2018: Dutch DNA-Based Education

David Giron

Director at Codam College

David Giron will tell us about their unique way of education. Codam’s learning system is the opposite to traditional education: you won’t listen to teachers and take notes but you will learn through doing and solving hard problems in a peer-to-peer environment where each student is also a teacher. Codam is open for everyone: no tuition fees, no experience or diploma needed and its open 24/7.

Ricardo Semler - via live webcast

Brazilian entrepreneur. He is the CEO and main owner of Semco SA

The Brazilian Ricardo likes to do things differently. Too many rules and pressure in an organization does not give any room for creativity. Ricardo will tell us about those crazy Dutch and their future potential.

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Jan Rotmans

Professor in transition studies and sustainable development

Jan Rotmans is professor in transition studies, but also goes by the title of ‘scientivist’. He will elaborate on why hierarchy in our society and educational system prevents us from moving forward. A transitional shift is important to our DNA, and luckily we are also ready for it!

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Ruben Oost

Student Technasium

What happens when you challenge students in the right way? Ruben Oost is a 17 year old student who is ‘saving the world’ with his wonderful ideas and he will share those with us.

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Rutger Verhoeff

Bildung Academy

The students at Dutch universities ‘take over power’. Rutger will illustrate how Bildung Academy gives students a sense of meaning.

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Peter Merry

Co-founder Ubiquity University, innovating for social impact

Peter is a social entrepreneur. He co-founded Ubiquity University, a social learning and innovation platform forged from the future. He will lay out the state of the world today, what that really means for education, and the story of Ubiquity’s response to that challenge.

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Damiaan Denys

Philosopher, professor and psychiatrist at the Brainwash Academy

Damiaan treats people with anxiety disorders. He will explain the relation between learning, dopamine and fear.

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Susanne van Els

Musician and learning expert

Susanne is a member of the Learning & Teaching working group in the European project Strengthening Music in Society.

She loves music. And students.

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Barbara Linders

Teacher, author and inspirator on the happiness of learning

There is only one rule in Barbara’s classroom: students should always be able to learn in their own way so they can be happy while learning. She teaches her students to be the best version of theirselves. Dutch DNA is running through her classroom for 20 years now.

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Emma Stoks

Innovator of Education

Emma Stoks graduated as a perfect student from high school in 2017 and decided not to go to college. She is committed to help schools redesign their learning programs and spreading her ideals about better education with everyone.

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Sjef Drummen

Educational Artist and principal Agora Roermond

Drummen is thought leader of the national and international eye-catching ‘not-a-school school’ Agora. He proves that giving confidence, freedom and structure stimulates eagerness to learn. Is this an example of Dutch DNA-based Education?

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Marcia Goddard

Neuroscientist with a growth mindset

A clever, young and – moreover – pregnant neuroscientist with great thoughts about child development. Every child has multiple talents as long as you create conditions for growth. We should design education to enable this. How do we do that?

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Susanne Baars

Exponential tech innovator and genetic expert

Susanne is a true entrepreneur, exponential tech innovator and genetic expert with a great spirit, thrust and energy. She will scientifically substantiate a daring statement: An educational system that demotivates students has a negative effect on structure of ‘Dutch DNA’. As a consequence entrepreneurship, creativity, flexibility etc. is negatively affected.

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