We offer fascinating lectures at our clients’ offices, held by more than 100 inspiring professors and teachers.

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Reframing

Why do we pay people by the hour? Can we really always rely on data? Is the customer always right? Does input really equal output? Our socio-economic systems are based on assumptions. But sometimes a radically different view can offer new possibilities and insights. This lecture will show how you can reframe your own reality.

Karim Benammar studied philosophy in England, the United States and Japan and taught at the University of Kobe.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci is known as an inventor and artist, but he was also an excellent observer. This lecture provides insight into Da Vinci’s way of working and shows how innovation is primarily the result of constantly being curious and wanting to improve the existing.

Professor Kwakkelstein is director of the Netherlands University Institute for Art History in Florence and professor of art history specializing in the Renaissance.

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How do we choose our leaders

Richard Ronay provides a deeper insight into the social, environmental and psychological mechanisms with which we choose our leaders. Knowledge about our often unconscious behaviour offers opportunities to design more effective organizations.

Richard Ronay is an assistant professor and leads the “Leadership & Management” research program at the University of Amsterdam. He was previously a teacher at Columbia Business School in New York.

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The oxygen class

Burnout, stress, sleeping problems; they are typical complaints of our time. The number of antidepressants that we take is unprecedentedly high. Knowing how to keep yourself calm in a stress situation is not only good for our performance, it is even necessary to stay healthy. In the case of stress or fatigue, we often look for a solution outside ourselves, but with the right breathing you can both relax and activate yourself. Breathing is actually the only unconscious process in our body that we can control. Marjon van Opijnen is an expert in the field of breathing and provides insight into triggers of stress in daily life.

Marjon van Opijnen is a trauma and respiratory therapist and teaches business ethics and leadership at Nyenrode and Webster University.

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China

Frank Pieke talks about the many changes in China since 1989, he shows how resilient the party is and how the economy continues to grow, even though population growth is declining. And how the Chinese diplomatic and military power continues to increase. He shows, on the basis of examples, how the Chinese are free and at the same time unfree.

Frank Pieke is professor of modern Chinese studies at the University of Leiden and founder of the Oxford China Center. He is also director of the Institute of Area Studies and of the Leiden Asia Center.

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Master forgers

What is ‘real’? How do you make a forgery of a Dutch master? And, above all, how do you recognise a forgery? Most of the time forgers have the same way of working, whether they are forging unique wines or a painting of one of the Dutch masters. This lecture will give you insights into the world of forgeries.

Judith Noorman is professor of art history at the University of Amsterdam. Judith Noorman obtained her PhD at New York University.

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Why we keep ignoring climate change warnings

If you had to think of a problem that humanity almost couldn’t solve, then climate change is the perfect subject. CO2 cannot be seen with the naked eye and we are expected to take action while there is no clearly visible reward for ‘good behaviour’. We believe in climate change, but at the same time we are not very concerned about it. How is that possible? Would it be better if we were massively stressed or is a purely rational approach the best? Ruben provides insight into why we are so hesitant to really do something about it and how the right (tone of) communication can make a big difference.

Ruben Jacobs is a writer and sociologist. He teaches sociology of culture and society at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU).

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Ethics

Responsibility sometimes consists of making difficult decisions. But how do you make the right choices? Jelle van Baardewijk offers a valuable reflection on today’s society. We are all responsible for our own lives. We want to be healthy, but we also want to enjoy. We want to do our job well, but also spend time with our family. What if you can’t have it all at the same time? In this lecture, Jelle explains how ethics works and why ethics is mainly about saying ‘no’.

Jelle van Baardewijk is a philosophy teacher at the Free University in Amsterdam. He is also a member of the Freedomlab Amsterdam think tank.

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Imprisoned for life

“The civilization of a people can be measured by the way it treats its prisoners”, according to the world-famous author Dostoevsky. Margje van Weerden, who as a lawyer represented many people with the most terrible crimes, can confirm this. She gives an impressive lecture on the concept of ‘life imprisonment.’ Is it humane to impose someone a future without any prospect of freedom? Margje gives a lecture on morality, curious international influences on our legal system and touching stories.

As a lawyer, Margje van Weerden represented suspects in various criminal cases. At the University of Amsterdam she taught criminal law and criminal procedure and conducted research into super fast law. She is currently a freelancer and, among other things, gives lectures and seminars on criminal matters.

 

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Big data & ethics

Artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data play an increasingly important role in our society. With all the benefits, but also with risks. Data can be manipulated and at the same time, Big Data, when used correctly, can bring us a lot. Youssef discusses Big Data’s ethics on the basis of case studies and intriguing stories. What can we learn from it?

Youssef El Bouhassani is a teacher and researcher at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. He also developed Learning Levels: an AI-driven learning platform and he is a member of the National Think Tank on Big Data.

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Mindsets for innovation

With a few interactive exercises, Rod shows you how you can switch from “yes, but” to “yes, and”. He uses well-known techniques from improvisation theater. The result? A more pleasant way of working together and a broader perspective on how to give each other more space. You also learn to feel better when you make a mistake.

Rod Ben Zeev is a facilitator and designer of innovation and leadership programs at the THNK School of Creative Leadership. He is the founder of the Tel Aviv Improv School.

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Programming

Programming will give you the ability to understand how computers work, to understand societal problems and to solve them, but also to make the most beautiful and craziest things. Programming is not just for developing websites and games, but can also be used to produce art, animations, paintings and music. Felienne Hermans explains how learning to program works. Writing code is a creative task. Very much like composing music. And people can learn such skills.

Felienne has taught at the TU Delft and is currently professor at Leiden University, where she teaches at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science.

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