"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
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 learning course at the IIS Honours Program of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Free University of Amsterdam(VU). The students had very diverse backgrounds, from the Singaporean army to anthropology and physics, they applied to explore themselves and their world.
 
Thieu Besselink designed the course as a laboratory for pioneering. With a series of inspiring encounters, 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.

Interview with Thieu Besselink by Andrew Keen
 
LEARNING MOVIE

During Lab 3 students of The Learning Lab took the initiative themselves for making there own movie as a way of documenting their learning journey and as a method for training their capacity for observation. Every week a different couple carried the camera and chose the story they wanted to tell about the group's learning quest. We discovered that the material gave us better access to a a deeper level of reflection . The public end product gives an idea about our journey.