Within Civic Innovation Network Ellen has the creative lead on the process of collectively building future stories with and for Brussels citizens, to trigger people to think critically about what comes next and stimulate them to work towards it together. Besides, she works as a speaker, writer and art director.
The next generation is the main inspiration and motivation in her work. As author of the Youth Trend Report 2013, 2015 and 2017, she got recognized for unraveling the drives and aspirations of youngsters and their communities. In 2018 she did the art direction for a Plan A manifestation with 8000 participants asking the city of Antwerp for more citizen participation. In several personal projects she researches the relationship of people with technology and experiments with new ways of storytelling.