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(CLOSED) Open Position: Communications+ Specialist

Oct 08, 2020

4 days per week in Utrecht*  

Except Integrated Sustainability is a Certified B Corporation, and a pioneering sustainability and design consultancy. We use systems thinking and multidisciplinary teams to reimagine what’s possible and build the foundations of a sustainable society. We have incredible, game-changing stories to tell. And we’re looking for a strong communications lead to help us get these stories out into the world. 

This position is based at UCo in Utrecht (currently working remotely due to COVID-19). Fluent Dutch and English are required.


Open position: Industrial Ecologist

Jul 29, 2021

Become an integral part of our Research Team  

You love looking at entire systems, dream about material and energy flows, and you eat your cornflakes with a healthy portion of data. You are the first to note that sustainability can't be looked at from an object level only. You want to put your skills to work and change the world around you.  You speak the language of system maps. 


Open position: Office Assistant

Jul 14, 2021

2-3 days per week in Utrecht* Asylum seekers and refugees encouraged!  

For our unique, beautiful office in Utrecht, we are looking for an assistant that can keep the office neat and organized, run miscellaneous errands, and welcome our visitors. Do you have an eye for organizing and tidiness? Do you enjoy planning and preparing meals? Do you love plants? If the answers are yes, then we'd love you to join our team for 2-3 days a week in Utrecht, with room to grow with us into the future.


Orchid City Press Release

Jun 09, 2021

The first self-sustainable city in the world  

Public Launch
Online Event via Zoom on June 24th, 2021 at 16:00 (CEST)

Media Contact: office@except.nl
Website (under construction): www.orchidcity.eco


Orchid City Public Launch Event

Jun 08, 2021

Join us for the world's first sustainable city blueprint reveal  

If you are on our mailing list, dare to say you are one of the dreamers. Dream of a better future. Have you ever wondered if a better future is feasible for all of us?

As you are intimately aware, we have been working to answer that question for the past 22 years. During these two decades of designing sustainable cities, companies, and food production worldwide, we have collected the knowledge, experience, courage, and inspiration to finally bring it all together.


Open Position: Creative communicator (Senior/Medior)

Apr 08, 2021

4 days per week in Utrecht*  

At Except we take pride in working hard to build the foundations of a sustainable society, and while doing so, we are looking forward to expanding our team of exceptionals. Our Communications Team is looking for a dynamic and versatile communications all-star, who will hold a key role in writing articles, publishing and helping us in making our mission more vocal. Do you have a drive for systemic sustainability, and would like to explore more on the topic while working together?  Are you a hands-on team player with flowing and effective communication skills, in both English and Dutch? Then we would love you to join our team in our beautiful office in Utrecht!


A new year message from Except Integrated Sustainability

Jan 12, 2021

Time for radical transformation  

Even without COVID, 2020 would have been a year to remember. As the systemic cracks in our society widen, increasingly wild events happen. Raging fires, fascism, and ecocide enveloping continents. Never before has the only response to such a state been more apparent: to build resilience. And we see positive results from it, rippling across cities, industry, and organizations.


Wanted: disadvantaged areas for sustainable transformation

Dec 14, 2020

Future Transformers is looking for impoverished grounds, areas and buildings to redevelop into sustainable housing projects.  

Future Transformers, a program by international partners Revive and Except, is looking for municipalities or other parties who have disadvantaged areas in an urban setting available – locations that qualify for a green transformation.


First SiD video course now available - for free

Oct 27, 2020

Learn key concepts of systemic sustainability in 4 weeks  

We want to share our secrets with you. In our care for creating the foundations of a sustainable society, we created the first open, online video course on systemic sustainability. And it's entirely free.


Fall Newsletter 2020

Sep 30, 2020

After the storm  

Dear community and friends, 

The last few months taught us to put our money where our mouth is when we talk about “planning for resilience”, and so the hard way. Like many others, at Except we faced challenges both on an individual and organizational level. We had to reinvent our working routines and, most importantly, support each other as a team. However,  we welcome conversations on systemic change moving into the spotlight, where they have always belonged - at least as far as we are concerned. 


Partnership The Green City

Jul 06, 2020

Join forces to realize urban greening  

At Except Integrated Sustainability, we work on a sustainable future with an integrated approach. That means that we look at innovative and creative ways to contribute to all life we share the planet with, but also find the right partnerships to make that possible. Therefore Except is delighted to have joined the knowledge and partner network ‘The Green City’. 


Except tijdens de Duurzame Week

Jun 15, 2020

Neem 23 juni deel aan de online sessie Future-Fit Voedselproductie  

Dit jaar vindt de vijfde editie van de Duurzame Week plaats. Van 20 tot en met 28 juni worden online verschillende activiteiten en evenementen georganiseerd die te maken hebben met duurzaamheid en het creëren van een duurzame toekomst. We zijn trotse partner van de Duurzame Week en brengen graag het programma onder de aandacht bij ons netwerk van duurzame pioneers en in het specifiek de sessie die Except host.


Life in the time of Corona - March '20

Mar 19, 2020

Free Systemic Design webinar, March 23  

Dear community and friends, 

The COVID-19 crisis clearly demonstrates the notion of fragility to us. In moments like this, we must act to build resilience. The only way we can overcome a period of uncertainty is to prepare ourselves for the unknown. This is what resilience planning does. It helps to strengthen our lives, organizations, cities, and society to manage, adapt, and overcome unexpected challenges.


(CLOSED) SiD International Workshop Developer & Trainer Brazil

Jan 02, 2020

Opportunity for international sustainable  

For the development and roll out of our international SiD workshop program in Brazil, we seek an experienced developer, trainer/ facilitator that shares our values, drive and ambition. Developing the program, the business, the marketing, and the sales in Brazil, is part of this challenging position, which requires being in the Netherlands as a base, and frequent travel and presence in Brazil.  


The Tomorrow Times - Sustainable Resorts - December ‘19

Dec 23, 2019

News about the future today  

This last month of the year, the Tomorrow Times explores holiday resorts as closed systems with the potential to be regenerative environments. These settlements represent experiments for fully sustainable communities: regenerative by design, autonomous in their resource demand (and supply), tightly embedded in the local culture, and a source of new purpose for visitors.


Sailing onwards

Oct 23, 2019

Newsletter October '19  

Dear Exceptional friends & partners,

What a month September was: after gathering with the international systems thinking community in London, on Friday the 20th we celebrated 20 years of pioneering work in the sustainability field.


Symbiosis in Development (SiD) book launched

Sep 17, 2019

First complete sustainable development framework now in one book  

After 10 years of work, the first complete book on Symbiosis in Development (SiD) is launched. It is the first A to Z handbook for systemic sustainable development, capturing experience of over 700 projects worldwide. It covers all aspects of the sustainable development process, from theory to practice, supported by dozens of examples and use cases, and over 100 unique hand-made illustrations and diagrams.


X|X Except 20th Anniversary Celebration

Aug 12, 2019

Join us in celebrating 20 years of integrated sustainability  

This year, Except turns 20. For the past two decades, we existed to create the foundations of a sustainable society. As one of the first integrated sustainability organizations in the world, we want to celebrate this milestone with all of you in a truly Except fashion. Please register your attendance, dinner and workshops  via   this link.


