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It was the day that many people demonstrated against racism and discrimination. The professor and the protestor had started talking to each other and it had become a long and thoughtful conversation. The protestor used words that the professor hadn’t heard very often that day, such as ‘appreciation’ and ‘decency.’ She also said that she had already written so many cover letters for job applications, but had never been invited for an interview. “I really don’t know what I can do about it,” the protester told the professor. Because she really didn’t know.

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Author profile picture Dr. Peter de Kock is adept at combining data science with scenario planning to prevent crime and enhance safety. De Kock graduated as filmmaker from the Film Academy of the Amsterdam School of the Arts where he mastered the art of creating scenarios for feature films and documentaries. After receiving a master’s degree in Criminal Investigation at the Police Academy, he was offered a position within the Dutch National Police force where he served as acting head of several covert departments. Within this domain he was able to introduce (creative) scenarios to anticipate and investigate crime. In 2014 De Kock combined art, criminal investigation, and data science in his dissertation "Anticipating Criminal Behaviour" with which he earned his Doctorate at Tilburg University. De Kock is founder and director of Pandora Intelligence, an independent security company specialized in security risks. The company uses a scenario-based approach to discover narratives in unstructured data, which helps (non) governmental organisations to mitigate risks and enhance opportunities.