Learning Labs - Education

What blend of experiences will prepare all students for lifetimes of learning, meaningful work, and social impact?

If we have to reinvent practically every system in which we live, whether it is in our effort to design resilient societies or in the building of a business that makes a difference, then how and what do we learn? The Learning Lab designs and facilitates labs, programs and environments for and with universities in which students and change makers learn through their participatory leadership, creative design, and social entrepreneurship.

Learning Labs - Strategy

In what way can talent development be a motor for strategic change?

A learning organisation growing towards a strong culture of self-organisation and societal impact enables its people to use and develop their full potential. We make and facilitate labs that unleash the creative and collaborative force necessary to navigate complex and unpredictable landscapes.

Facilitating Social Impact

School Design Labs
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Over the past two centuries we have seen the rise of schools that answered to the demands and aspirations of the industrial age, and with great success. We are past that now and new questions inform our learning. We believe that schools will no longer hold the same form and significance in the near future. No longer institutions separated from society, but places for shaping society, incubating minds and initiatives of enabling collective creativity.


School Design Labs enable co-creative (re)design of schools as zones of ubiquitous learning, making and sharing. A lab provides a safe and experimental space of co-design and learning for the school community to develop visions, school plans, strategies, and (physical) learning environments. They empower teachers, students, and the wider school community to have a strong ownership and collective makership in the development of the school and its education.

Foundational Education – Higher Education – Corporate Learning Environments

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Social Innovation Labs
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Social Innovation Labs create a learning space in which participating parties can co-design solutions to shared societal issues or realise aspirations of sustainability. Recurring themes include urban regeneration, circular economy, and education.

What is new?

Teacher Maker Camp 2015

In cooperation with De Waag, De Balie, and several experts, the Learning Lab organizes a 4-day professional development course for teachers on maker education. Teachers get acquainted with the newest maker technologies—like digital fabrication, 3D printing, electronics, and programming. But most of all, they get to experience being a learner again. It takes a maker to educate one, so come experience what it is to be a maker, and come make what you have always dreamt off.

When: 16-19 Okt 2015

Where: Amsterdam, Waag Fab Lab

Apply here

Leonardo Award for Learning


Besselink receives European Leonardo Award for Corporate Learning, placing a particular emphasis on work at the intersection between business, art, communities and societal innovation in learning and knowing in today´s economy.

The jury speaks of:

“far-reaching pioneering work as an innovator, philosopher and adviser, who combines academic fundamental research with practical implementation in a rather diverse context. The variety of aspects you have focused your important work on are truly holistic in the spirit of Leonardo.”