SDG Generation: Healing the future in a wicked present 

21 March 2019

On 13 and 14 June Windesheim Honours College organizes a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) event. This exciting gathering will invite us to reflect on the roles we can all play for a more sustainable environment.

What is the role of Education in sustainable development? What is the role of Personal Development? Creativity? Partnerships? We seek to answer these different questions through multiple sessions including keynote speeches, workshops, presentations, and other interactive sessions.

We will have several break-out sessions with a different focus in addressing the SDG's. More information about these sessions can be found in the programme below. The main themes for discussion will be:

  • What is the role of Education?
  • What is the role of Personal Development?
  • What is the role of Creativity and Art?
  • What is the role of Partnerships?

Full programme available now! download your pdf copy or use the app: 

Full programme

On Thursday 13 June, Hugo von Meijenfeldt, SDG Coördinator for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will give the opening keynote. Other speakers will include Windesheim Honours College Alumna, Morgaine Gerlach, currently working for the European Parliament and comedian Greg Shapiro, who will describe with humour our wicked present. Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni will give the first keynote on Friday 14 June, on “The future is feminine...healing the universe.” Later Dr. Olivia Bina speaks about 'The Future of Universities'. We close the event with a live connection with the NASA Mission Control Centre! From there,Mars 2020 Mission Design & Navigation Manager, Fernando Abilleira, will talk to us about "The challenges of Landing on Mars. From curiosity to InSight."

All sessions will be held on the Campus of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle. Most sessions are in English. Students, educators,Windesheim’s international exchange partners, and staff of businesses, NGOs, and government agencies are welcome to attend.


SDG Circle



  • Hugo von Meijenfeldt MSc - SDG Coördinator of Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Morgaine Gerlach MPhil - Alumna WHC, Parliamentary Assitant European Parliament
  • Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni - FeMale Leadership & Feminine Capital Game Changer, Influencer, Speaker
  • Fernando Abilleira MSc - NASA, Design and Navigation Manager of Mission Mars 2020
  • Dr. Olivia Bina Chair of EU funded INTREPID: The Future of Universities in Europe.
  • Greg Shapiro MSc - Actor and Comedian

 Picture of Hugo von MeijenfeldtPicture of Morgaine GerlachPicture of Kaouthar DarmoniPicture of FernandoPicture of Olivia BinaPicture greg shapiro


Thursday 13 June
08.30 - 09.30 Registration
09.30 - 10.00

Opening by Henk Hagoort, Board Member Windesheim UAS

Signing of the SDG Charter by the Zwolse8:

  • ArtEZ hogeschol voor de kunsten- Maarten Bremer
  • CIBAP - Coby Zandbergen
  • VIAA- Jacob Schaap
  • Landstede Groep - Theo Rietkerk
  • Windesheim- Henk Hagoort
  • Deltion College - Thea Koster
  • Katholieke Pabo Zwolle - Ingrid Lammerse
  • Zone College - René van Kuilenberg
10.00 - 11.00

Keynote speakers:
-Hugo von Meijenfeldt - "The role of Partnerships in adressing the SDG's"
Morgaine Gerlach - "The Challenges of the SDG Generation"

11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00 Morning Sessions
13.00 - 14.00 Sustainable Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Afternoon Sessions
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break 
16.00 - 16.30

Greg Saphiro Humor note on the wicked present

17.00 - 17.30 Drinks and Networking
17.30 - 23.00 Sustainable Dinner and Birthday Party WHC 10 years @ Boreas 


Friday 14 June
08.30 - 09.30 Registration
09.30 - 11.00

Brainbusting Breakfast with "Space cake" around an interactive debate: 

"Questioning SDG 8"

11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00 SDG Generation Showcase
13.00 - 14.00 Sustainable Lunch
14.00 - 15.00 Keynote by Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni: "The future is Feminine...."
15.00 - 15.30 The ignorant Project: How much do we know about SDG's? 
15.30 - 16.00 Break
16.00 - 17.00 Keynote by Dr. Olivia Bina: "The Future of Universities"
17.00 - 18.00 Live connection  NASA with Fernando Abilleira: "The challenges of Landing on Mars. From curiosity to InSight."
18.00 - 18.15 Closing by Dr. Derk Jan Kiewiet, Director Research & Education, Division Business, Media and Law at Windesheim

*The programme can change slightly. 

For a full overview of the programme in pdf click here or use the app: 



During the day you can choose which session you prefer. First come, first serve. More details about the sessions will follow soon. 

Thursday 13 June 11.30-13.00:

1. The role of education in SDGs

SILC: Sustainable International Learning Community: Connecting youth around the globe (Pieter Temminck, lecturer Zone College, Twello; Sander Leusenkamp, lecturer Windesheim Honours College and students) 

Integrating SDG’s in interdisciplinary minors, honours education and electives programme, by Joeri Versluis, Honours Dean HZ University of Applied Sciences and Gabrielle Rossing, Coordinator Interdisciplinary HZ minors and researcher Expertise Management & Valorisation 

2. The role of personal development in SDGs

Ubuntu philosophy as foundation of career counselling for students (Ilse Roos/ Career Counsellor at Windesheim Honours College)

3. The role of arts and creativity in SDGs

Walls of Connection, by MasterPeace (Winners of the SDG Action Award). “Our dear team member Liz de Bruijn who is great at energizing, activating and facilitating sessions is happy to join for the Walls of Connection session.”

