, 2016
Self-driving city
Self-driving city
Self-driving city

Self-driving city

The impact of the self-driving car on the urban environment

May 25, 2016
Grid Night - Let's Move!

Grid Night - Let's Move!

How will we be moving in the future?

Mar 31, 2016
Wormfood - March 25, 2016 - Free Willy!

Wormfood - March 25, 2016 - Free Willy!

Global News Digest

Feb 29, 2016
Trashform Yourself!
Trashform Yourself!
Trashform Yourself!
Trashform Yourself!
Trashform Yourself!

Trashform Yourself!

Our latest Grid night invited you to reuse your waste.

Jan 19, 2016
Our 2016 wish: a publicist

Our 2016 wish: a publicist

Looking for independent publicist to reinforce our team.

Dec 20, 2015
Integrated Sustainability Training | 29, 30 June and 05 July
Integrated Sustainability Training | 29, 30 June and 05 July
Integrated Sustainability Training | 29, 30 June and 05 July

Integrated Sustainability Training | 29, 30 June and 05 July

Want to join? Email office@except.nl

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What do we do?

Working areas
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Sustainable Places
  • Regions
  • Cities
  • Buildings
Sustainable Organizations
  • Companies
  • Governments
  • Communities
Sustainable Sectors
  • Agriculture
  • Circular Industry
  • Software & Apps
Services
Integrated Project Management
Develop from idea to execution.
Analysis & Strategy
Resilient short and long term action plans.
Concept & Design
Integrated concepts and powerful designs using co-creation.
Business models & Feasibility
Realistic circular business models with true-value integration.
Stakeholder Involvement & Training
Involve parties throughout value chains for support and impact.
Tools & Software
Work faster and smarter with systemic tools, apps and workshops.
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Meet the Team

Our team consists of 30 multidisciplinary experts from around the world, including scientists, designers, engineers, software developers, and business developers. We're practical and commited social entrepreneurs that love standing by our clients in any challenge.

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Spotlight

Camille de Luca-Schwartz

Urban affairs sprecialist & project manager

Camille is a specialist project manager in  the urban world, guiding teams towards innovative and creative ideas for the future. To reach her goals, she the full spectrum of information available, and likes analyzing  policy,  data, urban economics, and social cohesion.

Complex  (urban) projects call different  players into action. To find the best possible solution for the future, all partners need to understand each other. Her approach creates  viable, economically sound, and socially acceptable solutions.

Urban projects deal with different specialties: architecture, transport, economy, social policy, and so on. Specialits in these projects feel more comfortable with a facilitator in between.  Camille acts as the cement that binds the team together, enabling mutual understanding and shared goals. 

She  believes  that change is conducted one step at a time, with all players on board. A very successful programme only works if all partners are committed to it and share ambitions. Camille accompanies and/or leads the discussion so that all partners can see the results as their own.

She is a  link between people who speak different languages, not only the usual English, French, Dutch combination, but also the link between the (nerdy) technical teams and their political counterparts. She bridges the gap between different tongues and fields to make things happen. 

Camille  has a master's degree in regional and urban strategies from Sciences Po Paris, speaks 3 languages and has lived in 3 countries.

 

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Laurina Phillip Muglia

Social Entrepreneur

Laurina believes that talent, knowledge and drive have the power to transform anything. She is excited by the new economy; one that is not defined by geography or nationality, but by unconventional businesses, creativity, technology, exceptional productivity, and social and environmental values. This is what she focuses on to develop at Except.

She believes that this kind of thinking, when applied in the developing world, is one of the keys to both local and global sustainability. New ideas and technologies have the capability to leap-frog old systems and ways of thinking within these societies and present significant step-change opportunities.

Laurina is interested in the practical application of sustainability in any situation, paring early adopters to suitable systems and methods in both developed and developing countries. She is particularly interested in tapping and leveraging the intellect and ambitions within the developing economies that are quickly coming online literally and virtually. She feels that developing new ways to include them into the conversations and implementations of sustainable methods will contribute significantly to addressing the world’s grand challenges and drive developing economies.

Laurina began her working life at a massive Caribbean petroleum refinery saturated with benzene and bureaucracy. Her way out was an MBA into London’s Financial district. Her insistence that HR should be strategic rather than administrative led to new ways of thinking about what created an organization’s best strategic advantage. The culmination of this part of her career was building and developing a young, awarding winning team in a previously failing company that created profits ten times higher than best-in-class in less than two years.

