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.
“We've experienced the collaboration with Except as very positive and inspiring. They really dive into our question and find custom and suitable solutions. They don't just deliver a product, but participate in the process and engage the context. ”
-- Gerben in 't Hout
Program manager Woonstad Housing Association
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 businesses, industries, cities, buildings, and day-to-day life more efficient, more sustainable, more human.

We provide advice, conduct research, design solutions, and reconcile stakeholder interests for various projects: from a sushi menu to wind turbine infographics and from sustainable office interiors to self-sufficient urban communities.

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

This is what we offer at Except: through systems thinking and applied innovation we convert complex challenges to game changing opportunities. Would you like to know what we can do for you? Talk to us. We’d love to help you with your challenge.

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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

Michiel van der Vight

Senior Associate

Working on sustainability since 2001, Michiel enjoys connecting people and making challenging ambitions happen.

Complex projects need people with different backgrounds and different areas of expertise to work together. Not only in a team of people, but also in a team of companies (like in production chains) cooperation sometimes needs to be explorative and sometimes result-oriented.

From time to time the team needs to be able to dream, solve analytical problems, be critical, be creative, build on each other’s ideas or just be functional and productive.

As a consultant and process manager Michiel challenges and guides project members and stakeholders to step up the plate and play their part in the project. The powerful combination of physics and business administration prove to be valuable assets in steering and facilitating innovative processes.

With his technical background and analytical mind Michiel is quick to understand complex systems and relations. His business background and entrepreneurial mindset push him to come up with creative yet pragmatic solutions.

Michiel has an MBA, a Master of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. He started his career as a researcher in the R&D center of Océ-Technologies and printed the sharpest lines ever seen within Océ's R&D center. He graduated from his MBA / Msc BA in Vermont, USA, writing the business plan for a Zero-waste Eco-industrial Park of the Intervale Foundation.

In the last nine years Michiel worked at the Dutch government and at Ecofys on energy conservation in product chains, energy visions, feasibility studies for renewable energy solutions, sectoral sustainability roadmaps and integral sustainable urban development. His broad background and working experience shaped him into a versatile project manager.

Michiel joined Except in September of 2009 as a senior associate and became a board member in the beginning of 2011.

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Clients & Partners

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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

Offices

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

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Except North America
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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.

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.

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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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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