Stats & Politics: House of Representatives (2012-2017)

With elections coming up for the Dutch House of Representatives, it is time to reflect once more on the past four years. What can the past four years possibly tell us about the next four? Continue reading Stats & Politics: House of Representatives (2012-2017)

Stats & SNL: Other Projects By Cast, Crew and Alums

During the 2016 U.S. election cycle, I watched one of SNL’s Democratic Debate cold opens. It probably wasn’t the first sketch I ever saw, but it was the first one that made me want to see more. I knew SNL first as a name that sounded vaguely familiar, and later as that show my American friends referenced without context, and I never got any of the jokes. Continue reading Stats & SNL: Other Projects By Cast, Crew and Alums

Stats & Politics: Women in Parliament

In 1917, just shy of a hundred years ago, a constitutional amendment1 gave women in the Netherlands the right to run for office. A year later, Suze Groeneweg was the first woman to be elected as a House representative2Continue reading Stats & Politics: Women in Parliament

Politican sparks racist chant in Dutch municipal elections

So, perhaps it is time for protest after all. Disbelief with a hint of infuriation. Major wins for local and liberal parties in the municipal elections, fantastic – but at the same time the Netherlands’ most infamous right-wing party leader crossed all lines of decency with his most racist comment yet. Continue reading Politican sparks racist chant in Dutch municipal elections

At risk of exclusion: personalised medicine in healthcare reform

Innovation is inherently uncertain. There is plenty of risk in the development phase: most inventions don’t even make it to the market. There is financial risk for investors, and there are risks for the user too. With the introduction of every new concept concerns arise about impact, but the concept of risk itself is not as clear-cut as it may seem.  Continue reading At risk of exclusion: personalised medicine in healthcare reform

First steps off the electronic waste heap, with Phone Blocks

Over the past few decades, we as a global community have put a giant heap of electronic waste on our planet that grows taller by the day. Most of the waste is exported to countries in the developing world where it pollutes the environment and imposes health risks on local communities. Continue reading First steps off the electronic waste heap, with Phone Blocks

Biorobotics: science at a crossroads

Is the concept of biorobotics crazy enough to be innovative? In 1997, a video released as part of Apple’s Think Different campaign tried to convince us that only the ‘crazy ones’ can change the world.  Continue reading Biorobotics: science at a crossroads