Mary Fiers

Tomorrow is good: Everything of value is … ageless

You probably didn’t miss it last week. There is a problem with too much nitrogen in the Netherlands. A lot of people will have thought “where did that come from all of a sudden?” Have never heard of it and then all of a sudden there’s an awful commotion. The newspaper...

Tomorrow is good: Not afraid of the wolf

Perhaps fairy tales have many hidden negative effects on the Dutch in later life. We grew up with Little Red Riding Hood and the evil wolf and have a rather overheated response to a few wolves that have recently been spotted in the Netherlands. On holiday I noticed how different everything is in...

Tomorrow is good: A natural alarm clock

Last week I thought back a little wistfully on a few years ago. It must have been sometime around 2006. I had become the happy owner of two chickens (Fieke and Antoinette) and a rooster (Guus). In my city garden in Eindhoven. They lived in a beautiful wooden coop built by my father. With, of...

Tomorrow is Good: Drought in Waterland

As the name suggests, the Netherlands is a low-lying country. As much as 26% is below sea level and 59% of the Dutch land surface is sensitive to flooding from the sea and rivers. It is, therefore, logical that we have always waged a battle against water. We have sometimes won and sometimes lost...

Tomorrow is Good: The interim landscape

The world is changing. And our Brabant landscape is changing along with it. That will always be the case. Business as usual, one would say. Yet many people experience this time differently than before because at the same time we have to deal with many and far-reaching changes. Drastic in...

Tomorrow is Good: Can we switch off the lights?

Light is the city of light; But not light like a feather. The light of this city; is because of a bulb! A world-famous poem in Eindhoven and surroundings. By Freek de Jonge. A poem with a reference to the light bulb that made Eindhoven big. In all simplicity a beautiful poem. For me, this poem...

Tomorrow is Good – The Hungry City: a plea for food from nearby

Cities, including yours, can exist thanks to the ‘hinterland’. After all, the food of all city dwellers is produced in that hinterland. For an average Dutchman to consume, 0.6 hectares (almost a whole football field) is necessary. For my city Eindhoven (230,000 inhabitants) this means...

Tomorrow is Good: Beautiful weather? Here’s a plea for a new definition

In a weekly column, alternately written by Maarten Steinbuch, Mary Fiers, Carlo van de Weijer, Lucien Engelen, Tessie Hartjes and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries to find out what the future will look like. The six columnists, occasionally supplemented with guest bloggers, are all working...

Tomorrow is Good: Returning to the great Brabant breeding ground

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Tessie Hartjes, and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries to find out what the future will look like. All six contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working...

Tomorrow is Good: Reducing the heat starts with yourself

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Tessie Hartjes, and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries to find out what the future will look like. All six contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working...

Tomorrow is good: Tree Knights of the Future

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Tomorrow is Good: a ‘pettification’ of nature?

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Tomorrow is Good: Brainport, stupid or genius?

The Importance of actively searching for the limits of our progress In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied...

Thinking of Brabant… Marsman rewritten

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

Tomorrow is Good: Stop Complaining about Nature

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

[TOMORROW IS GOOD] Energetic Nature, why not?

In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All four contributors – sometimes accompanied by guest bloggers – are working on solving the problems of our...

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