WHAT CLIENTS SAY ABOUT US:
GALLERY OF WORK


We work with clients including higher educational institutions, government, think tanks, corporations, foundations, and (at times) civil society and non governmental organisations.

For references by teachers we trained, see under the respective trainings.

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. tikvah@studioblended.com

IL CIRCOLO,
SUSTAINABLE PREMIUM OLIVE OIL COMPNAY BASED IN SICILY

For this sustainable premium olive oil brand, we became a distrubution point for a (recurring) season, in order to, amongst other things, organise an educational olive oil tasting. We create it all about the lived personal and premium time experience: no phone zone, letting our senses surprise us, aliveness, the present moment, creating new moments, asynchronous unstructured time, the invaluable interpersonal connections (even with strangers), deep listening, dialogue, opening up the imagination, setting the atmosphere (lush and calming), different sides of the brain (such as music), lasting memories.

We approached it as a blended experience, with highly personalised, artistic invitations and promotions beforehand and afterwards.

The face to face experience included experimenting with Montessori approaches to learning spaces, the founder calling in and being projected on the wall, naming and sharing sensations of olive oil, the possibility to tap your own olive oil, generous Italian food and wine, and of course the simplicity of an espresso in a Bialetti.

The output is the authentic task of listing the sensations of the various preimum quality olive oils, for the founder. The impact and outcome is broadening the circle of people who feel personally involved with the brand.

For StudioBlended it continues to be a rewarding way to experiment with unstructured face to face time for pedagogical purposes.

Find some of the experiences of the participants below incrementally: the whole richness of the potential of face to face immersion.

‘It was such a nice, beautiful detail, so personal - that you sent me by post, adressed to me, written by hand, with Italian art’.Tannya Pico, PhD candidate doing research into Nature Based Solutions (NBS) and transdisciplinarity, from Quito, Ecuador Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Photo: Il circolo Instagram.

HONOURS COLLEGE, EDUCATE-IT, UTRECHT UNIVERSITY (NL)

A dean of an interdisciplinary faculty, sensed emotions such as fear and frustration amongst the teaching staff, with the need to go ‘blended’, as the world opens up. Particularly due to negative experiences with emergency education online. For this client, we proposed a ‘blended experience’ for the teaching staff, including a podcast and a playful face to face design session. The session takes a surprising angle, and centers on the absolute premium time that face to face has become - and from there, teachers are challenged to re-design the online learning journey, with the aim actually, of optimising the face to face time.

We collaborated with the existing teaching academy - Educate-it, so that our work is complementary and teachers know where to find experts within the institution who can invigorate their designs with technology. The follow-up on the blended experience is also in the deep listening, dialogues and exchanges that follow in the team.

‘We wanted to explore the value of face to face and online teaching for the specific needs of honours education, e.g. safe spaces and off-the-script interaction. It was very inspiring to experience how Tikvah translated our questions and feedback into a lively workshop and a podcast with lasting value.’

Prof. dr. Stephanie Rosenkranz, Professor Microeconomics, Dean Utrecht University Honors College.

Here is what a participant, one of the university teachers, wrote to us in our evaluation afterwards:

‘I always felt ‘blended’ was like something superimposed on us with quite some pressure. But the workshop made me realise, that I was confusing ‘hybrid’ and ‘blended’, and i became aware of just how biased I had entered the workshop and I had many eye openers. I still wonder: isn’t blended just a modern term, for what we ideally did anyway as teachers? Tell students to come prepared to class? I definatly hope to keep stimulating students to also read, not just watch videos. 
The audio podcast that we received prior to the workshop, as a flipping the classroom experience, caught my attention, I was fascinated by the content and it was new to me to listen instead of read. It had some nice twists that came unexpected to me.’

Are you curious to learn more about this specific workshop? Would you like to receive a bespoke quotation? Feel free to Email me directly, via: tikvah@studioblended.com

Photo with permission

UCCRN_EDU (ERASMUS+)

Tikvah Breimer was invited to join, and took a train to Paris, to attend and observe the delivery of a longstanding Urban Design Climate Workshop (UDCW) for students. The workshop was part of the recently kicked-off Erasmus+ UCCRN_edu programme - and its partners. A challenge faced by the professors who designed and delivered the decade strong workshop, was how to optimally use the new value and meaning of ‘face to face’ time, and gain clarity about the pedagogical essence of the interdisciplinary curriculum for this specific 1 week workshop. Tikvah gave a brief advisory session tackling 5 points of attention and follow up (spring 2022).

