My name is Marco

I am Marcoa Designeran Educatora Speakera Change-agent


About Marco

Marco van Hout is co-founder and Creative Director of Digital Society School in Amsterdam, where hundreds of life-long learners and trainees are trained to become ‘digital transformation designers’. He initiated the widely used Design Method Toolkit, the global Design Across Cultures programs and the growing social movement of the Global Goals Jam, in conjunction with the UNDP: 90+ cities and over 5000 design activists that use their creative skills for the benefit of the SDG’s and society.

In the past Marco co-founded and headed a digital agency and strategic design consultancy and took seat in the board of the international Design & Emotion Society for over 10 years.

Marco is a community liaison for World Design Organization, an advisory board member for DOT in Spain, and a visiting professor at IE University in Madrid. As a frequent invited speaker and facilitator, Marco addresses topics such as (digital) transformation design, digital society, human(ity) centered/ UX design, cross-cultural collaboration and sustainable development.

What I do


An expert in how design can transform systems and tackle complex challenges


An expert in how products, services and systems can be designed for humans, with emotions


For every organisation that wants to understand how complex global challenges can be tackled from a local perspective, by design


For all organisations that want to learn about transformation, digital society, design for SDG's and emotional design

Young-Ill Kim

Former head of design Hyundai/Kia

I have known Mr.Van Hout for Several years and had opportunities to be together at numerous Design Conferences and listened his Speeches. He is a very Experienced professional Design expertise and able to point out Design specific Objectives in respecting of global social tendencies and to focus Specific Design Problems and able to suggest Solutions based on his Design Academic Experiences and knowledge with wide spectrums. I have arranged for Marco to be invited to a Design Conference a few years ago in korea, organized by SCCP,one of Samsung Electronics suppliers. Marco gave the audience a very impactful Impression. Therefore, I do recommend him without any hesitation!

Jennifer Schneider

Professor RIT, Director Eugene H. Fram Chair

It was an honor to host Professor and designer Marco van Hout at the Rochester Institute of Technology to lead our Fram Signature events in October 2018. Marco's unique blend of transformational thinking, engaging style and personal commitment will continue to inspire our campus community far beyond these events. As the Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking, as a university professor deeply supportive of global sustainability & resilience, and as a citizen of our world, I applaud Professor van Hout for his efforts and look forward to more opportunities to learn from and collaborate with him.