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2016: Born to Learn

Interview with Jurrïen Mentink

By Kimberly Friesen - Feb 3rd, 2017

As a student of urban design that lives in the care institution Humanitas, he has managed to inspire many people with his story of how young and old can learn from each other. We are speaking about Jurrïen Mentink. It has been a year since he was a speaker at TedxAmsterdamEducation and we looked back at his year since then with him, and also hear about his future plans.

TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 – Overall impressions of an inspiring day

By Alvaro de Salvo - Apr 29th, 2016

What do 600 people in the audience, 75+ volunteers, twelve keynote speakers, several performing artists and workshop hosts have in common? They were all present at the fourth edition of the TEDxAmsterdamED event, with the unique opportunity to create a full day environment to rethink education. The main topic of this year’s edition was #BorntoLearn and lifelong learning.

TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 - Interactive Program

By the TEDxAmsED Content Creators - Apr 29th, 2016

A new and exciting addition to the TEDxAmsterdamED event this year was the highly interactive learning program for the audience. While past editions of the event have also included a large dose of interactive aspects during the breaks, this year, the #BorntoLearn theme was supercharged with learning opportunities for all participants.

Workshop - The learning Kitchen

By Coraline Reeder - Apr 25th, 2016

This workshop hosted by Maaike van der Velden and Joep de Jong explored the participants' own experiences with learning and asked them to share these to come to great recipes for Lifelong Learning.

Workshop - 365 days successful

By Coraline Reeder - Apr 24th, 2016

The illness and subsequent passing of his friend Jip encouraged Arjan to completely turn his life around. Together with David de Kock he founded 365dagensuccesvol.nl, an initiative aimed at making the Netherlands the happiest place in the world by 2020. In his workshop, Arjan shows the participants which steps they can take to discover and reach their goals.

Interview with Arjan Vergeer - Redefining what success means to you

By Alvaro de Salvo - Apr 19th, 2016

As an author and co-founder at 365DagenSuccesvol.nl in Amsterdam, Arjan Vergeer was once upon a time a very ‘successful’ man. His apparent happiness and the early departure of a good friend triggered in him a wake up call: how to make the most out of his life and help others find their voice along the way? Together with David de Kock, they have the mission to make the Netherlands the happiest country in the world by 2020. Arjan will be leading a workshop on April 20th, so we asked him a few questions to get to know him better.

Interview with Christine Wank - The 3 C's for true innovation

By Madeline Hendricks - Apr 18th, 2016

Based in Berlin, Christine Wank is a leader who trains leaders. A visiting university lecturer, she provides tools that spark transformation and innovation and that enable individuals and organisations to reach their full potential. She has a broad experience in leadership training, capacity building, and global governance, across a variety of contexts. Christine's TEDxAmsterdamED Talk, entitled The three C's for transformation: How to use your Self as the tool for real innovation, will serve to inspire and encourage change on many levels.

Interview with Roshan Paul - How Do You Learn How to Change the World

By Madeline Hendricks - Apr 12th, 2016

Indian by birth but global citizen in deed, Roshan Paul is a man who escapes definition. In both his personal and professional life he is always looking for innovation. His endeavours range from his social entrepreneurship to his unquestionable academic achievements, and to his identity as a cricket journalist-cum-storyteller-cum-novelist who has worked or studied on every inhabited continent.
An engaging speaker, Paul comes to TEDxAmsterdamED as co-founder of the Amani Institute, where he has set aside barriers to generate an educational model fit for the dynamic needs of the twenty-first century.

Interview with Jurriën Mentink - Learning from the unexpected

By Kathy Jastrzebski - Apr 6th, 2016

As an Urban Design student in Deventer, Jurriën Mentink might seem like a ‘regular’ student at first glance. But the place he has been living at since he began his studies, the Humanitas Retirement Home, provides him yet another type of education – an intergenerational learning experience that has lead to meaningful friendships between young students and elderly retirees, with great learning benefits for both. He is honoured and excited to share his personal learning story on April 20th, so we asked him a few questions to get to know him better.

Yolanda Eijgenstein: Small steps towards big dreams

By Mariette Reineke - Mar 2nd, 2016

Mariette Reineke, PR manager for TEDxAmsterdamED 2016, recently spoke to Yolanda Eijgenstein. Yolanda has recently joined the board of TEDxAmsterdamED and this year's event will be her first.

Mariette set out to find out what motivated Yolanda to become a board member, what her view is on Life Long Learning based on her own experience in the corporate world and her ideas about the future of TEDxAmsterdamEducation.

