Meaningful Work and Money

How to do what you love, contribute to society and make it your living?

Do you wonder how you can have a greater impact through your work and support the change you want to see in the world? Do you feel you might be ready for a next step in your life? Learn what unique gifts you bring to this world, what underlying beliefs might be holding you back and find more clarity on your own contribution in shifting our society towards a sustainable future. Leave with first next steps and insights into how you might make a living out of it (for that is part of the shift!).


In this intensive  half-day training we bring together the two perhaps most crucial topics of our time: sustainability and meaningful work. In some ways it’s ironic: high unemployment rates while people suffer from burnout or bore-out (being bored with their work). A prevailing paradigm of ‘economic growth’ while that same growth got us into trouble in the first place, and will continue to decrease our chances of living peacefully as a species. Not enough paid jobs available, while there is so much work to do: in hospitals and elderly care, in schools and in the public sector, in protecting nature and taking plastic out the ocean.

We see a need for creating meaningful work: work that makes you happy and that contributes to the well-being of all living beings on this planet. Because we only have one planet. And we only have one life (as far as we know). So why not make the most out of it?


We will begin with the bigger picture: what is the dominant worldview that informs the realm of work and life? How has our thinking about work and money changed over time? Through conversation we will explore what we see is needed in the world now and what meaningful work looks and feels like to you. First we’ll invite you to examine your beliefs and assumptions around money, and possibly challenge some of them (don’t worry, all in a playful way - whenever we can, we love to play!). Later we’ll touch on topics of vulnerability, creativity and collaboration as key elements of meaningful work. We’ll create a space in which you can deeply reflect on your gifts and how you can bring these out into the world. You’ll formulate your next wise step, and possibly a full plan of action!

This training is intended for anyone interested in sustainability and personal development and eager to learn how to integrate both elements into their work. Whether you work for an organization or business, are self-employed, or finishing your studies, you will leave feeling more clear about what meaningful work looks and feels like for you, and how you can act on that.

Key Takeaways

  • You will have a stronger connection with your purpose and the gifts you bring.
  • You will leave with clarity around the meaning of ‘meaningful work’ to you
  • You will reconnect with what makes you come alive and know the next steps towards the most meaningful work YOU can do in this world.



Sunday, November 19th, 13:00 - 17:00

On Sunday November 19th, we will host a free community event at Metabolic Lab, with a movie screening, drinks and opportunities to connect to likeminded people.

Do check out our other offered workshop on Sustainability in Action, held on Saturday, November 18th. 

Prices & refund policy


We organise our workshops on the principle that money should not be a barrier for participation: everyone who wishes to join, is welcome regardless of the financial contribution they are able to make. 

We decided to offer this editions on a Pay As You Feel basis. You are welcome to join us, experience and learn and pay at the end what you feel is the right exchange for what you received at the workshop.

To support us being able to cover costs (space rental, materials, tea/coffee, snacks, transportation, taxes), we have set a basic fee that covers our costs, but does not include our remuneration, for which you will be welcomed to pay as you feel at the end of the event.

Fee (covering costs): 20 EUR

Fee (remuneration for the trainers): Pay As You Feel, at the end of the event.

The ‘costs’ fee includes all workshop materials, the space rental, coffee/tea breaks with organic snacks, refreshments throughout the day, and a small gift. 

Please note: your registration is final after payment has been made.


  • 3 weeks before, 90% refund

  • 10 days before, 50% refund

  • Less than 10 days, no refund


To register, please follow the buttons below.
To finalise your registration, please follow both steps and make the payment. 

We look forward to meeting you!

Your Trainers


Maaike is a host and trainer focused on building community and creating conditions for meaningful change. She co-initiated the Healthcare Leadership Summer School and co-organized the first Education of the Heart symposium with HH Dalai Lama in 2014. Maaike has been working with Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) since 2013 and holds a Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.


Atanas Genkov has 10 years of experience in coaching, designing and delivering training courses on personal development, leadership and sustainability. He has conducted 200+ trainings worldwide. Atanas holds a deep care for people and their learning, conducting his trainings with passion and effectiveness. His approach aims at change and transformation that leads to a deeper connection with one’s self, one's peers and the environment. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden and has a background in virtual and experiential learning.


Metabolic Lab is an education and demonstration facility located in Amsterdam North. We host programs around applied sustainability, clean technology, and circular cities.

Metabolic Lab
De Ceuvel
Korte Papaverweg 6a
1032 KB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

For how to get to the venue, click here.

If you’re traveling outside Amsterdam and staying overnight, we can appoint you to accommodations. For any other logistical help, please don't hesitate to contact us.



9:30- 10:00: Arrival time with tea and sweets.
10:00: Start of the workshop.
17:00: End of the workshop.
Including: lunch and two coffee breaks.

The workshop will take place on Sunday, November 19th, 2017.

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“You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.”

- Nelson Mandela