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Meet Yin. She moved from Belgium to join Team 20 – the team that is currently in their first year of the education. We asked her a few questions concerning  her “November-project” – a group assignment in which the students collaborate with a company or NGO of their own choice.  

 

KP: Tell us what your project is about? -who did you work with from outside the school?

Y: Our client was Global Citizen, a sustainability consultancy firm rooted in Aarhus, Denmark. One of their main objectives was the Smart Sustainability Valley, a large sustainability event taking place in 2017, when Aarhus is voted as the Cultural Capital of EU. 5000+ individuals from around the globe will be invited to participate in discussing sustainability at the broad level of environment, demography and economy. In order to get there, ideas, financial resources and manpower are needed. Our project was to set up an ideation workshop that could generate what was needed: ideas, ownership of these ideas and interest to fund the festival.

 

KP: What was the greatest challenge?

Y: Setting up an ideation workshop for a diverse crowd ranging from politicians, business people to students, while empowering them to take ownership of the ideas and initiatives generated.

 

KP: What did you learn – personally?

Y: You gotta work your ass off in order to kick ass. It’s damn important to balance it out by having a good time. Team is really important.

 

KP:  How is it to be a student at the KAOSPILOT education? Do you think it is different from other educations? 

Coming from an academic background, the energy and engagement demanded at the KAOSPILOT could be intimating at first, but no pains no gains. About the differences, first, what you get out of this education is different: traditional educations aim to develop more specialized skills that are relevant for certain fields or industries, call them hard skills. KP on the other hand, focuses on the development of broader skills that are field independent, the soft skills needed to succeed. Secondly, the learning process is unconventional. At universities, it’s a more one-way knowledge transfer while self-study is the standard way to digest learning. Thus, more theory based. At KP, it’s expected to participate and engage during the lectures, while learning often takes place through hands-on practice. By executing client projects, the school challenges the students to get themselves out of the school and into the real world.

 

KP: Why should people apply for the KAOSPILOT education?

Y: When growing up, were you often told the world is as it is and your role is to simply live within it? If you’ve always revolted against this notion of life and want to prove the opposite, but have no clue where to start, then this school is a good place to kickstart your journey.