The forum was moderated by John Thackara, director of the Doors of Perception; here he welcomes the participants. The theme of this year’s WDF was Social Innovation, and a motto/slogan of the day Igniting Social Enterprise.
John is a designer, entrepreneur, writer, philosopher and an excellent speaker himself, but on a top of all these facets of his identity he is an incredibly experienced moderator. It was clear from the first moment that the day will go very well – he is able to listen to and to encourage a discussion, but he can also be very provocative, even if in his special gentle and ironic manner.
Here John interviews Mary-Ann Schreurs, the “Alderman for Innovation, Culture and Public Space” in Eindhoven. I always thought that the institute of aldermen exists only in Anglo-Saxon countries. But, well… apparently, in the Netherlands too.