A “Improvised Learning Trip” in Central Western Europe

Let me share publicly a letter just sent to some friends.

This might ring a bell in you, you might develop ideas, provide us with suggestions and advice, indicate or invite us to “out of the box places” you know.. perhaps you are willing to join us, meet with us , organize something for usor with us, act as a sherpa for us in your area …

Here follows the letter :

Hello friends,

As if I was not appearing fool enough, I am sending you this mail to inform you about my latest folly.

As Ville Keränen (see http://fi.linkedin.com/in/monkeybusiness) announced me he was is coming to Central Western Europe (as the Finns call our area) for a few days, the idea emerged to try out something new: an “Improvised Learning Expedition” .

When: From Sunday 7th November starting in Strasbourg, to Wednesday 10th November ending in Amsterdam
Where: Wherever serendipity leads us towards. Germany, France, the UK, Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg…
When did we decide this venture: This morning over the phone at 8 AM CET (9.00 Finnish Time)

Our goal: To learn how to enhance serendipitous learning occasions with an absolute minimum of planning:
1. learning from each other,
2. learning from encountering as many interesting people as we can – people we already know, people we don’t yet know,
3. Learning from visiting “out of the box” places, surprising places, world class social and other initiatives
4. Learning from crossing borders and cultures,
5. Learning from prototyping and testing new concepts, …
6. Learning how to turn everything we encounter into learning, fun, relationships, connections, innovations, friends, money, projects, ideas, knowledge, networks, whatever…

Means: minimal, frugal, ecological, Transport by car, train, no flights, Other (bicycles in Holland?)
Who: Ville and Charles are staring, but everyone is welcome in joining us, for whole or part of the trip.
We are happy to accept invitations that will promote our goal

So there we are: We are sending this to you, because perhaps this might ring a bell in you, you might develop ideas, provide us with suggestions and advice, indicate or invite us to “out of the box places” you know.. perhaps you are willing to join us, meet with us , organize something for usor with us, act as a sherpa for us in your area …

This is it for now. I am very curious to experience what your reactions to this might be.

Cheers to you all,

The explorer team Ville and Charles

PS: Ville is coaching a Team Mastery Course in Strasbourg. He’s travelling today. He will be reasonably out of touch, except perhaps via SMS on his phone number +358407312084, and via mail ville@banana.fi

I will be more available so the preferred contacts are probably through me.

Charles van der Haegen
6 rue de Bayarmont
1390 Grez-Doiceau
Mobile: +32 494 62 63 73
Fax: +32 10 84 17 72
Skype: charlesvanderhaegen
E-Mail: charles@comind-europe.eu
website: http://www.comind-europe.eu
Personal Blog: https://charlesvanderhaegen.wordpress.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChvdHaegen
LinkedIn: http://be.linkedin.com/pub/charles-van-der-haegen/2/487/585


About charlesvanderhaegen

I am a grandfather of an immensely inspiring family, thanks to the most incredible wife. To satisfy my family's needs, I was for 30 years business entrepreneur, roller coasting between success and failure. 17 years ago I was forced to stop and reflect. I dug into theory and discovered the World out there, that my involvement in Business had kept hidden to me. I feared that I will not escape remaining amidst my trans-disciplinary quest forever, bouncing back and forth from action to theory, always puzzled by Europe's apparent incapacity to free itself from its Institutional/Technological Lock-ins. My horizon opened up when Gunter Pauly, my intimate friend of 35 years, asked me to join him and take charge ZERI's development in Europe. I am now fully engaged alongside Gunter Pauli in the http://www.zeri.org and the @myblueeconomy Networks as CEO of ZERI.EU vzw (Non for Profit association)
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10 Responses to A “Improvised Learning Trip” in Central Western Europe

  1. RalfLippold says:

    Hi Charles,
    hi Ville,

    Happy to hear about this short notice action 🙂

    Meeting in Dresden would be excellent as we have
    just moved in the http://CoOrpheum.com (2nd birth).

    Looking forward to hearing more from the nothern parts
    of Europe and hopefully meeting you folks here or some-
    where soon.

    Cheers, Ralf

  2. CoCreatr says:

    Hi Charles and gang,

    Enjoy your trip and meetups.

    You asked for any suggestions: if at home and weather is grim, try a virtual tour. Skype people with video or meet freely at Junto alpha http://junto.cc

  3. Félicitations au nouveau “Lièvre de Vatanen” !!!

  4. RalfLippold says:

    Hi Charles, Ville,

    Great news!

    Ssyncronicity is getting down on us, remember well our one-hour talk on the flight from Oman towards Frankfurt back in April 2008 🙂

    Great to hear you approaching towards Dresden and http://CoOrpheum.com in a few days time. Looking really forward to seeing you two here in beautiful Dresden with mindful creative people around moving from arts/culture, social innovation toward technological innovation.

    Have a save trip and awaiting Tuesday afternoon


  5. RalfLippold says:

    Only two more days, it is almost like Xmas and Easter together seeing you guys in beautiful Dresden on Tuesday afternoon at http://CoOrpheum.com, Kamenzer Straße 19, Dresden Neustadt.

    How did we arrive where we are and to what next steps our passion about collective learning will pull us from Tuesday on?

    I would like to share just some thoughts:

    Moving across multi-disciplinary communities and cultures for over 30 years, made it happen to connect to MIT in 2006, meeting the other MIT folks like PeterSenge, EricVonHippel, JayForrester, OttoScharmer (not yet personally) and felt some sort of connectivity right from the beginning. The openess of MIT campus (24/7 you can enter almost all main buildings, free access to WiFi across campus – even for non-MIT members, so you get a sense what open education can mean in the beginning).

    What could emerge on Tuesday?

    Co-creating a free-floating blended version of collective learning and see what will flow out of our minds.

    Open to explore the future 🙂

  6. RalfLippold says:

    Good morning Charles, Ville,

    Looking forward to seeing you today in Dresden at CoOrpheum :-))

    Safe journey and lots of serendipity!

    Best regards, Ralf

  7. RalfLippold says:

    After talking to Charles on the phone, approximate arrival in Dresden will be around 3 o’clock.

    So you are very welcome to join the surprise crowd of interdisciplinary learning encounters at CoOrpheum, Kamenzer Straße 19, 01099 Dresden (GoogleMaps: http://bit.ly/9vKe6q)

    Cheers, Ralf

    PS.: Anybody open to learning surprises and new perspectives on seeing the world – just come by or give a notice, it may lead even into the evening.

  8. RalfLippold says:

    Charles, Ville,

    It has been an exceptional honor and joy to see you both in Dresden on Tuesday. Unbelievable what happened – to be quite frank almost too much happened in too little time on Tuesday.

    We have captured the thoughts we experienced with ConstanceWolter, SoerenRogoll, RalfLippold, and you two on http://bit.ly/aSlxJe (http://livestream.com/CoOrpheum

    I will post a longer post on my blog with what is racing through my mind.

    Thanks so much Charles and Ville for stopping by in Dresden on your improvised learning trip through Germany


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