Geerte Rietveld

Professional Background

Geerte studied International Humanitarian Action at the University of Groningen. She completed this master’s program with a research project on the impact of media on the disappearance of unaccompanied refugee children from Dutch asylum centers. During this research, she realized her commitment to advocating for a more humane and accurate portrayal of victims of humanitarian disasters. In her next master’s program, Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, she chose to specialize in visual ethnography. In June 2021, she completed this study with a documentary and thesis on the clash between the nomadic existence of transport workers and the normalization of a sedentary lifestyle in contemporary capitalist societies. For this research, she specifically examined life in inland shipping, leading to the concept of Transport Nomadism. Since September 2021, Geerte has been interning at the communication department of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Paris.

Personal Motto

“I have never done that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do it.” – Pippi Longstocking

Jack Cox

Professional Background

Jack is the director/owner of Forza Asset Management, an independent asset management firm with offices in Maastricht, Eindhoven, and Apeldoorn. In 2018, he founded Econsenso with the aim of bringing attention to the financial aspect of sustainability. His book, “Butterfly Economy: From Growth to Development,” was published in 2019, describing the development of an economy that, following the laws of nature, transforms from a caterpillar, always wanting more, into a beautiful butterfly.

Personal Motto

We did not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.

Rindert de Groot

Rindert de Groot is director of Empowerplant, a company which specializes in concepts around knowledge and education, storytelling and debating. He has been member of the worldconnectors since it was founded. He is also a research associate of Studio Zeitgeist.

Topics that are of concern to Rindert are the knowledge society, sustainable culture and global change. From the conviction that people gain experience throughout their lives, inside and outside the walls of schools and organizations, Rindert de Groot develops innovative concepts to reinforce this. He does so, for instance, by starting an educative dialogue between citizens and policy and by recreating international policymaking for a diverse public.

Rindert de Groot was Youth Delegate to the UN and initiated UNISCA, the United Nations International Student Conference of Amsterdam, an academic simulation of the United Nations which is still being organized by the University of Amsterdam. Rindert is still internationally active and works from a large network.

Personal motto
Don’t go for far-fetched ideals, but set yourself ambitious goals and change them along the way.