‘Only dialogue truly communicates.’ 

Paulo Freire, Brazilian Pedagogue in his book, Education for critical consciousness 1974 (2013, p. 43).

‘Listening is a disruptive practice’
Pauline Oliveros (2005) in Deep listening: A composer’s Sound practice

"Teach just the essence of what the learner must understand to be able to apply in the real world"
Paulo Sandroni, Brazilian Economist.

“If you can’t explain it simply,
you don’t understand it well enough”
Albert Eintein

‘Curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment - in that order’
Dylan Wiliam, 2023.

Are you curious for more? Would you like to get in touch? Feel free to contact our lead directly for any questions or inquiries you may have. +31 6 42 47 29 69

Image: Paulo Freire on a wall, in Sao Paulo, 100 years since the birth (1921-1997) of Paulo Freire - considered as “the Father of Education in Brazil”. Mural by Raul Zito in 2021.

Pedagogy goes beyond instruction and didactics. It involves theory, philosophy, context, culture, values, language and history. At our Studio, we distinguish evidence-based design, from what we consider world-class pedagogy. Our Studio stands out for its love for simple and deep pedagogy.

You can include deep pedagogy as a leading thread throughout your curriculum. ‘Curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment - in that order’ (Dylan Wiliam).

You probably have a sense of the pedagogy for your subject; but activities, technology and communication may clutter this sense. Our Studio comes alongside to ensure your ideas, philosophies and experiments in pedagogy lead to effective education. We ensure a simple pedagogy that resonates with your own philosophy and method and deepens it.

We excel in Paolo Freire’s approach to pedagogy, coupled with cognitive psychology/neuroscience on deep learning and the so-called ‘transfer of understanding’. Freire is perhaps the most important educator of the 20th century and his legacy still grows strong in new interpretations. These pedagogics infuse our work, including deep listening, and dialogues.

We can combine our advice work with bespoke training for you as coordinator in conducting dialogues to ensure deep learning and transfer of understanding to new contexts.

Key projects

Open access teacher training on Freire’s deep pedagogical value ‘Only dialogue truly communicates’:

Freire stubbornly refused to be cast in the role of charismatic guru dispensing wisdom to unwilling disciples. How to integrate dialogue in curriculum design? How can it enrich our fieldwork in the crossover between PhD research and teaching? Remote training to PhD candidates as a spin-off of our event in the Conference on the Future of Europe.

2015 Our lead and independent senior advisor, spent time in North East Brazil to better understand, in an anthropological way, the context in which Freire lived and worked.

‘No contemporary writer explores the many dimensions of critical consciousness than Paulo Freire. A multi-cultural educator with the whole world as his classroom, notwithstanding the totally Brazilian flavor of his emotions, his language, and his universe of thought’ (Goulet in Freire 2013).

Therefore, to truly do justice to his message, it is pivotal to understand that universe. The North East was and is the poorest region of Brazil. Our independent senior advisor’s stay infused and inspired her understanding of his writings, and the application thereof in advice to course and training coordinators today.

Photo: Breimer. The house in which Paolo Freire grew up in Jaboatao, a satellite city of Recife, North East Brazil.

‘Only dialogue, which requires critical thinking, is also capable of generating critical thinking. Without dialogue there is no communication, and without communication there can be no true education.’ 

(...) Only through communication can human life hold meaning. The teacher’s thinking is authenticated only by the authenticity of the student’s thinking. The teacher cannot think for her students, nor can she impose her thought on them. Authentic thinking, thinking that is concerned about reality, does not take place in ivory tower isolation, but only in communication.

If it is true that thought has meaning only when generated by action upon the world, the subordination of students to teachers becomes impossible.’

Paulo Freire, Brazilian Pedagogue in his book, Pedagogy of the oppressed 1970 (2008, p. 92-93, 77). It inspires our Studio to speak not of capacity building, but capacity development - a two way direction.

Find here an Anthropological storyboard of the context Paolo Freire grew up in, taught and worked - still very much the same today. Breimer 2015 (click to go to Instagram, ensure to click on each image to get the storyline).

Paolo Freire is very much still alive in the culture of North East Brazil. Here you see a popular little booklet - education through poetry - that you can buy in regular street kiosk for just a few cents; accessible to all, especially also the poor whom Paolo Freire loved so dearly. Freire still is a great inspiration to young movements. More than anyone he demonstrated that education is the foundation of all freedoms, that it alone can give people mastry over their destiny. Find here a detailed historical account of his life and work.

Photo: Azienda Agricola AgrituristicaDeep pedagogues can also be found in the ordinary. Meet the architect and Florence university teacher Battista Mino who together with his wife Rina Sciumbata set up an Agriturismo - an Italian bed and breakfast which includes growing the vegetables and fruit that are served daily. He specialises in biodynamic agriculture, and can explain how to grow a zucchini like no one can - including the skies, and the soil. You should be there, face to face, with him, in his field, to deeply understand it. His work resonates with the 1970s thinkers such as Paolo Freire.

“Eu gostaria de ser lembrado como alguem que amou o mundo, as pessoas, os bichos, as arvores, a terra, a agua, a vida.“

“I would like to be remembered as someone who loves the world, people, animals, the trees, the land, the water, life.”

Paulo Freire, Brazilian Pedagogue. To “meet” him saying these words, watch the 1997 video clip.

Click to expand and explore an example of our work in innovating pedagogy on dialogue. Here we facilitated deep dialogue with deep listening in an event in the Conference on the Future of Europe. In the ANNEX you will find our exploration of the use of audio for deep listening remotely in education.

More design angles we use

Technical resilience
Human resilience
Evidence-based design
Financial health and resilience by (re)design
Innovative and deep pedagogy
Multi- Inter- and transdisciplinary
Designed to be green (and technological simplicity)
Nature and aspirations
Flexibilisation and personalisation
Simplicity and decluttering

Curios? Feel free to contact our independent senior advisor directly:


Freire, Paulo 1974 (2013) Education for critical consciousness. London New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Freire, Paulo 1970 (2000) Pedagogy of the Oppressed.  New York: The Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. 

We are here especially for you as unique professional, to come alongside you and partner with you, as you work on a (architecture / urban / development / policy / land / water / climate) curriculum, so that you can offer effective and resilient education in its simplest form.
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Feel free:
Tikvah Breimer (MSc MAEd MSc)
Independent senior advisor, teacher trainer, lead
+31 6 42 47 29 69

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