'Would you do anything differently, if everything is connected to you, and you are connected to everything?'
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
If I was - a poem by Maaike Boumans
the next generation
Be louder my love
be more bold
don't be afraid when people will call you too radical
when people will call you 'aggressive'
standing up for those whose voices are not heard
standing up for love and justice
Maaike Boumans, 2019. Excerpt.
“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,
Friends of the Earth NL (Milieudefensie)