Impulsfabrik: Changemaker der Uni Zürich erhalten Unterstützung

Du studierst an der Universität Zürich? Du weisst nicht wohin mit deiner Kreativität? Du willst ein gemeinnütziges Projekt an der Uni lancieren? Dann ist die Impulsfabrik dein Wunschziel!

Als brandneues Beratungsteam wollen wir dir ein „Changemaker“-Dasein an der Universität Zürich ermöglichen und fördern. Wenn du eine Idee hast, wie die UZH zu einem besseren Ort wird, oder dein (neuer) Verein Grosses vorhat, die beiden Mitarbeiter der Impulsfabrik unterstützen dich auf jedem Fall dabei, deine Pläne zu fertigen Projekten zu formen.

Aufgrund unseres Gründungsjahres 2017 sind wir noch nicht sehr sichtbar auf den sozialen Medien. Erreichen kannst du uns dennoch bereits unter Wir helfen gerne und freuen uns auf deine Impulse!

PS: Die Impulsfabrik wird übrgens auch am diesjährigen imp!act Zürich, gemeinsam organisiert durch das lokale imp!act Team und den Verband der Studierenden der Universität Zürich (VSUZH) vor Ort sein und ihr Projekt näher vorstellen. Uni-Studierende, die ihr Projekt nach imp!act weiterverfolgen, haben die Möglichkeit, finanzielle Unterstützung zu beantragen und von der Impulsfabrik bei der Realisierung ihres Projektes Unterstützung zu erhalten. Anmeldung zum imp!act hier.

the unleash project: this is what happened at the first weekend!

The first weekend of the 2017/18 cycle of the unleash project has successfully happened! Over 30 people explored together attitudes, skills and knowledge to unleash potential for wellbeing and impact at the personal level. Different experts shared their knowledge in four workshops:

Presence and Self-Connection - your body as a compass (Johanna Risse)
Johanna showed us how to sort out the different feelings we have and to embrace them no matter if they're good or bad. She tought us how to connect with our body through listening, breating, moving and making sounds. We explored how our body reacts when different thoughts and emotions come up and how we can embody them but also shake them off and let go. We played with different kinds of music and movements and practiced to be fully present and to use our body as an inner compass.

Personal vision – Exploring drawing as a tool (Simon Kiener and Marietta Scheurmann)
Simon started with a personal story: a person with two faces of life, one of them looks silent on the desk and the other is like a wolf in the mountain, who lives far from a village, alone, dangerous but very curious about the village. The story showed a simple black and white picture, but it helped us to imagine colorfully about the two faces of the same person. It, therefore, shows us that painting is a great way to grow our imagination. It is only us who can color by ourselves our own story, in our own color. We drew your personal story and then shared with a partner. The task was to tell our partner (and vice-versa) what we saw in his or her picture. Only one picture (some time with some cycles and square) but they can speak 10' or even more about what they saw magically. Finally, some of the participants confessed that they believe they are able to draw (what they hadn't thought before).

In the second part, we split our life into three steps: Our birth, We in the present moment, we as 80 years old. We reflected about questions such as "What is your "hero genie" story?" "What are you doing now?" "Who are the people accompanying you on your 80 birthday party?" All of the life path makes us realize deeply about what the important thing of our life if and that we may not pay attention to reflect on the different perspectives of our life path.

Overcoming: Befriending your inner critic (Greta Rossi)
Most of us have experienced this sensation of a voice at the back of our awareness that tells us that we are not qualified enough for that job, that we do not deserve the love of our partner, that we are not beautiful enough, smart enough, courageous enough. Sometimes we can control these thoughts, but other times they seem to overwhelm us and dictate our reactions. That voice is the voice of our inner critic; we all have one – it is part of the human experience. With Greta we explored this inner critic:

  • When did it first appear
  • Are we aware of it?
  • What is our relationship with it and how do we deal when it appears?

We reflected deeply on our self-limiting beliefs and habitual thoughts to maintain a healthy relationship with their inner critic, an essential element to wellbeing. For the practice experience, we were in the safe space with another participant to share our own inner critic in a humoros way which allows for transformative and healing experiences to take place.

