Joos van Cauwenberghe & Marie van den Broeck

School community of RHIZO

2018, 2019

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About the host:

Marie owns design company ‘My Addon’, which is on a mission to make every (para)medical device on earth user friendly. She was awarded ‘Belgian youth entrepreneur of the year’ and spreads her mission as a passionate public speaker. Joos fuses his passion for education, design and entrepreneurship to create radically new forms of learning. He works at the school community of RHIZO on scalable learning experiences that bring creative problem solving and project-based learning into the classroom.

About the event:

While Marie uses creative problem solving
and design in her design company, Joos is
a teacher and fully committed to bringing creative problem-solving into the classroom. We blended these focus areas by hosting the GCD in Brussels. We believe the mind-sets and principles of design really can make the world better, safer and more humane. That’s exactly the message that the GCD spreads and we’re very happy and eager to share and support that mission.

The Happy Meadow

The team thought cows are bored, because meadows are looking dull and they take up a lot of space, so they changed the barbed wire and fence to bushes and trees and added more small animals to the meadow. More biodiversity in the same area. They also added a small meadow loft so all the fruit and eggs that were not consumed by the cows or other animals can be processed to a dip or displayed for sale.


Do you have leftovers? Put it in the ‘foodtube’ and it will be sent to Africa. It's a tube post for food. At a speed of 1200 km/hour, the food will arrive in Congo in 5 hours. The tube is cooled during the transport, so the quality of the food stays ok.

The tasty cycle

Robots come and collect your leftovers, mostly fruits or vegetables and the food transformer makes the food you want. The food transformer specialises in pizza sauces, dips and vegetable fries.

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