Last few stories before THE day, get excited!

  • 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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Jerome Sedyn: an insider's view on the Weekend – and what it's like to be an entrepreneur (in French)

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  • Qui suis-je ?

Je m’appelle Jérôme Sedyn, je suis actif dans le secteur graphique et digital depuis plus de 8 ans. J’ai démarré comme webdesigner pour me spécialiser aujourd’hui dans l’expérience utilisateur orientée “mobile”. Depuis peu, je me suis également spécialisé dans le “product design” avec mon nouveau projet Inkut Lab.

  • Qu’as tu appris et ressenti durant ton premier SW?
J’ai été a mon premier Startup WE par curiosité. Michel (dont je tairai le nom de famille ;)) était un coach en lean startup à une formation que j’ai suivie et le concept du Startup WE dont nous avons discuté m’a intrigué. Je suis venu comme designer et je dois dire que l’effet a été assez bluffant: je n’avais jamais eu en si peu de temps autant de personnes qui me réclamaient pour mes compétences lors du fameux “pitch fire” !
C’est un peu perturbant mais super gratifiant aussi… Les personnes qui viennent défendre une idée cherchent a combiner des profils assez différents et à ce SW là il y avait très peu de designers… J’ai donc été sérieusement sollicité 😀 !
Le plus enrichissant a été l’aventure humaine: on rencontre des nouvelles personnes le vendredi soir et on travaille tous dans le même sens pour faire la meilleure présentation le dimanche soir, le business model le plus pertinent et avec chiffres a l’appui si possible. “Cherry on the cake” c’est d’arriver a boucler un prototype pour avoir un MVP complet. Cela c’est du challenge ! Mais quel kif !
  • A combien de SW as-tu déjà participé?
J’ai participé à deux SW comme participants et j’en ai co-organisé 3. Je viens de faire mon premier SW summit les 9,10 et 11 octobre à Madrid ! Was exciting ! Une drogue ? Non pas du tout, pourquoi… ?
  • Quel est l’impact que les SW ont eu sur ton développement professionnel (et personnel éventuellement)?
En vrac je dirais que ce sont les rencontres, l’apprentissage sur soi et sur les autres qui sont les éléments les plus enrichissants. J’ai rencontré des personnes supers qui souhaitent aller le plus loin possible avec leurs idées, j’ai vu des gens se planter mais toujours se relever. Un des piliers de ce que m’a appris le SW c’est de ne pas avoir peur de l’échec ! J’ai découvert les SW et sa communauté à peu près 6 mois après avoir été licencié. Le deuil n’était pas complètement fait mais ce que je dois à SW est ce coté “survivor”… Je ne serais probablement pas aussi serein dans mon statut d’indépendant (malgré la réalité du marché) si je n’avais pas eu des retours d’expériences de personnes qui sont passées au dessus des considérations d’égo vis a vis d’un patron, d’un extra sur ta fiche de salaire… Je vis aujourd’hui pour faire un métier que j’aime et avoir un maximum de plaisir quand je travaille.
D’ailleurs je ne considère pas que je travaille car c’est surtout du plaisir de partager une passion. Cet esprit “passion driven” est super important pour moi et s’il y a bien un truc que j’ai envie de partager c’est : fait un xxxxxx de metier que t’aimes !

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Hungry of more inspirational stories? Here they are!

  • Lauriane Milis from Wear a story

Please tell us what you do in a few lines?

As a fashion designer I launched a brand called ‘Wear a story’ It is a new ready-to-wear clothing line offering items with a meaning to women looking for confort and style. The brand creates one-off pieces, made in Brussels upcycling ancient garments into modern cuts.

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

A vision of the world, an inspiring way of living and a pinch of obstinacy ! 

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

That every person in the word working to make clothes gets decent life conditions through a rewarding and well paid job.

 

Learn more: www.wearastory.be www.facebook.com/wearastoryclothing

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  • Marc Jourdaine from Upcycly

Please tell us what you do in a few lines?

UpCycly has been created after two observations: there is a lack of vegetation in our urban environment; there are two many wastes that are just waiting to be reused.

UpCycly has been fostering, organizing and speeding up the implementation of local and collaborative workshops in order to promote urban biodiversity and responsible furniture making through the recovery of waste (mainly wood pallets).

Concretely, UpCycly brings waste, the tools and the know how and invite everybody to build their own furniture and structure for vegetation.

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

Stubbornness, be opportunistic, be clever.

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

I would like to see a world that find back the balance between development and respect of nature and the environment.

 

Learn more:

http://upcycly.com/
www.facebook.com/UpCycly
www.twitter.com/UpCycly

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Changemakers: let them speak

  • Sebastien Morvan from Brussels Beer Project

What is the Brussels Beer Project?

Brussels Beer Project is about co-creation of atypical beers – we aim to find an all way to connect people with quality beers. To do so, we reach out to a community of beer lovers to that want to become part of our brewing project via crowdsourcing/crowdfunding and have a voice in what we do.

We also partner with other professional brewers from around the world to co-create beers that dare to be different.

What does it take to be a Changemaker?

It requires the realization that there is a difference to be made and the inner belief that you can participate in this journey.

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

Clearer links in the food & beverage sector between producers & consumers.
This sector is dominated by faceless industries that push standardized tasteless products to the masses.

 

Learn more about Brussels Beer Project: http://facebook.com/brusselsbeerproject or
http://beerproject.be

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  • Mathieu Jeanne-Beylot from Mutum

What is Mutum all about?

Mutum is a participative platform on the Internet allowing people to share their objects with their neighbours, for free.

The principle is simple: each time you register an object online and each time you lend an object, you can earn “mutums”. And then, those mutums will allow you to borrow whatever object you need, to someone located next to you.

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

Change might look frightening, but if you fear failure, you will never be able to innovate. There is no failure, only improvements.
A Changemaker knows when to dare and must have the courage to take a chance. Risk is the only way to success.

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

We want people to share, to interact with each other, and create a community based on these values.
Instead of « producing, buying, using, throwing », we would like to encourage new responsible and sustainable ways of consumption by taking part in the circular economy model, changing to a « buying, using, reusing, recycling » way to think and act.

Try out Mutum: www.mutum.fr

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First things first: what is a changemaker?

That is, what is change? What does it mean to make change? And, above all, what does it take to be good at making change?
First, change can be defined as “a new and refreshingly different experience”. Change thus involves taking stock of what exists, and move forward with new, untried processes better suited to one’s needs in space and time.
In this respect, what really matters for you as a changemaker is the particular kind of change you want to bring and why. Innovate, think, believe. Pick up and identify a need for change that is close to your heart and for which you possess (or can quickly mobilize) skills and resources.
What does it take to be a good changemaker? Maybe the best way to answer this question is to let some changemakers speak for themselves. Have a look at their stories, pick up their tips and make your own idea of what drove their success. But three principles should help you be one of them: Faith, Focus and Friends.
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