Una referencia en arte urbano en Barcelona, Nau Bostik tiene una historia que remite al pasado industrial de la ciudad – la nave abandonada de una antigua fábrica de pegamento se ha convertido en un centro cultural autogestionado. El proyecto creado hace tres años atrae una diversidad de públicos, de aficionados a fotografia a creadores de grafitti y se ha consolidado como uno de los espacios artísticos más modernos y innovadores de la capital catalana. Entrevista con Jorge Sánchez, del equipo gestor de la Nau Bostik.

Nau Bostik se ha convertido en un museo de arte urbano a cielo abierto

Qué es Nau Bostik? 

El proyecto NAU BOSTIK surge con la voluntad de impulsar y dar visibilidad a todo tipo de actividades relacionadas con la cultura y el ocio, manteniendo los principios de diversidad y sostenibilidad como líneas maestras. El proyecto se ha apropiado de una antigua fábrica de pegamento, ubicada en el barrio de La Sagrera, Barcelona.

Cuáles son vuestros principales proyectos?

Somos un espacio que acoge gran variedad de proyectos que tienen que ver con la creación y el arte. Entre los proyectos que tienen más proyección estan los del ámbito de la fotografia, siendo un espacio expositivo de referencia en Barcelona.

El otro ámbito en el que la Nau Bostik se ha vuelto un referente es el Bostik Murals, un proyecto que acoge a todas las disciplinas del arte urbano. La Bostik en si, se ha convertido en un lugar de referencia del arte urbano.

Cómo ha sido pensado el modelo de gestión de Nau Bostik como espacio de arte y cultura? Es posible sobrevivir de la autogestión cultural?

Mantenemos los valores de la diversidad y sostenibilidad, a través de una gestión cívica pòr parte de los colectivos que participan y que residen en la Nau Bostik. No recibimos, de momento, ningún tipo de subvención, y tenemos que generar, a través de algunas actividades, como alquiler de Naves para spots y rodajes de TV y cine, recursos propios con los que hacemos el proyecto sostenible.

Cuáles son vuestros principales retos?

Conservar la fabrica Bostik como patrimonio urbano reconvertida en un espacio de creación y difusión de la cultura y mantener una gestión comunitaria abriendo su participación y toma de decisiones a las entidades, colectivos y personas del barrio de la Sagrera.

Además de los proyectos culturales, cuál es la función social y ecológica de Nau Bostik en Barcelona?

De momento entendemos que el ser un espacio participado por todo tipo de entidades y colectivos del barrio y de la ciudad de Barcelona, eso genera que la Nau Bostik sea util socialmente. Muchas de la actividades que se realizan en la Bostik no se podrian producir en otros espacios de Barcelona, sobretodo en lo que tiene que ver con el arte urbano. A la vez en la Nau Bostik existe una sensibilidad ecológica y alojamos en uno de nuestros miradores un huerto urbano. A parte somos sede de una cooperativa agroecologica que distribuye alimentos una vez a la semana a sus asociados.

Cuáles son vuestros planes para el espacio cultural Nau Bostik?

Básicamente después de tres años de recuperación de la Nau Bostik, nuestro proyecto es consolidar la existencia misma de la Bostik en alianza con el Ayuntamiento para mantener la Nave como equipameinto de ciudad con una gestión comunitaria.

A escassez de mulheres interessadas em poupar e investir o próprio dinheiro foi o estímulo para que as jornalistas Elaine Fantini e Anita Delmonte criassem, no ano passado, o grupo Sovinas – Mulheres que Investem. O espaço, inicialmente uma comunidade no Facebook, vem crescendo e ganhando contornos na vida real, com eventos presenciais e trocas de experiência entre as centenas de investidoras que aprendem a cuidar de sua independência financeira. O Horyou blog entrevistou a fundadora Elaine Fantini, que fala sobre o cenário de investimento feminino no Brasil.

Sovinas no primeiro encontro do grupo

O que te motivou a criar o grupo Sovinas?

O grupo surgiu a partir de um reencontro com uma amiga de faculdade, que eu não via há mais de 10 anos, Anita Delmonte. Nós duas tínhamos começado a investir há pouco tempo e notamos que era muito difícil conversar com outras mulheres sobre investimentos porque nossas amigas não investiam. Ficamos incomodadas, porque estávamos amando investir e acreditávamos que mais mulheres também se interessavam pelo tema. Tínhamos que descobrir onde elas estavam. Daí, tivemos a ideia de criar o grupo, para reunir em um mesmo lugar mulheres que tivessem interesse sobre investimentos para trocar ideias e experiências. Assim, o grupo surgiu no Facebook em julho de 2017.

