PINC.17: A mind-blowing experience

by Rupert Parker Brady, PINC-fan since 2000

PINC.17: a mind-blowing experience  

How do you remember an inspiring moment, a story, a flavor explosion, an image, a fragment or a new insight? Probably by little snippets over the course of time. What remains are the positive feelings in response to visual, cognitive, auditory or sensory stimuli. Call it small moments of happiness. To experience PINC and die is certainly exaggerated. But the event has given thousands of visitors over the past 17 years the chance to take a break from the daily grind. What somebody does after PINC is not necessarily fascinating. Much more interesting is to understand how the family & friends of van Lindonk are able to bring together an unexpected mix of guests in Figi every year.

Annual circus Sixteen people from all parts of the world who know their trade with a trinity of enthusiasm, eagerness and love for what they do. Emotions like the cry of recognition, surprise, and laughter compete for priority with the public. The energy released in the theater resonates and connects people. The narrative tradition of PINC is about standing still, looking, listening and wondering. The rituals, framing the show at PINC, change the way you experience the day. The anticipation begins for a participant the night before when you pack a book with a personal statement to surprise another participant. Once you put your morning gift on the table book, you have contributed to the conclusion of an unforgettable day. How special is that?!

Teambuilding outing 
PINC.17 on Tuesday, May 10th was a feast of recognition for regular visitors and a memorable day for newcomers in all respects. The location, the hotel staff, the circus music, strawberries, white rolls with chocolate sprinkles, the book stand, the bracelets, the bottled water, the unexpected encounters, the decoration. Yes, even mingling out in the sun outside is part of the day. New were the team reporters in the entrance hall. From a pop-up newspaper using a duplicator to publish two editions of the newspaper "The Delusion '. The reporters found among the visitors KPN and ASN Bank teams in casual clothes who consciously wanted to undergo the shower of ideas to gain new conversation among the coffee time and the weekly staff meetings. It is not surprising that PINC appears to be an ideal day out for team building. That's exactly what the couple Peter and Nelleke van Lindonk had in mind in 2000 when they started.  Beside their publishing house for special books, this unique event has nothing to do with the ordinary business conferences where. PINC remains a unique odd man out.

Familiar and yet surprising 

A good tradition in programming is beautiful interludes. Each year occurs a winner of the Princess Christina Competition for young musicians. Now it was the turn of the eleven-year-old harpist Merle van der Lijke. Eager and passionate she played the stringed instrument that she had chosen 3,5 year ago straight from the heart (in her own words). Her personality and her expressive game fit perfectly well with the original choice to perform baroque and flamenco. We will hear more from her. Another surprise was Yvo Staudt, which masterfully played the accordion. Then host Max Christern told the audience that favorite speakers at PINC are good at two things. Later more about another passion of this musician.

Vintage PINC is also the choice of Nelleke and her team to put specific people in the limelight. So was familiar and frequent visitor author Adriaan van Dis on stage following his latest bestseller "I'll be back' to tell the audience about the fragility of memory and the human capacity to expel bad experiences. Regular visitor and multi-talented Fay Lovsky, whose drawn portraits of PINC speakers hung throughout the lobby, was featured in a short movie from Bart Nelissen rightly focused on her musical and vocal abilities.

PINC moments Among the sixteen speakers, there are always a few that stick. Here is a very personal selection of these speakers.

The Scientist:The Dutchman Frans von der Dunk has the honor of being a professor of space law at the University of Nebraska. "Space is one, but nations must agree among themselves on regulations in terms of safety and sustainable exploitation of everything that floats outside the Earth”. With his dry humor he told, to the amusement of the audience, that the American Dennis Hope has become a multimillionaire with his Lunar Embassy sales of planets, stars and asteroids to countries and companies. He has sold 32 million hectares.

Artist: Every year there is a speaker that makes everyone fall back in his chair. On May 10 it was the tribute to the British Thomas Thwaites who built a toaster with his own hands and without works (read the book The Toaster Project). On a whim, he decided to live three days as a goat. His dream was to get rid of worries that only humans have. A fund gave him money and he went to work. His quest ended on a mountain pasture in Switzerland where he grazed in a strange armor among other goats.

The creative: Marko Costanzo is a man with a dream job. Over the past 35 years, the American has used his creativity in almost all major Hollywood movies. He showed how to make it sound like a body on film is being crushed by a car. To break a neck? Use celery. Footsteps on ice? Take a lady’s high heel and a piece of glass and wrap it in duct tape.

The craftsman: Accordion Player Ivo Staudt from Twente is a man who has a second passion. On his 21st birthday he started making his own watch brand, which comes "from a deep-rooted passion for the craft." The expensive watch whose movement is from Switzerland, is made according to his motto: "Modest outside, shining from within." The third version of the Staudt watch is now available at one of eight outlets in the Netherlands.

The portrait illustrator: JJanet Hamlin is one of the few non-military that has looked in the eye in the last 10 years the alleged terrorists in court at the Guantanamo Bay naval base. She is a 'visual journalist,' creating hundreds of sketches of the court procedures, which are collected in a special book. "Whilst trying to be neutral, I use colors to draw attention to important details."

Ms Bird:There was also a first. For the first time the partner of a PINC speaker spoke. Three years ago, Thomas Poulsom shared his passion for Lego birds and told the audience to great hilarity that he had lost his heart via Facebook to another bird lover from South America. Now they live together. The Colombian designer and artist Diana Beltran-Herrera's mission is to restore the disturbed relationship between humans and nature. She creates extremely realistic looking birds from hundreds of pieces of colored paper. 'We need to release these birds. I have discovered I can build narratives. That's why I now also create things that are personal to me out of paper. "

The prison director: Arne Kvernvik Nilsen was for many years governor of the world's first ecological prison for people on an island near Oslo. There, recidivism decreased to 16 percent, while the European average is between 60-75 percent. His message came loud and clear: I believe the day people who represent a threat to society, are released from prison, they represent an even greater threat to society. In order to punish people, you do not need to use prisons as punishment. If you give inmates lots of freedom and at the same time responsibility, you can create a change in behavior. "

Next year is another chance to be there in Zeist and see with your own eyes how  you how one day can change your life. PINC.18 will take place on May 16, 2017.