Except Academy Launches at Duurzame Week

Jun 20, 2019

With an intimate session on integrated sustainability  

During this years Duurzame Week, Except Integrated Sustainability launches the Except Academy. The  Except Academy guides individuals and teams, and gives them the tools and tenacity to realise actionable pathways towards long term sustainable organisations, cities, products, and industries. Except Academy was created to increase  sustainability literacy and leadership capacity; what's needed to help build a sustainable society.


Press Release Catalytic Buildings

May 23, 2019

Dutch Sustainability Firm Raises Bar for High-Performance Buildings  

Utrecht, The Netherlands - To transition 21st century cities towards sustainability, high-performance buildings must uplift the surrounding city rather than solely sustain their own existence. Except Integrated Sustainability launches a new, innovative blueprint for sustainable development in the built environment in their latest white paper titled Catalytic Buildings.


Except Integrated Sustainability Partners With Duurzame Week

May 22, 2019

15-22 June 2019, Utrecht  

This year marks the fourth edition of  Duurzame Week (Sustainability Week) in Utrecht, with events taking place across the city from 15 to 22 June 2019. You can immerse yourself in everything to do with sustainability and  creating a sustainable future. We at Execept  are proud to partner with the Duurzame Week and are hosting two events in our energy-neutral and circular office. Both events will exemplify systems thinking and integrated sustainability as well as showcase the Utrecht Community (UCo) for sustainability pioneers.  Our events will be held in Dutch.


Catalytic Buildings White Paper

Feb 25, 2019

Tuning in to the Construction Sector's "Music of Tomorrow"  

Except Integrated Sustainability launches a new approach to sustainable urban development: Catalytic Buildings. A Catalytic Building helps to ‘sustainify’ an existing urban fabric. Going beyond energy-neutral buildings, a Catalytic Building enhances the autonomy, resilience and/or the equity of the system within which it exists – be it a single neighbourhood or an entire city.  


SiD Integrated Sustainability Training | April; June; September; October

Feb 20, 2019

Three day ‘Symbiosis in Development’ Certification Course  

How do you create value with sustainability? We are proud to present our renewed Symbiosis in Development (SiD) integrated sustainability training, hosted by Freek van der Pluijm, a well-rounded facilitator for organizational change with over a decade of experience in the field of sustainability, strategy and complexity.


New Year, New Path Forwards

Jan 21, 2019

New Year Newsletter 2019  

Dear exceptional people,

We are thrilled to wish you all a happy new year. And what a year it has been! You may have noticed, we’ve had a period of radio silence. This is because we’ve restructured completely since the start of 2018. And it's rolling like an avalanche into 2019.


Open position: Senior Project Manager

Dec 14, 2018

Opportunity as a change agent for Sustainable Organizations  

Except is expanding with projects that shape the future of sustainable development in many different organizations. This is a special and unique opportunity for an experienced project manager with a passion for effecting change in companies and governments to join us, on a possible track to partnership. We seek someone that shares our ambition and values, is a strong and inspiring leader, has experience with circular economy, writing, and likes to be responsible for multidisciplinary teams. 


Converting Scientific Knowledge into Practice

Dec 03, 2018

Key barriers to a sustainable transition  

In this article, we get curious about the divergence between science and practice. Particularly, we focus on what hinders the implementation of theory in the field of sustainability. Herein, we aim to shine a light on how you can use science as the basis for a shift in your organization, what might hinder that process, and how integrated sustainability theories such as Symbiosis in Development can bridge these gaps.


Open Positions: Two Researchers (Closed)

Nov 23, 2018

Blue Green Infrastructure: Backbone of future green developments and circular economy in the EU  

Are you a young professional who would like to get equipped with the necessary tools to approach personal growth, complex problems and translate these into powerful solutions that will be applied in practice? You could reach these goals by joining our project at Except Integrated Sustainability. We are looking for two young professionals with aspirations to science, data and entrepreneurship who could help us realize the project ‘Blue-Green Infrastructure’ - the backbone of the future European Union green developments and circular economy. 


Open Position: Science Communications Internship (Closed)

Nov 22, 2018

Writer and Editor  

Except is expanding with projects that are to shape the future of sustainable development in various places around the world. We are looking for passionate and exceptional interns at the beginning of their scientific career. We are seeking someone who shares our mission to build the foundations of a sustainable and resilient society and who has an affinity for data or writing in a scientific manner.


Open Position: Data Analyst Intern (Closed)

Nov 22, 2018

Science Team Internship  

Except is expanding with projects that are shaping the future of sustainable development in various regions around the world. We are looking for passionate and exceptional interns which are at the beginning of their scientific career in the field of sustainability. We are seeking candidates who share our mission to build the foundations of a sustainable, resilient society and who have an affinity for data or writing in a scientific manner.


Science and Development

Nov 19, 2018

World Science Day  

To celebrate World Science Day for Peace and Development, Except Integrated Sustainability explores informed decision making and future planning. This piece is the first in a series of three articles which dive deep into scientific-driven development and the use of integrated sustainability in the process.


Designing The City of the Future

Sep 03, 2018

Venice Biennale  

Except Integrated Sustainability is part of a multidisciplinary team INCITY working on a design study initiated by BNA titled ‘De stad van de toekomst’ (The city of the future). Except’s Antonia Sore has just returned from a two-day session at Venice Biennale organised by BNA, TU Delft and PACT and shares her insights on how architects and design will play a part in sustainable and smart city urban planning.


Hot Summer News 2018

Aug 07, 2018

ReGen Villages, Heineken, Egypt, the Wadden Sea Center, and more  

Dear friends and partners,

In the midst of a heatwave in the Netherlands, and one to come to Europe in August, we’re excited to share some hot news with you. Our ReGen Villages sustainable masterplan got planning approval and was covered by Fast Company. The Wadden Sea Experience Center is making big steps towards realization, we started working with Heineken on making them more sustainable, and kicked off a cooperation with the Egyptian government.

Enjoy this and more news below, and hope to see you soon in our sundrenched office in Utrecht.


Open position: junior PR/Marketing specialist

May 22, 2018

Opportunity for Entrepreneur  

We are looking for a PR and Marketing specialist for 1-2 days a week. We, Except Integrated Sustainability, are a company of about 15 people working on innovative, pioneering projects aimed to boost the sustainability of our society. We want to spread our knowledge for the people that need our support to get to know us, but currently we really suck at informing our audience. Are you a junior PR/Marketing specialist with a heart for sustainability ready to boost us into the future?


Except News: Bring in the new!

Feb 27, 2018

Looking back on 2017, speeding forward into 2018  

Dear friends and partners,

we love to update you with highlights of last year and some exciting news for this one. We look back on a transformative year completing 39 projects, a changed business model with a new team of full time staff, and launching 3 new service trajectories for sustainable cities, organizations, and industry.

We’re also anjoying glorious morning sun rays into our new office in the city of Utrecht, UCo, providing a new ecosystem of sustainable partners. Read below on all the juicy bits, and hopefully see you all soon in our new offices.


Except Update Q2 '17: UCo & IKEA's supply chain

May 08, 2017

Our 18th Birthday Edition  

Dear friends and partners,

From our sunny new office in Utrecht, we wish you a great spring of 2017. Did you know that this year Except turns 18? We hope you’ve all received our  invite to join us in celebration on May 18th at 19:00,    and see a sneak preview of our new UCo office in a self-developed energy neutral monument, formerly a train depot. 

