Edmire Club: a knowledge sharing platform for sustainability & design


Edmire Club #2: sustainability
as a business model

26.06.2019 - Plein publiek - Free (subscription required)


Based on your request, the second Edmire Club will be all about sustainability as a business model. Three experts will share their knowledge on how sustainability is, can or must be implemented in current and future business models. Does it require only a CO2 emission reduction plan or can businesses do more to have a positive social and environmental impact?



19.30u: welcome!
20.00u: Isabelle de Metz I Board of Innovation (USA)
20.30u: Vincent De Smedt I Edmire (BE)
21.00u: Luc Thys I Soudal (BE)
21.30u: Q&A
22.00u: drinks & chats


About the speakers

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Yalenka Mariën works as a design consultant at the Brussels design company Namahn. She worked at Fjord Paris, part of the consultancy Accenture, as a Service and Interaction designer. Her passion for combining service design with holistic systemic thinking motivated her to make the  move to Namahn, a design company that drives innovation by applying a thoroughly human-centred approach to design. Yalenka teaches Design Research at a design school in Paris, Les Gobelins, and gives trainings at Namahn. In her lecture about sustainable businesses, she will focus on the social impact design can have.

This lecture will be in English.

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Vincent De Smedt is founder and managing director of Edmire. He aims to do business a different way, putting positive social and environmental impact first and doing business from the heart. Vincent will share the challenges he and his team are facing during their transformation to a business as a source for good. He’ll tell an honest story about where Edmire comes from, what the ultimate goal is, and how Edmire plans to become a fourth sector business. A very concrete example of what a sustainable business model means for a small enterprise.

This lecture will be in Dutch.

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Luc Thys is head of the R&D department at Soudal and will share his vision on what sustainability goals mean in an international operating corporate. Is it possible for a manufacturer of sealants, PU-foams and adhesives to have a sustainable business strategy and how do they implement it? Luc will show us it can, and is looking forward to give an interactive keynote to get feedback from the Edmire Club audience on the sustainability goals of Soudal and how the company is taking efforts to reach them.

This lecture will be in Dutch.


About the venue

Event location Plein Publiek and community-center Circuit join their forces for bringing circularity closer to the (local) people. Plein Publiek is located in the brand new Antwerp venue Circulair Zuid, the venue of the future that will stimulate durable use of energy, water, waste and materials and encourages co-creation for a circular dynamic in this neighbourhood. The perfect location for an event about sustainable entrepreneurship!

Plein Publiek - D'Herbouvillekaai 19, 2020 Antwerpen



Entrance is free, but subscription required.

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#1: Circular design

Edmire Club isn’t just another classic networking event. We started it in order to create a community that is looking for a platform to share knowledge about sustainability in the broadest sense. We want people to join our Club to exchange know-how, not just to connect with others for business purposes. It goes without saying that discussing sustainable projects and collaborations is encouraged. That’s our number one aspiration after all.

We must admit that this first edition did not miss its goal and we had a successful and inspiring evening thanks to the contributions of our experts in circular design:

TOON WASSENBERG (futurehead)
MANU VOLLENS (switchrs)
TILLE LINGIER (redopapers)

Want to know more about the why and what of Edmire Club? Read all about it on our blog