Koko is an advisor urban innovation. He is fascinated by urban change and focusses mainly on the question of how the knowledge and creativity present in cities can be used to tackle urban issues. In the programme City Deal Kennis Maken: stad als leeromgeving [the city as a learning environment] he works toward making better use of the knowledge and talent that are widespread at higher education institutions. Before that he supported innovation from residents of Amsterdam during the programme Amsterdammers, Make Your City!. Also, he is part of the team that organises our monthly Out of Office.
Koko graduated from a Research Master Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where he obtained a bachelor in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning too. He took courses at universities in the Netherlands as well as abroad, including Delft University of Technology, University College London, University of Washington and Newcastle University. He now uses the inspiration that he took from living and studying in cities across the globe to work on societal issues at Kennisland.
Through voluntary work at ++Academy of the CityIn the project Springlevende Wijk [Alive and Kicking Neighbourhood] students live in a low-income neighbourhood at a reduced rent price and run civic projects in the neighbourhood. (Academy of the City) during his studies Koko became enthusiastic about working together with citizens on improving the city. His passion for co-creation motivates him to make cities healthier, more talented and just.
When Koko is not busy making better cities you can often find him at social activities at Spring House. For example, together with fellow members he organised a series of events on taboo topics such as ++GenderFor the occasion of one of the events Koko designed a T-shirt with a print of the 70+ gender options one can choose on Facebook. and unconventional romantic relationships. Furthermore, he is a huge fan of Japan and ++BeyoncéIn their new music video Apeshit Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z dance and rap in the Louvre in Paris. The video brings attention to (colonial) power relations of the past.