Hèlen Grives

Secretary Treasurer, OSA
Almere, Netherlands

About Hèlen

Bio

coming soon

Languages

Dutch, English, German

Areas of Expertise

Organisational Strategy, Trendspotting

I'm passionate about

Art, reading, writing, technology and science which all come together in wisdom and knowledge.

Talk to me about

social change, basic income, new technologies, philosophy, citizen emancipation, solar energy many other things. I'm a bookaholic and read about many topics.

People don't know I'm good at

in trend watching

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Hèlen Grives
Posted over 3 years ago
Thomas Heatherwick: Building the Seed Cathedral
I believe he means with natural accustomed to the diversity and irrationality of life. People do things mostly not because of structures. Coming close to this kind of nature assumes, we can still play, interact and be ourselves when the architecture invites us to do so; therefore tap into that resource of timeless behavior we all have. Surroundings, colors, scent, touch is vital in how we perceive the world. Unnatural is the kind of mental prison that some rules can impose on us. Some places are indeed terible, but people learned to adapt or make the most of it. But life is also about daring to change what doesn't work. We can do better in many ways. Being proud of your surroundings is the start of imagining change.
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Hèlen Grives
Posted almost 4 years ago
Test Schools, Not Children
It's a very good question because children have so much more devices that can solve problems better than children. As children have a natural curiosity it would be a joy to nurture that treat. However if we should learn children the technique of questions and problem solving; it would be better to change the way we test their progress. With a trend towards open sharing of knowledge and ready available knowledge it is a waste of time to learn everything by heart. The natural way of learning is by experience and engagement. The more schools are able to provide such a surrounding they could be measured by their outcome of practice. Subject aren't left to decay, but rather merged with a next step in building knowledge. The same way each generation builds on the knowledge of the previous one. The more passionate a pupil is the more likely he/she is to ask for more ingredients to satisfy curiosity. But this also implies that school trajectories should be much more individual; because it is than adaptable to the individual growth of children.
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Hèlen Grives
Posted over 4 years ago
Eva Vertes: Meet the future of cancer research
Eva is a wonderful waterfall of words. She thinks so fast and challenging; absolutely a good role model for today's young people who already submerge in the default mediocre thinking process. She really steps forward. Most people don't understand that without this kind of curiosity we don't find answers. It's not about wrong or right, but about research, go beyond your imagination and seeding knowledge. Not every theory must be right immediately. It only gives us guidance to do the research and ask the questions we need to make steps forwards.
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Hèlen Grives
Posted over 4 years ago
Nalini Nadkarni: Life science in prison
Trees are dynamic by the simple fact that they grow. But she uses this as a metaphor just to gently take people out of their comfort zone. Secondly we people have great minds, this also means we can redefine concepts. She redefines the concept of art; especially when you take the quantum mechanics approach of potential/information. But the most important thing she points out is that we people/us have failed with our prisons. They are not only there to protect others, they are also there to prevent repetition. Now the problem is this; why are we so attached to a system that isn't working. Why is it so hard to come up with social alternatives. And that's what she is doing. It is an understatement to say that 80% of the population is white upper class. So something is fundamentally wrong is most societies. Hope and perspectives are huge motivators in positive directions. Note that I don't say free criminals, but men need special attention when driven into a corner. More men are imprisoned
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Hèlen Grives
Posted over 4 years ago
Ellen Gustafson: Obesity + hunger = 1 global food issue
Basically what she is trying to tell is look over the fence of neighbor products, production processes and problems. Combine the things that are like the two faces of a coin. They go hand in hand. People wonder why we get obesed etc. But it is all about the way we do things. Animals are never obesed unless they come in contact with humans or have a methabolic illness. Buy low, sell high and asap have been worst for so many social problems. And I can account for that, because the US is in much serious trouble than Holland. Our social system could be our next export product. However the US lifestyle and more in general western lifestyle threatens a lot more people throughout the world. You can suffer from obesitas and still have hunger or be mal-nutritioned. That's a long term view. Her talk is a bit adhd and enthusiastic, but then people are never the same.
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Hèlen Grives
Posted over 4 years ago
Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs
Thank you for sharing this link; it is much helpful. When we start we always see the world from the perfect perspective; but their are already so many who don't fit in the system and young people who have a disability. I would love to see these young people join each other and learn the basics of entrepreneurship because, many companies don't jump for joy to get them employed. It would be a chance to work around that problem.
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Hèlen Grives
Posted over 4 years ago
Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs
Today's school systems are too inflexible to be able to address the changes of the market. Although I don't have any role models in my family who are entrepreneurs; I try and teach my kids to think like one; but also combine this with good peoples management. Trainee ships for kids would be a start. And more problems can be addressed because they learn to speak up, to negotiate etc. But because of the mainstream idea is that paid jobs are what you should want, most kids dis-encourage each others. Than you need a mentor or a tutor or program that tackles this first bear on the road.
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Hèlen Grives
Posted over 4 years ago
Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs
First of all I like this talk; but I have a view comments about it. If we look at how the market is developing; you'll see more insecurity at regular jobs. The life time job is out. In other parts of the world many people are entrepreneurs and they make a little money. In contrary tot Cameron Harold I would suggest having a basic income that also can be seen as a form of micro finance. With all ideas there's no perfect one. Sometimes you need the best of both worlds. Money is money and it doesn't matter much how you get it, as long as you are able to multiply it. Furthermore times have changed. Children no longer can be told exactly what to do and what to think. There are still opportunities out there, but markets have changed; there is already a bunch of cheap stuff on the market. I've seen many entrepreneurs fail and not get on their feet again, due to alcoholic addiction etc. So in my opinion it's good to teach kids entrepreneurial skills, because they can always benefit from it.
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Hèlen Grives
Posted over 4 years ago
Jacqueline Novogratz: An escape from poverty
It's not the money we should need to listen to, but to what things people actually say and feel. Poverty is also not being able to improve, to live a tiny percentage of your dreams, your hopes. It's not about more money but about deep understanding of human nature and propel forward from that. Dreams are not necessarily irrational. But not pursued dreams are merely a waste of potential. We want people to have jobs and to earn money. But what we really need is the exchange of services. Even that can be done without money or by providing them a basic amount without questioning. And the best group to start with are the mothers, because they have proven to stick by their children in spite how hard life treats them. Not the dedication to earn money, but the dedication to provide care in such a way the community benefits as a whole. And my question is why are we so reserved to do so. We must teach the poor to be brave and ask better questions."This is what I/we need;what can you do to help"