With this newsletter a small update of what we’ve been up to. Enjoy, and see you the 18th.


Wormfood - February 2017 - A positive year

Feb 13, 2017

Global News Digest  

What better way to stay updated on sustainability than the February wormfood? Discover all about eco-friendly innovations, how Canada guarantees environmental control for natural gas projects, the solution of Tesla to store sun energy, and optimal walking and cycling speeds to reduce air pollution inhalation. African leaders plan mass withdrawal from international criminal court and new technology could guarantee easy carbon capture from ambient air.

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­­Wormfood – December, 2016

Jan 12, 2017

Global News Digest  

What is a better way to remember 2016 than the December wormfood? Discover how Sweden is trying out a six-hour working day, Google supports renewables and the biodiversity of microbes and invertebrates. Climate change will bring wetter storms in U.S and Lego evolves to keep the page with digital trends. Robot are ‘stealing’ jobs and limiting our privacy.


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­­Wormfood – November, 2016

Dec 13, 2016

Global News Digest  

Welcome to the November wormfood.

Some of the remarkable things that happened over the last month: natural gas and renewables are taking over oil. Discover how global warming is threatening genetic diversity and the killing of animals can help to sensibilize  over meat consumption. Virtual eating is becoming the next big trend in weight loss and co-working spaces are booming in China.

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Integrated Sustainability: Symbiosis in Development (SiD) Workshop

Nov 21, 2016

Getting you ready for your next sustainability project  

Except is proud to present to you our renewed Integrated Sustainability: Symbiosis in Development (SiD) Workshop hosted by Tom Bosschaert, Founder and Director, Except and Michiel van der Vight, Senior Associate, Except.


Grid Night - Little things that matter

Nov 14, 2016

Looking back on Micropia Grid Night: little things can do great deeds  

Last week Except took her friends and business partners on a tour at Micropia, to celebrate “Little things that matter”. In light of a recent  publication on Medium about how an algae can save a town - the Merredin Spirulina project -  we took closer look at all those small things.


­­Wormfood – October, 2016

Nov 11, 2016

Global News Digest  

Welcome to the October wormfood.

Some of the remarkable things that happened over the last month: Africa is threatened by pollution more than malnutrition. Discover how Airbnb is promoting solar energy and sustainable cotton is spreading into the global market. Electricity could be stored in hot water while Venus could give home to human life.

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­­Wormfood – September, 2016

Oct 07, 2016

Global News Digest  

Welcome to the September wormfood. We collected some intriguing news to inspire you.

Some of the remarkable things that happened over the last month: Paris climate agreement is closer to reality while climate change is jamming the world's ocean circulation. Human-made ecosystems are evolving, starting from the introduction of more robots in agriculture to the realization of a rainforest in the desert. Our health is threatened by an undiversified diet and UN is seeking for antibiotic-free meat while the Monsanto monopoly of seeds production is going to the chemical company Bayer.

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Wormfood - July and August - 2016

Sep 08, 2016

Global News Digest  

Hi all. It has been a nice summer and we may have enjoyed it a little bit too much. So you’re getting two wormfoods for the price of one!

Some of the remarkable things that happened over the last two months: funds generated by the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has led to a discovery in neurodegenerative disease research. Sadly, in the animal world, insect populations and lemurs are in danger. Learn about the Uber business model apocalypse, chemistry becoming greener and the first ever accident with a self-driving car.

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Let the Numbers Speak: Except 2015/16 Review

Jul 25, 2016

Yearly review of Except's impact  

Dear friends and partners,

This summer we're thrilled to update you with a tremendously moving year, and an even more exciting one ahead.

Below we uncover some of our largest projects for the first time, and show their impact in creating the foundations for a sustainable society. We thank you for your continued support by showing you some of the numbers behind what we’re achieving in ‘Let the Numbers Speak’.

I hope you enjoy this review, crafted with the aid of all Exceptionals. Enjoy!


Join us at the Border Sessions

Jun 29, 2016

International festival on Technology and Society  

Explore how emerging technologies shape our future society and meet the innovators who are making it happen. We are proud to be one of those innovators.


Self-driving city

May 26, 2016

The impact of the self-driving car on the urban environment  

Will the self-driving car contribute to a sustainable urban society? Google Car and other futuristic looking vehicles are going viral, even before they appear in public streets. They make designers dream of safe and congestion free roads. Self-driving cars hold the promise of clean, energy efficient, and affordable transport for everyone. But what part of this dream can turn into reality? And how far away is that future? 


Grid Night - Let's Move!

May 25, 2016

How will we be moving in the future?  

Have you ever wondered what cities in the future will look like? Will they be dreamy cities in the sky or the sea, or small practical rooms in large buildings like in 5th Element? Have you ever imagined how we will move around? Will humans evolve to static and overweight beings sitting all day on a self-driving device that will take them everywhere, like in Wall-E? Or perhaps we will become like Ironman, flying around?


Trashform Yourself!

Feb 29, 2016

Our latest Grid night invited you to reuse your waste.  

 On February 11th, we invited you to a night of unusual fun. Held in the intimacy of Rotterdam Collectief, our networking night called onto creativity: our guests made costumes out of trash.


Our 2016 wish: a publicist

Jan 19, 2016

Looking for independent publicist to reinforce our team.  

We're on a roll: we're working on projects around the world, expanding our team, and making a difference. Our PR efforts, however, are lagging behind compared to the speed of our projects. We want the world to know about us, and to  share  our advanced sustainability knowledge.

That's why we are looking for a freelance publicist, and to grow further together. Your fluency in English and Dutch helps spread our expertise and know-how, and inspires people to ask for more. Your critical approach matches our inquisitive nature.


Grid Night - Cities Go Wild - Part II - Urban Biodiversity

Sep 14, 2015

A pollination of inspiration about urban biodiversity  

Green Business Club Utrecht Centraal joined Except’s Grid Night Cities go Wild and took urban biodiversity to a professional level, aiming to pollinate the participants with inspiration on how to incorporate nature in urban business operations an Utrecht Central station area.


Grid Night – Cities Go Wild part I

Jun 25, 2015

Almost Summer Edition  

What do a piece of log, a rather short quiz, a fast-paced origami workshop and an insect hotel have in common with a refurbished swimming pool, late night funky music and lots of drinks? That’s right, absolutely nothing. However, during Except’s Grid Night ‘Cities go Wild part I’ on the 4th of June 2015 we combined them nonetheless as a tribute to biodiversity in our urban environment.


Detroit Urban Regen Launched

Jun 09, 2015

Dutch Agri-food and Greenhouse Technology Trade Mission to Detroit  

25 organizations from the Dutch agriculture, food, and greenhouse technology sectors visited Detroit on May 31, 2015 on a trade mission led by Simon Smits, Vice Minister for Foreign Trade of the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The mission was part of the official visit to the United States of Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. At the mission, the Detroit Urban Regen project launched, forming the basis of new partnerships between Dutch and American organizations.


