Educational Activities

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Mirroring the Re/search activities, our Educational activities target both the internal VU Amsterdam student and teaching communities, as well as larger national and international academic and corporate communities. The focus of such activities is on both raising awareness as well as providing inspiration to educate, learn and (re)search, connected with the VU Amsterdam identity.

Masterclass The Gentle Art of Mentoring 1 February and 26 April 2019

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The Masterclass ‘The Gentle Art of Mentoring’ (TGAOM) has been designed and implemented for voluntary mentors supporting underprivileged students, here called mentees. The majority of mentors are, in daily life, executives in industry.  In this Masterclass the participants exercise the complexity of helping from a mentor and mentee perspective. The Masterclass design is inspired by Prof. Edgar Schein’s theory on humble inquiry and helping. Mentors learn to apply humble inquiry, overcome misunderstanding in communication, and are being trained in the skills of active listening. Because, the biggest communication problem is people do not listen to understand, they listen to reply. Participants discuss what hinders them to give meaning to others and to their organization. What do you need to make the first steps towards such meaningfulness? This new research-supported learning approach will serve participants to see through complex mentorship dilemmas. The Masterclass is empowered by SBE (www.sbe.vu.nl) and The Cloverleaf Foundation (www.cloverleaffoundation.com)
 
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Marie Jose
Marie-José van den Boomgaard
Liaison Manager Startups & Scaleups KPN   www.jobs.kpn.com
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“The Gentle Art of Mentoring aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam voelde als een cadeau en verrijking van mijn mentor rol bij Giving Back. In een warme en veilige omgeving werd ons  middels wetenschappelijke theorie en diverse praktijk cases bijgebracht wat the Gentle Art of Mentoring inhoudt en wat je ermee kunt bereiken. Werkelijk een eyeopener. Daarnaast een mooie gelegenheid om samen met de andere Giving Back mentoren vanuit het hele land te netwerken. Pak die kans, je zult er geen spijt van krijgen”
Sheila
Sheila Bouquet
Office manager, IMC Weekendschool   www.imcweekendschool.nl
“Voor mij was de Masterclass heel verhelderend. Aha; als ik help krijg ik ook zelf meer terug dan ik dacht! Superfijn ook om meer inzicht te krijgen in hoe je een ander helpt om zichzelf te helpen. Bleek ik toch iets meer in de Dramadriehoek te zitten - gauw de beweging richting die Winnaarsdriehoek maken. En dat in een veilige interactieve setting waar ik dit samen met anderen kon onderzoeken.”
Mohammed
Mohammed Baghdadi
Oprichter/directeur Edu4U   www.edu4u.nl
“Het was erg bijzonder om de Masterclass mee te maken. De Masterclass was namelijk heel erg leerzaam en ik was goed in staat om mijn ervaringen en emoties te delen. Een mentor hebben is erg belangrijk in het leven. Toen ik hier in Nederland kwam, was ik vijfde jaars geneeskunde student uit Syrië. Echter, toen moest ik vanaf jaar 1 starten. Dat was wel moeilijk om te accepteren, want ik had alle medische kennis al. Ik kreeg toen een mentor aangewezen door een initiatief vanuit het VU. Dit heeft mijn leven enorm veranderd. De mentor heeft met mij gekeken naar oplossingen. Uiteindelijk heb ik twee jaar in 1 jaar kunnen doen en dat heeft mij veel tijd bespaard. Zonder deze mentor had ik niet geweten hoe ik met de situatie had moeten omgaan. Omdat ik weet hoe belangrijk de aanwezigheid van een mentor in je leven is, ben ik nu mentor voor vele nieuwkomers die begeleiding en les krijgen bij onze organisatie Edu4u. De skills die ik tijdens deze Masterclass heb geleerd, pas ik nu toe bij onze studenten.”

29 April 2019 - Mentoring in cross-cultural communities

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This symposium ‘Mentoring in cross-cultural communities’ is the 18th in an annual SERVUS symposium series. How to be a mentor, steward or motivator for your employees, your mentees, and your customers across cultures? How can executives in their mentorship role give back to society? Renowned keynote speakers highlighted the state-of-the-art in cross-cultural mentoring research, the emancipation of refugee communities through mentoring and dilemma reconciliation. Guest of honour was Mpho Tutu van Furth, co-founder of #I Too mentoring initiative, www.mphotutuvanfurth.comhttp://www.itoowomen.com

Programme

Available presentations:

Introduction
Keynote Children of Refugees in Education
Workshop TCS Mentoring through online Communities
Workshop Giving Back
Education 4 you   
Symposium Mentoring Dilemmas summary + The dilemmas of coaching

