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Events in August

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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If you are interested in renting space for a workshop, launch or other event, please mail treehouse@abc.nl for the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, or treehut@abc.nl for the ABC Treehut in The Hague.

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PINC.15 and the American Book Center

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Written by Renée Wijnen

First time for me

It was the first time I’d attended a PINC Conference.  PINC stands for People, Ideas. Nature and Creativity.  PINC hopes to inspire by enabling very different speakers from all over the world to tell their stories. I’d already seen their website: together with exuberant acts, music and short movies in an unusual setting, this promised to be very special. After such a day, you would have to be happy and go home with new ideas!

Coming in, I felt immediately at home in this varied society of visitors, speakers and organizers. The atmosphere was easy, nearly cosy. Around the red winding stairs at Figi in Zeist, there was a gay, expectant crowd. In the big hall, two bookstalls: one for Dutch-language books and one for ABC foreign-language books. With those by some of the speakers prominent, all of them showed a clear relationship to PINC 15 subjects.

After a stimulating intro with plays, a movie and an explanation of the program, the PINC 15 lectures began.  Many speakers had a clear message and explained their mission in an appealing manner.  Here below are the topics. They all made an impression on me!

Anita Nowak pleaded for emphatic action. Real social engagement will bring more profit than simply focussing on IQ and EQ.

Manual Rachdi and Nicolas Laisné showed in their beautiful picture-simulations what can be done with unused metro-stations. Especially their swimming pool spoke to the imagination.

Läslo Evers of the KNMI explained how shockwaves create unhearable sounds. Elephants, for example, give messages in this manner to their friends.

Rob Spence has only one eye, but he’s made his handicap into a virtue. In his artificial eye, he has a tiny camera which is not connected to his brain. It’s just like an earring.

Philipp Riederle, Philipz on internet, is a 19-year-old from Germany. who seems to be a born speaker. He explained how the social media work and, specifically, how to reach the young target market. He finished his lecture with: “Don’t be scared!”

James Brett is the founder of the Museum of Everything, the world’s only travelling museum for undiscovered, unintentional and untrained artists.  The ABC stand sold magazines and books by and about this museum.

Arthur Wassenberg urged that we look more carefully at the components of the world’s economy, because it must become more independent of financial markets. He spoke of how it resembles pyramid games and gave examples of ways to achieve a more stable economy. Very interesting! It was a pity that he couldn’t finish his lecture because he ran out of time. But the lecture will be available on the PINC site.

Samuel Or His documentary about insects, Return of the Cicadas, was the absolute highlight of this conference for me. His movie about the seasons in a forest was also fantastic.

Bart Remes explained drones. At the end of his lecture, he let loose several in various sizes and types to walk and fly. Very nice!

John Barker showed surgery on hands and faces. Intrusive!

Ellen Mookhoek is a forager of wild plants. We got parts of varied plants to eat. They tasted good! Ellen explained how to look for these plants that grow everywhere.

Richard Aldrich asked himself whether we can live without secrets. This amiable man has written a beautiful book about the fact that, in the near future, all personal facts about all of us will be known everywhere. On the other hand, there will be no secrets about governments and companies.

Francoise Mouly told about her long career as an art director at The New Yorker magazine. She was responsible for the suburb covers made by well-known artists such as David Hockney and Sempé.  The ABC stand displayed several issues of The New Yorker, and a box with covers, each on a postcard, was a popular sales item.

Jelle Reumer showed a swan in the city above her nest made of waste matter. He explained that plants and animals assimilate to their surrounding. Cities have various eco-systems with more variety of materials than in the countryside, where agricultural monoculture has depleted the landscape.

David Moinina Sengeh works on the improvement of protheses. His inventions are revolutionary. He also stimulates young people in Africa to fight against illnesses such as malaria.

At the end of the day, there was a splendid concert by Jazz Juniors. Nice to hear and see!  After all this excitement and inspiration, we enjoyed an unbelievably fantastic buffet in Figi’s dining room.

Books and imagination

How books affect the world is something that speaks clearly at a PINC Conference, perhaps because many of the organisers are publishers.  The books on sale were a nice addition to the word-and-image program. With our purchases, many of us took something tangible home with which to quietly enjoy the conference again or to work further on the day’s new insights. PINC gave us all far-reaching insights into many aspects of our lives.

I certainly learned many new things about the subjects that interest me, especially those about the natural world. Those speeches triggered my imagination, and I will work with this: I won’t ever forget that swan on her nest of waste!

