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Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg
Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg
The conversation on climate change has changed dramatically in the recent months as more and more evidence mounts that it is a present rather than future threat. The governments of the world converged at COP21 last December and reached an agreement to move towards a more sustainable mode of behavior in everything that we do. The negotiations then and there made politicians realize that fighting climate change is smart economic policy. They sent an important signal to businesses that hadn’t yet priced in the consequences of avoiding climate change, that no matter what industry they’re in, it will effect them.

Bloomberg The Future of Energy conference
Bloomberg The Future of Energy conference

The Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit held last week in New York City was different to any other year. It’s theme was ‘The Age Of Plenty’, alluding to the fact that we are in an era of abundant supply resulting in intense competition.

As the human and economic cost of fossil fuels become more apparent, the price of coal and oil are plummeting. And as technologies develop and more investment is funnelled into clean energies, renewables companies race for market share. Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies opened the conference of executives from both sides of the energy industry with a startling fact.

“Climate risks effects every industry and virtually the entire US equity market”. This statement, in front of a historically capitalist industry, brings climate change from an outlier position of ‘what we should do’ to an interested party’s position of ‘what we must do’ in order to survive. He alluded to education as a key agent of change. “The more businesses know, the better they’ll be able to mitigate against and the more we learn from each other, the faster progress will be”.

More than 5000 peer reviewed studies on climate change have been conducted in the last thirty years and each year has been warmer than the last. That’s thirty years of evidence that unless we change our behavior, we will inflict irreversible harm to infrastructure, health and life as we know it.

John Kerry, US Secretary of State and a vocal advocate on climate issues took his place on stage and cited a recent study that found if sea levels keep rising at the current rate, Manhattan could be under water by the year 2100. This may seem scary but irrelevant to you or I, as it will not be in our life time but these steady changes have massive short term implications that are already being felt across the world – food shortages, stronger storms, disease outbreaks and collapsing ecosystems.

These are the risks of inaction, but we must also focus on what has been done. Kerry highlighted that “There are already huge changes in the energy industry, $33 billion has been invested in renewables to date”. The realization that a transition to clean energy is good business sense has resulted in economies of scale for businesses, not to mention the thousands of jobs that have been and will continue to be created in this entirely new industry.

US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State John Kerry

Another source of hope from Kerry’s perspective was that “Last year, for the first time, more of the world’s money was spent fostering renewable energy technologies than fossil fuel plants”, demonstrating a clear acceleration of the movement. There has also been a surge in renewables investment in emerging markets, otherwise known as “global growth markets”. This is significant, as the actions of emerging powerhouses like China make an impact across the world.

It is clear that the the future of energy will be the largest undertaking of public private partnership the world has ever seen. It’s the role of governments to facilitate the transition. They can provide the cap ex and put the incentives and frameworks in place to simplify the move towards clean energy but the stakeholders of industry themselves also have a responsibility. They must innovate, appropriately allocate their resources and commit to being part of this crucial change.

As the world warms with each year, the question remains will we get there fast enough. Secretary of State John Kerry closed the conference with John Eddison’s three essentials to achieving: Hard work, stick with it and common sense. Add Horyou’s values of positivity and solidarity and, collectively, we can move towards a cleaner, greener society.

Written by Dearbhla Gavin


    NGOs, socially innovative projects and a notable line-up of speakers come together at the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF 2015) – a three-day international event dedicated to shaping better times to come.


    New York, Oct. 14, 2015 — Horyou, the social network for social good, and the Horyou Foundation will host the second edition of the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 23 – 25.
    SIGEF is an annual international event that gathers non-profit organizations, speakers, social entrepreneurs and the general public for three days of dialogue and discussion. It features plenary sessions, cultural activities and networking opportunities, as well as NGO and project showcases.
    SIGEF 2015 is the ideal place for all participants to rethink the future, identify current challenges, provide answers and draw new paths to truly sustainable development. This edition will involve a diverse community of innovators and social good promoters.
    Founder and CEO Yonathan Parienti

    The forum will include eight plenary sessions with more than fifty international speakers taking the lead by presenting their views in subject areas based on Social Innovation and Global Ethics practices that are making a difference in today’s world. Some of the main sessions will focus on: Impact Investment, Philanthropy, Media and the Internet, Social Entrepreneurship, Food and Agriculture, Climate and Biodiversity, Transnational Scientific Cooperation, Culture and the Arts, Technological Evolution and Youth for Social Change.

    Around one hundred non-profit organizations currently present on the Horyou platform will be attending the forum. They will have the opportunity to network with other organizations from around the world while showing their projects and achievements on stage to the forum’s participants, attendees and the media.

    Along with speakers and NGOs, the Innovative Project showcase is also an essential component. It invites social entrepreneurs from all over the globe to share their visions and initiatives. “We are selecting more than sixty projects from around the world including ten projects reflecting a collaboration between Horyou and the UNESCO Youth Forum,” Parienti noted.