TEDxAmsterdamED Award: Do you have a great idea? Then apply now!

By Robin Roosenstein - Feb 21st, 2016

We proudly introduce the first annual TEDxAmsterdamED Award! For this year's award we are looking for ideas that connect to the 2016 theme of the event - #BornToLearn.
This could be an opportunity for initiatives, changemakers or organisations that are breaking ground in education and/or lifelong learning and wish to share their innovative solutions with the world.

Jurriën Mentink

Intergenerational learning

The pace of life today can be overwhelming, focused on achieving a long list of things, but rarely pausing to ask ‘why’. That is how Jurriën Mentink felt about his life until he got the opportunity to move into the Humanitas Retirement Home in Deventer at the start of his university studies. He got to live there for free in exchange for 30 hours volunteering with the elderly residents. But he got a lot more than he ever expected - thanks to his neighbours he now has a completely different perspective on life.

Jacquelien de Savornin Lohman

‘Faalkracht' (The Power of Failure)

Jacquelien is 82 years old. She has been a lawyer, a professor and a senator, but at a high age she embarked on a completely new career path: she became a performer. In this piece (in Dutch) she shares her story through song and dance and even gets the audience to sing along! What an inspiration!

Award Pitch Winner: Nathalie Lecina

From dropouts to innovators

The goal of Studio Moio, founded by Nathalie Lecina, is to re-motivate young people from vocational education or on the verge of dropping out. These youngsters are referred to the Studio either when they are not successful in finding an internship, or are referred by a school due to poor attendance. With a simple motto - that every person has a value - Studio Moio matches their unique values and abilities to a societal issue that needs a solution. These young people, drawing on their own vulnerabilities, bring a completely fresh perspective to solving these issues and in the process help both themselves and those they create solutions for.

Award Pitch: Michel Visser

Learn from your neighbors

With his innovative website, Konnektid.com, the founder Michel Visser wants to transform neighbourhoods into universities. Around four years ago, Michel was inspired to think of a way to connect those who wanted to learn with others who wanted to teach, all in their immediate environments. ‘Learning starts after university’ and Konnektid.com helps you tap into the knowledge around you, making a real impact in people’s lives.

André Platteel

Radical Not-Knowing: Learning with an unknown future

According to André, in this rapidly changing world our knowledge has a sell-by-date. If we realise real learning can actually take place in this climate of not knowing and uncertainty, this realisation can actually set us free, so we can face the world with open eyes and learn and grow more intuitively. The word learning comes from German and the root means: "following the track". 'Reality is always changing. We don't see what is, we see what once was' (Goethe). Education means to draw out what is already there.

Lainie Liberti & Miro Siegel

Unschooling: making the world our classroom

This mother and son duo show what learning and education can be outside of the classroom. When Lainie and Miro started their journey in 2009, it was initially to be a year-long trip. But soon they discovered that the world could be an incredibly stimulating classroom and in the process became ‘worldschoolers’. Embracing their inner spontaneity and a ‘yes’ approach to life, they’ve both had a very educational journey till now, learning through their experiences and digging deeper when their interests were sparked. In the process, they cofounded Project World School, creating a supportive community of self-directed learners and offering immersive-learning opportunities all over the world.

Roshan Paul

How Do You Learn How to Change the World

Roshan has spent his life and career supporting change makers. He believes adult learning is meant to help people acquire the skills they need to find, prepare for and fulfil their purpose. He says that having a purpose is not easy, it is challenging, as it is close to your heart. According to Roshan, purpose is not just about the self, it lies in making a difference in the lives of others. "From inner understanding comes outward purpose." It is difficult to make a difference in the world, as the world does not want to change! This is why we need to train for this, and put in long hours and a lot of effort. Roshan's Amani Institute is geared toward making meaning and impact happen for the students that attend it and with them, change the world.

Karolina Stawinska

What if everyone was an astronaut?

‘What is your dream from the future?’ Often, the first and last time that a child is asked this fundamental question is very early in their education journey - by the ‘friendship book’ that many children in the Netherlands fill out while in primary school. But it is one of the most powerful questions a child can be asked to motivate them to unleash their inner potential. Inspired by a powerful story of an African girl striving for her dreams, and in the face of impossible hardship, achieving them, Karolina was motivated to cofound Our Future World. The organisation works worldwide to inspire children to strive for their dreams and instil hope for the future in their lives. And this is where teachers can play a crucial role - by helping children to uncover and visualise their goals, so that they can find their purpose, create something of value and live truly meaningful lives.