Past Maastricht Event: VOL 33


What humanising healthcare and climbing mountains have in common

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Advancements in technology are shaping the future of healthcare. The quality of care improves tremendously, but at the same time technology distances us from the human connection. As a medical student, Matthijs Bosveld experienced the lack of patient-centred education and felt the need to do something about this. Matthijs shares his experience in initiating change in medical education and draws on the similarities between climbing mountains and change.


What my son taught me about peacekeeping

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

How do we experience the world around us? We see things the way we’re taught and we judge things in a way our environment has taught us. We live our life the way we are used to, but should we? What can change our perspective?

Thijs Cremers reflects on his time on a UN mission through the eyes of his children and explains how his son triggered his awareness about how to change our perspective.


Who is the other? The Living Library

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Don't judge a book by its cover.

Identities can create barriers, instil a feeling of fear and lead us to act in different ways. Or they can spark curiosity and make us eager to understand different perceptions and realities. Cristina Mancigotti talks about projects she has been involved across Europe (Italy, Hungary, France) which foster dialogue, such as the Living Library.


From Siberia to Texas: Uncovering My Family’s Immigration Story One Recipe at a Time

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Mary Kaltenberg best introduces her story herself:

"It started during a blizzard storm the first week I arrived back in the United States early 2016. As an activity for my mom and I during this cold snowy day, we gathered recipes and started compiling them into a cohesive cookbook. I asked questions about the origination of the recipe and through each recipe lived a different story. Translating and transcribing developed into a documentation of our family history, rich of funny, suspenseful and adventurous stories. One recipe at a time I uncovered the story of my Jewish, Russian, Polish family - how they became a family, survived in Siberia, were deported and stripped of citizenship and the humor of eventually adapting to American culture."


How I became a refugee

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

We have all seen the images of migrants arriving in Europe, but have you met one? Haroon Rezaie and his family took the risk and journeyed to the Netherlands. Now he wants to share his experience in order to give people a vision about the life of refugees and why they became a refugee. This could be either that they came by favour or they were compelled by the living circumstances to leave everything behind and start life again in a new place. This is the ultimate story to inspire perseverance and determination in any situation.


Inconvenient freedom: universities in democratic reversals

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Lutz Krebs is a strong advocate of academic freedom. As an academic researcher and education professional, he believes that freedom of research and education are essential for the future of any country. He is concerned that recent reversals of academic freedom in a number of European countries mirror events in the past — and suggests that they serve as warnings for the future.


How to capture a multiple story in a photo

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

How can the relation that a person has with a book, and a city be captured in a photo? This was the challenge in the photography project that photographer Brian Megens had; creating 20 different portraits of professors, students, staff, and alumni. In his PechaKucha presentation, he tells about the process of including multiple layers of stories in each photo.


How we can find our own role in the European “Refugee Crisis"

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

With the onset of a ‘Refugee crisis’ in Europe we are confronted with a narrative that has become too emotional and polarised to understand its core message: refugees are people like you and me.

We can hardly imagine how much struggle it must be to leave one's own country and everything that is close to one's heart behind. But it doesn’t take much for us to open our arms and make someone feel welcome, says Aurelia Streit.

She believes that we can change the current narrative towards refugees in Europe by establishing local platforms for intercultural exchange.


What can we learn from M-pesa: The global leader in mobile money

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

How can technology empower people? Wanjiku Githegi believes that financial sector development and financial inclusion can empower individuals. She talks about M-pesa in Kenya, which empowers each Kenyan irrespective of social class, gender or educational background.


Search for authenticity

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Authenticity is a very important gift, but sadly enough in the process of growing up, most of us loose our true identity, says Cathy Kwanten.

She believes however that this might be the most essential question you’ll ask yourself and will keep asking yourself in this lifetime, although we won’t ever find the answer that’ll give full closure… Because one of the most beautiful gifts of humanity is “perpetual evolution”.


South Sudan: unarmed civilian protection

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Marnix De Witte lived in the most affected areas in South Sudan and worked with Nonviolent Peaceforce, implementing innovative humanitarian efforts on the frontlines in rebel-held areas. Now Marnix wants to share his experiences to bring more awareness of the effective interventions that make a difference and support local structures.

Lutz Krebs
Academic Program Director, Maastricht University in Maastricht
Brian Megens
Student, Photographer, Social Media Reporter, self employed, Maastricht University in Maastricht
Wanjiku Githegi
Master's Student, Maastricht School of Management in Maastricht
thijs cremers
Professional military
Mary Kaltenberg
Economist, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht School of Governance, MIT Media Lab in Maastricht
Marnix de Witte
Programme Coordinator, Free Press Unlimited in Amsterdam
Matthijs Bosveld
Medical Student in Maastricht
Aurelia Str
in Maastricht
Gisela Garrido
Barcelona Office Manager and Finance Consultant, Headway Digital in Barcelona
Manpreet Batra
Student in Maastricht
Cathy Kwanten
Coach - Writer - Entrepreneur in Maastricht