Co-creation session "Cycling under water"

May 26, 2015

June 9 at Meet Berlage, Amsterdam  

On Tuesday, June 9th we are organizing a co-creation session to further develop our plans for the  IJfietstunnel . How can we create the best and safest bicycle tunnel in the world? In a three-hour session, we will visit the site, brainstorm and develop ideas. At the end of the day we have a great overview of all possibilities to transform the IJtunnel in an IJfietstunnel and we can relax with  a drink. 


Except joins trade mission to Detroit

May 24, 2015

Dutch Agri-Food and Greenhouse Technology Trade Mission  

Simon Smits, Vice Minister for Foreign Trade of the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, leads a trade mission to Detroit on May 31, 2015, featuring 25 organizations from the Dutch agriculture, food, and greenhouse technology sectors. The trade mission takes place on the eve of the official visit to the United States of Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.

Under the theme “Feeding the City & Healthier Food,” the mission aims to establish business relations and partnerships between Dutch organizations and their American counterparts. Except co-organizes the trade event with the ministry.


Grid Night - Transitions

Jan 30, 2015

A theatrical evening to celebrate Except's fifteenth birthday  

“All good things come to an end”

…or, do they?

We wish our latest Grid Night never had to end, but well, that's not the kind of universe we live in. The very first  Grid Night of 2015 was all about the good things that endure, transform and evolve over time.  We were welcomed at the Maas Theater  where we enjoyed a  lovely meal by La Zia Maria,  after which the real fun started. We were in a theater for a reason after all...


Winter '15 News Update

Jan 22, 2015

Happy birthday to us!  

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!


Urban Renaissance founded

Jan 20, 2015

Transforming cities and neighborhoods into resilient communities  

The Urban Renaissance program brings together pioneering public and private organizations in urban transformation, and starts concrete transformations projects, on our own initiative as well as by invitation.

The partners work with stakeholders across the local landscape, apply systems thinking, ecological and social design, circular economies, urban metabolism and resilient design. The results are neighborhoods and communities that flourish and thrive from within, and an acceleration of the necessary transformation towards a sustainable society.


Cycling under water

Jan 15, 2015

Designing a refit for the existing IJtunnel to provide space for cyclists  

Amsterdam needs a new solution for crossing the river IJ. Ferries run overtime to transport cyclists and pedestrians to the up-and-coming North area of Amsterdam. Expensive plans are being made, maybe a high bridge can fix the problem, more ferries, a tunnel or even cable cars. But, the tunnel is already there, we only need to adapt it! 


Except Academy

Nov 06, 2014

It sure is...exceptional  

We offer students who apply for internships or graduation projects at Except, a place at Except Academy. A multidisciplinary team of students is working together on an urban transformation program. We call it an Urban Renaissance (UR) project.


Collectively working on the sustainable transformation of a neighborhood in Rotterdam using a systems approach.

Why we do it:

We believe that problems can be approached in a different way. By looking at the entire system instead of one specific problem, you can point out interventions that contribute to a resilient and flourishing future. Except Academy teaches and inspires the next generation to create the foundations of a sustainable society and together we learn from the process. 


Every team is a multidisciplinary international team of students. The perfect multidisciplinary team has a leader, content expert, creative person and business developer. Each team member brings in their own talents and their own research question.


Every group of students has a few deliverables:

  • Inspiration book: a wide range of ideas for sustainable transformation, e.g. ideas for energy, materials, waste, water, bio-diversity, economy, mobility, cultural development, health and happiness. The inspiration book will be widely spread.
  • Event: for partners and stakeholders, to ensure involvement and to launch ideas.
  • Publication: the research is published in scientific magazines and other media.


We offer 2 trajectories per year: February-June and September-January.


You are welcome to join, but we do ask you to fully commit to this. We do not pay an internship fee, but offer you a unique experience. Please send an e-mail to work@except.nl to apply.



Open position: Program Manager Industry & Food

Oct 13, 2014

Guiding our production systems to the next generation  

The industrial revolution left us with a radically different world, with its benefits and problems. Today, we find that the supply chains we rely on for vital resources are ancient, inefficient, and fragile. Luckily, there are plenty of options to start producing our food, products, and energy in much better ways, closing loops in supply chains, and utilizing nature's power. Do you want to show people how to capitalize on these new value chains and lead the way? Are you working on these issues, and seek a group of experienced professionals to back your projects? Do you want to work, learn and grow in a cooperation of passionate entrepreneurs? Then this is for you.


Grid Night - Get Connected

Oct 11, 2014

A night full of surprises  

Our latest Grid Night was centered around getting connected to each other and getting reconnected to ourselves. The evening started off with an exquisite dinner at  De Machinist. The food was served family style, enough plates loaded with fresh salads, crisp bread, homemade guacamole and delicious pasta for everyone to help themselves.


Muddy feet

Jul 23, 2014

Visit from the directorate team DG Environment and International  

This report was written by Marjolein Mann and Saskia Ras of the Environment directorate of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.

In order to find practical examples of the relations between the circular economy, natural capital and an energetic society, our directorate team of DGMI went on a field trip in Rotterdam on Monday July 7. We went from talking about sustainable strategies to develop corporations, cities and industries to visiting urban agriculture vegetable gardens, ending the day at the Hotspot.

This report is available in Dutch.


Grid Night – Pass the Torch

Jun 25, 2014

May 28 | Pllek, Amsterdam  

At our biggest Grid Night so far three business leaders pitched their challenges to a diverse audience. The brainstorm sessions moved these questions into a broader discussion. We're glad this inspiring and long night was fueled by great people, diner, music, and drinks.

A special thanks to:


Summer '14 News Update

Jun 25, 2014

From wastewater to torches  

Dear friends, colleagues, and partners,

We hope you are enjoying the summer as much as we do. The past few months are marked by inspiring events we held and exciting new projects we've started. Our team has been expanded with new faces, and some familiar faces have exciting news to share. Sit back, relax and enjoy the read! 


Meet the Rotterdam Metabolists

May 23, 2014

At the opening of the IABR in Rotterdam  

The Rotterdam Metabolists are a joint endeavor of innovative firms in Rotterdam who are leaders in the field of design based on urban metabolism. They present themselves at the opening of the IABR on the 29th of May at 13:30 in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.


Rotterdam Metabolists founded

May 15, 2014

The new movement for sustainable cities  

The Rotterdam Metabolists were founded on March 17th, and unites seven Rotterdam based agencies working on the metabolism of cities for over a decade, around the world.

Together they represent more than 50 professionals working daily on research, design, and realization of pioneering projects in the domains of urban planning, architecture, business and industry.

Their shared systemic approach enables circular material and economic flows, organic urbanism and resilient sustainable development.


Spring 2014 News - Natural Capital

Mar 26, 2014

How much is nature worth?  

Dear friends, colleagues, and partners,

It's spring, time for some sunny news! This edition we focus on the rapid developments in the area of Natural Capital.


Winter Retreat 2014

Mar 18, 2014

Into the forest  

Yes we did it again. To celebrate the end of the winter we went to the Veluwe for new inspiration, long nights, good food, dancing, and catch the first sunshine.


Wanted: Project Leader Urban Development

Dec 17, 2013

Know what organic urbanism and systems-thinking mean? Read on...  

We're applying new approaches to neighborhood redevelopment and adaptive reuse of buildings in our Urban Renaissance program. For leading this program we seek someone with leadership skills, an eye for business development, who is strong on content and collaboration. These projects are in different parts of the world and seek the pioneering edge of urban transformation, but the program's base is in Rotterdam.

