© 2017 by The Living University by ZERI & BlueCity.  | Rotterdam | programma@bluecity.nl | +31 10 307 22 47

Previous editions

Get an impression from previous editons at El Hierro (Spain)

  and Las Gaviotas (Colombia)


The Living University is the annual cross-road on which we gather energy by exchanging ideas, tools and insights in order to break off and continue our own paths of changing the economy. Revamped and equipped for a next phase! An initiative by Gunter Pauli's ZERI foundation. 

October 22nd-27th, 2017 | Global Blue Economy Network |Rotterdam

The Living University is the growing, beating heart of the Blue Economy community. Its purpose is to collectively devote time and attention to (re)aligning with the essence of the Blue Economy and connect  with whom this concept resonates. 

the beating heart of the blue economy movement

Maasboulevard 100

3063 NS Rotterdam 


Front-runners working on, implementing- or seeking to implement an initiative for the common good.


What to expect


This year's gathering will be in and around BlueCity, Rotterdam. Together we will combine the ingredients, opportunities, tools, space, ideas and most importantly people, to create a truly inspiring learning experience. As a participant you will be actively invited to shape of the Living University. We will let it grow and develop, building on the needs and energy within the group. 

The Living University is a co-created event: for the people, by the people.

Field trips

The Living University 2017 will be hosted in and from BlueCity but will spread though the entire delta area. Expect field trips to  inspiring examples and challenges connected with leverage-points within the region.

Front runners

The Living University invites front runners from all over the world. You will be working, creating, talking, cooperating and learning with other Blue Economy enthusiasts and frontrunners from all over the world.

An event for the people by the people. With lots of opportunities, tools and space to influence the program and co-create inspired meetups that suit your goals, skills and interest together with this group of ambitious people.

Open space

A university without professors or an aula, where those who did it share it.

Gunter Pauli
Author The Blue Economy 2.0 & Founder ZERI


How to Join

The Living University week

gathers the frontrunners of the Blue Economy and works with an invitation system to do so. Invites are distributed by Gunter Pauli, Charles van der Haegen and BlueCity. In the invite you get a ticket link.

Haven't got an invite but do want to participate the whole week? Fill out our request form and we will be in touch. We would love to get to know your motivations.


Additional Opportunities

We are adding something not tried out in the El Hierro and Las Gaviotas events. As said earlier, the core learning team of the Living University is limited. Our aim is however to design processes whereby as many different parties and persons as possible will get the opportunity to interact and learn with the core learning team.

Deep Dive

Intensive, interactive breakfast till lunch sessions

Dinner Jam

Informal dinner, dine and discover.

Blue Economy Night

Gunter Pauli & his entrepreneurial friends on stage

From Vision to Reality

How can individuals, communities and policy makers implement blue economy through initiatives and ventures?

How to best secure financing? How to find the right financiers? What are innovative and blue business models?



How do scientists and engineers interact with designers of disruptive business models to create breakthroughs?

Science and engineering 
The System Approach

How to integrate micro-macro, connect local-global and find symbiosis from primary sector other industries?


Virtues and principles of Blue entrepreneurship

What's the journey of a blue entrepreneur or enabler? Which challenges do we face? What principles should we use to navigate?

The program

" We know that many people will be asking for a program. This is an acquired habit, but in our opinion contrary to the principles of autopoïesis (Varela and Maturana) or self- organising (Erich Jantsch)." -- Charles van der Haegen ZERI


Red thread: “transformation by radically changing the rules”.

Covering following topics :


As a participant you will gain access to an internal communication platform to communicate with other members before, during and after the event.

Founder ZERI, author The Blue Economy
Founder DYCLE
Professor at Politecnico di Torino. Writer micro macro. President Systemic Approach Foundation
VP Research and Materials at The Antenna Company International
Founder RotterZwam, Co-founder BlueCity
Co-Founder & CEO ZERI
Red Mexicana de Mujeres, SC (Mexican women network, Civil Asociation)
Systemic Designer, Agency designContext EURL
Sistem Eko Fungi
Researcher CONCYTEC- Perú , Manager of innovation, Maker.
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