Who is Dirk Barrez?
He is an author and chief editor of PALA.be, which is a popular newsletter and website that tries to find solutions for a more social, ecological and democratic world. He spent over 20 years working as TV journalist and documentary maker for the VRT, and played an important role in programmes such as Panorama and Terzake.
Very few people are able to forecast and understand new developments as he can: from globalisation and the financial crisis, to the need for transition and cooperative enterprise. This clear insight is reflected in enlightening and enduring books and documentaries, as well as countless lectures that enable people to better understand the world around them.
Besides being a journalist, he is an active citizen and social entrepreneur who has (helped to) set up many initiatives such as the TransitieNetwerk Middenveld and the TransitieFestival.
We have all had a fantastic study day. We already knew that guest speaker Dirk Barrez is a great addition to any event, but he confirmed that once again this year. This was the third time that we had booked Dirk Barrez. The themes and topics he addresses really fascinate us.
Eddy De Wit
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