Project Description

Marcel Kampman


Driven by an insatiable curiosity, I catalyse new projects to playfully explore different topics in the fields of society, culture, and technology. As the initiator of Happyplaces Project I investigate the dimensions and manifestations of space. The project explores how a wide variety of people create or facilitate spaces and where their boundaries lie; in turn, it maps these findings and then translates them into hands-on tools that can help to create better spaces where people can find new space for growth in all dimensions.

I regularly organise and facilitate creative social events that bring people together in building shared understandings and improved realities, as I do with my work as creative director of WeMakeThe.City, the festival that makes cities better.

I work as a creative strategist and strategic creative as Happykamping, an eclectic distributed network of thinkers and doers for a wide variety of clients, helping them with their complex challenges, and ultimately leading them to happiness.

Employment History

1996 – Present
Happykamping creative strategy | strategic creativity
Owner/Creative Director
2011 – present
Happyplaces Project
Founder, playful researcher, author and speaker
2019 – present
Co-founder & creative director
2017 – present
WeMakeThe.City — the festival that makes cities better
Creative Director
2019 – present
House of Beautiful Business
Co-host of the Chamber of Beautiful Business
2017 – present
Het Grootse Kleinste Festival
Hoofd Geregisseerd Uit De Hand Laten Lopen
2017 – present
State of the Region
Creative Director
1999 – present
Texelse Boys Foundation
Founder/Creative Director/Chairman
2016 – 2019
Creative Director
2014 – 2017
Designathon Works
Board Member
2015 – 2016
Gemeente Meppel
Lid aanjaagcommissie maatschappelijke initiatieven gemeente Meppel
2015 – 2016
Creative Director of PICNIC Festival Brasil
2013 – 2016
ArtEZ Institute of the Arts
Product Design Department Advisory Committee
2012 – 2016
NHL Hogeschool
Communication & Multimedia Design Advisory Board
2011 – 2016
Dreamschool Foundation
2010 – 2015
Dreamschool Foundation
2007 – 2016
Mastermundo creative gathering
Founder/creative director
2015 – 2015
Onze Nieuwe School
2012 – 2015
Member of the #4T2 innovation group
2010 – 2015
2008 – 2015
Creative Advisory Board member
2010 – 2014
Creative Director
2007 – 2012
BNO Beroepsorganisatie Nederlandse Ontwerpers
Board Member
2006 – 2010
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague | Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (KABK)
Head, Coordinator & Lecturer
2008 – 2009
Creative Company Conference
Creative Adviser & Creative Director
2007 – 2008
WAACS Design & Consultancy
Creative Director
2006 – 2008
The Best Annual Report Competition (The Netherlands)
Member of the jury
2006 – 2007
Creative Director
2005 – 2006
Art/Concept Director/Senior designer


1994 – 2000
Academy Minerva, School for Fine Art & Design
Graphic design, Moving image, Interactive media