Please note that this application is not a job offer, but an invitation to join a collective of other independent professionals.


Winter update 2013

Dec 16, 2013

An exciting update for under the tree  

Dear friends, colleagues, and partners,

Winter is coming and just before the end of the year we like to update you on what we've been up to.

We've revamped our internal organization, and launched no less than six new content programmes. Meanwhile, we've released some neat new infographics on wind energy and wastewater, are working on agriculture on sustainable islands, developing software for circular economies, and hosted talks and lectures around the world on systemic innovation and resilient sustainability.

As always, we couldn't do this without the support we are receiving from all over the world. A big thanks to our supporters and partners, and great holidays wishes from all of us.


Grid Night - City of Tomorrow

Oct 28, 2013

October 17 | Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam  

This autumn's Grid Night theme was 'City of Tomorrow'. Our guest speakers tickled, challenged and inspired the audience around 3 main topics "Future Foods", "Future Cities" and "Future Life".

The evening brought together over 100 inspired professionals, and we were thrilled to see so many new connections and partnerships arise. We look forward to taking the next steps with the project ideas that arose during the many conversations that took place until deep into the night.

In 5 minute talks several speakers shared their vision on the City of Tomorrow. After some drinks and chats it was time for brain gymnastics with the "Pub Quiz", and win some fabulous prizes. We ended the night with drinks, bites, and music. We'd like to share a few talks, the pub quiz answers, and some inspiration with you here.


Masterclass City of Tomorrow - Fri December 6, Amsterdam

Oct 17, 2013

Open registration  

In this masterclass, you will be working on the City of Tomorrow. You'll learn about sustainability, systems thinking, and resilience design. It'll be an exciting day filled with inspiring people, fresh visions, and new insights for your own City of Tomorrow.


Early Autumn 2013 News Update

Oct 02, 2013

A sunny update that brings color and change  

Dear friends, colleagues, and partners,

Fall is around the corner, and while the days get colder, we hope to keep you warm with some exciting news. We have some great new projects, some new events for you, welcomed five lovely new members, and are preparing and exciting new Grid Night for you in Amsterdam.

Thanks again to everyone for the support we are receiving from around the world. A big thanks from all of us!


Spring 2013 News Update

Jun 11, 2013

Springtime sprouts exciting news  

Dear friends, colleagues and partners,

We have a lot to share, with new inspiration and fresh energy in the spring, including updates about new services, projects, a completed Quickscan and we welcome a veritable platoon of new Except members.

As always, we keep being inspired and grateful for the support we're receiving from around the world, thanks from all of us!


Expedition Greenland

Jun 11, 2013

Sustainable leadership from a systemic approach  

This article (and the expedition) is only available in Dutch (sorry). If you are interested in an English expedition, let us know and we may organize one.

Groenland dient als case en als inspiratie in een reis voor ondernemende leiders, bij uitstek de omgeving om kennis te maken met de integrale systeemaanpak voor duurzaamheid.

Bij klimaatverandering denken de meeste mensen vooral aan stijgende temperaturen en aan smeltend ijs. Maar er is meer. In Groenland is ook het effect zichtbaar op de natuur, de samenleving, de eeuwenoude cultuur en de economie. 


(CLOSED) New job positions at Except

Mar 13, 2013

Seeking intrepid entrepreneurs  

We're on a roll! With projects developing in the Netherlands, USA and Asia at the same time, we are going to need some talented new additions to our team. We've been busy adding some amazing new people to our team and training them, but it's not enough. Can you help us out?

We're seeking high and low to find the best independent professionals to aid us to develop these projects. Perhaps you can help us out by forwarding this to anyone you know that fit the descriptions below.


SiD Winter Workshops: Hotel New York

Feb 25, 2013

Sustainability workshop on location  

This year we held our annual SiD sustainability workshop for new Except members in Hotel New York: how to make the most sustainable restaurant/hotel? 


Winter Retreat 2013

Feb 20, 2013

Yum forests!  

Part of Except's crew went to the Veluwe National park to pick up some inspiration in the grey days of winter in a forest. Long nights, good food, dancing, and lots of hugs ensued...


RecoveryPark Detroit site visit

Feb 06, 2013

Urban recovery in progress...  

Except and the Dutch RecoveryPark NL team visit RecoveryPark and the Detroit urban renewal locations.


Except's 13th Birthday

Jan 02, 2013

Celebrating in style  

Dear friends, as one of Except's youngest members, I have the pleasure to thank you for the great celebration of our 13th birthday, and amazing to see all your warmth and support.

It has truly been 13 years of unbelievable speed, innovation, collaboration and amazing discoveries. - Erik



Autumn 2012 News update

Oct 24, 2012

Massive update, fall is blooming....  

Dear friends, colleagues and partners,

Yes, sorry for the wait, but here's a massive update; enjoy!

We're happy to update you on important changes this fall: new projects, articles, as well as our new investment projects, and changes in management.

This autumn proves to be an extraordinary time, as we see thrilling new projects around the world, an expansion of our services (with the IQS and Sustainable Island Scan), solidify relationships with partners (such as Eneco, DNV, DGN and Overview BV), and with tons of updates and articles.

As always, we keep being inspired and grateful for the support we're receiving from around the world, thanks from all of us!


New website & identity

Jun 19, 2012

A fresh summer start  

Dear colleagues, friends and partners,

Just a short message from us, because we're very excited to have launched a brand new website and identity.  

It offers not just some insight in the projects we've been working on in the last decade, but also articles and a much clearer insight on... well... what it is we actually do!

We cordially invite you to check out our new home-on-the-internets, and let us know what you think. Of course also available in Dutch.


Grid Night - Go with the Flow

Jun 10, 2012

Flowing through Stadhuisplein  

Every now and then Except organizes Grid Nights for everyone in our network. The goal is to meet, talk, inspire and have fun. Our second Grid Night of 2012 was an amazing gathering of people that together went 'into the flow'....


Grid Nite - Money

Mar 20, 2012


The first Except Grid-Nite of 2012 was awesome thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us, play the trading game and listen to Tijn’s presentation of alternative currencies. Tom also presented Except’s new identity and website.


Nominated for Buckminster Fuller prize!

Feb 20, 2012

Polydome receives acclaim.  

Two weeks ago we told you we were nominated for a very special prize, but couldn’t tell you which one yet. Now we’re thrilled to share with you that we’ve been nominated for the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Prize for Polydome.

As we are entering the next phase of the review process, our project has been published in the Buckminster Fuller Idea Index 1.0. Our press release can be found here in English, and here in Dutch.


the Tomorrow Times

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the Tomorrow Times - August‘21

23 Aug, 2021

This month's news gives a glimpse into the latest IPCC report, with a focus on the needed actions and the growing transformations. From agricultural innovations in developing countries to the most exciting green technology pioneers of 2021, passing through the limits of circular economy, floating cities and surreal deep-sea creatures.

Stay curious, keep up to date, and get inspired, all in a quick read.


the Tomorrow Times - June‘21

15 Jun, 2021

This month's news gives a glimpse into systemic change, with a focus on sustainable living. From the limelight of co-living, to new research about eco-wakening, including the contribution of young Rwandan innovators to transform plastics into circular building materials and regenerative cities which contribute to ecosystems’ restoration - these are all hints for a better future. Most importantly, they show us that change is possible.

