Busting Misconceptions About the Gap Year or Career Sabbatical What do you think of when you hear ‘gap year’? A bunch of late-teens and early-20-somethings, between their college years, partying their way across Europe or Southeast Asia? And similarly for the professional crowd, what does the term ‘career break’ or ‘sabbatical’ mean to you? Do […]

Education, Self-Organization, Students

October 31, 2018

The Productive Gap Year or Career Break: A Myth?

“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.” Albert Einstein The self-help industry is worth 10-11 million in the U.S. alone. And the funny thing is, the people most likely to buy a self-help book are those who have bought at least one other […]

Education, Lifestyle

September 12, 2018

Why Self-Development/Self-Improvement is Overrated

What happened, Knowmads Cape Town. By Sorrel Carmichael. Project closed. It ended, we gave up; abort mission. It felt a bit like that at least, 15 months of hard work, sleepless nights; learning and putting ourselves on the line only to leave it all behind. The story of 90% of startups I’m sure. There is […]

Alumni Stories, Fly on the wall, Global, Guest Blog, Self-Organization, Students

July 6, 2018

Thanks for Being Our First: Knowmads Cape Town Through Sorrel's Eyes

Britt speaks from the heart, even though she doesn’t know the person who’s interviewing her. Several days have passed since the end of the Knowmads Springschool in Lisbon. And it’s not hard to tell from her voice and the intensity of her speech that the experience has left a mark. She’s not afraid to expose […]

Alumni Stories, Education, Global, Guest Blog, Lifestyle, Students

June 27, 2018

Knowmads: An Accelerator of Change – Britt's Account of Springschool Lisbon

“Knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living (versus merely surviving!). Indeed, only when you know your ‘why’ will you find the courage to take the risks needed to get ahead, stay motivated when the chips are […]

Education, Inspiration, Lifestyle

May 1, 2018

Why You Need Purpose & How to Find It

If you feel a calling towards making a difference and chasing what endlessly fascinates, inspires, and stimulates you to approach problems in creative new ways… Congratulations. You’re already a Knowmad. And a Knowmad at its core is someone who works in a specific way that paves the way for the future (read the blog post […]

Education, Global, Inspiration

February 12, 2018

What makes a Knowmad tick? And what makes us Knowmads?

If you haven’t yet, go here for Part 1! This August, half of Tribe 15 and several Tribe 14 alumni embarked on a journey to Klein Jasedow, where they partook in a gathering of learning communities from all over rural Europe. To crystallize participants’ insights, the Erasmus+ Project “Learning Communities in Rural Europe” compiled participants’ […]

Education, Global, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Self-Organization, Students, Tribe 15, Tribes

January 16, 2018

Tales from Klein Jasedow Part 2

This August, half of Tribe 15 and several Tribe 14 alumni embarked on a journey to Klein Jasedow, where they partook in a gathering of learning communities from all over rural Europe. To crystallize participants’ insights, the Erasmus+ Project “Learning Communities in Rural Europe” compiled participants’ journeys into one storybook, Learning Journeys: How to Become Oneself. […]

Education, Global, Inspiration, Students, Tribe 15, Tribes

January 16, 2018

Tales from Klein Jasedow (and Other Learning Communities in Rural Europe) Part 1

Founder Pieter Spinder sparked Knowmads Business School into existence together with a nine-headed team of ex-students and facilitators. His expertise is leadership, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Here he gave us his favorite reads for changemakers. The only thing I have to say is that it is good to read books, books are your best friend, open our eyes […]

Education, Inspiration, Lifestyle

January 9, 2018

A Changemaker's Bookshelf: Founder Pieter Spinder's Fave Reads

Being a student at Knowmads has a lot to do with unlearning: unlearning patterns and behaviors that we picked up from our upbringing and schooling. We learned that knowing something is a good thing, and not knowing something is bad. If we didn’t know the answer to a question it meant that we didn’t do […]

Education, Inspiration, Lifestyle

December 13, 2017

How being stuck might be the best thing that ever happened to you. – Alex Falk

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