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2022 June

No one wants to be Columbus

 

The Columbus project is in essence a showcase for a better world but no one is interested to even start looking at this new world. The proposals we made for the MECCE, a global partnership of over 80 leading scholars and agencies including the IPCC, UNFCCC, and UNESCO, and the Ghent University for a seminar on environmental education research were neglected. Their reactions show that they haven’t had a look at the new world. And this is the critical point, we need to see the new world to understand what we are neglecting. We boldly demonstrate this with the example solution of a very complex problem that resembles the current Ukraine conflict and crisis in this world. You can see it yourself by clicking the button in the header of this website. It is all freely available.

Read more on www.a4nll.com/prop-no

 

2022 April

Columbus on tour in June 2022

 

In June the academy will start a worldwide campaign to attract students for the Columbus project. The first step is that Nils Beetsma, founder of the academy, will inform students all over the world about the Columbus project by sending an email with information to student associations around the world. For relevant universities in reasonable proximity of Amsterdam Nils thinks about handing out flyers. Currently on his list are the University of Amsterdam, Wageningen University and Research, Maastricht University and outside the Netherlands the University Ghent (Belgium). Nils will also visit the Dutch political centre in The Hague. In most places Nils will probably be accompanied with his fellow students who joined to support the Columbus project.

 

Read more on www.a4nll.com/prop-fp

2022 March

Campaign to attract students for Columbus will start May/June 2022

 

In earlier news items you could read that we have submitted two significant proposals. One proposal was submitted to the MECCE, a partnership of over 80 leading scholars and agencies, including the IPCC, UNFCCC, and UNESCO, see www.a4nll.com/prop-me. Another proposal was submitted to the 15th Invitational Seminar on Environmental Education Research: “Challenges for environmental and sustainability education research in times of climate crisis”, see www.a4nll.com/prop-ug. If these proposals come into effect they could both initiate a worldwide discussion that makes it much easier to attract new international students for the Columbus project. The MECCE project and seminar are planned respectively for May and June. To capitalize on that the Academy for Next Level Learning will start a campaign to attract international students for the Columbus project in June 2022. In doing so, we envision to attract between one and two hundred students who can start simultaneously in September. In this scenario the Columbus showcase will be completed in the beginning of 2023.

 

Read more on www.a4nll.com/prop-ws

2022 March

Solution to the Ukraine conflict

 

With the Ukraine conflict going on the Academy for Next Level Learning has made available for everyone the example of a very complex problem and the elaborated solution intended for the students of the Columbus project. The example problem is very similar to the current Ukraine conflict and the crisis in the world. That makes the solution based on Next Level Learning in fact a solution to the Ukraine conflict and the current crisis too.

Read more on www.a4nll.com/example-problem-and-solution

2022 February

Proposed seminar essay: “Who wants a transcending perspective”

This essay was written as a proposal for the 15th Invitational Seminar on Environmental Education Research:“Challenges for environmental and sustainability education research in times of climate crisis”, organised by the Centre for Sustainable Development of Ghent University in collaboration with partners of the SEDwise network.

Read more on www.a4nll.com/prop-ug

2022 February

Successful test run Columbus Open Learning Environment (COLE)

 

In February 2022 a test run has been performed, not only for the newly created COLE, but also for the programme “Mastery in transition” (MIT). This MIT is the basis for all students to start with when they enter into the COLE. The MIT is developed to be facilitated by the students themselves.

Read more on www.a4nll.com/prop-ws

2022 February

Blueprint for new university available

 

Looking at the complex problems in the world, such as the sustainability issues and global conflicts, it is clear that with the way we learn today we are not able to solve them. Therefore a new way of learning has been developed, which we call Next Level Learning. And because there have already been so many ideas about learning a Columbus showcase project was started to show that this new way of learning will enable all of us to solve the complex problems in this world. This Columbus project has become also a showcase for its Columbus Open Learning Environment that can be used as a blueprint for a new university. The foundation for a transition to a better world in the 21st century. 

 

Read more on www.a4nll.com/prop-ws

2021 December

Proposal to MECCE: innovative education on climate change

 

Next Level Learning is a practical form of transformative learning. We started the Columbus project to make the results of transformative learning visible to everyone in this world and that matches very well with the purpose of the MECCE call for case studies aiming at improvement of education on climate change. The MECCE is a partnership of over 80 leading scholars and agencies, including the IPCC, UNFCCC, and UNESCO working together globally. The answers to the questions we had to submit for the proposal show how the Columbus project matches very well with the goal of MECCE.

Read more on www.a4nll.com/prop-me
 

2021 November

Academy for Next Level Learning starts Columbus project


“We are all trying to solve the complex problems of this world such as sustainability problems and global conflicts. However, we don't seem to be able to get a grip on that all over the world. 

I am Nils Beetsma and in 2019 I came across a new form of learning that has been specially developed to solve complex problems. With this way of learning I see an opportunity to collectively solve all the complex problems of this world. This result is not only inconceivable, but also the way to get there is quite unimaginable. That is why I started this project from the Academy for Next Level Learning, which is founded for this purpose. Not only to make these solutions visible but also the way to get there and to concretise this whole in a practical manner.”

Read more on www.a4nll.com/columbus-project

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