'Would you do anything differently, if everything is connected to you, and you are connected to everything?' 

Hi! Welcome.

I am Maaike Boumans. I'm a host, a trainer and a poet. I work internationally with organisations and initiatives around social and ecological justice, aka sustainability. I create learning spaces and host the kind of conversations that allow diverse groups of people to move forward together on complex challenges such as climate change and racism. 

Together with my team at Bright Future Lab I train students and teachers throughout the Netherlands in sustainability and leadership.

I give (interactive) talks on spiritual ecology, sustainability and education. I write and perform spoken word poetry. A collection of my poetry is published in 'En ze leefde nog' by Uitgeverij Rorschach.  

I'm based just outside of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  

Picture by Rachel Ecclestone

more about: 

the next generation

Be louder my love

be more bold

more brave 

fierce

don't be afraid when people will call you too radical 

when people will call you 'aggressive' 

remember that

standing up for those whose voices are not heard 
standing up for love and justice

is always

kind

Maaike Boumans, 2019. Excerpt. 

training De'Longhi managers in Romania
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Zeeland Energy transition - world cafe etiquette
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first online session Young Feminist Weekend 2020
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journaling after world cafe Fem Lab 2019, Brussels, BE
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Explaining Chaordic Path by Dee Hock at the Art of Hosting training 2015, Karlskrona, SE
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Performance at Stand-Up Stories 2020
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Performance at Art Harder at Melkweg, Amsterdam 2019
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Students of Da Vinci College, 2018
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Teaching a workshop on social sustainability at ROC Utrecht
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“I really enjoy working with Maaike.  With the wide range of facilitation tools she offers, something special always arises in the groups she works with.”

— Lynn van Leersum,
Program Manager
Friends of the Earth NL (Milieudefensie)

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