The KaosPilots Netherlands is a school located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which is a part of the KaosPilots International school chain. KaosPilot is a 3 year long education for young entrepreneurs from 21 to 31 years, in the fields of new business design, marketing, creative design and social innovation. The program focuses on personal development, value-based entrepreneurship, creativity and outside-the-box approaches to the problems and challenges in business, society and organizations.
The KaosPilots NL, opened in 2007 is the second youngest KaosPilots school, the newest and the fifth one is located in Stockholm, Sweden. The first one started in 1993 in Arhus, Denmark. Then Oslo, Norway opened in 2004 and Malmö, Sweden in 2005.
KaosPilots are known for their working methods. School-work is very much based on group collaboration and the team uses various brainstorming
techniques to develop ideas, mind mapping
to document their work and energizing games to keep up the working spirit.
There are no classes or subjects, but the school year is divieded into several phases where students focus on one subject for a period of time.
The education takes 3 years and the same team goes through the whole education together.
The first year is focused on methods, theory and practical project work introducing the 3 core areas, Project design (project development and management), Business design (business development and management) and Process design (process management and leadership) to the new students.
–Process management and International Project management
The second year at the KaosPilots is focused on process design and process management, including the design and facilitation of processes for external customers. In the spring-semester the team goes on a 3-months Outpost in a foreign country, implementing a project for an external customer in another environment.
–Project and Business Design
The third year at the KaosPilots is focused on Business Design (entrepreneurship and building the business plan), individual world practicum and the individual project leading to the final exam.
The KP Values
The KaosPilots on an international scale operate according to the following six basic values:
- Real World
The 10 Principals of Team 1, KP Netherlands
- 1: Learning by doing
- 2: Don't take yourself so #$%@& seriously!
- 3: Don't underestimate the power of a good question
- 4: We strive to keep evolving
- 5: Walk in front or follow with a smile
- 6: Think big and act for a win+win+win
- 7: Be attentive to your inner needs and connect to those of the group
- 8: We build on trust and compassion
- 9: Allow yourself to be surprised
- 10: You always have a choice and a responsibility
Every year the school accepts a team of students which works closely together. The size of the team varies between schools but currently there is one team in the Netherlands, but another one, Team 2, will be accepted in fall 2008
Team 1 consists of 17 students from 7 countries; the Netherlands
The first step is filling out the application form which is in three parts: Map -where are you coming from and where are you heading?
, DNA -who are you and what are your interests?
and Creative Design -how imaginative are you?
The most interesting applications are then selected and the so called test-pilots
are invited to a two day long Admission Workshop.
The Admission Workshop is a two day long workshop that takes place in or near the school. Test-Pilots are divided into groups of 10 and get all sorts of tasks to work on. Current students facilitate the process and examine the Test-Pilots. After the Admission Workshop the current students evaluate the last two days and the performance of the Test-Pilots. They then put together a team of students, based on variety of qualifications.