Stay curious, keep up to date, and get inspired, all in a quick read.


the Tomorrow Times - May‘21

18 May, 2021

This month is packed with exciting news to inspire you and keep you updated on the latest events, a glimpse into a brighter future. The whitest paint ever invented, a new 'forest town', bees trained to smell the coronavirus, oxygen extracted from Mars, Netflix going net-zero emissions, a digital twin of the Earth, and the latest trends in emerging technologies discussed at the GTG summit - these are all amazing innovations for a better future. Most importantly, they show us the possibilities.


the Tomorrow Times - April‘21

13 Apr, 2021

Mixed feelings for this month’s edition. Exciting and disturbing news from the natural world gives this month's Tomorrow Times both a sweet and sour taste.


the Tomorrow Times - March‘21

16 Mar, 2021

In this edition, we celebrate massive changes that were still unthinkable some time ago. Industries, investors, and governments are changing the focus of their core business towards sustainability. A breakthrough is close(r). This change of pace was not considered possible some years ago: sustainability matters that have gone undiscussed for a long time are now more relevant than ever.


the Tomorrow Times - February‘21

02 Feb, 2021

In this edition, we celebrate our fascinating planet by looking into food systems, getting inspired by ancient wisdom and sustainable business initiatives, because 2021 is a year of change and hope.


the Tomorrow Times - December‘20

02 Dec, 2020

The pandemic has forced us to stop and reflect on our lives, questioning the things most dear to us. It has made us remember that we cannot take everything for granted. The positive side is that the desire to rebuild healthy relationships with our planet is more alive than ever.



the Tomorrow Times - November‘20

03 Nov, 2020

In this edition, we talk about how sustainability can be approached with systemic frameworks. Read the latest news about transformative future scenarios, inspiring partnerships, circular initiatives, how data-based tools can change the world and much more.


the Tomorrow Times - September '20

22 Sep, 2020

What could an inclusive and resilient post-pandemic 21st century look like, and what system can support this vision? In this edition, we celebrate sustainable innovations, joint forces and efforts to re-build a better and more resilient society.


The Tomorrow Times - July '20

22 Jul, 2020

As summer unfolds, we begin to feel a positive impulse to live life with renewed meaning, to contribute to systemic changes, and to lay the foundations for more resilient systems for people and nature alike. In this edition of the Tomorrow Times, we focus on systemic design and regenerative solutions which truly integrate social, environmental, and economic resilience in the quest for a better future.


The Tomorrow Times - May '20

20 May, 2020

By shaking global society at its foundations, the COVID-19 crisis has brought embedded fragility to the surface of paradigms we took for granted. It changes perspectives on the structures in which we have lived our social and professional lives until two months ago. Historical moments such as this one are reminders, for us to understand the importance of embedding resilience within the fabric of our society. Preparing for the unknown is our only way for us to learn and thrive in uncertainty.


The Tomorrow Times - February '20

03 Mar, 2020

Have you ever thought that electric cars are not sustainable in themselves? Have you heard that data will be the future of sustainable businesses, or that more and more entrepreneurs are experimenting with zero-waste food delivery services?


The Tomorrow Times - January '20

21 Jan, 2020

We step into  this new decade with a mashup of the latest happenings in sustainability. Stay curious, keep up to date, and  get inspired, all in a quick read.



The Tomorrow Times - Urban Metabolism & Digitalization - November ‘19

18 Nov, 2019

This month, the Tomorrow Times dives into urban ecosystems, and on how they process biophysical flows to their advantage. We investigate how envisioning cities like living beings can help us enhancing their resilience, and how we can employ digitalization for this purpose. Plus, of course, your monthly dose of systemic sustainability trends and critical news.


the Tomorrow Times - Climate Action and Participation - October ‘19

14 Oct, 2019

The growing momentum of climate activism is driving massive global awareness on the urgency for fundamental, tangible system change. Governments and industries alike are urged to act, as their policies and practices are closely followed by an ever more aware public eye. This month, the Tomorrow Times investigates measures to think and act for a greater good.


the Tomorrow Times - 20 Years in Sustainability - September ‘19

12 Sep, 2019

Except turns 20 this month. This Tomorrow Times looks back two decades in the sustainability field, and wonders: what happened? Sustainability went from niche to buzzword, and now sustainable development is on a journey to establish itself as the new normal. 


The Tomorrow Times - Circular & Bio Economy - August ‘19

07 Aug, 2019

This month, the Tomorrow Times investigates the world of the circular economy and bio-based products. Imagine businesses and societies which not only produce zero waste,  but also  enable industries to give back more than what they take from the environment through innovative technologies and business models. Alongside changes in regulatory systems and individual behaviours, the implementation of circular solutions lies at the heart of sustainable progress.


The Tomorrow Times - Blue & Green Infrastructures; resilience inspired by nature - July ‘19

03 Jul, 2019

This month, the Tomorrow Times explores issues rooted in urban and rural development, and integrated solutions inspired by nature. Imagine infrastructures that enable us to live, work, and play in healthy urban environments, while contributing to the regeneration of the biosphere. While there are no easy paths, diverting from purely “grey” solutions and going back to nature might reveal itself a rather promising starting point.  


the Tomorrow Times - UN: Critical Biodiversity Limits Reached - June ‘19

04 Jun, 2019

This month, the Tomorrow Times joins the conversation surrounding new critical biodiversity news: what the UN has just discovered, and what it means for humanity.

"Just 50 years ago, we finally ventured to the moon. For the very first time, we looked back at our own planet, since then, the human population has more than doubled. When human beings built their first settlement, some 10,000 years ago, the world around them on the land and in the sea was full of life. For generations, this stable Eden nurtured our growing civilizations. Now, in the space of just one human lifetime, all that has changed."


the Tomorrow Times - Global Food Security - May ‘19

01 May, 2019

Alongside your monthly update of systemic sustainability news, the May edition of the Tomorrow Times explores the global developments surrounding food security, sustainability, and innovation in the agricultural sector.  


the Tomorrow Times - the UN Sustainable Development Goals - March ‘19

31 Mar, 2019

This month, the Tomorrow Times explores how businesses are bringing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into the mainstream. We highlight the traps which businesses fall into as well as the trillion dollar opportunity for those stepping up to the challenge. Plus as always, your monthly digest of global systemic sustainability news.


the Tomorrow Times - Going Beyond Sustainability - Jan ‘19

10 Feb, 2019

We introduce to you, our brand new newsletter, the Tomorrow Times. Get updated monthly on critical news about the future. Each edition informs you on the latest happenings, trends, and innovations in the field of systemic sustainability. The theme of this month is: Urban Development Beyond Sustainability.


Wormfood - Feb 29 2016 - The good, the bad, and the ugly

29 Feb, 2016

Mixed messages this month. Exciting news and global stress make for a colorful news-soup for this wormfood. The UN stresses that we need to eat less meat if we're to counter the effects of global climate change. Russia is chiming in by wanting to become the world leader in organic food. At the same time, energy from wastewater is making headway, nitrogen emissions are causing worries, and disappearing urban green space is becoming a global concern.

