Stichting RUW – Vacancy: Junior Coordinator

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Job description

You organize activities such as lectures, debates and excursions for students of Wageningen University and are involved in the entire process of planning, organizing and evaluating an activity. You promote activities of RUW Foundation and execute administrative tasks such as website management. It is a part-time job of 8 hours per week.

Your profile

  • You are a Bachelor or Master student at the Wageningen University;
  • You are social and creative, and enjoy working in an enthusiastic team of students;
  • You do not have a nine-to-five mentality (you are willing to organize and help during evening activities);
  • You enjoy organizing activities, ranging from lectures to excursions;
  • You are able to work independently;
  • You live in Wageningen and are available for the coming year.

We offer

  • The ideal opportunity to expand your network;
  • To acquire work experience and learn within an organization with over 30 years of experience;
  • The opportunity…

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Stichting RUW – vacature Senior Coordinator per 1 januari 2015

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Naast een Junior Coordinator (per 1 december) zoeken wij ook een Senior Coordinator (per 1 januari). Ben jij geinteresseerd in onderwerpen rondom voedsel, groene ruimte, regionale ontwikkeling, energie en water? Ben je proactief, communicatief vaardig en wil je werkervaring opdoen bij een ideële organisatie? Bekijk de vacature voor meer info! Vacature senior Coördinator Stichting RUW oktober 2014 

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Take back the economy 2: how do we value work?

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In my last blog I talked about Robby and Elena: two people both aged 24 but each having a completely different working life. Echoing the authors of “taking back the economy”, I wondered which bright ideas could help our Robby’s to earn a decent living and our Elena’s to achieve a better work-life balance. Based on your reactions and my thinking, I would like to argue there is a need for a changing value system in our economy. This could be done in many ways. And luckily there are already real life examples to proof this is an ongoing development. In this blog I will show a few of them.

Let’s start with Robby. He has a range of experiences and qualities. He is motivated to work for all jobs that he endorses. Yet he usually ends up with work which is not or very badly paid. His…

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Nieuwe collectieven agrarisch natuurbeheer in oprichting

Op 5 september is het Drents collectief opgericht door ANV Drenthe en LTO Noord, lees het persbericht voor meer info. Het is de eerste van naar verwachting nieuwe 40 collectieven die in Nederland worden opgericht om invulling te geven aan het nieuwe Natuur en Landschapsbeleid vanaf 2016. Dit is te volgen via het Portaal Natuur en Landschap met achtergrond informatie over het nieuwe N&L beleid en de collectieve aanpak, nieuws en ook een serie videoblogs, waarvan de laatste gaat over het Drents collectief.

Terroir: Food with an undeniable sense of place – by the Lexicon of Sustainability

A short film on the notion of terroir and how it is applicated in the Capay Valley California by the Lexicon of Sustainability Know Your Food short film series:




Take Back the Economy – 1. Reframing the economy, reframing ourselves

Dirk Roep:

Inspired by the presentation of Katharine Gibson on Wednesday September 4 and her latest book book ‘Take Back the Economy: an ethical guide for transforming our communities’ ( Michelle Steggerda started her weblog on which she will post her reading of the book and her effort to take back the economy.

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In Dutch we have the famous proverb: keep business and private life separately. But what if you plea for community building on every academic congress, but don’t even know your own neighbours? Or the other way around, what if you are very proud of the newly installed solar panels on your roof, while you work 40 hours a week for a company that invests in polluting energy? Is there not something strange here? In the book take back the economy they say: “Reframing the economy means taking notice of all things we do to ensure the material functioning and well-being of our households, communities and nations.” That’s a nice quote where not a lot of people would disagree with. But how can we do this if the companies we work for are mainly concerned with making a profit? How can we change our economy if most influential people still mainly…

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On the milk trail – Food provisioning in Dar es Salaam

By Marc Wegerif. PhD Candidate, Rural Sociology Group Wageningen University, carrying out research on food provisioning in Dar es Salaam. Contact:

It’s Saturday morning in Dar es Salaam, no rushing to school and work today. I walk to the duka (shop) a few metres from my house, (you can read more about the duka in After greeting the shop owner and another customer standing at the counter, I buy eggs, chapattis cooked that morning by one of my neighbours and fresh milk in a plastic half litre package for 1,100 Tanzanian Shillings (Euro 0.52). Ready for breakfast and I think it is time to write a few lines about where the milk I just bought comes from.

Man and Women after delivering milk to the collection centre in Pongwe Village

Man and Women after delivering milk to the collection centre in Pongwe Village

On a morning a few weeks earlier I was standing in Pongwe Village, Tanga Region, watching as buckets and other containers of milk were lined up at the Tanga Fresh milk collection centre. Most of the containers were brought by young men on bicycles and motorbikes, women of all ages came on foot buckets on their head or in their hands and some older men were there as well. Tatu (not her real name), in her twenties, dressed in a clean white coat, hair net and boots – the classic uniform of hygiene – was taking samples from every container to check the quality of the milk and for any impurities. The milk that met the standards (most of it did) was poured into a shiny stainless steel container, weighed, then filtered before being put into one of two large shiny and cooled tanks in the back room of the building. Later in the day a truck would collect the milk and take it to the Tanga Fresh dairy. Continue reading


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