OtherWise consisists of a team of coordinators, the foundation board and a group of volunteers.
Hey! My name is Samira van der Loo and since September 2018 I am involved in OtherWise as a Coordinator. I’m passionate about facilitating shifts in perspectives about nature and social structures, from dualistic thinking towards holistic, inclusive approaches. I believe racism, sexism and dominion over nature all root from the illusion of separation and the implied dominance of one over the other. I really appreciate the name OtherWise, because OtherWise acknowledges the ‘other’ by giving a voice to humans (or nature) that are being oppressed or disregarded.
Hi there! My name is Mali Boomkens and in September 2017 I proudly joined the Otherwise team as a coordinator. My personal and professional mission is to give a voice to the voiceless and to bring to the front inspirational people and (grassroots) initiatives. Besides the critical glasses that Otherwise encourages students and others to wear, I believe that our positive, solution-based and holistic mentality is crucial for societal transformation towards a more sustainable and inclusive world.
Ahoj! My name is Lucie Sovová and I am the coordinator of the Research Mediation Program, which aims to translate questions relevant to grassroots organizations into thesis or internship opportunities for Wageningen students. I believe that science should nourish curiosity but at the same time also engage in problems our society is facing. This makes the intersection of research and activism a very exciting place to be!
Hi! My name is Lian Kasper and I got on board as a project coordinator for OtherWise's iWEEK summerschool of 2018 on 'Wild Wisdom: a journey in Reconnection'. I like to call myself a visionary and pioneer in the areas of personal development and nature connection. My mission is to make us all fall (back) in love with the earth and all its living creatures, so that we may take care of it and of each other!
Hi! I am Hanna. In 2016, I became the treasurer of OtherWise because I felt that my interests and values fit very well in this organisation. I study international political science and I am curious and critical about how the environment and societies relate to each other. Mostly I am interested in environmental and social justice. I think that OtherWise is a great place for challenging the status quo, sharing alternative knowledge and creative thinking.
Hello all, I am Inez, the secretary of OtherWise. Already before joining the board of OtherWise in February 2017, critical thinking and discovering alternative pathways have been my favourite exercises ever since. This mindset seems to fit OtherWise very well and by joining the organisation it is possible to explore this ‘otherwise’ way of thinking (and living) in multiple ways. Currently, I am studying international development with a focus on anthropology, gender, political ecology, and community economies. I hope that OtherWise creates a space for students and the wider community to explore and share themes that are unconventional, beautiful, disturbing, and fun in society. If you have any great and small ideas, please contact us!