Dear friends, colleagues, and partners,
It's our fifteenth birthday, and to celebrate we'd love to share this winter update with you, packed with goodies. A new movie, Except Academy founded, almost a dozen new positions and we're giving away some company secrets.... read on.
This is our last conventional newsletter, in two months we'll surprise you with something totally different!
15 years ago Tom started Except, not knowing yet what it would grow into. We're happy and proud that Except is thriving, expanding, and making a positive impact on our society.
Tom: "15 years.... what a number... and what tremendous things we have learned,
from when the word sustainability was largely unknown,
what countless challenges we have won in over 300 projects,
what an amazing change we have been a part of on four continents,
the hundreds of people that have learned, contributed and supported,
to the thousands of people whose lives we've touched, inspired, set off in new directions,
to make that one world we share together a little bit better,
made every second worth it."
Cheers, onto the next 15 years of Except!
We're proud to announce the release of the Rotterdam Metabolists movie.
This summer, together with six cutting-edge Rotterdam based urban design agencies, we founded the Rotterdam Metabolists. We're teaming up to share our systemic approaches for circular flows, organic urbanism, and resilient sustainable development, and together spread the word to inspire organizations globally. Also, check out the website.
Last year we started the Except Academy, an internship program that teaches students how to apply our SiD methodology in a real life case study. Also, they learn the pleasures and challenges of working as a multidisciplinary team. The first team is wrapping up, with a great project on the Rotterdam district of Zevenkamp. More on their results later.
Interested in joining Except Academy? The next project starts in February, contact Chantal for more information.
Every so often, we invite our partners and friends for a night of mind stretching fun, an evening better known as the famous Except Grid Night. Our latest Grid Night was centered around getting connected to each other and getting reconnected to ourselves. We played as little kids! Apparently a lesson not forgotten.
If you're quick you can still register for the next Grid Night themed Transitions, tonight in Rotterdam. We'd love to see you there.
How can public transportation contribute to resilient and sustainable cities and communities?
With a team of Public Transportation stakeholders and experts in the city region of Rotterdam we developed a vision on how this can be done. And lucky us, in the next phase of the project we're turning our vision into reality.
Except is growing like a weed, this winter alone we welcome:
Also excited about Except? We're now seeking the best independent professionals to join us, in the following positions, as well as others:
We can't help sharing some exciting developments you´ll hear a lot about the coming months:
That's it for our Winter update, and for our last News Update in its current format. In two months we'll release a brand new mailing focussed on answering burning questions of readers. Do you have a burning question? Please send it to me. Worries, compliments or suggestions are also very welcome.
Industrial Ecologist & Sustainable Storyteller