Category Archives: Changing the world

Every Ending is a New Beginning

I’m delighted –but also a bit sad- to announce to you that we presented the final results of the project to our commissioner today. Now that the Research Report, the Project Plan, the Course of Action and the article for Colin’s Uncover Magazine are handed in, we’re all very satisfied with the outcome and the process as a whole. I’ll might even miss the project and the lovely team I was working with but as they say; every ending is the start of something new (only if the Mayans were wrong though)! So yes… for the members of Bridge this project has ended today. However, the process of Social Innovation does not stop and the network we set up with be sustained so that the solutions can be realized eventually. We created a Facebook page that will function as a platform for everyone who is –and wants to be-  involved in this project so if you’d like to share your opinions and ideas or if you just like what we did; go to http://www.facebook.com/bridgeresearchagency (and press LIKE)! If anyone of you is interested in receiving more information about the documents I mentioned earlier, please feel free to send an email to  Bridge.researchagency@gmail.com!

Below you can find some slides of our final presentation:

And last but not least, this blog will NOT die! You don’t have to worry cause we are planning to continue writing, as we all enjoyed sharing our ideas and progress with you here! We might not post every day, but there are definitely some interesting developments going on we can’t keep to ourselves… Curious? Stay tuned!

A.S.

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A sustainable christmas meal

Christmas songs on the radio, shopping windows transformed into Christmas looks and you have already put the Christmas tree in your living room. Up next the dinner you have to prepare for your family and friends. How can you serve a meal, which is less harmful for the environment? The amounts of miles that a typical Christmas meal travels before it ends up on your plate can easily add up to 49,000 miles. However a green Christmas meal is possible!! Interested? Take a look at the tips below.

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1)   Buy local

Visit a farmers store, or a farmers market and collect your products there. These are more sustainable and probably only traveled for a couple of miles.

2)   Buy seasonal

A lot of products are not available in the winter, at least not from your own country. All of these products are imported from around the world. Imagine what carbon footprint they must have left behind, so not really environmental friendly right? Take a look at seasonal products. I am pretty sure you can make a fantastic meal with those products.

3)   Go organic

If you are against the intensive farming, then especially pay attention to this point. Food that has been produced organically less harmful pesticides have been used and this is of course a lot better for the environment. And a organic turkey did not have to suffer from the intensive farming.

4)   Go veggie

Are you still a bit sad about the turkey? Even though it comes from an organic farm. Then think about a vegetarian Christmas meal. With some good recipes and innovative thinking I bet you can surprise your entire family.

5)   Watch your waste

And last but not least watch your waste. And this does not start with the things you throw away, but already on your shopping list. Do you really need everything? Don’t you think you have way too much? Think critically and you will have to waste less food.

If we all took the above-mentioned points into consideration, even the smallest bits help. We can have another feeling as just fed up with all the food, but at least you have done something good for the environment this Christmas. Isn’t that what Christmas is about amongst other things, to take care of one another?

and as we would say in the Netherlands: EET SMAKELIJK!

Nicole

How generation 2012 can change the world: Future Fuel tries to find out!

Unbelievable but true, the end of the project is near! We have been trying to come up with innovative ideas to improve a very small part of the world and hope we have inspired you. While talking to one of the participants is our Creative Network Session 2.0, we found out that we are definitely not the only ones. In fact, an initiative is working on a very inspiring project to find out what the current generation can learn from the older generation in order to improve the world. I’m talking about Future Fuel, set up by Anne Walraven from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

This initiative has drawn my attention since she one of our generation and taking action. She points out that there are so many crises that are mentioned everyday and everyone is talking about that something has to change. She tries to find out what the younger generation of 2012 can learn from the older generation in order to take action and actually do something about these problems in the world. To achieve this, she travels around the world to speak to inspiring role models that can share their experiences and expertise and pass it forward.

The aim is to interview 15 role models of which a few can be ticked off already. An overview of the role models and the ones that have been interviewed already marked in bold, can be found below:

  • Paul Gilding
  • Jane Goodall
  • Peter Voser
  • Bill McKibben
  • Louise Fresco
  • Thomas Friedman
  • Julia Hill
  • Jeremy Rifkin
  • Herman Wijffels
  • Prof. Dr. Konrad Steffen
  • Roz Savage
  • Yvo de Boer
  • Jeroen Jansen
  • Alec Loorz
  • Severn Suzuki
  • William Kamkwamba
  • Aart van Veller
  • Ekta Kothari
  • Angaangaq

Linking these interviews to our project, I really liked the interview with Jane Goodall, is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace (wikipedia.co.uk,2012). You can find a compilation of the interview below.

Please have a look at her website by clicking here, where you can support this initiative and suggest questions to ask in future interviews, how cool is that?!

The website itself is in Dutch, however most interviews are in English. Click here for the webpage with the interviews, and click on the link under the picture of the role model.

Madelon

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