YoungHeroes at MNM Radio

Check out the interview with our YoungHeroes Stijn, Mercy and Thalia at Belgian radio MNM! They were guests at radioshow 'Planeet De Cock' broadcasted on 14/10/19. YoungHeroes are young caregivers. More info? www.youngheroes.be A collaboration of Cera, Kinderrechtencoalitie Vlaanderen and the Ghent office for social innovation iDROPS. www.idrops.org (C) MNM 2019
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Honest Cities Honest Textiles in Ostend

Honest Cities Honest Textiles in Oostende Context Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The fashion sector is responsible for a large amount of pesticide use, 10 percent of greenhouse emissions and 20 percent of industrial water pollution. On top of that comes the gigantic mountain of waste, due to the emerging fast fashion labels. Ranza Plaza, the factory building in …
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Website YoungHeroes launched!

iDROPS launches together with Cera and Kinderrechtencoalitie Vlaanderen YoungHeroes Since October 1, there is a new website that focuses on young caregivers: YoungHeroes.be And that includes this video: An estimated 20,000 to 40,000 young people and children participate in informal care. They take on various care tasks within their family or environment. These young caregivers deserve recognition …
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Project AZO at Fiesta Mundial

Meet Safi, Yakubu, Melany & Luis and Louisa & Gabriella at the Fiesta Mundial in Balen. They come from another place in the world and all have a dream. Thanks to the AZO Project from iDROPS they can realize that dream. With AZO Services we create a test laboratory where refugees and newcomers make their entrepreneurial idea come true and taste what entrepreneurship means in practice. Safi …
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Digi Taste Maker at Volvo Cars and ABC in Gent

iDROPS was a guest at Volvo Cars and at Anglo Belgian Corporation. We held the Digi Taste Maker workshops, with the aim of refreshing or training the digital skills of the staff. In collaboration with the City of Ghent and TOFAM East Flanders. Also interested in a Digi Taste Maker workshop to get your employees to a higher digital level? Then contact Jens or Laura . Here some more info .
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The Forest Hackathon!

The Forest Hackathon: technology & nature Did you ever here about a Fil-O Piste, a smart birdhouse, a tree cuddle chair or a Keunebak? Frankly, we didn't. But since the Forest Hackathon, mid-August in Bruges, that all changed! Twelve young people between the ages of 16 and 23 participated. The goal of the hackathon: bringing technology and nature together and reinforcing each other. Easier …
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My Life My Belgium - Hendrikje Meyvis

"Hendrikje is one of the movers and shakers of Belgium we want you to know! Together with @iDrops_tweet she developed refugee projects focused on talent development and entrepreneurship." This you can read about our employee Hendrikje Meyvis, on the Twitter account of the American Embassy! Or watch this video:
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iDROPS 1 of the 12 East Flemish Energy Ambassadors 2019

The province of East Flanders has selected three projects from Ghent and the surrounding area for their ambitions in the field of energy saving and the production of renewable energy. One of them is the Ghent based social innovation agency iDROPS. (source: Het Nieuwsblad/Sander Luyten - foto: David Van Hecke)
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Workshops for Ageas Group in Portugal

In mid-June, iDROPS team members Nathalie and Hendrikje facilitate a workshop about 'Intrapreneurship For Social Impact' for 18 employees of the Ageas Group's innovation & strategy team in Portugal. The workshop consisted of three parts. The Energy Lab, in which employees were encouraged to discover what inspires them on the shop floor. The ChangeMaker Lab, here, the team searches for …
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Podcast Caregiver Day

June 23 is the longest day of the year. This symbolic day is central for Caregivers, people who take care of someone close to them with an illness or disability for a short or long period of time. Dirk Roels went to the Meeting for Caregivers in Leuven at the beginning of June. He spoke with informal caregivers and with professionals from the healthcare sector and recorded a number of moving …
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Afghan dishes Panja Catering at Atlas World Fest

Come to the Atlas World Fest on June 14 and enjoy delicious Afghan dishes made by Panja Catering. Panja means "hand", so the dishes are hand prepared and fresh! Inside the project AZO! iDROPS offers various services where refugees and newcomers can bring their entrepreneurial idea to life. It is tested at events or exhibitions. Panja catering originated from a passion for cooking, by the Afghan …
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New Caregivers Cafe in Hoogstraten