‘I would have never expected that a 30min flipchart session could be so helpful in clarifying the core aspects of a blended model for multidisciplinary integration in higher education! The UCCRN_edu [Erasmus+] project will benefit a lot from such valuable advice.’

dr. Mattia Leone, architect and associate professor, Department of Architecture (DiARC) University of Naples Federico II, Italy. Also co-director of the Urban Climate Change Research Network - European Hub (UCCRN) and  Coordinator Erasmus+ UCCRN-EDU project.

Photo: Paris from a rooftop, at the end of the multipyer event, by Breimer 2022

DiARC UNINA (FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE IN LARGEST PUBLIC UNIVESRITY IN THE WORLD, NAPLES)

Tikvah Breimer led a Participatory Action Research (PAR) during an event in the largest citizen-consultation ever held in Europe, the Conference on the Future of Europe. Our partner in the South of Europe, was the Faculty of Architecture of the largest Public University in the world, in Naples, Italy. A challenge faced was to truly resonate with the voice of the South of the South of Europe - remotely. Tikvah approached the process with liasion, listening and dialogue to arrive at the optimal approach for the event (winter 2022).

‘Nothing was set in stone, and everything was discussed and organised together, sharing opinions on all aspects, from the way people were selected to the details of the event format. This made it possible to be involved in the process, to feel it as one's own, stimulating the best possible outcome.’

Enza Tersigni (PhD) (Research Fellow, Coordinator of the teachers involved in the event) University of Naples Federico II (UNINA)Department of Architecture (DiARC)
Member Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Co-proponent Erasmus + UCCRN-EDU project



Photo: Naples from a rooftop, by Breimer 2012

UN-HABITAT (NAIROBI)

Still during lockdowns, this client embarked on an in-country capacity development training at a ministry of urbanism in DRC. The challenge was in reenvisioing the in-country training to become qualitatively blended, and ensure an optimal golden triangle of quality, time and cost investment. Tikvah Breimer gave advice regarding the set-up of a first envisioned pilot (design phase) (spring, summer 2021).


‘I had the opportunity to work with Tikvah in May 2021 when I was working for UN-Habitat as legal specialist. I was designing a capacity development programme on policy and legal drafting for the Ministry of Urban Planning and Housing of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tikvah provided pro bono advice on how to develop a blended programme for the Ministry blending in-country sessions with on line and off-line activities. It was extremely useful and easy to work with her. Tikvah helped me appreciate the opportunities blended trainings can offer to overcome the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic and improve the impact of capacity building activities. She quickly understood the programme needs and challenges and proposed workable solutions.’

Projectlead Gianluca Crispi, Lead Legal Specialist, UN-Habitat Nairobi, Kenya.

Photo: Medellin cable from the city to a national park, Breimer 2020

RESILIENCE COURSE (REMOTE)

During lockdowns, we piloted twice, our ‘resilience’ course - in a bichronous way. This Brazilian professor was challenged in the delivery of her academic courses remotely. First of all in her own human resilience, but also in the technical resilience of the curriculum design and a pedagogical lens to approach technology. Tikvah trained her in our second pilot with the resilience course for 10 weeks, remotely (studyload 4 hrs/week).

“I took the resilience course, and now deliver the actual course (summer in Europe, 2021).

Suddenly I sense I dare to improvise with the technical and pedagogical formats the resilience course trained me in. The capacity I developed to design a technically resilient course, now helps me so much to be focused on where I’m going with the teaching.

Students start to reach much higher levels already halfway the semester. They start thanking me, that the class was wonderful, it’s so encouraging, even if everything is still on distance. When the parents are happy – the children are happy. It’s the same with teachers!

I feel secure the material is solid and lasting, so I can build on it, incrementally. I dare to learn by doing, everything you (Tikvah) said is true – I’m calmer, more self-confident, and daring to experiment more. The structured approach the course brought, now brings me deep excitement to keep growing and learning myself too, not just students. It’s so rewarding.

You are so right we don’t need more heavy and extensive technology for excellent higher education, we need excellent technique and pedagogy, resilience. The course was a gift from heaven. I want you to train our entire team of professors!”

prof. dr. Patricia Samora
Senior lecturer and researcher
Pontificia Universidade Catholica de Campinas
Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism
Greater Sao Paulo Metropolitan Area
Brazil


Photo: Brazilian Brutalism at FAU USP, a University Faculty that defined its own Architectural Style. Flickr user Fernando Stankuns.

We are here especially for you as unique educational professional, to come alongside you as you work on the curriculum design of your module, course, training or degree, so that you can offer good and resilient education in the long run.


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