Regreening 2017

We want you to get to know everything and everyone green in Wageningen. In just 4 days (and nights) you will visit all the green hot-spots, meet green-minded people, grow food, participate in workshops by the many green organisations of Wageningen, experience sustainable living at Ppauw Ecovillage and become a part of Wageningen’s Green Active Network.

If you are interested in sustainability, this is the perfect way to start the new academic year in Wageningen and discover how we can, together, make your greenest dreams come true. Oh, and there will be a festival in the end, how cool is that?

 

Make sure you register here for the Regreening, as there are limited places available in the program.

 

 

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The Celestine Prophecy – Book Discussion!


We’ll be discussing James Redfield’s “Celestine Prophecy” summer-style: on a terrace while having a drink in the sun. If you’ve read this book about a spiritual awakening or if you are interested to know more about the various insights that are laid out in this book, feel free to join the conversation on the 6th of July, 19.30 at Café de Zaaier.

What did you think about the book? You can already start the discussion in our Facebook event (and invite your friends).

 

Weekend excursion to Germany: 14 – 16 July

Germany is leading the way in many ways when it comes to the transition to sustainability. The RUW team has arranged a special visit to a pioneer in self-sufficient and sustainable living at Stohplatz from the 14th to the 16th of July. We will learn about permacultureoff-grid technologies, contribute to a sustainable building project and have a hike through the beautiful landscape of the Eiffel.

The preliminary schedule

Friday, July 14 13.00 Gather in Wageningen and Travel to Germany 15.00 visit to Morbach, a renewable energy park and information centre 18.00 Dinner at local vegan restaurant

21.00 Introduction by Niels Gorisse, the initiator of Strohplatz.

22.00 Get to know eachother games + presentation about self-sufficiency

Saturday, July 15 9.00 Learn about off grid technologies and self-sufficient living

11.00 Non-violent communication workshop

13.00 Contribute to a Sustainable building project at Strohplatz

18.00 Dinner

20.00 Campfire

Sunday, July 16 9.00  A beautiful hiking tour through the German landscape

13.00 Permaculture design workshop primer

18.00 Dinner

20.00 Travel back to wageningen

You can register by sending an email with your name, student number and whether you have a car/drivers licence. The participation fee for this weekend is 30 euro which includes food, transport and accommodation. Note that there are only 15 places available for this excursion.

 

Skills for Sustainability: Summer Camp

This summer the RUW Foundation team invites you for 8 days of hands-on sustainability training, because there is only so much one can learn from books and lectures. During this summer camp you get to experience the real deal and put your knowledge into practice! To do this we will live, learn and build in Wageningen’s own ecovillage PPauw and in the self-sustaining Strohplatz house in Germany. You will, together with a group of green-minded people, will learn relevant new skills, in two great and inspiring environments and get plenty of opportunity to apply these immediately! In total we have 25 places reserved, makes sure you subscribe before the 25th of may here.

The Preliminary schedule:

Sunday, July 9 – Arrive in the evening at Ppauw ecovillage.
– Tour through the ecovillage + get to know eachother + setting up tents
– Introduction to local currencies.
Monday, July 10 make your own soap.
– Crash course sustainable cooking.
– Work on a sustainability project of your choice.*
Tuesday, July 11 – Day excursion to inspiring. sustainability project in the Netherlands (TBA)
Buscraft workshop
– Edible plants workshop
Wednesday, July 12 – Work on a sustainability project of your choice*
– Afternoon excursion to inspiring sustainability project in Gelderland (TBA)
Repair cafe workshop (learn how to fix broken things)
Thursday, July 13 – Workshop electrical skills
– Sustainability skills transfer among participants through self-organised workshops
– Finalise the sustainability projects at Ppauw*
Build your own Pizza evening + Party night
Friday, July 14 – Travel to Strohplatz, Germany
– Introduction by Niels Gorisse, the initiator of Strohplatz.
– Reflect on first part of the summercamp.
Saturday, July 15 – Contribute to a Sustainable building project at Strohplatz
– Learn about off grid technologies and self-sufficient living
Permaculture design primer
Sunday, July 16 – A beautiful hiking tour through the German landscape
– Non-violent communication workshop
How are you going to use the skills and knowledge you’ve gained this week in your daily life?
– Travel back to Wageningen