Since then she has developed two businesses: AccomplishedMinds where she interviews entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs from around the world, connecting the accomplished and fostering the ambitious. She also created Sound Body Science helping, trainers, physicians and Ministries of Health in the Caribbean deal with the crisis point they've reached with obesity related diseases.

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Antonia Sore

Architect

Antonia is an architect with many different passions. Her dream is to create interactive architecture that focuses on people and the natural environment, making them involved actors instead of just passive users. Her main goal is to design towards sustainability and not only energy-efficiency. With that in mind she challenges herself to always look from different perspectives in order to design solutions that embody economical, ecological and social sustainability.

Born and raised in 1700 year old Split on a Dalmatian coast, she has developed a sensitivity towards cultural and natural heritage since childhood. At the age of 19 Antonia moved to Italy where she graduated in Bachelor and Master degree in Architecture at the University of Florence. During her studies she has developed an interest in Urban Sociology and ever since is passionate in research about the interaction between the built environment and people’s behaviour.

Antonia joined Except initially as an intern during her 2nd level Post-Graduate Course “Sustainable Design of the built environment” and was part of the 1st Except Academy, a learning platform for interns. As an associate she continues to support the academy team, eager to further strengthen her skills and help others do the same.

As an architect she believes that design is not only about the form and aesthetics but rather about the added value it generates for the environment and the society. She wants to contribute to re-building cities where people are engaged and active part of the change. In everything she does she always asks herself: why are we doing what we do and how are we contributing to the environment we live in.

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Tom Bosschaert

Director

Tom is the founder and director of Except, and the visionary force behind its development. Starting Except at the age of 19 in 1999, he had the ambition to find more effective solutions for pressing societal challenges using systems understanding, innovative design, and multi-disciplinary cooperation. To implement true, fundamental, and long term measures to improve our society. Since then Tom has been increasingly recognized as a leader in sustainability thinking, the circular economy and systemic innovation. In 2014 he was elected number 38 of most influential sustainability  professionals in the Netherlands by  Trouw, and ranked  number 21 on the Dutch Sustainable Real Estate awards. 

Tom develops the Symbiosis in Development (SiD) methodology that lies at the core of Except’s operations. With SiD Tom leads transdisciplinary teams  from Except and partners to develop pioneering solutions that breach the frontier of what's possible  for organizations, cities, and industries. These include solutions for the circular economy, natural capital, smart urban redevelopment, bio-based economy, and resilience research and development.

As director and designer, he's driven Except's bio-based architectural and urban designs, such as the Merredin Algae plant, Shanghai vertical agriculture tower systems and the urban redevelopment of Schiebroek-Zuid. He spearheads developments ranging from software for supply chain optimization, to sustainable agriculture systems such as Polydome. In addition, Tom is the driving force behind sustainable communities of practice such as the Rotterdam Collective (RoCo, 2010),  a collective for socially engaged entrepreneurs in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He advises national and regional governments as well as multi national corporations on sustainability strategy.

After his Master in Industrial Design Engineering from Delft, Tom studied Architecture in Australia at the University of Western Australia, and obtained his Masters in Architecture & Urban Planning from Yale University. Tom has worked and lectured in Australia, Canada, China, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy,  and the United States. He teaches as a guest-lecturer in various universities and publishes articles regularly.

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Clients & Partners

Some of our partners & clients

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Contact Information

Email: info@except.nl
Phone: +31 10 737 0215

Contact Hours
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 – 18:00
Friday: Time for reflection

Información en Español

Offices

Except Rotterdam
Stadhuisplein 15
3012 AR Rotterdam
the Netherlands
rotterdam@except.nl

Except Schiphol
Stationsplein N-O 426
1117 CL Schiphol
schiphol@except.nl
 

Except North America
northamerica@except.nl

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Newsletters

We have two newsletters: a bi-monthly with the latest happenings at Except, and the bi-weekly Wormfood Global News Digest. 

Want to keep track of the important things in the world? The Wormfood world news digest gives you the low-down, curated by the entire Except team. Read previous Wormfood newsletters here.

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Understand Sustainability

Gain insight into the dynamic complexities of sustainability with our sustainability scanning and mapping tools.

Clarity in Complexity

Use systems-thinking and system-mapping to develop insights into complex dynamic structures such as companies, policies and material flows.