Read all about it in this wormfood.


­­Wormfood – January 26, 2016 – Feeling hot hot hot

26 Jan, 2016

Historic Paris climate deal achieved: nearly 200 nations sign in end of fossil fuel era. This is highly needed because 2015 is again warmer than the year before.  It is also the year in which Scotland, Costa Rica and Uruguay supplied  almost all their energy from renewable sources. 

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


­­Wormfood – November 26, 2015 – China's two-child policy

26 Nov, 2015

China ends one-child policy, pollution lobbyists discuss exploiting the Syrian refugee crisis and a  Canadian city completely eradicates homelessness.

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


­­Wormfood – October 27, 2015 – Early Life

27 Oct, 2015

Scientists discovered that life emerged 300 million years earlier than previously thought,  Iceland sents 26 top bankers to prison, and botox might limit your emotional capabilities. 

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


­­Wormfood – September 22, 2015 – Three trillion trees

22 Sep, 2015

We have over 3 trillion trees on Earth, Exxon ignored global warming warnings, and apparently moss watching is very relaxing.

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


­Wormfood  – August 20, 2015 – Earth Overshoot Day

20 Aug, 2015

Humans have exhausted a year’s supply of natural resources in less than eight months, a big toxic water release in the USA, and now is your chance to buy a Spanish village.

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


­­Wormfood – July 21, 2015 – Eco-warrior Pope Francis

21 Jul, 2015

Pope Francis writes about climate change and social debt in his encyclical, plankton eating plastic caught on camera and underwater greenhouses.

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


­­Wormfood – May 25, 2015 – (Un)Happy Countries

25 May, 2015

 The latest Global Happiness Index is published, renewable energy beats fossil fuels, and  the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill dissolved an island.

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


­­Wormfood – April 13, 2015 - We need nature

13 Apr, 2015

Nature doesn’t need people, but people need nature. Costa Rica sets renewable energy record and the first head transplant is planned to take place in 2017. 

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


­­Wormfood – March 13, 2015 - The Human Age

13 Mar, 2015

We might have entered the Anthropocene, a new French law is pushing manufacturers to start designing products that are easier to fix, and an incredible vertical forest is cleaning the air in Turin, Italy. 

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


­­Wormfood – February 11, 2015 – Doomsday is near(er)

11 Feb, 2015

The doomsday clock is set to three minutes before midnight, water crises is the biggest risk in terms of impact according to the new Global Risks Report, and Anonymous hacks ISIS.

I wish I could bring you happier news, but unfortunately 2015 began with all doom and gloom. 


­­Wormfood – January 7, 2015 – Commodity prices drive Amazon destruction

07 Jan, 2015

Amazon forests suffer from commodity boom, broken renewable energy records, and Taliban leader recruits terrorists through LinkedIn.

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – December 1, 2014 - Twenty major trends

01 Dec, 2014

Trends that will define life on our planet for decades, storing energy in molten aluminium lakes, and linking Brazilian kids to American elderly.

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – October 31, 2014 - Scarred Environments

31 Oct, 2014

Beautiful photos of landscapes scarred by industry and climate change, a Dutch farmer is growing salt-tolerant potatoes, and the role water played during the start of the Syrian war. 

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – October 1, 2014 - Are we becoming monsters?

01 Oct, 2014

Our neolibaralistic society is turning us into psychopaths, witness China´s smogpocalypse with your own eyes, and a visual guide to who hates whom in the Middle East. 

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – September 9, 2014 - Stop wasting food

09 Sep, 2014

An insightful infographic visualizes our wasteful food habits, 22% of our global energy demand is renewable, and Russia's 'sex geckos' die on space mission.

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – August 16, 2014 - Amazon tribe seeks help

16 Aug, 2014

An Amazon tribe seeks help against illegal loggers and drug traffickers, race is to be scrapped from Swedish legislation, and a Swedish father takes his two video game loving sons to Israel to teach them the realities of war. 

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – July 17, 2014 - Second Silent Spring

17 Jul, 2014

Bird declines are linked to popular pesticides, dark snow accelerates climate change, and Ukraine demands the return of combat dolphins from Russia. 

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – June 24, 2014 - Plunder of the high seas

24 Jun, 2014

Fuel subsidies encourage overfishing, play around with a simulation of system Earth, and should we treat computer programs as legal entities? 

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – June 3, 2014 - New Antibiotics to the Rescue

03 Jun, 2014

New antibiotics might divert threat of multiresistant bacteria, great footage of a rare supercell thunderstorm, and China establishes their first environmental court. 

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – May 13, 2014 – Our Alarming Food Future

13 May, 2014

Fresh produce supply is threatened by climate change, the World´s largest nature reserve is established, and the NSA website was hacked.

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – April 20, 2014 – Legal rights for nature

20 Apr, 2014

Bolivia is about to give nature legal rights, Swedes start trial with six-hour workdays, and Angela Merkel is not allowed to view her own NSA file.

Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood – April 1, 2014 – Refreezing the Poles

01 Apr, 2014

Environmental science activitsts refreeze the poles, mutated tomatoes threaten Monsanto and a gen is discovered that enables birds to emit WiFi.

Read all about it in this Wormfood. 


Wormfood – March 26, 2014 – Collapse of Civilization

26 Mar, 2014

We might be heading to a collapse of our civilization, two years of zero poaching in Nepal and get rid of park benches to get parents moving. 

Read all about it in this Wormfood. 


Wormfood – March 4, 2014 – We need bold new systems

04 Mar, 2014

We need to change our failing systems, sell your personal data and Chihuahuas are terrorizing a US neighbourhood.

Read all about it in this Wormfood. 


Wormfood – February 8, 2014 – Thank you from the Philippines

11 Feb, 2014

The Philippines thank the world for helping in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan, a breakthrough in stem cell research and women are obliged by law in the United Arab Emirates to breastfeed. Read all about it in this Wormfood. 


Wormfood – January 27, 2014 – The bitter consequences of oceanic destruction

27 Jan, 2014

Oceans are experiencing evolution in reverse, the UN adopts a resolution on online privacy and an oceanographer captured the latest IPCC report in 19 Haiku poems.

Read all about it in this Wormfood. 


Wormfood – January 10, 2014 – Countries facing "extremely high" levels of water stress

10 Jan, 2014

Mapping water stress worldwide, donate bitcoins for the assassination of world leaders and more violent crime against Afghanistan women. Read all about it in this Wormfood.

Also, this Wormfood features a special section on "Threats to Online Freedom". This section is inspired by the Chaos Communication Congress that Tom, Tijn and Chantal visited in December.


Wormfood – December 2, 2013 – Mass walkout during Warsaw U.N. summit

03 Dec, 2013

Environmental groups stage a mass walkout from the Warsaw U.N. climate summit, pope Francis criticizes capitalism and Saudi Arabian man is arrested for giving free hugs. Read all about it in this Wormfood. 


Wormfood - September 21, 2013 – EU being sued for saving bees

23 Sep, 2013

The EU is being sued for temporarily banning pesticides linked a decline in bee populations, a CEO is sharing his $3.25 million bonus with his employees and the world’s first “invisible” tower. Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood - August 21, 2013 – New mammal discovered

21 Aug, 2013

A new mammal is discovered in the forests of Colombia and Equador, girls hide spoons in their underwear to avoid marrage and take a look inside the world’s tallest slum. Read all about it in this Wormfood.  