* During the Summer camp we offer the following projects for skill development:

  • Building a Pizza-oven (and make delicious pizza’s!)
  • Learn how to garden and harvest by using agro-ecological and permaculture methodologies.
  • Construct a composting system which incorporates chickens in its design
  • Get creative by reusing plastic waste with various upcycle techniques.
  • Build an outdoor summer kitchen facility, including a rocket-stove, hooikist and solar cooker.
  • Create your own soap and cleaning products
  • Build a huge circus tent out of recycled and reclaimed materials.
  • Design and make a constructed wetland filtering system for rainwater catchment and purification.
  • Install a 3kWh off-grid solar PV energy system.
  • Bushcraft: Learn basic survival skills like making fire, build a shelter, find edible plants and drinkable water.

Costs:  150,- (235,- for non-WUR students) This includes transport, material, workshops, stay, most of the food, etc

Register here.

Grassroots Science: Education

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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!

Practicalities:
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.

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

25 March – Permaculture Walk & Design

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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

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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.

 

 

Book Club Update: Parable of the Sower

This month we’re reading Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler. We think this promises to be a very exciting novel, with links to the trends in the current political climate and society. We hope you find it to be an interesting read too!
To discuss the “Parable of the Sower”, we planned the next meeting on March 30, at 18u in the Spot.

If you have a question about the book club or suggestion for the next read, let us know! We hope to see many of you the 30th and we wish you good reads in the meantime 🙂 Stay updated on the RUW Foundation facebook event 

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Social Sustainability

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Society is changing. Direct social and local connections are weakening whilst global networks are getting people in touch with people and companies from all around the world! 

The interesting connections between the societal and environmental aspects will be explained by our keynote guest speaker Paul Hendriksen during the WEPtalks on the 10th of January. Paul, chairman of the Transition Towns network in the Netherlands, has great knowledge on the way sustainability is fused in the social connections people have with one another. He will explain this by using Transition Towns principles.

Transition towns are a global phenomenon. This video gives a good impression on what the transition culture is about.

These WEPtalks will consists of two sessions. The first event will be a keynote lecture, taking place the 18th of January in C104 of the Forum Building, in which we will learn more about sustainability from a social perspective. Paul is specialized in improving and accelerating these social and sustainable movements on local scale which he applies in his work for ‘De Stroomversnellers‘. The second event will be a workshop taking place in the VIP room (V031) of the Forum Building on 24 January at 19.30 for everyone who want to make a positive impact in 2017. The emphasis will be on the creation and strengthening of sustainable networks such as the Green Active Network in Wageningen and development and empowerment of ideas for 2017.

Are you down to kick-start the new year with good resolutions? These WEPtalks will surely inspire you to become part of the just and fair transition which the world is craving for. Be part, be there! 10th and 18th of January.

Dakota Access Pipeline Information Meeting

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There is an uprising in the United States over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Thursday 3 November RUW Foundation and OtherWise Wageningen will host an info meeting about this situation, followed by a Skype session with the people at the front line. With our keynote Chihiro Geuzebroek we will first explore the narratives of indigenous rights, climate justice and colonialism after which we will have a Skype with the people at the Standing Rock community.

What: Dakota Access Pipeline Information Meeting

When: 3 November

Where: Wageningen Campus, Forum Building, C221

First Gathering Sustainability Book Club

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Each month a group of dedicated book club members will meet up to discuss a newly published book or a classic related to the field of sustainability. Books that matter, like for example ‘This Changes Everything’ of Naomi Klein or perhaps ‘Laudito Si: On Care for Our Common Home’ by Pope Francis.  Everybody is welcome to join the Sustainability Book Club.

The Sustainability Book Club will be launched during the Seriously Sustainable Week on Monday 10th of October 19.30 at ThuisWe invite the people interested in joining the Book Club to come and we also encourage people to pitch books they want to read during this first gathering. After discussing the possibilities a book will be chosen which the Book Club members will read during that month. With this activity RUW Foundation hopes to explore topics more in depth and form a discussion platform.

If you are interested in having intelligent discussions, exploring new views to sustainability and meeting new people we invite you to join the Sustainability Book Club. To subscribe email ruw@wur.nl or pass by during the first gathering at Thuis (Stationstraat 32)