Actualizing - Tools for self-management and effectiveness (Urs Scheffer and Jan Mezger)
With Urs and Jan we collectively explored tools to achieve our visions and goals. Firstly and most importantly, they showed the example of several famous entrepreneurs and companies, like Steve Jobs. They shared how the attitude of the individual is what makes the biggest difference when it comes to just having great ideas vs. bringing them into life. Among those were "Keep it sexy and simple", "Just do it" and "Think broader".

Urs and Jan suggested to start reflecting on "What kind of attitude would help me for my current vision/objective to move into doing?" After a break-out reflection session, we shared the attitudes we discovered we need in order to move from vision to doing:

  • Don't stay in your head - get down to your desk and visualize and plan how your idea will actually look in real life!
  • Don't keep it to yourself - get out there and start talking about the idea, and you might get some allies and get into collective prototyping!
  • Quick prototyping and feedback – don't make it complicated. Think how to try out your idea or vision in a simple step, get feedback and then adapt.

After focusing on the attitudes, we collectively shared practical tools to start bringing our ideas and visions into life, among others objective journals,  to-do boards, action formulation, motivation boosters and snoozer tools.

Action Learning and Reverse Coaching Session
We finished the weekend with a reverse coaching session where participants prepared in pairs how to apply the learnings in their «real life».

We want to say thank you to our amazing host team, to all the facilitators and especially the participants who co-shaped this weekend with us.

The next weekend will take place in Bern from November 3-4. Participation is also possible if you couldn’t make it to the first weekend! Interested? Get more infos here.


(r)evolution lab: This was what happened at the first weekend!

Talking alone about the world’s problems won’t solve them - but collaboration might

If I had to sum up the kick off weekend of the (r)evolution lab programme 2017/18 in one sentence, this would be it.

With participants and facilitators from Switzerland, Senegal, Germany, Eritrea, Belgium, Egypt and Romania, the first (r)evolution lab weekend became a space where people of different cultures and backgrounds could come together, exchange, tackle social, political or environmental problems, dream and prototype a transformative event…together.

In times of discrimination, ethnocentrism and hostility towards people who are different from us, (r)evolution lab has created a safe space for open exchanges, co-creation and radical collaboration and has thus brought beautiful initiatives to light. Topics such as responsible, ethical and sustainable mining in Eritrea, refugees inclusion and integration or overcoming discrimination against LGBTQ teens in Swiss schools and sports clubs are just a few of the issues which were discussed and which will be the starting point of a transformative action, project or event.

And here lies the beauty and miracle of this programme: it engages the unengaged, it empowers individuals to tackle these challenges bottom-up, starting with their own communities or work environments. It was mind blowing to see how out of thismelting pot of cultures, nationalities and backgrounds, common hopes for the future emerged: freedom not only of speech but of pursuing ones dreams and vocation, the right to education, putting a stop to discrimination of any kind etc.

But (r)evolution lab is not just about the talk it is about the walk as well, it is about making a real impact. After receiving inputs and tips on project management, program design, pitching, facilitation and wellbeing strategies, the participants have left this first weekend having gained a toolbox and a framework that will help transform their inspirational ideas into transformative events, addressing global challenges locally. And if at a first glance this approach might seem utopian or even insignificant like a tiny drop of water in an ocean of needs and problems, why do we forget that an ocean is but a multitude of tiny little drops?

So that being said, thank you to everybody who joined us on our quest to a fairer, better world and we are looking forward to putting all these wonderful ideas into action during the next (r)evolution lab weekend in Bern on November 3 - 5 (you can sign-up here!). Lets be the change we want to see in the world!

Written by Oana Fetsch who is part of our wonderful (r)evolution lab host team.

Gender Lab: Call for Applications


>>> Invitation by collaboration helvetica

collaboratio helvetica launched the call for applications to their Gender Lab - a highly innovative process to bring unlikely allies together, explore Gender Equality on a personal, organisational and systemic level and prototype solutions to key issues. If you care about this topic, join to grow your interpersonal and collaborative skillset, build your network and bring transformation to your organisation whilst having an impact on Gender Equality in Switzerland. Apply before 8th of October to be a part of the pioneering Cohort of Explorers!


Welcome Marlène!


Hello you!

My name is Marlène and since today I’am officially part of the euforia team.

I’m 22 years old and I come from Cap-Verde (a small country in Africa), I’m born in Romont (also a small city in Fribourg).

If I had to describe my self quickly I would say that I'm open minded, I tend to be optimistic most of the time and that I love traveling.

Since 2015, I’m a student at the HEG (Haute Ecole de Gestion) in the International Business Management departement. When I started my studies, I was an employee in a shop, but after almost two years working there I felt like I needed some changes, I needed something new and releated to my studies. After reading through Euforia’s add for volunteers I didn’t understand what was the organisation doing exactly but I thought "Hey! That sounds exciting, I can be useful! This might be for me". And now here I am ready to start this new adventure with you!

Hack A Better Future Of Food At FoodHack Geneva


>>> Invitation by FoodHack Geneva

FoodHack Geneva is a 54-hour environmental hackathon where 60 talented participants will come together to hack a more sustainable future of food!

We are looking for engineers, food industry specialists, designers, developers, researchers, and hustlers to come together and tackle our food challenges

The winning teams walk away with the support needed to develop their ideas into impact including 3-month incubation by Impact Hub Geneva/Lausanne and 3-month mentoring from RicoLab.

Apply through the website today and let's hack a better future of food!

First round of applications closes 30th September
Final round of applications closes 15th October

>>> Website

Youth and Society –How Youth Work facilitates Active Citizenship


>>> Invitation by oikos

oikos formally invites members of the public to attend the open lecture at the University of St. Gallen, entitled Youth and Society – How Youth Work facilitates Active Citizenship for Sustainability.

As a network leader in youth engagement for sustainability, oikos brings together organizations with a similar vision, including rootAbility, GRLI and National Union of Students - UK, to open up a conversation about the role of youth work in society at large.

It will take place 11th October 2017 at 10.15 at the University of St. Gallen (Main Building, Hörsaal, 01-012).

Come and join in in the discussion!



Theatre and Music project with asylum-seeking kids in Lucerne, 1 - 15 Octobre 2017

>>> Volunteering opportunity by SCI Switzerland

SCI organizes a theatre week for kids from refugee centers around Lucerne together with children living in Lucerne. The aim of this integrative project is to give the possibility to kids from refugee centers to have a rich exchange of experiences with local kids and to improve their German language skills in a creative context. This will be accomplished with a mix of theatre playing, music and games. At the end of the week (Saturday afternoon), there will be a presentation of the work. Up to 30 kids between 8 and 13 years old will participate in the project.

Type of Work: In the preparation week (the first week of the workcamp), volunteers will receive an introduction to migration issues, theatre playing and animation with children and will prepare the activities for the second week together with a theatre expert and a music pedagogue. During the second project week, volunteers will organize games and other activities for kids, accompany them from the refugee centers to the city and back, participate in the theatre sessions / music workshops and support the kids as well as the art expert with their help. A group of volunteers will cook lunch for the group. At lunch time some local volunteers help looking after the kids, so you can recover a bit.

Study Theme: During the first week, you will have introductions and discussions on relevant issues such as migration and asylum in Switzerland and on peace work. This theoretical knowledge will be helpful for the concrete work with the children in the second week.

Accommodation: Simple accommodation with provided mattresses. Warm sleeping bag needed. One shower and toilet facilities are available in a separate building right next to the sleeping facility. There is a well equipped kitchen where you can prepare together with the other SCI volunteers your own meals with a provided budget.

Language: The camp language is English. However knowing some German is very helpful, since most kids from the refugee centers probably don’t speak English but some do speak some German. Local language is Swiss-German.

Requirements: Have interest in migration and intercultural issues, taking responsibility when working with kids, be creative, like cooking and participate in daily life.

Please send us your separate motivation letter and explain why you are interested in participating in this workcamp. If you already have some experience in working with kids, theatre, music or dance, please mention it.

Approximate Location: Luzern