Wormfood - August 6, 2013 - Gay Rights!

05 Aug, 2013

UN launches a global campaign for gay rights, Mesopotamian Marshlands are declared Iraq’s first national park and plants take nitrogen from air. Read all about it in this Wormfood. 


Wormfood - July 22, 2013 - Combating modern-day slavery

22 Jul, 2013

Following the money trail to help end human trafficking, evolution can't keep up with global warming, and Florida accidently banned all computers. Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood - July 2, 2013 - Be aware of what you tweet

03 Jul, 2013

Twitter could land you in jail, AIDS-related mortality declines, and plants that do maths. Read all about it in this Wormfood.


Wormfood - June 20, 2013 - Protest!

20 Jun, 2013

The world is protesting, a cute cat is running for mayor, and cool maps to explore. Read all about it in this Wormfood.  


Wormfood - May 28, 2013 - Nature strikes back

28 May, 2013

Nature strikes back at the Amazon, sleep less while improving your productivity, radioactivity of Fukushima continues to spread, and chemicals you want to avoid (but are somehow still used in children’s toys?). Read it in this freshly formatted Wormfood, now with more pictures than ever. 

The new format took a little bit of time to prepare, apologies for the delay of this edition. Next edition will be on time, I promise!


Wormfood - April 29, 2013

29 Apr, 2013

This edition of Wormfood is the first one written by me, Merel, taking over from Matthew. I´m a science journalist next to my work at Except. You can expect some changes in the Wormfood as it grows on me. Thank you Matthew for all the Wormfoods you wrote, I always loved reading them. For now, enjoy my first edition! 

This Wormfood has loads of important news including a confronting world map showing people displaced through conflict, great news of banned bee-harming pesticides in Europe, a robot reveals undiscovered passage ways in ancient pyramid in Mexico and many other inspiring and intriguing news stories you shouldn't miss.


Wormfood - April 14, 2013

14 Apr, 2013

This edition of Wormfood follows several important news updates including the escalating tension on the Korean peninsula, an unfortunate downturn for Bitcoin, an update on the 3 year-old BP oil spill, and many other inspiring and intriguing news stories you wont want to miss.


Wormfood - April 1, 2013

01 Apr, 2013

This edition of Wormfood has a number of emerging news stories, including the growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the discovery of the world's new lightest material (Pictured below), and a ton of science, technology, and environment news, found below!


Wormfood - March 15, 2013

15 Mar, 2013

This edition of Wormfood is packed full of exciting updates and global events, including an exciting update from CERN, heaps of other science, technology, environmental and geopolitcal updates that you wont want to miss. Find them all below!


Wormfood - March 1, 2013

01 Mar, 2013

This edition of Wormfood covers several exciting news stories, including the surprising rise of the Bitcoin, elections in Italy and South Korea, several intriguing science and environment stories, and much more found below.


Wormfood - February 14, 2013

14 Feb, 2013

This edition of Wormfood covers several intriguing world events, including the resignation of the pope and the decision of Julian Assange to run for Australian senate. We also cover a ton of environmental, energy, and science stories, all found below.


Wormfood - January 31, 2013

31 Jan, 2013

This edition of Wormfood is full of truly amazing news stories after a very active couple of weeks. Many noteworthy poitical and global events are covered, as well as several key science, health, and technology updates, all found below!


Wormfood - January 16th, 2013

16 Jan, 2013

Still fresh into 2013, this edition the Wormfood News Digest covers a wide variety of important news stories, including the stepped-up conflict in Mali, fresh insights into global economic trends, some intriguing science studies from human migration to quantum computing, and a pile of other stories you wont want to miss, all found below!


Wormfood - January 1st, 2013

01 Jan, 2013

Happy New Year! On the first day of 2013, we take a look at a number of pressing global developments, and look back on a number of top discoveries, technologies, and headlines that shaped 2012; all found below!


Wormfood - December 16th, 2012

16 Dec, 2012

Happy Holidays from Except Integrated Sustainability!

In this last 2012 installment of the Wormfood News Digest, we take a look at a number of current global developments, as well as some emerging stories and trends that we will surely hear well into 2013. Like always, we also include a wide variety of intriguing environmental, science, and technology news that you won't want to miss - all found below.


Wormfood - November 29th, 2012

29 Nov, 2012

This edition of the Wormfood News Digest covers many recent developments, including the recent election in Egypt, climate talks in Doha, some truly amazing science and technology stories, and much more below.


Wormfood - November 15, 2012

15 Nov, 2012

This edition of the Wormfood News Digest is full of significant and world-changing developments from the past couple of weeks. We cover the latest developments in the Middle East, significant political and financial developments, many emerging technologies and science stories, and quite some unexpected and intriguing things along the way too! 

(We would also like to offer an apology for those who received the last edition of Wormfood multiple times. We had some trouble with our server, but its all good now..)


Wormfood - October 30, 2012

30 Oct, 2012

In this edition of the Wormfood News Digest, we look at a number of exciting developments in the field of future economies, emerging technologies, and science. We also cover key global developments, and much more which can all be found below. 


Wormfood - October 16th, 2012

16 Oct, 2012

This edition of the News Digest covers many developing news stories,  including the first large-scale, and illegal geoengineering experiement, the winners of the Nobel Prize in the field of Economics, an update on Germany's nuclear policy dilemma, several interesting science and technology findings, and much more below. 


Wormfood - October 1st, 2012

01 Oct, 2012

This edition of the News Digest covers a wide number of developing news stories,  including the 'thin red line' set between Israel and Iran, American political leadership and the environment, several mindblowing science and technology reports, and many other intriguing stories.


Wormfood - September 16, 2012

16 Sep, 2012

This edition of the News Digest covers many key global developments including the violent protests sparked this weekend around the world, many new science and technology reports, insightful economic and financial updates, and several other intriguing stories.


Wormfood - September 2, 2012

02 Sep, 2012

As summer draws to an end, this edition of the News Digest captures many recent developments from around the world, including the EU financial crisis, many environmental and technology updates, two inspirational perspectives on future urban environments, and much more...


Wormfood - August 15th, 2012

21 Aug, 2012

In this edition of the Wormfood News Digest, we cover many developments including an update on the Syrian crisis, new legal updates on financial institutions, several amazing environmental and technology news stories, and much more...


Wormfood - July 31st, 2012

31 Jul, 2012

In this edition of the Wormfood News Digest, we cover several amazing developments including the first person to be cured of AIDS, decisive action against financial institutions in Iran, significant melting of the Greenland ice sheet, two interesting insights on urban crime, and much more.


Wormfood - July 17th, 2012

16 Jul, 2012

Dear fellow Digesters, In this edition of the Wormfood News Digest, we update you on many top stories including the pursuit of legal action against banks involved in the libor scandal, embargo developments in the Strait of Hormuz, some really amazing technological developments, and an important update from the physicists at CERN.


Wormfood - May 14, 2012

03 May, 2012

Dear fellow Digesters, In this edition of the Wormfood News Digest, we track the development of many important “game-changing” news stories, including the foundation of an asteroid-mining company, China’s decision to construct two mega-dams, Google’s plan for self-driving cars, and so much more…


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