The people behind And The People

For each project we compose a team of professionals who share our vision and help to improve our work and methodology.  We cooperate with passionate persons from different backgrounds, walks of lives and expertises that can complement And The People on different challenges. If you share our vision and feel that together we can create more impact then get in touch for a cup of coffee! 
Email us at, give us a call on +31 (0) 642811774 (Joris), +31 (0)6 24408533 (Jip)



Joris Kramer

Joris Kramer is the man with a radar for valuable consumer insights and a nose for a good idea! He is trained in social innovation and human centered design at the Technical University of Delft.

Together with Jip he founded And The People in 2007. Since then he has been working on developing and executing propositions and interventions in developing countries, as well as western context for diverse societal and environmental issues.

Jip Nelissen

Jip Nelissen loves it when a plan comes together! He is the one that likes his hands to get dirty, using his combination of practical and hands-on knowledge, with a technical skill set in architecture and sustainable engineering.  

He co-founded And The People with Joris and has solid knowledge and working experience in diverse post disaster- and developing-countries, in urban and rural contexts. 


Thieme Hennis (PhD) works as an independent educational researcher and is active in the field of circular systems and neighbourhoods. As part of Border Labs he coordinates a community of space and urban farmers and ecologists, organises events, and manages projects like the 'citizen science kit for Plant Characterisation'.

At And The People he is involved in Waste Lab / Cirkel Markt, finding innovative ways to engage citizens to take ownership in the circular system of waste recycling in their neighbourhood.


Want to make your message clear, beautiful? That is when you need Hester. Hester van Toorenburg is the graphic and visual communication queen of And The People. Creative, with a keen intuition for the essence of a message and an analytical approach she crafts illustrations, communication campaigns, brand identities and the strategy behind it.

Next to working with And The People, Hester runs her Studio Hes  from the French country side and is a perma-culture specialist.


Our home

Our home base is the city of Amsterdam, where we work at the IJ water front, 5 minutes away from central station at Spring House; a workspace with different members; organizations that share our desire for a more social and sustainable society.