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The Productive Gap Year or Career Break: A Myth?

Busting Misconceptions About the Gap Year or Career Sabbatical What do you think of when you hear ‘gap year’? A bunch of late-teens and early-20-somethings, between their college years, partying their way across Europe or Southeast Asia? And...
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WHAT DO YOU NEED TO UNLEARN IN ORDER TO LEARN TO BE YOURSELF? – Founder Pieter Spinder

Originally published on PeopleRise. A new tribe of Knowmads – the 18th – has been formed this September. The Amsterdam- based alternative business school opened its doors once again to host the new aspiring changemakers who will participate in...
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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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Why Self-Development/Self-Improvement is Overrated

“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.” Albert Einstein The self-help industry is worth 10-11 million in the U.S. alone. And the funny thing is, the people...
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The Best Time of the Year is the Halfway Point – By Jord

Every halfway point is the best time of the year! Every three months we have presentations at Knowmads. When Tribe members are halfway, we have midterm presentations, and at the end are the final presentations. These are the moments people share what...
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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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A Conversation with Tsila

Heidi of Tribe 14 interviewed Tsila, Knowmads’ designated wise woman, and formed the conversation beautifully into words. Tsila Tsila is a fantastic woman that is difficult to pin down in words – She has been doing coaching work before there...
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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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The Knowmads Dictionary

What’s a check-in? What does ‘speak from the I’ mean? Soft skills? Social entrepreneurship? Creating your own education?? We’re happy you’re here because we’ve compiled the most extensive dictionary of Knowmadic terms...
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The Way of the Knowmad: Bridging World, Future, Self

If you feel a higher calling towards making a difference and chasing what endlessly fascinates, inspires, and stimulates you to approach problems in creative new ways… Congratulations. You’re already a Knowmad. And a Knowmad at its core is...
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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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Millennials: A Generation of Changemakers

Millennials (usually defined as those born between 1983 and the late 1990s) are in a unique position. They are on track to be the most highly-educated generation to date. Technology is second-nature to them. They have all of these advantages, and in addition,...
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Tales from Klein Jasedow Part 2

If you haven’t yet, go here for Part 1! This August, half of Tribe 15 and several Tribe 14 alumni embarked on a journey to Klein Jasedow, where they partook in a gathering of learning communities from all over rural Europe. To crystallize participants’...
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Tales from Klein Jasedow (and Other Learning Communities in Rural Europe) Part 1

This August, half of Tribe 15 and several Tribe 14 alumni embarked on a journey to Klein Jasedow, where they partook in a gathering of learning communities from all over rural Europe. To crystallize participants’ insights, the Erasmus+ Project “Learning...
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A Changemaker’s Bookshelf: Founder Pieter Spinder’s Fave Reads

Founder Pieter Spinder sparked Knowmads Business School into existence together with a nine-headed team of ex-students and facilitators. His expertise is leadership, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Here he gave us his favorite reads for changemakers....
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The Big Things That Will Happen in 2018

2018 continues the explosion of everything we’ve seen since the turn of the century: technology, economy, social change, population growth; coupled with accelerating environmental and ecological collapse. But we’re doing stuff about it! We’re...
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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

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 of Knowmad 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...
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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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19 Things Knowmads Taught Me at 19 by Emily Vierthaler

Since some guy already did 19 Things I learned Before I was 19 and I feel I’ve had more than a lifetime of learning thrown my way during just nine months of being 19 itself (and especially during 6 months at Knowmads), I decided in his honor to do 19...
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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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