European Bildung Day 2022 speakers

Speakers at the European Bildung Day 2022

Alphabetically by first name

Anders Bodin, Denmark

Anders Holst Bodin works as a public speaker, educator and project leader for The Climate Academy (Klimaakademiet), which educates change agents for a greener future through “sustainable bildung”. Anders holds a PhD in physics and has worked on fundamental research in Power-to-X at DTU in Denmark and at Stanford University’s national laboratory SLAC. In 2019 he published his first book The Roots of the Climate Crisis, where he develops new visions for a sustainable future.

Bildung and Sustainability

Knowledge about sustainability is not enough, we need to relate to it as well in order to make a difference. Anders has started the Climate Academy and shares his experiences from the program.

Armin Sieber, Switzerland

Throughout his different roles as teacher, headmaster, OD consultant or coach, facilitating personal or organisational growth is his great passion. Together with a team of highly committed teachers and staff members at Integrale Tagesschule Winterthur, Switzerland, he embarked on the journey to explore what future-oriented «Bildung» might look like. 

Engaging in «Bildung» means touching the future

How the task of accompanying young people in a challenging phase of their lives turned out to be a powerful invitation to transform our school into a co-designed and co-responsible place of learning and growing.

Our main ingredients in this journey: Solution Focused Approach, Nonviolent Communication, Spiraldynamics integral, Sociocracy 3.0, Somatic Experiencing

In an interactive workshop, we explore what could be helpful and easy to transfer to other schools and institutions – there is no “best” system, only systems that react in a more or less adaptive way to the present circumstances and the complexity therein.

Integrale Tagesschule Winterthur, Switzerland, a state-approved private School (grades 6 to 10)

Bo Andersson, Sweden

Previously the secretary general of the Nordic Association, Bo Andersson is today working as an independent consultant on Nordic modes of collaboration and decisiono making: The Nordic Way.

The Nordic Way

The presentation and the overview of The Nordic Way focuses on the common customs and usage behind different nordic models, social and legal norms, which are themselves bildung processes.

One example is the collective agreements on the labour market where framework laws and dispositive laws provide a scope for industry and company adaptation. It promotes a culture of consultations, deliberations, negotiations and agreements, which promote and maintain informal customs and learning. Most decisions are informal and influenced by customs and usages. These ongoing consultations, deliberations, negotiations create continuous adaptations, improvements, developments and innovations which in turn require a strong educational activity, which includes all parties.

Dylan Vianen, Netherlands

Dylan Vianen is a philosopher and one of the founders of The Bildung Academy. As a member of the executive board, he is responsible for the academy’s collaborations within the educational sector. In this role, he works on the realisation of Bildung education within various educational institutions across the Netherlands.
Besides these activities, Dylan regularly acts as interviewer and moderator and gives speeches and lectures about Bildung and philosophy related themes.

Workshop outline (Em)BED Bildung

with Kees Spijker

The BED (working title) is a new introductory module developed by the Bildung Academy and The New School for Information Services. It aims at introducing teachers and other educational professionals to the concept and educational practice of nowadays Bildung (especially designed for new starting teachers). The module can be considered as a stepping stone for further participation of colleagues and management in making Bildung an integral element of the curriculum.

In this workshop Kees and Dylan will present the outline and their first experiences with this module. Based on this we will have a discussion on how participants may introduce Bildung to their new colleagues and their experiences in this regard.

Ginie Servant-Miklos, Belgium

Ginie Servant-Miklos (BE) has developed empowering activism based on Paolo Freire’s philsophy; get ready for Experimental Pedagogics!

More info on its way…

Bildung and General Education

More info on its way…

Jonas Norgaard, Denmark

Jonas Norgaard Mortensen is an author, independent scholar, keynote speaker and director of NORGAARD®

Bildung as a Municipal Strategy

Bildung is a strategic value and vision for the entire municipality of Guldborgsund. The Danish municipality of Guldborgsund have a declared goal to be the Bildung municipality of Denmark. In collaboration with Roskilde University, the company NORGAARD® and the think tank Cura, Guldborgsund have Bildung initiatives integrated across the municipality, they have developed a MasterClass of Bildung for their leaders and will publish a book presenting Bildung as a municipal value and vision. This pre-conference workshops will present the background, purpose, and activities of Guldborgsunds ”Bildung as a municipal strategy”.

