Every day I choose radical for nuance. We must always have the courage to engage into difficult conversations with the guts to listen, to be empathic and to be open to feedback. It is important that young people learn that a confrontation with others, as with themselves, will bring them further. That is part of the idea of the 9/ON-program.
Tanja Jadnanansing is a strategic advisor at Alberta College Rotterdam. Until recently, she was a Member of Parliament for the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA), where she is especially concerned with education and science. She was the chairman of the committee on Security and Justice. Every week she teaches a few hours at a secondary school in Amsterdam, where she hopes to empower children. Tanja radically stands for nuance in politics and society. She developed a teaching method LEF (GUTS) to learn young people how to listen to other opinions, to show empathy and to give and receive feedback. Tanja grew up in Suriname. After her law studies in the Netherlands in 2000, she was co-founder and director of communications of an information center for young people in Amsterdam. She was diversity manager at the Dutch Public Broadcasting organization (2004 – 2006), Advisor on Youth at the NOS (2006 – 2007) and host and TV maker at Multicultural Television Netherlands. She also worked as managing editor at NOS Headlines (Dutch television).