We see our programs as an offer to invite our students into a dynamic creation process that includes individual learning wishes, collective needs and our suggestions of methods and ideas. Students will be actively engaged in the design of their own program.
Main Questions and Topics
Sustainability & Social Innovation
• How do I create the organisation/project to get it done?
Entrepreneurship & New Business Design
• How do I bring it into the world?
Marketing & Creativity
Building blocks of the program
Students will start and end their program together in a team. Throughout the program you work with your team on your own projects supporting each other during the process. Often, the main learning happens within the team, through developing together and sharing the process with each other.
A big part of the education is being part of the program, organizing your own space, education and business. We don’t believe in tests, marks, rights or wrongs, as we don’t see them anywhere in real life. You will take your own decisions, set your own goals and thus have your own successes and failures. The staff and your peers will coach, question, challenge, guide and support you.
You learn best by doing and sharing. We think there are enough real issues to deal with and work on, so why invent them or take them from books. Students work on real-life projects.
You will receive workshops in powerful methods from experts in their fields. We believe learning takes place in a variety of different layers and that we can’t control what you learn. Although the students will go through the program together, it’s an individual process for each person.
For everyone who wants to make a difference in the world, you will discover that change starts from within yourself. This is a journey of letting go of your fears, finding the power inside of you and taking responsibility for yourself. During the year there is a strong focus on guiding you and your team through this process.
Social Innovation and Sustainability
During your year at Knowmads you come across many people who are devoting their lives to social innovation and or sustainability. Our program focuses both on current problems in society and environment, and on the solutions and heroes that are out there working on it. We look forward to hear your ideas for change.
Entrepreneurship is a great way of achieving your dream. At Knowmads we start with that dream, your (business) plans follow from what you know, feedback from your network, based on how you like to do things. One of the tools we use for this is the StartUp Wheel, an organic approach towards starting a business.
With any idea or dream that you want to realize you will meet similar challenges. During the year there are different workshops that deal with these challenges. You will learn how to develop your own tools to help take your project to the next level. There is ample opportunity to apply your skills on assignments and your own projects.
In order to make a difference in a group of people, a company or just an individual, you will need not only the right facilitation tools. Creating change requires a deeper understanding of groups, decision-making, diversity. Through reflection on your learning and working in a team your understanding will grow.
Marketing & Creativity
Once you have an idea for a project or company, there are many different ways of bringing it into the world. Sometimes it helps to whisper it to friends, make a viral or use social media. Different marketers come to share ideas about their work, we help you apply it to your case and learn from the experience.