Does today’s educational system provide the tools,
opportunities and enough chaos in order
for tomorrow’s pioneers to emerge?
In 2010, a group of twenty Honors students enrolled in a leadership course at The Learning Lab (offered at the IIS Honours Program of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), with the vague description ‘Pioneering in Leadership Learning’.
With the help of the course's designer Thieu Besselink, a league of inspiring speakers, an open learning environment and a bucket-load of creative chaos, the students embarked on an unlikely inner and outer journey.
This documentary, directed by Victor van Doorn and Jochem Smit shows the student's progression from talented scholars, to driven social entrepreneurs and ultimately, directors of their own education.
"Amazing, the best hour I spent on education all year"
Sebastian Hirsch, education reformer
"Beautiful, I was in tears. ..The world was waiting for this kind of film"
Martijn Aslander, life hacker
"The film had me at the edge of my seat. Completely inspiring"
Olga Plokhooij, Netherlands in Dialogue
The Learning Lab is an independent studio and think tank founded by dr. Thieu Besselink. It develops and hosts creative learning environments for higher education and organisations at the crossroads of personal and social development.
Social innovation has enjoyed growing recognition all over the world. But many of us are unsure of how it happens or why we need it. Here's a quick overview of social innovation, as developed by Social Innovation Generation. For years SiG has been exploring the various qualities and elements that support successful social innovation. After watching our overview, explore our latest resource, the SiG Knowledge Hub at sigknowledgehub.com/