7 December 2018 - Masterclass Culturele Duurzaamheid: "Van statushouder naar talent"

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In samenwerking met The Room of Listening die afgelopen jaren ‘De Stadscoalitie methodiek’ ontwikkelde, organiseert SERVUS deze Masterclass voor beleidsmedewerkers van Nederlandse gemeenten. De Stadscoalitie methodiek brengt ondernemende nieuwkomers, zoals vluchtelingen, in contact met Nederlandse vakgenoten. De Stadscoalitie methodiek is ontwikkeld in de gemeente Leidschendam-Voorburg en vormt een inspiratiebron voor andere gemeenten. Nieuwe en gevestigde vak- en stadsgenoten worden op een gelijkwaardige manier met elkaar verbonden. Talent, vakmanschap en wederkerigheid vormen het hart. Deze aanpak creëert werk, een sociaal netwerk en biedt mogelijkheden tot nieuw ondernemerschap en talentontwikkeling.

Meer informatie in de flyer: SERVUS Masterclass Culturele Duurzaamheid, 7 december 2018

Tijd en locatie
Vrijdag 7 december 2018
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
School of Business and Economics
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

Deelnamekosten zijn inclusief lunch en studieboeken: € 400 per deelnemer
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14 May 2018 - Servant-Leadership in a Digitized World

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The  corporate world is changing rapidly under the pressures of new technologies. Social media are part of everyday life at work. Cross-cultural (mis)understanding is influenced by diverse perceptions of e.g. time, trust, privacy, and language clues.  These conditions may hinder remote workers in building trusted long-term working communities in which they feel a sense of belonging.  This 24/7 workplace calls for a compassioned leader, a leader who is a community builder, able to reconcile high-tech versus high-touch.   At this symposium dilemmas in platform organizations Booking.com and Uber were highlighted. In one of the Workshops participants experienced reconciliation of cross-cultural dilemmas through online tools. In particular the Mergers &Acquisition App and the Culture for Business App demonstrated the online stewardship potential in cross-cultural collaboration. In a parallel Workshop digital nomadism was addressed, as an emerging and novel independent working culture. See enclosed program overview.

Programme


9 October 2017 - Servant-Leadership and Meaningful Work

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We are delighted this 16th event in an annual symposium series, brings together cutting-edge thinkers and practitioners across disciplines, leveraging the global human needs to learn, serve and lead in their unique way. Or like Ricardo Semler, champion of the employee-friendly radical corporate democracy and CEO of Semco Partners argues: “Once employees feel challenged, invigorated and productive, their efforts will naturally translate into profit and growth for the organisation.” Servant-Leaders nurture organizational practices to promote such work. This symposium will include case studies, keynote presentations and a plenary debate to shed light on the gentle art of serving and leading, and how leaders can acknowledge and develop meaningfulness at work.

Programme

Presentation Semco Partners

Student blog presentation

8 May 2017 - Servant-Leadership and Societal Engagement

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This symposium was the 15th in an annual symposium series, a meeting place for students and professionals to strengthen the link between theory and business practice. The event explored the power of societal engagement; how can leaders create an organization in service of the employees, customers and society at large?

Servant-leaders help create a corporate social responsible culture where employees perceive their work as meaningful. Societal consciousness is more and more important nowadays and is given focus not only by universities but by companies as well. Increasingly, companies plan to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some major SDG steps are taken by business leaders working towards a sustainable future. Corporate engagement to humanize underserved groups will not only bring social justice in society, it will also improve the internal working climate for employees.

What can we learn from societal engaged business stories in Africa, the Middle East and beyond? How can leaders become powerful engines of organizational and societal progress?

Programme

Available presentations

14 October 2016 - Servant-Leadership and Meaningful Work

25 April 2016 - Servant-Leadership and Social Capital

21 September 2015, Servant-Leadership and Meaningful Work

Programme and available presentations

4 May 2015, Servant-Leadership across Crisis Situations

Programme, photos, and available presentations

6 October 2014,Servant-Leadership across Life Paths

Programme and available presentations 

14 April 2014, Servant-Leadership across the Arts

Programme, photos and available presentations

27 September 2013, Servant-Leadership across Generations

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Programme, photos and available presentations

22 April 2013, Servant-Leadership across Communities

Programme and photos

24 September 2012, Servant-Leadership across the Orient

Programme, photos and available presentations

26 April 2012, Servant-Leadership across Histories

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Programme, photos and available presentations

3 October 2011, Servant-Leadership across Cyberspace

Programme, photos and available presentations

2 May 2011, on Servant-Leadership across Disciplines

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Programme, photos and available presentations

22 November 2010,  Servant-Leadership across Higher Education

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Programme, photos and available presentations

13 April 2010, Servant-Leadership across Cultures

ProgrammephotosAvenir Article and Nieuwe Leiders Article