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From talking to doing

Humankind is specialized in accelerating urban change towards cities that are human and kind to ourselves, others and our planet. Read more about our vision.


We can’t solve our current urban challenges using the same kind of thinking - and acting - we used when we created them. It is our passion to find creative ways to do things differently, creating new connections and collaborations. We work in a holistic approach with a multidisciplinary team of urban planners, creatives, transition theorists, communication specialists, social entrepreneurs, psychoanalysts, etc.


We analyze all factors that drive or slow down urban change and co-create visions and long-term plans. But more importantly, we turn visions into actions. We design places, programs, products and processes that make a real impact in the lives of people. Using instruments derived from transition management and urban planning tools such as tactical urbanism and experiments we get things done. 


At Humankind we help cities, organizations and urban change makers to tackle the most complex urban challenges, and create a better future together!

Transition Management


Our Theory of Change is based on the ‘transition management’ approach developed by our partner DRIFT  (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions, part of the Erasmus University Rotterdam).


Central to the approach is not focusing on incremental improvements and small updates, but aiming to contribute to a systemic shift in thinking and acting. Change can’t be completely managed, but with new instruments, strategies and actions it is possible to influence the speed and development of sustainability transitions.


Using a systemic approach we co-create collective problem structuring and vision development, taking into consideration a city’s hardware, software and orgware. Building change-agents networks in cities we work together in innovative collaborations to shape and strengthen visionary projects, through experiments, closely monitoring our impact.


Our Approach

Transition X-curve

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Transition X-curve (Loorbach, 2014)

Out team


Lior Steinberg

Co-founder & Urban Planner

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Kim de Graaf

Impact & Business Development Lead

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Nuria Ribas Costa

Communications Officer & Content Creator

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Ioanna Tsakalakidou

GIS & Urban Researcher

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Jorn Wemmenhove

Co-founder & Creative Strategist

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Angelica Francisco

Urban Researcher & Project Manager

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Mario Raimondi Pruss

Transition Management & Academy Manager

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Pedro Gil Farias

Design Research & Speculative Design

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Our Team

Our network partners


George Liu

Online Education Strategist & Mobility Researcher

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Luisina Perassi

Architecture & women in public spaces


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Sascha Benes

Lvblcity blog co-founder & contributor


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Luz Amuchastegui

Youth development & woman power

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Hugo Pilate

Design Research & Speculative Design

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Justin Hyatt

Urban mobility & strategic planning

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Hugo van der Steenhoven

Active mobility & governance

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Eva van Breugel

Program maker

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Join us!

Want to join Humankind?  We currently don't have any open positions. However, we are always happy to meet people that want to make human and kind cities. If you are interested in a collaboration or you are a student looking for an internship, you can send us an email at

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