09 Jun Govert Geldof
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Dr Govert Geldof is a senior consultant, leading his own company in Tzum in the north of the Netherlands, and a visiting associate professor at DTU in Denmark and at the University of Twente. His main interest is complexity. As a civil and water engineer, he realised at the beginning of the ‘90s that technical knowledge is not enough for bringing ideas from theory into the ‘real’ world. To build the bridge between the technical and social sciences, he uses insights from complexity science. He successfully defended his thesis on ‘coping with complexity’ in 2002. He is an active member of the ENW River network in the Netherlands, the expert network of water safety.
Keynote presentation: Shared benefits: the importance of practical knowledge
When we talk about ‘shared benefits’ we talk about river technology, values, multi-functionality and interactions. We cannot calculate all benefits and values. Partly they are tacit, which means that they only come to play in practice, where people and nature work together to shape the river and its environment. A river is never in equilibrium. Important question: how can we do that? In the keynote a working method will be presented to bring separate worlds together, based on recent experiences in the Netherlands. We call it a Workstead. On the one hand we have the river professionals, both scientists and practitioners, on the other nature organisations, planners, citizens, politicians, companies, etc. In a Workstead they work together on a small, local, concrete and holographic issue, in a narrative way. De emergent results show that you can handle complex river problems without making processes complicated.
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