Envision Beautiful Realities

Design the world of tomorrow together with inspired engineers, architects, scientists and artists.

Embedded Ecosystems

Through our understanding of ecosystems and emergent complexity we devise ways to improve the food provision and social functions of our cities.

Using SiD we combine knowledge from different experts and stakeholders to deliver sustainable innovation.

Integrated Sustainability

We provide a full range of sustainability and innovation services for organizations, cities, and industry. We consult, research, design, and manage. Our team includes a wide range of disciplines to thoroughly synchronize with our client's ambitions and reality.

Because we seek optimal solutions for each situation, the results of our work are diverse, ranging from a sustainable sushi menu for a local restaurant to transformation trajectories for cities. What is always the same is our approach; we apply the  Symbiosis in Development (SiD) framework, which is a working process and a range of tools to find the root cause of issues and powerful systemic levers for change.

SiD takes into account all aspects of a challenge, and enables a deeper understanding of the complex systems around us, involving stakeholders into the process. Using SiD, we find key strategies to realize effective change for less, and new ways to orchestrate the way we live, work, play, eat, produce, and prosper.

Working areas
Sustainable Places
  • Regions
  • Cities
  • Buildings
Sustainable Organizations
  • Companies
  • Governments
  • Communities
Sustainable Sectors
  • Agriculture
  • Circular Industry
  • Software & Apps
Services
Integrated Project Management
Develop projects from idea to execution.
Analysis & Strategy
Develop resilient short and long term action plans with systems analysis.
Concept & Design
Develop integrated concepts and powerful designs using co-creation.
Business models & Feasibility
Realistic circular business models with true-value integration.
Stakeholder Involvement & Training
Involve parties throughout value chains for support and higher impact.
Tools & Software
Work faster and smarter with systemic tools, apps and workshops.

Signature Services

These services are a special selection of our finest ingredients, tailored for specific applications. They combine unparalleled speed, affordability and rigor for sustainability analysis, development, design and strategy.

Integrated Quickscan for Sustainability (IQs)

Boost your Sustainability IQ

The Integrated Quickscan for Sustainability (IQS) provides complete strategic insight into your company’s performance in a single scan.

This enables you to attract the best clients and employees, respond quickly to changes in the market, optimize the use of energy, materials, and water, develop a long term sustainability strategy, and achieve a variety of cost savings.

 

Future-proof buildings & estates

Revolution in renovation

One of the great challenges to achieve long term sustainability consists of converting our existing building stock to a sustainable state. Except combines smart new business models, sustainable renovation and bespoke design for pioneering redevelopment.

Innovation Communities for Sustainability (ICS)

Innovative business models for a dynamic world

Innovation communities (ICs) combine the best of the corporate world with the best of the entrepreneurial spirit. These flexible business models revive urban areas, react quickly to market changes and create new and engaging innovations in all disciplines.

These next generation collaborative workplaces succeed where open offices, flex work or business hubs often fail, and form a strong platform for innovators and entrepreneurs alike.

Knowledge Management & Software

Harness the opportunities of the network

With rapid software developments in the world, do you have a grasp on software and online technologies? Which applications are indispensable to you and why? How can tomorrow's software empower you, your business or even your society?

Understanding software starts with understanding people. Software needs to be intuitive, flexible, powerful and it needs to enable you. At Except we develop software that contributes to a better performance on system-level.

Island Renaissance (IR)

Enabling resilient and flourishing island communities

Island communities are vulnerable to rapid changes in economy, climate, fuel prices, material supply, and tourism trends. The Island Renaissance (IR) system detects and maps crucial dependencies, identifying opportunities to strengthen the local economy and to realize flourishing island societies.

The integrated approach of IR is based on a proven system that enables resilient, sustainable and beautiful island communities that are prepared for the future.

Urban Renaissance

Sustainable city and neighborhood redevelopment

Urban Renaissance is a redevelopment system that can turn neighborhoods, cities, and regions into beautiful self-sufficient places where people want to live and work. It is a strategic approach that involves all stakeholders in the process from initiation through to living realization.

Industry & Food

Guiding our production systems to the next generation

Enable resilient, circular, and healthy industries

The industrial revolution left us with a radically different world, with its benefits and problems. Today, we find that the supply chains we rely on for vital resources are ancient, inefficient, and fragile. Luckily, there are plenty of options to start producing our food, products, and energy in much better ways, working with supply chains and learning from nature.