Por que você decidiu se concentrar no público feminino?

Nos concentramos no público feminino porque ele é o que menos investe no Brasil. Dos investidores da Bolsa e do Tesouro Direto menos de 30% são mulheres. E é um grupo que precisa investir, pois vivemos mais que os homens, ganhamos menos, interrompemos mais a carreira para cuidar de entes queridos, em muitos casos somos as provedoras da casa… Em diversas áreas vimos as mulheres se afirmando, em relação ao corpo e ao mercado de trabalho, por exemplo, mas do ponto de vista financeiro ainda temos um longo caminho a percorrer. O grupo quer ajudar cada vez mais mulheres a cuidarem melhor do seu próprio dinheiro. Afinal, não existe empoderamento com dependência.

Por que as mulheres investem menos que os homens?

Há uma questão cultural: por muito tempo a mulher foi excluída dos modelos econômicos e dos assuntos ligados a dinheiro. Há ainda sociedades que não permitem que a mulher tenha atividade remunerada. O homem sempre teve o papel de provedor da casa e por isso o dinheiro ficava sob sua responsabilidade. À medida que a sociedade evolui e a mulher passa a ocupar posições de trabalho, isso começa a mudar e a partir daí, ela passa a ter que lidar com essas questões. É nesse momento que aparecem os dois outros motivos que as mantêm afastadas dos investimentos: 1) menores salários. Muitas ganham apenas o suficiente para pagar as contas; 2) baixo nível de educação financeira. Diversas pesquisas conduzidas internacionalmente pela economista italiana Annamaria Lusardi mostram que a mulher é menos alfabetizada financeiramente. Com menos conhecimento, fazem piores escolhas para seu dinheiro.

Quais foram os momentos mais importantes do projeto?

A decisão em si de criar o grupo foi muito marcante e aos poucos ver o grupo crescer de maneira orgânica. E em 2018 tivemos um momento muito marcante, quando realizamos um evento presencial para comemorar mil Sovinas no grupo e foi muito legal. Foi um sábado caótico no Brasil, com greve e limitação de transporte e mesmo assim as mulheres estavam lá, interessadas, querendo saber mais sobre como lidar com dinheiro de maneira saudável.

Quais são os planos do Sovinas para o futuro?

Queremos crescer mais, realizar mais eventos, promover ações que estimulem as mulheres a pensar sobre investimentos, realizar parcerias com outros grupos e iniciativas para fazer a cultura de investimentos se espalhar entre mais e mais mulheres.

Horyou apoia as iniciativas de inovação social que ajudam o mundo a alcançar os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável. Nesta entrevista, destacamos o Objetivo 5: Igualdade de Gênero. Seja a mudança, seja Horyou!

The new generations are more afraid of the traditional financial markets and willing to bring purpose to their investments.

Impact investing: money with purpose

Once upon a time, investing was considered a sport for the wealthy. While in many countries it is still meant for the rich to get richer, most of the Western World have now opened to new innovative investment options which don’t even require a bank account, crowdfunding, growth ventures and microloan agencies being some of the best known.

Research shows that new generations are prone to saving their money, but afraid to invest in the traditional financial market. Many are considered too conservative, traumatized as they still are by the repercussions of the financial crisis. But there is something else that differentiates Millennials from the former generations.

And it is called Purpose.

A recent study published by Deloitte shows that 76% of Millennials support businesses that have a positive social impact. Another research points out that this generation considers investment as a statement of values and a tool for change. Last but not least, Millennials believe there is no tradeoff between impact and financial return. Together, these ideas form the core of Impact Investing, a concept which combines philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and profit-only traditional investment.

Businesses are aware of the trend and want to attract more investors by developing social and environmental actions and programs. It’s a matter of survival, as corporate social responsibility is not only about having a good image, but also about attracting clients who want to consume consciously. In doing so, ‘good companies’ build solid and sustainable profits and… they bring the attention of demanding, purposeful investors of all sizes. Following the trend, banks like Credit Suisse and JP Morgan are creating funds based on impact investing, and even Stock Exchanges are giving more space to these investments, as evidenced in the UK with the Social Stock Exchange (SSE).

