Can virtual reality experiences make you more empathetic?

By Livia Hirsch The night around me is pitch black, it engulfs me. I am in front of the train which pushes me forward. I feel helpless as I see the gates of the camp looming in the distance. I hear guards yelling, dogs barking, and the wheels turning against the metal rails. An alarm starts to blare. A feeling of terror rises inside of … Continue reading Can virtual reality experiences make you more empathetic?

Immersive journalism – exploiting misery or awakening empathy?

By Evelina Kulp When we were given the theme “immersive journalism and virtual reality”, our first assignment was to give examples of immersive journalism. My initial thought was Finland’s public broadcasting company YLE’s virtual reality project “What if Helsinki was like Aleppo”, which was released in early 2017. The project had resulted in a 360-video located in the city centre of Helsinki. In the beginning, … Continue reading Immersive journalism – exploiting misery or awakening empathy?

First residential home for gay seniors in Amsterdam

  Jet Beers and Lebrina Latupeirissa What may seem as an ordinary canal house, has become one of the first residential home’s in the world owned by LGBT people aged over 55. Although the residents have moved in a month ago, the grand opening of the ‘Roze Hallen’ was held last Friday. Josee Rothuizen is one of the residents and initiators. “Roze Hallen is an … Continue reading First residential home for gay seniors in Amsterdam

Make Amsterdam green again

Jasmine Wallis and Brianna Novak On the 22nd of September, the city of Zwolle unveiled a bike path made up of 70% recycled plastic. Containing plastic bottles, packaging, and furniture, the 30 -metre wide road is the world’s first “smart” bicycle path. Contributing to the circular economy, once the recycled path has reached the end of its life expectancy, it can be recycled further. The eco-friendly … Continue reading Make Amsterdam green again

Amsterdam may join striking colleagues

By Laura Hornberger and Denise van der Bij Ambulance workers throughout the entire Netherlands started a protest today because of low salaries and the high work pressure they are experiencing. Amsterdam is not taking part yet. “The city is in favour of the agreement now, but if we do not come to an agreement within two weeks, Amsterdam will definitely be part of the protest as … Continue reading Amsterdam may join striking colleagues

Populism is weakening the European system regardless!

Robin Chun and Sebastian Aceves Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist of the Trump administration, wants to unite the populists efforts in Europe. He does so by combining the powers of populist parties throughout Europe in a new organisation called ’The Movement’. Italy’s Matteo Salvini’s Legal and Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy already joined in. This European populist organisation may also have impact in European … Continue reading Populism is weakening the European system regardless!

The automation of cash registers: “This change only generates winners”

Sam van der Loo The world is changing by automation and, of course, the supermarkets are also involved. Even the ‘good old’ Albert Heijn on the Overtoom in Amsterdam is taking part, as this month most of the regular checkouts were replaced by automated cash registers, making cashiers redundant. Automated checkouts at the Overtoom branch Photo: Sam van der Loo Deborah Kloppenburg, the manager of … Continue reading The automation of cash registers: “This change only generates winners”

Future: Life After Sport

By Liora Israelsohn Breaking records, beating personal bests, always chasing something just out of reach. This is the life of an athlete; focused and goal-oriented. But what happens after the ultimate goal is achieved? After the Olympics, World Cup, or international championship? How do athletes make the transition into a new life after sport? What steps can they take to ensure a successful future? The … Continue reading Future: Life After Sport