Past events

To support and broaden the activity realms above, SERVUS is building-up interest, knowledge and commitment to SL principles within the VU community of leadership, staff, students and beyond. A few of the past events:

14 May, 2018 - Symposium Servant-Leadership in a Digitized World

Symposium Servant-Leadership in a Digitized World, Monday 14th May 2018, VU, 9-12.00 hrs.  The corporate world is changing rapidly under the pressures of new technologies. Social media are part of everyday life at work. Cross-cultural (mis)understanding is influenced by diverse perceptions of e.g. time, trust, privacy, and language clues.  These conditions may hinder remote workers in building trusted long-term working communities in which they feel a sense of belonging.  This 24/7 workplace calls for a compassioned leader, a leader who is a community builder, able to reconcile high-tech versus high-touch. 

At this symposium dilemmas in platform organizations and Uber will be highlighted. In one of the Workshops you will experience reconciliation of cross-cultural dilemmas through online tools. In particular the Mergers &Acquisition App and the Culture for Business App demonstrate the online stewardship potential in cross-cultural collaboration. In a parallel Workshop digital nomadism will be addressed, as an emerging and novel independent working culture. For information and registration:

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Wednesday 18 January 2017: Masterclass The Gentle Art of Helping
The Gentle Art of Helping

In this one-day Masterclass by Dr. Meindert Flikkema you will learn how you can help the other through humble inquiry.

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Friday 9 December 2016: Community Service Learning Conference II, theme ‘Experience and Experts’

On the one hand this conference is an evaluation of experiences in CSL, and with experts scenarios for the future will be discussed, to in the end integrate CSL in education and research. For information: or

Tuesday 29 November 2016 - Symposium Diversiteitsensitief onderwijs: hoe maak je (g)een verschil?
A co-production of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The above three universities work together in the Taskforce The Future is Diversity to enhance the participation of students from various backgrounds in education.

Thursday 13 October 2016: Meindert Flikkema opened VSNU Education Festival with keynote speech
On October 13, 2016 Dr. Meindert Flikkema, member of SERVUS core faculty team, Associate Professor at the Department of Management & Organization and winner of Vrije Univerisiteit’s “University Lecturer of the year award 2015-2016”, opened the Education Festival of the Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) with a key note speech. Meindert spoke about the theme "Magister sum" ("I am a teacher"), in which he stressed the importance and necessity of high quality teaching at Dutch universities. The Dutch Minister of Education, Ms. Jet Bussemaker, who also spoke at the event, praised Meindert’s passion for education and engagement with students, colleagues and society. A recording of the speech is available at TXTradio.

For further information on Servant-Leadership, please contact the SERVUS center.



emptyemptyemptyOpening of a new location: Greenleaf Brussels
In 2014 a
new Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership was officially launched in Brussels. Its mission is to inspire people working in and with European Union (EU) organisations to awareness, understanding and application of servant-leadership.

Suffolk University School of Business Lecture:visiting professor, dr Sylvia van de Bunt presented in October 2012 her first of a a series of lectures entitled ‘Nurturing talent development in turbulent times; the servant-leadership challenge’ at the School of Business, Leadership and Enterprise of University Campus Suffolk, UK in October 2012. These lectures are planned on an annual basis.

Greenleaf Servant-Leadership Center Congress: SERVUS works closely with the Greenleaf Servant-Leadership Centre Europe and hosted a workshop `Dienend-leiderschap en de essentie van onderzoek` at the 8th Greenleaf Servant-Leadership Congress 'Wat raakt jou?' on 30 November 2011 and likewise in the following years at GLSC events.