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  • Bert Sercu from Durabilis

Please tell us what you do in a few lines?

Durabilis wants to inspire the planet with a new, more sustainable economy. We produce ‘happy food for everyone’, meaning that we take into account and try to address the needs of all stakeholders. We have three business units: FairFruit produces fruits and vegetables with smallholders worldwide for export to the US, UK and EU. BaraJii produces healthy affordable drinks in oxo-biodegradable pouches in Burkina Faso. Terral produces rice in Senegal with smallholders for the Dakar market. BaraJii and Terral are geographically expanding into the region of West Africa.

According to you, what does it take to be a Changemaker?

A clear purpose with societal relevance and strong values that inspire employees and other allies, a pragmatic approach with a good mix of positive focus, resilience and agility, the right balance between competition and collaboration, and creativity. 

What is the Change you would like to see happen in today’s world?

Durabilis aims to be an example of an economy that creates societal improvement. We contribute to making the world a better place, creating more good and inspiring jobs, lifting farmers out of poverty, empowering small entrepreneurs in the South, promoting more sustainable production systems and securing healthy food for the poor.

Want to know more? Check www.durabilis.eu

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  • Joris Depouillon from FSENetwork

Please tell us what you do in a few lines?

Co-founded Food Surplus Entrepreneurs Network. The Food Surplus Entrepreneurs Network (FSE Network) is the European community connecting food surplus entrepreneurs. Our goal: a world without food waste.

The FSE Network supports Food Surplus Entrepreneurs in four ways:
– It connects them internationally in a virtual, pan-European platform which connects 180 social innovators. Join the platform by filling out the form on this link.
– It organizes international events to bring together social innovators from across Europe, like the Food Waste Collab.
– It connects them on a city or regional level in FSE Hubs where social innovators meet regularly to build solutions to their challenges or to inspire new entrepreneurs.
– It showcases the movement of Food Surplus Entrepreneurs on its online map and social media.

Moreover, the FSE Network helps local governments to reduce food waste through social entrepreneurship. It guides cities and municipalities on how they can reduce food waste and to work towards the Zero Food Waste City.

According to you, what does it take to be a Changemaker?

 Just do it. Dare to act. Dare to try things.

What is the Change you would like to see happen in today’s world?

Young people asking themselves how they would like to see the world, what their talents and passions are and how they could use those to realize their vision of the world.

Learn more at www.fsenetwork.org

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  • Jerome Wertz from Phasya

 Please tell us what you do in a few lines?

Phasya helps to increase safety by developing new products and technologies to monitor the state of an operator performing a critical task for safety.

The first products and technologies of Phasya are dedicated to drowsiness detection in transportation and industry.

 According to you, what does it take to be a Changemaker?

– A Changemaker tries to understand his environment and its evolution to build his own vision of tomorrow. So he’s curious and goes on the field to be in contact with real life.
– A Changemaker want to be an actor rather than a spectator. He believes in his idea/vision, gets involved for it, and doesn’t give up at the first hurdle.
– A Changemaker is able to question his idea/vision in order to develop (or adapt) it. He shares it and looks for feedback.
– A Changemaker believes that a small change can have a huge impact on his environment (butterfly effect). Thus he fights even for a small change.

What is the Change you would like to see happen in today’s world?

 The evolutions of lifestyles (always connected, less sleep,…) and of technologies (automatization of tasks,…) are changing the safety issues in transportation and in industry. Indeed, they influence human behavior while performing safety-critical tasks such as driving, piloting, or monitoring the displays in a control room. Thus the causes of accidents are changing too.

Therefore I would like to see faster evolutions in safety management by the use of suitable assistance technologies, but also by adapting the safety culture and the human management.

Learn more at http://www.phasya.com
and https://be.linkedin.com/in/jeromewertz

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