Impact investing is also about prevention, as businesses which act responsibly have fewer problems with environmental and work lawsuits, keep their employees more motivated and productive, and thus generate better results. By polluting less, they minimize potential problems with the authorities and prevent corruption, as bribes can cost dearly.

Investors the world around are concerned with the economic, as well as the social and environmental impacts of their decisions. More and more, they want to walk the talk. Are you ready to consider to do the same?

Horyou, the social network for social good, is an advocate for Impact Investing. By launching Spotlight and, more recently, Horyou Token, Horyou is also investing in social impact alternatives for good. Join us and be the change, be Horyou!

 

A holistic nutritionist and plant-based chef, Sarah Britton is the creative force behind the award-winning food blog My New Roots. Featuring original recipes that taste great, look beautiful and boast incredible health benefits, she has become an influencer to reckon with and gathered more than 370k followers on Instagram. Horyou blog is happy to interview Sarah and share her inspiration with its community!

Sarah Britton

How did My New Roots begin?

My New Roots began as a way for me to share what I had learned about wellness and healing through my Holistic Nutrition education, as I discovered so many things that I believed needed to be public information, not just for those who can go to school to study in this field. I wanted to set up a non-biased space for people to come and learn about how to take better care of themselves through diet and lifestyle, as I have seen immense changes in myself since making little, positive changes every day. Over the years my vegetarian, whole food recipes have inadvertently created a community of readers who are passionate about cooking. There are so many people out there who are hungering for direction and guidance in preparing nutritious food, and it is gratifying to know that I can play a small role in that. As emails from readers flow in every day praising the results of the raw cocoa brownies or sweet potato hummus they made at home, I am called to the cutting board to create yet another dish to satisfy those who want to take charge of their health and reclaim their kitchens. Their inspiration becomes mine, and the cycle continues.

What was the catalyst that turned you into a healthy foodie?

I lived in an experimental city in the high desert of Arizona for a year. There I worked on the organic farm, growing food for the community. That was the first time I experienced living in tune with the earth to such a degree and it was like I woke up for the first time. I ate what we grew, and gave up processed foods, which changed everything. I finally understood what it meant to feel healthy, alive, and vibrant.

Sarah cooks plant-based recipes

What is your food philosophy?
With every bite of food we take, we vote for the kind of body and the kind of world we want to inhabit. There is no doubt in my mind that eating a whole food, plant-based diet benefits both ourselves and the planet, more than any other way of eating.

Why are you so passionate about vegetarian plant-based food?
Eating a plant-based diet has changed the way I feel so dramatically for the better – I have more energy, clarity of mind, and most importantly, connection to the earth. There is also a noticeable peace and calm that comes with eating this way. The body is strong and mind is at ease.

What is the link between healthy and sustainably produced food?

Sustainable food production practices are in line with the earth’s best interests. And what’s good for the planet is also good for us. Chemicals pesticides, herbicides, fungicides harm the delicate balance of life, and are inevitably passed to us through what we eat, and everyone loses. I almost always check where food comes from, not necessarily how or who grew it, but I choose organic, biodynamic whenever possible, and will often pass on things that have traveled a long way to get me. Of course growing your own, or getting your food from someone local is the best, but we don’t all have that luxury!

Changemakers is an Horyou initiative which aims to highlight remarkable people & projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals. In this article, we shed a light over #SDG2 – Zero Hunger.

 

Wings Of the Ocean est née d’un rêve partagé par deux écologistes, jumelé avec un pari fou : celui de dépolluer les océans de son plastique, retirer les filets dérivants dits “fantômes” et offrir une plateforme de recherche pour les océanologues, pour n’en citer que les aspects essentiels. Le tout, sous la forme d’une École de voile autour du monde ! Nous avons interviewé Julien Wosnitza, créateur du projet qui, à 24 ans, a décidé de s’engager avec d’autres jeunes comme lui pour nettoyer les océans.

Wings of the Ocean

Pouvez-vous nous présenter le projet Wings of the Ocean?

Il s’agit d’un projet de dépollution des océans, couplé avec du transport à la voile et des études scientifiques. Le tout sous la forme d’une école de voile sur un magnifique 3 mâts de 47m de long.

Nous tâcherons d’effectuer des études scientifiques sur le plastique océanique tout en em retirant un maximum de l’eau. Surtout, nous permettons à n’importe qui de participer à l’aventure !

