Meet Nanna. Being in the second year of Kaospilot, she has just completed the challenging “Process Semester”. During this the students work as individuals closely together with a client on an often complex task. But now its time to gather “Team 19” again. They are about to embark on an exciting journey to Cape Town, South Africa known as “Outpost” together with “SUI 1” from our Swiss sister-school.     


KP: So you are about to go on “Outpost” – how do you feel?


N: I am very excited, I feel like the final days here in Denmark become a waiting game because something great is just around the corner.

I am especially looking forward to two things; being there, as well as working in a completely different setting then I am used to and secondly; to meet up with my team again!


I am going to immerse myself into a completely new world and a new landscape – at first I thought I would be going to South Africa to create completely new and innovating projects but during our preparatory lectures I have gained a deeper understanding of South Africa as a country, as well as the culture, and thus the framework that I will be working within. I am very curious and excited about getting a chance to apply all the tools that I have learned – and in particular to test my personal skills and myself.


KP: Could you explain to outsiders what the idea behind the outpost is as you envision it?


N: Yes, well there are several aspects to “Outpost”. Firstly it serves as a real-life training situation for us as students, we get to live and work in a real world context. Secondly we, the students, get a chance to create real change, or to “make a difference” as people often say. For me, personally, having the opportunity to work with locals, in settings of their choice, is what matters the most. It is very motivating to work in reality and with reality. However it also demands a lot from us, we know we will have to work hard- probably very long hours.


We make our skills and ourselves available – and hope to help others, but at the same time, we are immersed in a learning experience.

I very much hope, that we will leave with the experience and the knowledge of having made a difference.


KP: What will you be doing, and who will you collaborate with?


N: We will be working with approx. 10 projects, which we have yet to determine. We all have to pick at least two projects; they can be internal, i.e. like being a process consultant for our organisation or external, i.e. where we work in the local settings with customers.



KP: How is it to be a student at Kaospilot?


N: It’s a very different school! As I said before I used to study journalism so one could say that I am from the “traditional” Danish educational system. However I had the feeling that I lacked “perspective” in my previous education, and that made me look into Kaospilot. Today I am surrounded by creativity – and some of the most interesting and engaging lectures I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Lectures come from all over world “just” to teach me and my fellow students- which is extremely inspiring: we are taught by people who are real world specialist so they give the opportunity to learn from the best.


At the school you are constantly challenge to do your best and to become the best that you can become.The school practice a kind of playful attitude, where curiosity is valued and everything can be questioned. At Kaospilot the teachers really listen to the students, we do not have am old fashioned hierarchy between students and teachers, the relationship between teacher and student is personal and thus you, as a student, are eager to engage and put a lot of energy into your education. The Kaospilot education is not just a school it out home away from home where we spent a lot of time.


I often experience that people from outside the school find it difficult to understand what we do. For me this education is very personal, that is what differentiates it from other educations, I think. We value the individual. The school is so wide-ranging and we do so many interesting projects that the hardest part is to realize that sometimes you have to say no. Before I started I was afraid that the school might be too practical and that I would miss the theoretical stuff but now that I am here I actually believe there is a good balance between the two. We read and the we try it in reality- for me that’s highly motivating.


KP: We are getting close to the deadline for applying for “Kaospilot Team 21”. Could you please share why you think people should apply?


N: You should apply if want to try out a different education. If you apply you become part of a great network and you get to take on the responsibility for your own education. This is a school with great variety… in principle I don’t really feel like comparing Kaospilot to any other education because I don’t think its possible.  Kaospilot is different, it stand apart from everything else. Personally I have gained a complete different perspective on my own life, as well as on the world that I live in and am a part of. My perspective is broader and more complex but also much more interesting!