Author biographies

Knowmad Society

John W. Moravec is an education futurist, co-initiator of the Invisible Learning project, and the editor of Education Futures (ISSN 1940-0934, John’s research and action scholarship agenda are focused on exploring the convergence of globalization, innovation society, and accelerating change in human knowledge development; and, building positive futures for knowledge creation systems which are approaching an increasingly complex and ambiguous future. His work focuses on exploring the emerging “Knowmad Paradigm,” and the new approaches to leadership and human capital development required. His work is global, and he is most actively engaged in research and collaborations in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. In addition to editing Knowmad Society, he is the co-author of the book Invisible learning (2011, University of Barcelona Press).

Twitter: @moravec

Thieu Besselink is founder of The Learning Lab, a think-tank for social change. He is a learning innovator, researcher, philosopher, and social entrepreneur. He teaches social entrepreneurship, action research, system innovation, and leadership learning at Amsterdam University and Utrecht University. He wrote his multidisciplinary doctoral thesis with Profs. Richard Sennett and Neil Walker at the European University Institute and LSE on authority and leadership in an open society. He also studied at the theater academy in Florence; arts at Utrecht University College; law, organization, culture and management at Utrecht University; political philosophy at Bologna University; and completed an MSc in philosophy and urban studies at London School of Economics.

Thieu was a political and strategic adviser to the mayor and vice mayors of the City of Dordrecht; adviser to British ministers Bill Rammell and Gordon Brown for the Fabian Society; an executive coach; a board member of the Utrecht University Department of Law; an executive board member of the Dutch Student Union; an editorial board member of Scienceguide; and, a worked at NPI – Dutch institute for organizational development and leadership. Currently, he serves as a member of the audit committee of the Sirius innovation fund for the stimulation of excellence in Dutch higher education.

Twitter: @besselink

Edwin de Bree is an organizational survival guide, and helps companies survive the post-hierarchic network society. He is a co-founder of the hybrid project, Entrepreneurial Organizations, in collaboration with Bianca Stokman and the Leadership & Entrepreneurship Centre De Baak. He is also co-founder of the De Koers Sudbury-type school in The Netherlands. The school is built on a democratic platform where young people prepare themselves for the knowmadic world.

Edwin is committed to the reframing of schools and organizations toward supporting the development and utilization of human potential. He regularly conducts masterclasses, facilitates workshops, and leads projects for client companies. He is also a co-founder of Groei-Coöperatie, and has the most fun when he builds employee-owned-and-managed companies.

Twitter: @edwin3punt0

Cristóbal Cobo is a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. He coordinates research on innovation, open educational practices and the future of the Internet (EU-FP7). He is an award recipient from the British Council of Economic and Social Research (ESRC), and he earned a PhD cum laudem in communication sciences at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. He is the co-author of Invisible learning (2011, University of Barcelona Press), and speaks frequently in Europe and the Americas. His blog at the Oxford Internet Institute is online at – and his blog, e-rgonomic (in Spanish), is online at

Twitter: @cristobalcobo

Gary Hart has been extensively involved in international law and business, as a strategic advisor to major U.S. corporations, and as a teacher, author and lecturer. Gary Hart represented the State of Colorado in the United States Senate from 1975 to 1987. In 1984 and 1988, he was a candidate for his party’s nomination for President. He is currently Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado and Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is chair of the Threat Reduction Advisory Council at the Department of Defense, was vice-chair of the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, former chair of the Council for a Livable World, chair of the American Security Project, and co-chair of the US-Russia Commission.

Gary Hart was co chair of the U.S. Commission on National Security for the 21st Century. The Commission performed the most comprehensive review of national security since 1947, predicted the terrorist attacks on America, and proposed a sweeping overhaul of U.S. national security structures and policies for the post- Cold War new century and the age of terrorism. For 15 years, Senator Hart was Senior Counsel to Coudert Brothers, a multinational law firm with offices in thirty-two cities located in nineteen countries around the world. He has traveled extensively to the former Soviet Union, Europe, the Far East and Latin America. Senator Hart resides with his family in Kittredge, Colorado.

Christel Hartkamp-Bakker is co-founder of De Kampanje, a Sudbury-type school in Amersfoort, Netherlands. Christel, together with her husband, Peter, have been involved in democratic education since 2002, when the first democratic schools developed in The Netherlands. She has been actively involved in the European Democratic Education Community as a council-member, and developed her expertise on the wide variety of approaches that exist between democratic schools.

Christel received a PhD degree in production geology, and built a previous career in the oil industry. She now primarily focuses her work on the establishment of strong Sudbury schools, and works as a staff member at De Kampanje. She is author of the book: De Kampanje – Sudbury Valley school in Nederland (2009).

Twitter: @chartkamp

Ronald van den Hoff is co-owner of CDEF Holding BV, and maintains a portfolio of companies active on the borderline of the hospitality industry and the world of social media. CDEF operates innovative, disruptive, Blue Ocean formulas such as the co-working and meeting centers Seats, the virtual eco-systeem, the internet communication company Cyberdigma BV, and the Meeting Plaza convention centers.

Ronald holds a degree in hotel management, and, after holding various senior management positions in the hospitality and tourism industry, he has been an entrepreneur since 1985. He is also an Internet/social media strategist, and advises many international companies and governmental organizations on topics such as e-commerce, innovation, and economic trends. He is author of the book, Society30 (2011).

Twitter: @rvandenhoff

Christine Renaud is a Montreal-based social entrepreneur who is passionate about self-directed learning and community-based learning. As the CEO of E-180, she is responsible for managing the educational direction, sales, funding, partnerships, and the community building behind E-180.

Prior to E-180, Christine completed her MEd work as a Frank Knox Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, focusing on informal learning and alternative educational approaches. In 2008, she worked as a podcast producer for Learning Matters in New York. She consults as a social media expert for various social projects & founded #ClavEd, a weekly Twitter meet-up for French-speaking educators. She was recognized in 2006 by L’Actualité as the most promising young leader in education in Québec. More recently, the Montreal’s Mayor Foundation elected her as a fellow for her work with E-180. She is often invited to share her experience on peer-learning in public events, including at #140edu in New York, SXSW Interactive, and Ignite in Montreal.

Twitter: @christinerenaud

Pieter Spinder was born in Friesland, The Netherlands, into an entrepreneurial family. Despite being expelled from secondary school, he ultimately earned a bachelors degree in marketing. He then started several different companies, including Office Dump (second-hand photocopier sales) and The Marketing Factory, a marketing consultancy.

Pieter has been a lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Amsterdam since 1998 where he teaches in the areas of e-commerce, creativity management, innovation, sustainable leadership and entrepreneurship, and the Knowmadic Learning Lab minor. He is a co-founder of the KaosPilots Netherlands business school in Rotterdam; and, in 2009, he co-founded the Knowmads Business School in Amsterdam.

Twitter: @pieterspinder

Bianca Stokman has a background in organizational psychology, human resource sciences, and also studied voice at the Conservatory of Utrecht. She started her career as an HR officer for traditionally-structured organizations, where only one expertise required was for job performance. She then joined De Baak Management Center for nine years, which is a renowned Dutch training institute. Founded upon the Humanist Tradition, the institute’s focus is on the individual, the individual’s effective interaction within the organization or company, and within society. At De Baak, she experienced what it means to have all of your talents appreciated and challenged in an organization. This environment enabled her to making her own choices, set her own boundaries, and direct her personal growth. In 2011, she started her own business, Messing & Groef, as a trainer and coach for personal and leadership development. She is fascinated by the biological foundations of human behavior and learning.

Twitter: @messingengroef

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