Hoogstraten organizes Caregivers Café with support of !DROPS The city of Hoogstraten now organizes, together with the social innovation agency! DROPS and the local service center, a monthly Caregivers Cafe "Den Erdbism". The intention is that they can gather information there, but especially have a chat with fellow sufferers. Various activities will also be organized. Flanders today has around …
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iDROPS assists Action4Rights with KTA Groenkouter

iDROPS organized five co-creative sessions with the girls of the nursing class (4th high school year) of KTA Groenkouter in St-Amandsberg. This was commissioned by the children's rights NGO KIYO. iDROPS developed the participatory process and guided the girls to create a new website as part of their project Action4Rights. Through this website, the girls want to offer all young people and schools …
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Opening of Caregivers Cafe in Londerzeel en Diksmuide

Two brand new Caregivers cafes will open on 29 May: 't Mantelkompas in Londerzeel and De Pardessus in Diksmuide. The Caregivers Café is the meeting place for informal caregivers, young or old and from all possible backgrounds. Anyone who takes care of a person in need of care for a short or long period of time or has ever done so, is welcome at the Caregivers cafe. Because every caregiver …
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The CaregiversHub in Houthalen - Helchteren

iDROPS is collaborating with Zorg Houthalen-Helchteren, with Perron-Oost Service Center and with the support of Kom op tegen Kanker on a new project for and by informal caregivers: "The CaregiversHub". This project aims to bring informal caregivers together, to provide broader support, to strengthen their care role and, above all, to listen and respond to the specific needs and requirements of …
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Closing conference Peacecraft

At the end of April, there was the Congress of Peacecraft in Brussels. Peacecraft is an interactive game and a theater play based on the real-life stories of young refugees and the difficulties they encounter during their journey. The aim of the congress was to learn from the experiences of Peacecraft and to allow schools and youth organizations to continue working on these themes themselves. …
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iDROPS in Guinee

From 4 – 12 December, iDROPS team members Nathalie and Hendrikje went to Guinee. The trip had two goals: we were part of the economical mission Belgium – Guinee and we visited TRIAS in Guinee, with whom we will most likely partner up in 2019. During the economical mission, that was organized by Flanders Investment & Trade and it’s Walloon counterpart, we had a lot of interesting B2B and B2G meeti …
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Towards Collaborative Action: our co-creation workshop in Budapest

Our very own team member Jens attended the fourth TCP forum and tells us all about it… WHAT IS TCP? The TCP forum has just been organised for the fourth consecutive year. This time, it took place in Budapest. TCP, or “Towards Collaborative Action”, is an event across sectors that offers an interactive and dynamic space where participants can exchange experiences, methods, networks, innovative ideas …
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iDROPS in Lisbon - with the King and Queen of Belgium!

A STIMULATING ROYAL VISIT Our official visit to Lisbon was incredibly stimulating. We had the opportunity to join King Filip and Queen Mathilde during a state visit to Portugal. The visit had a social approach, so there was plenty of attention for social innovation. For us, this was not only the perfect opportunity to strategise with Belgian and Portuguese social innovators, but also to …
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PeaceCraft Wins the Henry Van de Velde Award 19 for Community!

5/11/2018 PeaceCraft has won the Henry Van de Velde Award 19 in the category ‘community’. The PeaceCraft project consists of an interactive game and a participatory theatre piece that introduces young people to the personal experiences of refugees. The public can vote until 21 December for PeaceCraft to also win the Henry van de Velde Public Gold Award 19. PeaceCraft: Interactive Game and Theatre Pie …
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CONNECTED.DOTS completed in style

On October 22 we organized the Closing Event of Connected.Dots, a project on skill building and services for and by refugees. The evening was opened with a brief explanation of the project and the results. Jabbar Mahmood then spoke, one of the participants in the project. Leren uitspreken ‘This project was really meaningful to me, as I re-discovered my passion to draw and tell stories. I also got t …
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Human Touch: Working from your own passions and talents

30 March 2018 On March 29, iDROPS welcomed about 50 enthusiastic participants to its first Human Touch Event of 2018. ‘How can I use my passions and talents during my daily activities?’ That was the main question of the evening. Two inspirational speakers proved to the participants that it’s possible to work from your own passions. Jill Vanparys talked about time and its irrelevance when you do somet …
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Ghent based hiphop collective launches track against food surpluses

November 1st, 2016 What a distasteful sight: hundreds of abandoned tents, piles of food and drink leftovers, and other crap. The Pukkelpop campground looked like one giant rubbish dump after the event. Hip-hop collective “Rauw en Onbesproken” from Ghent has just dropped a new track against food waste. In cooperation with iDROPS, the hip-hoppers launch a call to think about (digital) solutions for foo …
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