Dans ce voilier il y a 14 places pour l’équipage ainsi que l’équipe scientifique et 24 pour des aventuriers ; pouvez-vous nous expliquer la démarche?

Les éco-aventuriers participeront à l’aventure avec nous. Mais attention ! Ce n’est pas de la croisière type “Cocktail au soleil” ! Ici, on apprend la navigation, on tire des bords, on hisse les voiles, on aide les scientifiques, on retire tout le plastique qu’on trouve, bref, on participe à la vie du bateau !

Vous n’en sortirez pas reposés, mais vous aurez à coup sûr fait des rencontres exceptionnelles et aurez vécu une expérience de camaraderie à nulle autre pareille… Et puis, être à la barre d’un 3 mâts au soleil couchant, après une journée à dépolluer l’Atlantique… c’est pas beau ça?

Quelles méthodes et outils allez-vous utiliser pour dépolluer les océans?

Des filets, des plongeurs, un compacteur sur le navire, ramassages sur les plages en fonction de nos destinations… Nous sommes en pleine réflexion sur les méthodes à la fois de ramassage, mais aussi de recyclage, avec notamment des procédés comme la pyrolyse.

Quels vont être les recherches scientifiques, et dans quels buts?

L’impact des humains sur l’océan est encore très peu connu. Nous ferons des études scientifiques afin de mieux comprendre l’impact du plastique sur les océans ainsi que des sciences participatives comme de l’observation documentée de mammifères marins.

De quoi avez-vous besoin pour que cette mission se passe dans de bonnes conditions?

De gens motivés qui souhaitent venir à bord du Navire ! Là se trouve la clé de voûte de la réussite de notre projet : amener des gens à bord ! Nous cherchons également un ou plusieurs sponsors afin de pérenniser notre activité.

Pouvez-vous résumer en quelques points en quoi consiste l’expérience Wings of the Oceans?

1) Retirer du plastique et le recycler à terre

2) Retirer des filets dérivants des océans

3) Faire des études océanographiques

4) Faire du transport de marchandises à la voile

5) Apprendre la navigation

6) Voyager utile, sans émissions de CO2, dans des décors sublimes.

Qui veut venir avec nous ?

 

Écrit par Alexandre Lecouillard

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are much more than a vision for the years to come. They’re part of a concerted strategy to improve our society and to build a better future.

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals

I’m sure you’ve heard of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). If not, let me introduce you to one of the boldest set of objectives that are meant to be applied worldwide. The SDGs are a collection of 17 targets set by the United Nations in 2017. They are meant to guarantee equality, economic and social development, peace and wealth for all by 2030, and ensure that no one is left behind.

One of the most important aspects of the SDGs is, however, their complementarity. This implies that, without Gender Equality (Goal 5), Decent Work and Economic Growth (Goal 8) cannot be reached. Or, for instance, without Quality Education (Goal 4), Good Health and Well-Being (Goal 3) and Clean Water and Sanitation (Goal 6), it would be hard to envisage Reducing Inequalities (Goal 10). In short, there is no such thing as a goal more important than another, and no ranking that places most urgent and less critical ones. SDGs are like our world – interconnected and complex.

It also means that the SDGs are an intricate part of our daily lives. It might not be obvious to you, but the ordinary choices that you make can help to strengthen the SDGs and make our world a better place. Here are a few ideas about how you could introduce some of the SDGs into your routine:

– If you care about ending poverty and hunger, try to engage with bank foods or make donations to charity institutions. It’s important to avoid wasting food, as it’s one of the causes of hunger worldwide. And, when choosing your supermarket or a grocery store, make sure they have a good waste management.

– It doesn’t matter if you’re a woman or a man. Sexism is everywhere. Try to raise the subject with your friends and family and support the gender equality cause. The results will be beneficial to all.

– If you know of a brand using slave or irregular labor, don’t buy it. Tell your friends about it. The same applies to companies that pollute, engage in corruption and don’t provide decent conditions to their workers.

– How big is your carbon footprint? If we aim to have clean water, protect animal life and avoid climate change, we should opt for cleaner, more sustainable means of transportation, energy sources and habits. There’s a range of products and services available that are environmentally friendly and affordable.

A critical challenge, however, remains that of bringing up the topic at home, or the office, or again school and, why not, pubs and parks? You don’t need to mention the SDG acronym, but you could start asking people about their habits, and share your good ideas? The clock is ticking, we have little time left to change things… But one thing’s for sure: You can help build the kind of future you want!

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