Grassroots Science: Education


Grassroots Science is a series of events organised each year about a topic linked to sustainability. This year Otherwise and RUW foundation organise a series about education. We explore different methods of teaching in five different events, the first one on March 4, the last on March 28. The events of this Grassroots Science on Education are: a ‘Waste to Art Challenge’, a workshop in which we use our creativity to build from (cardboard) waste and make a stop-motion video to connect to a place in Wageningen. The second event is about storytelling, in which you learn how to tell a story in an engaging and convincing way. This is followed by a Permaculture walk and course. Via a walk at the permaculture garden and hands-on designing yourself, you will learn about permaculture by experience! The last skill-related event is a workshop on workshop-design, if you want to learn how to give a great workshop about any theme yourself. These events are evaluated in the panel discussion, in which we question if we need quality (small classes, gaining experience) or quantity (large classes and MOOCs to serve many students) for impact!

4 March – Waste to Art Challenge

waste-to-artIn this event we will explore the connections between Stories, Space & Experience. We want to transform a special location in Wageningen into a movie set for a stop motion movie project. The underlying idea is that we will explore the location on site and the stories that are connection to the location. We will do this with the help of the Maakfabriek.

The Maakfabriek stands for a lot of experience with reconnecting to places through digging up stories that exist about those places. We often become so used to where we are that we tend to overlook and to forget the meaning that the place can have.The mission of the Maakfabriek is to reestablish exactly this connection.

We will gather at THUIS and after a short introduction we will go to a special location to get creative!

7 March – SpeakUp: find your storytelling voice 

storytellingFor anyone interested in improving their presentation and storytelling skills, this event is for you!

The Grassroot Science team has invited the talented Quirine van Willigenburg to host her tried and tested SpeakUp workshop. With her we will learn all about effective storytelling techniques, postures, exclamation, and how to raise a clear voice. This is not going to be another lecture!

During the workshop we will work with some of the personal and proffesional stories that are present in the room, and engage in fitting excercises that train our public storytelling skills. Both people with anxiety and very confident speakers will benefit.
We look forward to hearing your voices!

7/03, 19:30
Wageningen Forum, C0314
Bring your own story, or assist somebody else
No entrance fee

21 March – Workshop design: a learning journey

workshopFor anyone who has ever considered giving a workshop on anything, this event is for You! We, the people behind this years grassroots science serie on education, have invited the skilled workshop professionals from Knowmads business School to share their knowledge about “workshop design” with us.

So it’s ‘meta’ workshop? Yes it is!

The workshop will have two parts:

  1. Some theory about best teaching practices; how do you design a learning journey?
  2. Taking a shot at designing your very own workshop (or helping someone else with his/her project).

We encourage everyone walking around with an idea for a workshop to join us, because we will spend lot’s of time guiding you in the design process. However, if you don’t have an own idea to develop, but want to increase your skill, you’re still most welcome to help others create their design.
We ask for you to subscribe beforehand at the following link, participation fee is 3 euro.

2,5 hour
Bring your own idea or help
Subscribe, 3,-
19:30, Forum C314

25 March – Permaculture Walk & Design


Gain tools and practical knowledge to get you started with Permaculture design. Create abundant ecosystems sustainably in the backyard or at farm level. Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies and holistic solutions.

Layout of the Course:

  • Presentation – Introduction Principles at the Hoge Born
  • PermaWalk – Walk around Principles in Action
  • Lunch Break (a locally grown lunch can be bought on site)
  • Design –  In groups at the Unifarm
  • Briefing – Learn what site has to offer / What site wants
  • Create – Permaculture design for an educational farm
  • Review – have a look past permaculture designs

We gather at the Forum entrance at 11.00, workshop ends at 17.00. Participation costs are whatever it was worth to you. Limited spaces available, let us know in this Facebook event that you are attending


Grassroots Science Wageningen – Socially driven initiatives that tackle global problems

grassroot-science-new-logo-copy“Socially driven” initiatives, by for example farmers, consumers, civil society organisations, sometimes in collaboration with scientists, constantly emerge in the face of poverty, social injustice, hunger, natural resource degradation, environmental decline and other (global) problems. Some of these initiatives contain practices that promise more sustainable livelihoods for the people on the ground while simultaneously tackling global problems. Many initiatives stand in stark contrast and sometimes even contradict with the “technologically or market driven” solutions implemented by many scientists and policy makers. With “grassroots science”, representatives from a selection of these types of initiatives will present their struggles, achievements and their views on how these can contribute to positive social change. We invite you to participate in a journey full of exiting examples of good practices, local initiatives, grassroots organisations, farmer groups, and others who successfully contribute to social and environmental justice. With this series, we aim to provide clear alternatives that work.



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