Written by Miranda Saturday This Saturday was a rather unusual Knowmads day. We started the morning outside in nature! Yes, you can find some hidden nature in busy Hanoi. Phan Y Ly brought us to an island where we were to spend an hour on our own, just wandering around, being aware of all our senses and the details of the things we saw around us. And there was enough to see! From mini flowers, to a river with houseboats, from a yellow flower field to a (half)naked soccer game, waterbuffaloes and bird traps, playing dogs, angry dogs, children and shells. It was a very refreshing and relaxing exercise reminding us of the importance of taking a break. If we can be ‘busy’ taking a break, have our minds stop working for a moment, for sure we will regain energy, creativity and joy!   The afternoon was reserved for mid-term presentations. Everybody had 10 minutes to present their project and their Knowmads journey until now. So many talents, so many different journeys, different lessons and insights, how wonderful! It was also a great opportunity to get feedback on our projects and some new questions to guide us. In the evening we had a christmas party! Including a delicious vegetarian dinner, crazy talent show and secret santa presents! Yes, Team one is even skilled in singing, dancing, poetry and theatre! Sunday After such a unusual day, back to work on Sunday! Ms. Phuong gave us a workshop on effective communication giving us guidelines to improve our presentations. Very concrete tools we can apply straight away. Nguyen Tung Lam from 4T shared his personal story with us about starting a youth development business. He’s very young so we can relate very much to his story. With his passion he managed to surf through all the ups and downs of start-up ‘businessing’. Finally, Pham Kieu Oanh from CSIP talked to us about Social Entrepreneurship. She told us about how we can take a social concern and make it into a business opportunity. Ending with the many trends there are in Social Entrepreneurship we could realize how hot this topic is right now in the world. And we are a part of it! Most precious moment An impression of the favorite moments of our team 1 members. Feeling at home Get to know our team members a bit better, this is what makes us feel at...

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Written by Thuy Duong Simple but strong messages Marc Stenfert Kroese from Netherlands was the first trainer for Knowmads Hanoi’s students. He’s now running a social enterprise named Donkey Bakery in Vietnam which 60% of his employees are disabled. He strongly believes that his staff shouldn’t be called PwD (people with disabilities) but PwGA (people with great abilities). He told us their very personal stories and how hard they tried altogether to change the prejudices of society about themselves. During his sharing, we’ve learned how to create a culture environment as a family. We are also very touched by his kindness and human business mindset. As another trainer also from Netherlands, Henrik Looij of Eyepeoner Works Organization guided us how to control the wheel of life by balancing the needs to be who we are and the desire to achieve what we wish to do. He also gave us a pratical exercise, after that each of us got a buddy to help us fulfill our commitments. Some promised to get enough sleep to reach a more healthy life, some made sure that he would start his project by creating the first draft, and some was determined to do a research on finding her new job. By that we realized how small steps can lead us big changes. Marc and Henrik under different circumstances both sent us simple but strong messages about Trust and being trusted of people and yourselves.   Outside and inner worlds Abel Polese who is a PhD in Social Sciences from Italy challenged us a bit by Global Development session. At first, we talked about local or international specific events which we attended then explained how they were impossible 20 years ago. On reflecting history, we found out that some social issues have been growing globally such as civil society organizations, e- socialization, recognition of non-formal education, culture of volunteerism… Able encouraged us to take actions to solve these problems after confirming how they affected our lives. On the contrary, Phan Y Ly conducted a workshop at the Blackbox of Personal Development. She is a local recognized social activist, entrerpreneur and artist of Life Art. We received from her a very meaningful lesson of touching, breathing and moving body. It left a deep impression on us when we practiced in pairs, when we gave others bear hugs and tried to take the best care of our partners. It helped us not only relax but also relieve. And somehow it connected us magically. Some boys were over the moon, they said they never hugged so many girls at a short period of time like that, while some girl...

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Let’s hear the voices of some members from Team 1 after first weekend with Knowmads Hanoi. Being asked three questions “What made you impressed the most? What is your lesson learnt, briefly? And who inspired you?”, they all have sincere thoughts to share

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