People

People, people, people: from very old to “chicken-young”, in all colors and sizes, casually or splendidly dressed.  During the lectures, I enjoyed listening to the fascinating stories while the speakers or their subjects were projected, in large scale, on the screen behind them. In the intermissions, I walked and looked around a lot. I met old colleagues and exchanged e-mail addresses with new friends. The program gave us many subjects for a short conversation. Everything went on in a harmonic and informal atmosphere.

I went home with two presents: a book with a personal message in it by another PINC-visitor and a beautiful watering can with a fun picture on it as a souvenir of this day. For me, that PINC-conference was indeed a fantastic and fulfilling spring of inspiration!

Originally written in Dutch by Renée Wijnen, May 2014, edited by Bryna Hellman.  Posted here with permission of the author.  Read more PINC.15 reviews here.

Events in July

Friday, June 27th, 2014

You can receive this information in your mailbox every month, simply by subscribing to our Events Mailing. Be sure to check the Upcoming Events regularly, too, for late additions.

If you are interested in renting space for a workshop, launch or other event, please mail treehouse@abc.nl for the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, or treehut@abc.nl for the ABC Treehut in The Hague.

At or in cooperation with ABC

Book Signings & Events:

  • Tuesday, July 1st: A meet-and-greet with Byron Katie (Amsterdam)
  • Wednesday, July 16th: Talk and book presentation of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements by Adrienne Maree Brown (Amsterdam)

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ABC’s 42nd Birthday Recap

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

ABC Amsterdam

Thank you for all the congratulations!  What a gorgeous sunny day we had.  :-)  The mini muffins, balloons and the free books were very much appreciated by you.  A lot of people handed in the €5 Birthday voucher (sent to everyone who subscribes to the News Mailing).  This mail voucher was a test of sorts for us, as well, so we were happy to see that many of you took the trouble to print it out and use it.

ABC The Hague

We had a fun, festive day.  The cupcakes provided by the American Baking Company didn’t last long!  Everyone appreciated the free titles given away and we loved the atmosphere you all brought.

Book Statue on the Spui in Amsterdam

“At 11.30 Rietveld students started making several book sculptures with 3 pallets of books supplied by us. They were supossed to go on building until about 15.30 but at around 14.30 its started to rain (luckily only for about ten minutes) so we decided to start the breakdown/give-away early as we didn’t want good books ruined. It was crazy!  Locals, tourists, people just passing by could not believe we were just giving away books like this and many people walked away with one or a small stack (and of course there were also some people who got real greedy and did not want to share and took lots of books). ABC’s owner Lynn, the Rietveld students and I walked around explaning to people why they could take these books for free and handed out ABC book marks. Within an hour and a half 3 pallets of books were gone! Three small boxes of lonely titles remained and will be donated to a good cause.  You can see lots more pictures on our Flickr page.
Lynn also had to go in to the store to get a new pink John Waters bookmark for a 70 year-old lady, who was upset she lost hers. She said his quote was a great standard to live by! ;-) ” – Karin, ABC’s Marketing Director

“Beste mensen van The American Book Center!

Bedankt voor het prachtige fotoboek van Ansel Adams, een 2-tal romans en een kookboek. Fantastisch leuke geste van The American Book Center gisteren op het Spui in Amsterdam aan alle Amsterdammers en toeristen, waaronder ik.  Zomaar duizenden boeken neerleggen om door iedereen gratis te worden meegenomen. Zodra ik weer in Amsterdam ben kom ik in de winkel gewoon wat kopen.

Groeten, Ria van Bree-Boersma, Rotterdam”

And many thanks to Peter Eijking for making the video below! It gives a great impression of this unique event.

Events in June

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

You can receive this information in your mailbox every month, simply by subscribing to our Events Mailing. Be sure to check the Upcoming Events regularly, too, for late additions.

If you are interested in renting space for a workshop, launch or other event, please mail treehouse@abc.nl for the ABC Treehouse in Amsterdam, or treehut@abc.nl for the ABC Treehut in The Hague.

At or in cooperation with ABC

Book Signings & Events:

  • Saturday, June 14th: Kids Event: The ABC of Holland – Dutch favorites from A – Z (Amsterdam)

One-Off Events/Workshops/Clubs/etc.:

Ongoing Events/Workshops/Clubs/Etc.:

ABC in the Wild:

Exhibitions:

Elsewhere