We guide our partners in this process, focusing on the entire supply chain, and on creating value for individual organizations, and society at large.

Standard Services

These services are the bricks that form the foundation of our integrated approach, and enable multi-disciplinary and focused innovation.

Analysis & Intelligence

Sustainability Assessment

Sustainability Assessment

How sustainable is your organization? What are the effects of a new policy, or the impact of a product? How can we improve them?

These are central questions we are faced with today. Sustainability is a complex and dynamic issue, for which we develop effective ways to bring clarity and accuracy to the process. While sustainability methods change rapidly, our fundamental approach creates a long lasting, clear and actionable result.

Systems Mapping

Systems Mapping

Our world is a dynamic, complex place, and there are many opportunities to be found by gaining insight into the relations of the 'system' that we're a part of.

System maps do just that: they bring clarity in complex processes such as corporate strategy, supply chain analysis and performance statistics. They allow you to grasp complicated industries, policies or urban developments at a glance.

System maps also deliver significant advantages for working in group decision making processes, stakeholder involvement and higher management decisionmaking. 

Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement

Making the world more sustainable requires cooperation. If you do not want to “go it alone” you will need to involve other stakeholders in your processes. But how do you approach stakeholders? How do you get their attention and their interest? And, how do you get them to co-invest in your ideas and plans?

Except provides support, facilitation and analysis in all phases of stakeholder engagement.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Through targeted CSR consulting, Except helps companies think deeply about how they can best contribute to a healthy, functioning, and sustainable society.

Strategy

Business Strategy Consulting

Business Strategy Consulting

Except develops business strategy for visionary clients to get ahead faster, and to realize resilient and succesful business operations.

With our full-spectrum analysis method and experience in unraveling complex issues and making them insightful we put you at the wheel of a powerful strategic engine.

We do this by providing global intelligence from our trend analysis, combined with systemic tools that find gaps in existing strategies, discover unexpected savings, analyze stakeholders and with network analysis programs that give a strong, long term backbone to business operation.

Industry & Sector Roadmapping

Industry & Sector Roadmapping

Except functions as the hub and driver of collaborative innovation. By organizing experts, stakeholders, and partners in a tightly orchestrated process, sustainability becomes a driver for true system-wide innovation.

Regional & Urban Strategy

Regional & Urban Strategy

As our world is changing rapidly, we need to ensure our regions and communities can adapt quickly enough to ensure they can flourish. Except works on strategies and implementation on these cross-disciplinary issues, which include policy, climate adaptation, local economies, marketing, community building and environmental improvement.

Future Visions

Future Visions

What would your city look like if it used the best ideas available today? What would your organization look like? What effect would a policy change bring in the lives of everyone around you?

An inspiring vision brings energy, commitment and dedication. Except has over 10 years of experience in developing inspiring visions of a sustainable, equitable and viable future, and we love doing it! 

Communication

Communication Strategy

Communication Strategy

Except develops metrics, infographics, visualisations, animations and other tools to help you communicate what is important about your story to the essential stakeholders you want to reach.

Communication strategy is about how to communicate what message to who, at the right time, in the right way. It is about structuring what you want to say so that it comes across in the way you intended it, and so that it has the right effect. The 'right way' may be through images, movies, a game or workshops, or by leaving things out. 

Events & Creative Productions

Events & Creative Productions

Involving other people in your initiative is a crucial step towards a successful outcome. At Except, we know this. Even the most brilliant plans that are created at the drawing table will fail to materialise if you haven’t shared them with the right people at the right time. And: in the right way.

Visualization & Animation

Visualization & Animation

Making an idea, ambition or project come to life with the right imagery is often a key to its success.

Except develops custom imagery, visualization and animation to supports its projects at all stages of development. This can range from sets of atmospheric hand sketches to full blown computer animated movies and presentations.

Talks & Masterclasses

Talks & Masterclasses

The world is changing rapidly... what about you? You are scanning the horizon looking for smart ways to progress and flourish. But what is the right direction, which solutions really work and which are a dead end? With who do I need to work in order to innovate? How do I combine quick wins with necessary long term investments? How do I create a vision that not only inspires, but also moves people?

It’s not just you asking these questions, but also your clients, partners, and colleagues. Who’s got the answers?

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In our daily work we constantly generate new knowledge and insights that we want to share and continue building upon.

These articles contain excursions into new ways of thinking about a sustainable society, as well as tools and reviews. Chime in, and talk with us.

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