4. The role of partnerships in SDGs

Wicked networks (Liesbeth Rijsdijk Maike de Bot and Paul van der Cingel, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences)

InHolland Sustainable Solutions, by Katrin Tazelaar, InHolland

5. Open Space

Exhibition in the C-building by Shelter City: Human Right Defenders

6. Games

Approaching complexity with the 4E-Model for Value Creation

FAUC Play, Facilitating teams: how to deals with uncertainty and complexity

SDG Game, Zinnige Zaken


Thursday 13 June, 14.00-15.30:

1. The University 4.0

Education, personal connection and SDGs, by Elke van der Valk (Fontys Hogeschool)

The Earth Charter as an inspirational framework for education on sustainability (Maria Garcia Alvarez, coordinator Value Creators at Windesheim Honours College)

2. Examples of the role of personal development 

Leadership in international sustainable development: Windesheim minors experiences, by Niels van der Mast (Coordinator minor Managing Projects in a Globalised World-MPGW) and Helprich ten Heuw (Coordinator minor International Sustainable Development- ISD) 

The wickedness of contemporary leadership by Maike Verhagen (Expert in Capacity Building and Education and Development, lecturer Windesheim Honours College)

3. International Best Practices and examples

Games for Empathy, by Jack Hoefnagel, Lecturer Serious Games Design and Technology at Fontys Hogeschool.

Power of culture in urban transformation, by Raghda El-Halawany, MasterPeace

4. International Partnerships

The Green Quest and Green Ambassador Programme, Hanze Hogeschool (Jos Vogelzand)

Ocean i3: An interdisciplinary approach to improve coastal waters in France and Spain.

5. Open Space

Exhibition in the C-building by Shelter City: Human Right Defenders

6. Games

Approaching complexity with the 4E-Model for Value Creation

FAUC Play, Facilitating teams: how to deals with uncertainty and complexity

SDG Game, Zinnige Zaken


Friday 14 June

1. Brainbusting breakfast

Interactive debate on “Transition of the economic and financial system towards a more sustainable and inclusive society: Is something wrong with SDG 8?”
Participants: Students representing WeAll YOUTH; representant from Global Alliance for Banking on Values; Suzan Massier (Senior Consultant for Banking for Food Inspiration Centre at Rabobank); Sander Tideman (Founding partner of Flow Foundation and Flow Impact Fund, author of Mind over Matter); Heico van der Blonk (Lector NICE, Circular Economy at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences) and Bram Adema, Managing Director at CFP Green Buildings.

2. SDG Generation Showcase- Open Space

During the day everyone is welcome to take a look at the work and insights of the SDG Generation. Students from different programmes and disciplines, will be sharing their stories on SDGs through different formats. You can find a detailed overview in the app of which options there are. For example the 1% club will be presenting but also Green Team Twente next to our own graduates and Windesheim Honours Programmes students. Also you can look at:
- Ted Talks and presentations in D0.54
- Poster Presentations in D0.40
- Exhibition in D0.79

3. Keynotes:

Dr. Kaouthat Darmoni: “The future is feminine.... Inspiring session Healing the universe”
Dr. Darmoni is a an academician holding a PhD from the Sorbonne University (Paris) on Leadership. Her views on FeMale Leadership and Feminine Capital became viral with her TedTalks, where she is able to inspire the audience through music and dance to connect with the source of our feminine qualities. She has become an influencer and a renown international speaker in topics related to leadership and gender issues. She is developing an educational programme about The Art of Being Feminine. She will be inspiring attendees and helping us reconnect with a future which seems to need more of our FeMale skills.

Dr. Olivia Bina: “Interdisciplinarity: The Future of Universities and the Universe”
Dr. Bina is the principal researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon and Adjunt Professor at the Department of Georgraphy and Resource Management of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Because of her personal and professional interest in understanding our changing relationship with nature and how that relates to the global challenges, Olivia took the lead of the EU funded project INTREPID Cost. This is a 27 country network with the overall aim to better understand how to achieve more efficient and effective interdisciplinary research in Europe, in order to enhance our capacity to meet contemporary global (urban) challenges characterized by increasing complexity and uncertainty.

Fernando Abilleira: “The Challenges of Landing in Mars. From Curiosity to InSight”
Connecting live from the Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Fernando Abilleira, Mars 2020 Mission Design and Navigation Manager, will tell us about the complexity of landing in other planets. He will describe the need for interdisciplinary collaboration and the role that curiosity plays in understanding more about us as humans and our need for moving beyond our own planet.

Practical Information

Hotel suggestions and tips around Zwolle

For all visitors, there is a special discount with several hotels in Zwolle. This PDF document gives an overview of the hotels and the discounts they offer.
In addition you can find a PDF as city guide in Zwolle, should you want to extend your stay. This was made by students for students but can also be helpfull for you. But you can also visit our City website.

Hotelagreements  Zwolle City Guide 

Time:    Thursday 13 June 09.00-23.00

              Friday 14 June 09.00-18.00


Location:  Windesheim, Campus 2, Zwolle


Route despription Overview campus

Full pdf programme

Event app 



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