Spencer Heijnen

Rotterdam, Netherlands

HIA Program:

Netherlands Netherlands 2009


My favourite quote “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." guides my dream for the future organization I want to be a part of: An organization wherein small groups of ambitious and intelligent people combine their creativity as socially engaged consultants, entrepreneurs or campaigners. Ideally we’d be working on the sustainability of the planet, the sustainability of society or both. This year (2013) I’m back in the Ivory tower as a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford where I’m studying "Interdisciplinary Area Studies" with a focus on “Contemporary India”. As always I am learning most outside of the classroom; by meeting inspiring people, attending as much lectures as I can and following a course in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and a course in Social Entrepreneurship at the Business School. In this regard it feels just like UC Berkeley where the best lectures also happened outside my degree programme and the best courses were things like public speaking and meditation. After leaving Oxford this summer I’ll be looking for partners to build my dream so if you have any ideas, do not hesitate to contact me! For more info: http://nl.linkedin.com/pub/spencer-heijnen/15/675/99b

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