We are Ivar and Floris, two Dutchmen with a love for the natural world and a passion for travel. We realize that fundamental ecological and social challenges threaten the survival of humanity and many other species on our planet.

This insight shaped our plan for sailing around the world. We decided to search for solutions to sustainability challenges. Solutions that work in practice and which we could share on an open source basis.

And so, after completing the renovation of our boat Lucipara2, we quit our jobs, sold (almost) everything we owned, and left behind our family, friends, and lives in Amsterdam.

Since our departure in 2016, we have been finding numerous positive examples and meeting the inspiring people who make them happen. The more sustainable solutions we find, the more optimistic we become of our chances to change course to a sustainable future.

Ivar Smits

Ivar Smits

Floris van Hees

Floris van Hees

Ivar (1974) is passionate about ecosystems, climate change, and sustainable economies. He has over 20 years of experience as a sailing instructor. He holds degrees in industrial engineering (University of Twente), sustainability leadership (University of Cambridge) and corporate communications (Erasmus – Rotterdam School of Management). Before embarking on a world trip with Sailors for Sustainability, he worked at the sustainability department of multinational AkzoNobel. He now runs an advisory company, Institute For a Sustainable Future (Instituut Voor een Duurzame Toekomst – IVeDT), advising clients on sustainability-related questions.

Floris (1978) is passionate about justice, human rights, and environmental protection. He has a law degree (Maastricht University) and a postgraduate degree in human rights and democratisation (EIUC). Following a career as a lawyer for international law firm Clifford Chance in Amsterdam, he started his own legal consultancy and helped set up a clearinghouse (Pro Bono Connect) for referring legal requests from NGOs to law firms for pro bono advice.


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