maandag 15 apr 2019, 03.48

Ashoka x Circl: New Leadership Night

Exploring how to change current systems and transform them for a better world!
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Prepare for a night full of personal & inspiring stories by Ashoka Fellows, a ‘weaving’ crash course by Ross Hall & Noa Lodeizen and much more. We invite you to explore with us how and why we need to grow new leadership skills, aiming to change current systems and transform systems for a better world, this programme is created in collaboration with our partner ABN AMRO.


  • 19.00: Welcome & registration
  • 19.30 - 20.30: Inspiring Talks

    Crash Course ‘Weaving system change’ by Ross Hall & Noa Lodeizen

    Ross Hall is leading Ashoka's education strategy across Europe, he is co-founder of The Weaving Academy, and a New Leadership advisor. Noa Lodeizen is director of Ashoka Netherlands and co-founder of The Weaving Academy. Noa & Ross will explore what it means to thrive in our increasingly complex and hyperconnected world and how new leadership (weaving) can help us thrive together.

    Personal story on new leadership by Jos de Blok

    Jos de Blok is founder of Buurtzorg and an Ashoka Fellow. Dissatisfied with the delivery of health care by traditional home-care organizations in the Netherlands, Jos decided to create a new model anchored on the self-management capacity of nursing professionals, ultimately resulting in a more responsive, patient-centric system that gives better quality care. Jos will reflect on his own leadership as a social entrepreneur and the leadership that is needed to shift to self-organisation models.

    Personal story on collaborative system change by Jeroo Billimoria

    Jeroo Billimoria is a serial social entrepreneur and founder of several international NGOs. Her most recent initiatives include Aflatoun (Child Savings International), Childline India Foundation, Child Helpline International & Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI). Jeroo will discuss her experience of organising collaborative system change, and the leadership approaches that helped her start up and scale so many successful initiatives?

  • 20.30 - 21.30: Break-out sessions

    We invite you to explore how and why we need to grow leadership skills to transform systems for a better world. We will focus on 3 system changes that are drastically needed:
    The Green Revolution
    Circular economies
    Learning for universal wellbeing & changemaking

    Ad 1. The Re-Green Revolution, hosted by Dennis Karpes

    Dennis Karpes is founder of Justdiggit and an Ashoka fellow. Justdiggit makes dry land green again by capturing rainwater and introducing sustainable agriculture to create healthy ecosystems. Besides this Justdiggit is also building a global landscape restoration movement. Through international media partnerships and The Raindance Project event series he aims to make the re-greening of our planet a worldwide priority in order to upscale and accelerate re-greening projects in Africa. In his vision, healthy economies require healthy ecosystems, now and in the future.

    Ad 2. Circular economies, hosted by Christian Hudson

    Christian Hudson works with the EU on their G7 and G20 diplomacy for environmental sustainability and participates in Ashoka’s Circular Futures programme. Circular Futures is a new leadership programme focusing on collaborative system change in the field of circular economy. Christian’s work focuses on information exchange in the G7 and G20 to build new co-operations for change. The session will focus on how can we use the Circular Futures approach to transform cities, starting in Amsterdam.

    Ad 3. Learning for universal wellbeing & changemaking hosted by Jasmijn Hamakers-Kester

    Jasmijn Hamakers-Kester is rector at the Vathorst college. This school for contemporary secondary education in Amersfoort was selected by Ashoka as a Changemaker School and Jasmijn was named "School Leader of the year 2016". Jasmijn has a holistic view of education active at the Leadership Expedition and is one of the weavers of the new movement called Nedshift, that takes a leading role in the transition towards new educational designs that allow students and teachers to shape bottom-up education that motivates them to learn, to innovate, to create, to take responsibility, to co-create, to trust and to transform.

  • 21.30 - 22.00: Closing Drinks