Julien Kloeg, Netherlands

dr. J.P. (Julien) Kloeg is assistant professor of social philosophy at the Erasmus School of Philosophy. Julien works on themes in politics, education, and philosophical anthropology. He teaches on philosophy and politics at ESPhil and Erasmus University College. The focal points of his teaching are contemporary philosophical and ethical theory in its various tradition. With regard to his research on education, Julien positions himself in relation to the work of Hannah Arendt, who saw political innovation as the essence of education while at the same time launching decisive arguments against its instrumentalization.

Bildung and Democracy

Julien’s presentation will focus on the question of how to position education with respect to private, societal and public-political issues. This results in a tension. On the one hand education is the way in which a political community ensures that its renewal remains possible; on the other hand education is not a lever for societal outputs. This tension has a corollary in political theory; I suggest that it is a suitable way to approach democracy, which presents an occasion to connect education, defined in terms of Bildung, and the nature of democratic politics.

Kees Spijker, Netherlands

After his studies English and General Linguistics and a post academic course in business education and having worked as a consultant, educator and interim manager in profit, non profit companies and public organizations, amongst others in higher education, Kees Spijker has held the office of director of The New School for Information Services in Amsterdam (, a fully accredited University of Applied Sciences in Marketing, Communication and Creative for over 15 years now. The New School was the first in the Netherlands to be awarded the distinctive feature Bildung by the Dutch Ministry of Education as a special element in the 2019 re-accreditation.

Workshop outline (Em)BED Bildung

with Dylan Vianen

The BED (working title) is a new introductory module developed by the Bildung Academy and The New School for Information Services. It aims at introducing teachers and other educational professionals to the concept and educational practice of nowadays Bildung (especially designed for new starting teachers). The module can be considered as a stepping stone for further participation of colleagues and management in making Bildung an integral element of the curriculum.

In this workshop Kees and Dylan will present the outline and their first experiences with this module. Based on this we will have a discussion on how participants may introduce Bildung to their new colleagues and their experiences in this regard.

Kim Escherich, Denmark

Kim Escherich (DK), AI Ethical Advisor & Executive Innovation Architect at IBM–until he and his wife started an organic farm restaurant.

More info on its way

Bildung and Tech Awareness

Get ready for the future…

Lene Rachel Andersen, Denmark

Lene Rachel Andersen is a member of the Club of Rome. She has a BA in business economy and studied theology 1993- 97. From 1993 to 2001, she wrote comedy and entertainment for Danish media and went to the US a number of times; she went there a Dane and returned as a European. Since 2005, she has worked as an independent futurist, author, philosopher, and publisher. For her books, she has received the Ebbe Kløvedal-Reich Democracy Baton (2007) and the Danish librarians’ Døssing Prize (2012); among her titles are Democracy Handbook (2010), Globalt gearskift (2014),  The Nordic Secret (2017), Metamodernity (2019), and Bildung (2020).

Where the world is at–and where we might want to go: Metamodernity

Yes, we are facing immense challenges regarding global warming, mass-extinction of species, rampant inequality around the globe, and now also a war in Europe. But there is hope. We have more knowledge about the world than ever before, we have a better understanding about humans and our meaning-making than ever before, and we have the technologies that can solve our problems. What is lacking is a sense of direction and prioritizing differently. Bildung may help us, and so may the concept of Metamodernity…

Maria Lindahl Strøm, Denmark

Maria is a manager and procect leader at Grænseforeningen, the Border Association, which represents the Danish minority in Northern Germany.

