Alumni Stories

Stories, projects, initiatives and moments of fame of alumni

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Marija’s Experience of Spring School

Are you looking for an idea for autumn? Do you feel like taking a trip that’s internal too, that doesn’t only travel to physical places? Do you feel the need for an experience that rocks the boat; takes you out of your comfort zone? The answer to...
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Thanks for Being Our First: Knowmads Cape Town Through Sorrel’s Eyes

What happened, Knowmads Cape Town. By Sorrel Carmichael. Project closed. It ended, we gave up; abort mission. It felt a bit like that at least, 15 months of hard work, sleepless nights; learning and putting ourselves on the line only to leave it all behind....
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Knowmads: An Accelerator of Change – Britt’s Account of Springschool Lisbon

Britt speaks from the heart, even though she doesn’t know the person who’s interviewing her. Several days have passed since the end of the Knowmads Springschool in Lisbon. And it’s not hard to tell from her voice and the intensity of her speech...
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I hated pineapples. Now I eat 1 box per day.

Knowmads Hanoi is Knowmads Amsterdam’s Vietnam-based sister school. There, Teams of students (the Hanoi equivalent of our Tribes) embark on a 6-weekend learning journey through the 5 main questions. This is the experience of Kani, Knowmads Hanoi...
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What Alumni Really Think

Recently we asked our alumni to give us their unfiltered thoughts in an anonymous survey. It allows us to both improve the program and to shed light on what they thought of their journey. Here is what they told us: How Knowmads is used Knowmads is used...
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Playing Life in Hard Mode by Max

I started 2017 with a full-time job at one of the main actors in the automotive industry, probably not the most glamorous one, but definitely one of the most advanced in my predilection field: production, logistics, and lean manufacturing. This job came...
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Where are they now? Alumnus Oscar Westra van Holthe Part 2

See Part 1 for the background information on Oscar and his businesses! 5. What do you aspire to do in the future? My hope is to do 10-day processes within the large multinational corporations and grow our pool up to 3000 systemic coaches and consultants....
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Where are they now? Alumnus Oscar Westra van Holthe Part 1

Oscar Westra van Holthe, Tribe 1 alumnus, can walk into a room of people related in different ways: colleagues, families, departments; and instantly read the underlying social currents that run their interactions. From that newfound awareness, the group...
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Post-Knowmadic Insights by Kurt

Two month since we graduated ourselves from Knowmads. Yet, my Knowmadic journey hasn’t stopped yet; it probably just started. I am noticing I am still in the process, in a phase called the “post Knowmadic dip”. Before I explain what that means for...
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Where are they now? Alumna Johanne Mellergaard

Johanne (Tribe 14, Denmark) is on an adventure, somewhere she would have never expected. A journey to design learning journeys, and to implement what she learned during the program at Knowmads Amsterdam last year. Where? Hanoi, Vietnam, where she is a...
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Where are they now? Alumna Q van Willigenburg

Quirine van Willigenburg, or Q for short, is nothing less than a success. Since graduating Tribe 14 with a clear sense of where she wants to go, Q has been gradually building up to her own business. Here’s what she has to say about what she loves,...
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My Experience at Knowmads by Josephine Meijer

Knowmads is an alternative business school. More than that it’s an experience, one that’s different for each individual. For me, it brought out what was already present but needed to be believed in more. It gave me trust and confidence. A kick in...
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Where are they now? Alumna Rena Molter

Rena is on a mission: the mission to create a culture of care and happiness. A mission of joy, inner peace, and communion. She sees so many people being super unhappy with their work. Rena is fed up with the high numbers of work-related burnout and depression...
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OYA: How is it going with Carola von Szemerey of Tribe 6?

In March 2013 the German magazine Oya put out a call to hear from self-directed learning centres. Carola von Szemerey from Tribe 6 got in touch. In edition 40 that came out earlier this month the magazine features a follow-up article on what Carola is...
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Interview with Johannes: “There is a reason why you came.”

When I asked Johannes about what he learned at Knowmads, and what he ended up doing. This was the story he told me: “Without Knowmads I would not have such a huge toolbox, so richly equipped with strategies and ways to deal with challenging situations,...
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I will tell you my story, how I ended up here and how it became my home, my family & my starting point for a new life full of possibilities!

Written by Marloes Lagaaij, Tribe 10, from her lovely blog Soul Studio  Knowmads Business School Amsterdam: Sounds fancy pancy doesn’t it? Knowmads is something that is hard to explain and can only really be understood when it’s felt with...
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