Education

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How being stuck might be the best thing that ever happened to you. – Alex Falk

Being a student at Knowmads has a lot to do with unlearning: unlearning patterns and behaviors that we picked up from our upbringing and schooling. We learned that knowing something is a good thing, and not knowing something is bad. If we didn’t know...
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The 5 Challenges Alternative Business Schools Help You Tackle

Some challenges seem vast, frightening, beyond our scope; we don’t know where to look to start solving them. These challenges rear their heads when we are least expecting them. They come quietly, like cats in the night, sneaking up on us when we’re...
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Post-Knowmadic Insights by Kurt Klusch

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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The Paradox of a Knowmad: Daring Not to Know

What exactly is a Knowmad? The definition was first coined by Dr. John Moravic, professor of developmental education: “A [Knowmad is a] nomadic knowledge and innovation worker – that is, a creative, imaginative, and innovative person who can...
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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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The world doesn’t need more projects, it needs more you – Guestblog by Max St John

The world doesn’t need more projects, it needs more you. “I don’t have a project yet. I know that I need a project.” These are some of the first words I hear, checking in with Tribe 15 on my first day working with them. It’s a familiar phrase...
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Intuition – A story of personal learning by Rolph Tribe 14

My story at Knowmads is one that is very different than the ones of all the studies I did before joining tribe 14. We’ve all been through it. Studying the normal way. Learning from books and lectures. It can speak to the heart but let’s be honest,...
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Quirine: a recap of our first month and a half at Knowmads

As I already wrote in my first blog; the first month flew by, at such a high speed that I didn’t find the time to write about the other weeks. But Autumn break arrived and now I finally have the time to catch my breath and overthink the last weeks....
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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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Every quarter is the best time of the year!

Every 3 months we have presentations at knowmads. When tribe members are half way, we have half-term presentations, at the end we have the final presentations. These are the moments we share what is happening. This is where we share lessons, show projects,...
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Why we want to change the educational system

By: Pieter Spinder, Founder Knowmads We shape the world through the paradigms we use to describe it. Only when we observe with new consciousness can we find different answers and fresh solutions to problems. Columbus couldn’t go and discover the Americas...
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10 seconds – a reflection from NVC Trainer Loes Berkhout

10 seconds I was invited at Knowmads for a second round of Non Violent Communication ‘shizzle’. Again I wanted to learn how to fully be available for the present moment, to fiercely show myself and to deeply connect to these students. I felt more...
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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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