Minority Changemaker Programme

Experiences from the historical and cultural development in the German-Danish borderland and from supporting the Danish minority in Northern Germany have led to different kinds of public lightenment e in the Danish Border Union/Grænseforeningen – for en åben danskhed in Denmark. Now the knowledge of national minority issues and cultural meetings – moving from being enemies to living together in friendship – is also spread with activities having a broader European perspective.

Together with and on the Danish minority’s Jaruplund højskole we invite young Europeans to a three months course to live and learn together and from each other, making friends for life and a network throughout Europe. Here we combine the traditions of a Danish Folk high school of informal, enlightening, adult education with an academic course offered by the Southern Denmark University focusing on minority issues. We’ll meet representatives of many different European national and linguistic minorities on excursions and join the Folkemøde at Bornholm among other activities. The participants get the chance to find a better understanding of themselves and others, what is important and meaningful to them and a knowledge and tools to make a change as individuals in a community. -Hereby enhancing the democratic dialogue in Europe, respecting, listening to and supporting minorities with an understanding of the value of being united in diversity.

Michiel Tolman, Netherlands

Michiel dedicated the last 8 years of his life to initiating and expanding the Bildung Academie. He does this in the role of director, educational developer and coach. He loves developing Bildung programs under challenging circumstances, integrating different stakeholders in that process and reaching collectively defined developmental goals. His dream? Any willing individual, community and organization will have access to Bildung in the future. How? By scaling up Bildung programs, co-creating Bildung programs together with other organizations and by creating a Europe-wide network of Bildung stakeholders and alumni. Today Bildung Academy is based in Amsterdam as is Michiel, where he lives together with his Croatian girlfriend.

How to start and scale-up a Bildung Initiative?

In this session Michiel elaborates upon the genesis of the Bildung Academie.

It’s a story of 60 university students and teachers who came together in the spring of 2015 with one goal: realize education which explicitly focuses on personal development, socialization and tackling urgent societal issues. He will share with us the bumpy ride from that spring onwards until what Bildung Academie became as of today. Furthermore, he will share the key principles which are crucial in starting and upscaling a bottom-up Bildung initiative.

Already interested to know a little more: check the English website of Bildung Academie.

Ype Akkerman, Netherlands

Ype Akkerman has been a policy advisor for 30 years, for the most part in the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. He lives in Feijenoord, one of the deprived area’s in de southern part of Rotterdam. Two convictions made him leave the Ministry and commit himself to close the opportunity gap for his young fellow citizens in his neighborhood. The first one is that parents, volunteers and professionals make the difference in the life and growth of children, the second is that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. The ideas of Erasmus on the education of children, who himself spent his first 1000 days in Rotterdam, turn out to be very helpful for his efforts. Efforts that require more sense of urgency because the opportunity gap is rather widening than closing in Rotterdam. Which is due to the toxic impact of neoliberal government policy.

An Erasmian Approach to Diminish the Opportunity Gap

Humans are shaped not born. This statement of Erasmus is principal to a program, suggested to the municipality of Rotterdam, that is aimed at raising, educating and shaping children of Feijenoord, one of the deprived areas in the southside of Rotterdam. It implies that the place of your cradle is not necessarily defining your destiny. Becoming and being human is much more the result of all the influences of the people you grow up amidst, being involved in your growth and development. Like residents, parents, volunteers and all kinds of relevant professionals, from birth until adulthood.  Which is supposed to be a communal effort in ‘a village to raise a child’.

The workshop will be on:

  1. The progress of this program, which should be a deal between the neighborhood council (wijkraad) of Feijenoord and the municipality of Rotterdam
  2. The ideas of Erasmus on educating children. Who are involved, what should be taught, why do we want to do that, and how is that to be done?

Remarkable of course is that this citizen’s initiative is in Rotterdam, the city where Erasmus was born and spent his ‘first 1000 days’. And who left us with statements like the ‘most important condition for happiness is that you want to be what you are.’

Full Conference Programme Sunday May 8 and Monday May 9 here:

Sign-up and pre-conference events on Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7 here: