imp!act St Julien - what, why and how

At the end of Imp!act Geneva 2018, several participants undertook to replicate the event in their city, Saint-Julien-en-Genevois (France), in order to share with others their unforgettable experience. The seven highly motivated volunteers, supported by the city and several organizations, organized an Imp!act which attracted sixteen participants aged 16 to 30 from a wide variety of backgrounds. The event was a real success. Over the course of the experiment, team spirit has grown steadily among the participants. All share the will to act for a better world. Imp!act St-Julien will have allowed the emergence of four social and environmental projects. We thank all the volunteers, participants, experts and juries for their enthusiasm, kindness and commitment.
- Bruno Patrício

imp!act Zürich - Butter bei die Fische geben

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Impact ist ein dreieinhalbtägiger Workshop. Dabei treffen Leute zusammen, die soziale, ökologische oder ökonomische Herausforderungen angehen wollen. Durch die Facilitators von euforia werden, innerhalb dieser kurzen Zeit, starke Teams, die am Ende zusammen eine Projektidee pitchen. Dabei werden sie von Experten aus der Wirtschaft und Changemakern die bereits eigene Projekte realisiert haben gecoacht. Besonders interessant ist der Validation-Day an dem alle Teams die Chance haben raus zu gehen und in Unternehmen oder mit Passanten auf der Straße einen Reality-Check zu machen. In meinem Team haben wir Guerillainterviews geführt. Wir sind einfach zu NGOs in Zürich gegangen und haben in Gesprächen von 15-30 Minuten wertvolle Insights gewinnen können. Dabei war ich selber super überrascht, auf wie viel Hilfsbereitschaft wir mit dieser spontanen Herangehensweise gestoßen sind.

Am letzten Tag mussten wir die gewonnenen Eindrücke und Informationen strukturieren und einer Jury präsentieren. Sie bestand aus zwei Senior Consultants und einem Vizedirektor einer Züricher Bank. Es ging also wirklich um die Wurst. Am Ende haben wir wertvolles Feedback bekommen und waren startklar das Projekt tatsächlich zu realisieren. Ich kann das imp!act nur empfehlen. Jeder, der gerne die Ärmel hochkrempeln und Butter bei die Fische geben will sollte hingehen. Sei es bereits mit einer Idee oder nur mit dem Willen was zu verändern. Denn das Impact ist ein richtiger Inkubator für Changemaker.

- Lucas Danisch

Radical Collaboration® - Our double Feature of Radical Intensity

Last week we had not only one but even two Radical Collaboration trainings! One took place in English in Zürich and was co-hosted by our partner Collaboratio Helvetica. The other training took place  in the French part of Switzerland in Lugnorre. 

We addressed the importance of high trust relationships, strategies to communicate and negotiate better, and how to resolve conflict. The underlying point is not to simply look at how we can get out of a conflict but to understand how we got there in the first place, and to understand our own reactions towards it and how to manage it well. The training were three super intense days filled with (self-) reflection, new tools, but of course tons of fun and laughter. 

For those of you who do not know what Radical Collaboration is, it is a methodology for building high-trust relationships at work in order to improve efficiency, productivity, innovation, and agility. Today nobody succeeds alone. You must have the skills to build relationships and to form alliances. This is true in everyday situations between individuals as well as between project teams, departments, companies, and organizations.

Inspiration? Networking? Fun? Imp!act!!!

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I very recently attended the imp!act in Bern. I participated because I am starting an internship at euforia and this workshop was a great opportunity to observe and understand how the imp!act and euforia work. 
I must admit, that at first I felt a little bit lost. I felt as though my motivation -understanding euforia- was different from those who participated in the imp!act because they had an idea in mind which they wanted to turn into a specific project. However, this feeling went away very quickly. I realized that even without an idea for a project in mind, the imp!act is not only fun but also inspiring. 
When I look at the problems of the world, I often feel helpless. The problems seem so huge, and I so small. What could I possibly do? This feeling of hopelessness went away during the imp!act. I realized that change at first starts on a small scale. You do not have to have the one perfect solution. You simply have to start somewhere. Only through giving an idea a try, you will see if the idea works. From there, you can adapt your idea again and again until you make the impact that you want to make. 
The imp!act is about brainstorming, being creative together and receiving the tools to implement ideas, and of course about having fun! The facilitators did a great job sharing their knowledge with us and keeping us motivated with energizers, incredible food and
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Also, we were provided with an impressing network of amazing changemakers who shared their experiences with us and advised us on our ideas. 
I was deeply impressed by the atmosphere that was created, a space of co-working, inspiration and also networking. The imp!act is really for everyone, for those who have concrete ideas, as well as for those who seek motivation. 

You want to share this experience? Participate in the next imp!act taking place in Zürich (in German) from June 20-23 or in Saint Julien en Genevois (in French) from June 27-30. 

Welcome Lucas!

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Grützi everyone! My name is Lucas, but friends also call me Lupo. I am 27 years old and I was born in Cologne in Germany. I would describe myself as an analytical thinker, as I love structure, numbers and finding the so called “facts”, but I also have a strong connection with my heart and values ;) My energy is driven and turbulent when motivated to reach goals and grounded in times of contemplation and rest. Also, I am an outgoing and open-minded person who is interested in meeting people from heart to heart. 

I love exploring the world and seeing all its different beautiful places. It became clear to me that I wanted to do something so that it stays this beautiful. Thus, I decided to study Energy- and Environmental Technologies in Hamburg in order to work in the field of renewable Energy in the future. 

Well to be honest the engineering studies at a conservative university did not really drive my passion. I escaped to go surfing with friends as often as I could. Also, green energy is just not enough to bring a sustainable change, because it is us who really have to reinvent the way we live on this planet.

After my bachelor thesis I took another journey of 8 months to South America to learn Spanish, but mostly to find my purpose again and to learn how to decelerate life and let things fall into place naturally and it worked quite well. I am usually late now and before working there is always time for chats and food ;) By the way the photo was taken in one of the driest spots on Earth, the Atacama dessert. In the rare event of rain it starts blossoming and showing sheer endless patches of flowers.

My Master’s degree in International Management and Engineering is almost finished. The subjects of Project Management and Marketing gave me the opportunity to get to know more proactive topics and to keep in mind the most important factor for me - the people. Recently my best friend told me about euforia and what it stands for. It strongly resonated with my heart and I put all my intentions towards starting an internship here. Really, I was super euforic and I saw it as my escape route out of engineering. Luckily my wishes were heard and a new exciting chapter with this amazing team of changemakers and visionaries has started. I can’t wait to contribute with you!

Welcome Clara!

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My name is Clara and I am 25 years old. I grew up in the beautiful city Regensburg, and spent my last five years in Freiburg, Germany, where I finished my Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. My study program was really inspiring and mind opening to me in many regards. After graduating I was thus in search for an institution that strives towards making a societal change. It is through a very good friend of mine that I heard of euforia. She participated in the imp!act a few years ago and she still feels enthusiastic about this experience. After attending myself I understand why. So instead of moving closer again to my family, as I anticipated, I decided to come to Zürich instead in order to be able to work in this productive, innovative and optimistic atmosphere. I am so happy to be part of the euforia team as an intern, to learn new things, meet great people, to be open minded and to make an impact myself.

Strategic partnerships with oikos St.Gallen and Social Impact Awards

We are happy to announce two strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations!

EVOLVE conference 20 - 21 April 2018, University of St.Gallen

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The goal of the conference, organized by the oikos Social Entrepreneurship team is to create a platform on which social entrepreneurs, start-ups, corporates and interested students can interact and develop their own network, as well as raise awareness for social entrepreneurship and learn about its essential role for the future of business. Participants receive the opportunity to develop their knowledge in doing business socially by not only meeting successful and inspirational experts but also partaking in workshops, keynotes and panels led by them. They will cover a varying range of themes, such as using Blockchain technology for a social purpose, Impact Investment, Micro-Sharing, the Psychology of doing business socially, customizing your own business plan and many more.
We're happy to give strategic support in the planning of the conference and to see euforians being there as workshop facilitators, e.g. Svetlana on Impact Investing or Severin and Benjamin on how to initiate social projects.

Would you like to learn, interact and make a change? Come to EVOLVE!

 

Social Impact Award

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The Social Impact Award is the first Swiss-wide program of the Impact Hub network and one of the most important programs for the design and development of social enterprises in Europe. It is intended for young people who want to realize their own projects and thus change and improve the world. The program will sensitize young people to entrepreneurship through the workshops, participants will present their ideas for winning a three-month incubation course and a monetary prize.
We'll be giving support to the organizing team in the organization, communication and by offering imp!act workshops as part of the programme. You can sign-up here for the kick-off event on 10th April to meet the people and hear what it's all about.

Find here more information on the Social Impact Award.

Welcome Diogo!

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Hi, I'm Diogo and I'm from Mem Martins, Portugal. I was born in Lisbon, but I have always lived in Mem Martins, near the beautiful town of Sintra.

My greatest passions are music and humor. In my free time I play guitar and drums, I like being with my family & friends and doing long walks alone or accompanied. When I have a lot of energy, I practice kickboxing, and in the most creative moments in which I feel the need to express myself, I like to write humorous texts. This allows me to have different perspectives of the same reality and to be fairer with myself and with others.

This photograph was taken in Cape Verde, in one of my missions in which I had the privilege of participating and meeting simple, warmhearted and happy people. This experience taught me to feel grateful for what I have and to be happy to simply exist. There are days that seem hazy, but there is always a sun behind the clouds to shine. And the sun has shone and I have the opportunity to be part of this beautiful family, to be able to make a difference and to be an actor of change in a world that I love so much!