Meet the international hosting team, mentors and coaches
Louise Jørgensen (Denmark)
In this time of global transition, I operate at the crossroads of Arts and Academia. A dancer in the heart, I have traveled far to explore how creative practices of all kinds can help us to crack, hack, reinvent and implement ourselves as profoundly genuine beings in the world.
Hack-A-Track is our opportunity to explore ourselves deeply so we can walk with bright ideas, faithful hearts and the right tools in our hands. I am thrilled to be part of Hack-a-Track.
An MA student at Aarhus University, Denmark, Louise is engaged in the international network of Embodiment Practices in relation with Presencing Institute. She has participated in a number of art- and communication projects; e.g. initiating the communication platform HeadFirst (Aarhus) and performing in Kitt Johnson’s Forum Humanum.
Irvine Muzuva (Zimbabwe)
I am come from a learning village in Zimbabwe by the name Kufunda Village (www.kufunda.org). I am on a learning journey exploring personal leadership and ways of engaging in conversations that matter. Just finished my studies in Sweden on Social Entrepreneurship at International Youth Initiative Program (www.yip.se). I am an Art of Hosting Practitioner and Flow Game Host.
I have engaged within my inner self for long time now. Taking on the quest of finding who am I and what are my gifts I carry within me? It has been an exciting journey to discover the best potential me. It is a gift I would like to offer other young people of our age and I feel that it is never too late to look inside yourself and really listen your own voice.
Laurens Herlaar (Belgium)
Student, Antwerp, Belgium
The reason why I decided to be a part of the project as a student is because I think the input and opinions I can give in a project like this can be of great value because I experience it myself or see/have seen people having certain problems in the current educational system. For me I think at the moment the system is to focused on learning the material instead of putting the material to use and let people be creative with acquired information and grow as a person while taking part in a course.
Also I think that helping young people towards their future by letting them explore what they are good at and what they really want will not only give them a better life but will help society as well and will help us to solve certain issues in the world.
Knowmads Amsterdam (The Netherlamds)
Julliëtte van Dijk (The Netherlands)
Director of Irisz I’m working as a coach and process designer with organizations in the field of education.
My motto: Whoever has a 'why’ can almost answer any question
The children are the future! It’s our responsibility to create the chance of lifelong learning. This includes asking a lot of questions and learning to reflect on the choices to be made and the consequences in time and place. In the current education system you do not ask questions but you mostly follow and copy the curriculum.
I’m passionate about Hack-A-Track because its a place where young people have the opportunity to start asking the questions that are needed to be asked. This beautiful world needs people who can think creatively about its complexity to create a sustainable future.
René Herlaar (Belgium)
The core of the work I do is making people aware of the change capabilities they already have and how to take them into practice. I am co owner of Herlaar Business Coaching and work with people in organizations all sizes to master personal leadership.
I am passionate about driving change in the educational system and that's why I took the idea of Hack-a-Track into action. It is not yet common, that young people are given a choice to develop themselves based on who they are, rather than on what the system wants them to know or to become.
My dream is to contribute to a new level of education, where young people learn about the new emerging paradigms and how to live in a world which will be centered around society and organizations as living organisms or living systems. This major shift is already happening and we need young people to be fully prepared to take up the challenges modern life will put upon them. Mastering personal leadership from the heart and be an inspiration to other people will be at the root of future happiness.
Fabiënne Herlaar (Belgium)
Student of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Erasmus University College, Rotterdam.
Hack-a-Track is a project that is close to my heart. I experienced the loneliness of a student that does not fit in the ‘regular’ schooling system. This felt like a struggle and a hard time because of the judgments from the outside world. This made me decide to take some time to discover my own capacities, skills and values. Nowadays, this helps me to stay close to myself and makes me able to choose the path towards the goals I want to reach. I’ve learned how to cope with issues that cross my path and how to find things that I love. This, I really want to share with all young people. Furthermore, I feel an urge for change in the education system. This is also a topic that we want to make discussable in Hack-a-Track.
Gert Brans (Belgium)
Inspector of the Belgian Police Force, intervention and first line police work.
I've enrolled into Hack-a-Track because I simply can't agree with the way that the current system treats students and teachers alike. Currently, I've come under the impression that people are not inclined to express themselves anymore, they follow society as a flock of sheep. Everything is based on degrees and hard study. To me both of them are important as well, but there should be other means to accomplish them.
Many people have an issue with themselves in several ways. The coaches that have come together for this project are certainly fit enough to guide those select few to their destination. I hope that I can contribute the ways of Bushido to those who wish it, through the art of Aikido. And my hope is that the ones that are hosting this project and tending alike can learn from each other.
Helma Dabekaussen (The Netherlands)
I believe you can not find happiness where the school system leads you, although I think finding the right school can make you happy. You can find happiness in yourself, in knowing what you like, what you love and what you will stand for. In my belief this will make you more confident and stronger. I think this is what we should aim for. There for I like to be able to be a little part of Hack-A-Track, so together we can try and give you all the explorations that you need to find your first steps towards a happier and stronger self.
Lucy Herlaar (Belgium)
Director of Herlaar Business Coaching, a company that supports people and organizations in their transitions and developments.
My commitment to Hack-a-Track was sparked by the stories of young people who are struggling to find and develop their talents and create a happy and meaningful life. Their struggle with the current educational system and their need to be allowed to become their unique self and stay in control of their own development touch me deeply. My purpose is to support them in finding their own way of learning and opening doors so they can create an educational system that connects to them and modern society.
Hans Leistra (The Netherlands)
I see my self as a “possibility broker” at irisz training & development. I work a lot with young people, teachers, principals and administrators in the field of education. The purpose of my work and life is to encourage learners and educators to work from the source of inner knowing towards a meaningful and sustainable future. As a host ‘ I invite learners in to a new learning landscapes in which they can discover their highest possible future dreams and put them to action. As a designer I help learners co-create the learning landscape that fits with their dreams. Hack-a track is an event that really is important to me because it offers young people a “sanctuary” to discover these deep questions of life in order translate the given answers for this moment into plans and action to start with tomorrow.
Rense Woets (Belgium)
I strongly believe that it is possible to create ones dreams, believing is seeing. As a co-owner of Hoeve De Ezelsbeek that is what I am doing. My passion, besides renovating our monumental farm, is guiding people on their journey of discovering their authentic self and the passions that drive them.
As a father of four young children experiencing and seeing the effects of the current educational system I really would like to contribute something to initiate change. Act as a trim tab to change the course of the educational system and society. An environment where people can be there authentic self and realise their dreams. Do what you are passionate about, have fun and make a positive contribution to the world we live in. This all starts with the belief that as an individual, or in this case a small group, you can start something big.