What’s Pumping at Polder?

By Saga Norrby In the past days, what looks like a bathtub made of white bricks with a giant old-fashioned metal faucet has appeared in the middle of the floor of Café Restaurant Polder. What it really is, is a restoration of an original water trough and pump, dating back to when Polder was a farm. As Polder is a cultural heritage site, the pump … Continue reading What’s Pumping at Polder?

The Story of LCOY: Redefining Climate Action

By Saga Norrby At a Local Conference of Youth (LCOY) held at Amsterdam University College (AUC) last weekend, close to 200 attendants were encouraged to hold older generations accountable, and to redefine what ‘climate action’ means – is it about emission reduction, or is it more? The event kicked off with an opening ceremony at Pakhuis de Zwijger on Friday Oct. 19, and the following … Continue reading The Story of LCOY: Redefining Climate Action

From Bean to Meat

By Saga Norrby Editor’s note: This piece is part of a collaboration between The Herring and AUC’s Journalism course. The students of the spring course created a collection of so-called short form alternatives – creative pieces that are informative in one way or another, often with a touch of humor. From this… …to this Haven’t we all wondered how on earth soybeans can be made into something … Continue reading From Bean to Meat

Dreaming Big About Tiny Houses

By Saga Norrby  — In 1994 Laurens Schasfoort – a then 29-year-old Dutchman – went to Tanzania and Kenya with the intention to teach. Having already taught physics and chemistry in the Netherlands, he thought he could be of help there. But looking back, present-day Schasfoort attributes the thinking of his younger self to “white arrogance.” “I think I can learn more from them than they … Continue reading Dreaming Big About Tiny Houses

From Lawyer to Yoga Studio Owner: The Journey of Katherine DeWitt

Editor’s note: This news story is part of a collaboration between The Herring and AUC’s journalism course. The story was entirely reported, written, edited, and fact checked by members of the journalism course. Some material may have been altered by The Herring’s editors to fit its style guidelines. By Saga Norrby — Many are the students of academia who have at least once considered dropping out … Continue reading From Lawyer to Yoga Studio Owner: The Journey of Katherine DeWitt

Seeing Things in Colours with Gerrol Hoogvliets

By Saga Norrby — “We can do this…”, Gerrol Hoogvliets said and put his hands at the sides of his eyes, creating blinds on himself, “…and follow our own road, not looking back, not looking around us. I never do that. I always look around me. I always see what’s happening. That’s why my colours are working with me. I see things in colours. You know, … Continue reading Seeing Things in Colours with Gerrol Hoogvliets