    Finally, cultural events, concerts, performances and community activities are scheduled to compliment SIGEF 2015 including a delegated visit from the China Charity Alliance whose Chairman is H.E. Mr. Li Liguo, Chinese Minister of Civil Affairs. In addition, on October 23rd, the Horyou Foundation will be hosting its Fundraising Dinner with the participation of special guests and philanthropists at the Four Seasons Hotel.

    SIGEF 2015 is expected to partner with over fifty emerging and established international media outlets. “Spreading and communicating the valuable work of social innovators worldwide is of paramount importance in our interconnected world,” Yonathan expressed. SIGEF 2015 will be streamed globally.

    About SIGEF

    The Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF) is an annual international event that gathers non-profit organizations, speakers, social entrepreneurs and the general public for three days of dialogue and interaction. It features plenary sessions, cultural events and networking opportunities, as well as NGO and project showcases.
    SIGEF is organized by Horyou and the Horyou Foundation. For more information visit
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      The founder of Green Bronx Machine, Stephen Ritz will be one of the keynote speakers at SIGEF 2015.


      New York, Oct. 8, 2015 — The organizers of the second edition of the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF), Horyou, the social network for social good, and the Horyou Foundation, will be welcoming a prominent line up of speakers and NGOs including educator and social innovator Stephen Ritz – founder of Green Bronx Machine.
      SIGEF 2015 will feature eight plenary sessions covering different topics that are relevant in social innovation and social good. Stephen Ritz is scheduled as a keynote speaker during the Food and Agriculture plenary session.
      We are excited to have Stephen speak about his accomplishments in the South Bronx both as an educator and social innovator. He is a wonderful human being with a magnetic and positive personality. He exudes generosity, happiness and inspiration wherever he goes, motivating everyone around him
      Founder and CEO Yonathan Parienti

      The Green Bronx Machine reclaims vacant lots and other unused areas in the Bronx transforming them into gardens that eventually become full-fledged classrooms. Ritz’s students have grown tens of thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables in these urban sanctuaries, distributing their harvest, knowledge and social good among themselves along with the surrounding South Bronx community.

      “I dream of a world where people are as excited as I am. Everyday is a chance to get out there and make a difference; to feel that every single person has a fighting chance to do something great, to change the world”, says Ritz.

      Ritz has recently been awarded the 2015 Elementary School Educator of the Year – The Bammy Award – equivalent to the Academy Award of teaching. Ritz and his work have been featured on multiple platforms and media outlets including: PBS, Ted Talks, Disney, and NPR, to name a few.

      Horyou, its partners and the SIGEF 2015 participants are excited to hear Ritz speak about his achievements, work and vision. “Ritz is a great member and supporter of the Horyou community and an incredible humanitarian. We can’t wait to hear him speak at SIGEF,” says Yonathan Parienti.

      About SIGEF

      The Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF) is an annual international event that gathers non-profit organizations, speakers, social entrepreneurs and the general public for three days of dialogue and interaction. It features plenary sessions, cultural events and networking opportunities, as well as NGO and project showcases.

      SIGEF is a forum organized by Horyou and the Horyou Foundation. For more information visit

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      The weekend 19th to the 20th of September in Geneva marked the yearly Alternatiba Léman Festival which was centered on the theme of promoting local initiatives for climate change and the art of positively living together. The Festival hosted conferences and debates, as well as food and clothing stands, music, movie projections and local food products. It took place on the sunny Plaine de Plainpalais, a prominent square within the city of Geneva, with events also held at the house of associations and the communal hall of the Plainpalais neighborhood.

      The Festival gathered around 500 people in support of local farmers, local merchants and helpful sustainable living in Geneva and the surrounding areas. It was a true embodiment of local actions for climate and the joys of connecting for a positive lifestyle. Horyou collaborated with the association and supported its “The Meal” initiative, a lunch cooked with locally produced agricultural products, with the idea to gather a large number of people from across the world to share a Meal in support of farmers and their plea for food sovereignty and access to resources, soil, water and seeds.


      “The Meal” was held simultaneously in about 20 other locations worldwide, with the same goal of promoting consumption of local products. In Geneva, it delighted 200 people on the Plaine and consisted of long tables filled with fresh tomatoes, salads, gazpachos, fresh fruits and vegetables, sauces and pasta.

      “The Meal”, a truly unifying power in its ideals and encouragement throughout the world, was thus the occasion for all participants to get together, share thoughts and build solidarity within their communities, on the spot, as well as via Skype conversations. Geneva connected with Mali – led by Aminata Touré -, Morocco – led by Nicole Jeffroy -, Nepal – led by Jagat Basnet -, and Pakistan – led by a young university student called Irene Farkhanda -, to mention but a few locations.

      Proceeds from “The Meal” went to various nonprofits in Geneva and in Benin, as the Festival had a dedicated area for local nonprofits and various organizations. Horyou had a stand as well, and so did some of the organizations on the Horyou platform, such as One Action and Voix Libres. The event went on through Sunday with even more participants and visitors. We look forward to seeing bigger local agricultural food tables, and more Meals shared in more locations across the world at next year’s festival.

      By Amma Aburam


      Each day we see the wonderful work of our Members, Personalities and Organizations on the Horyou platform. They are always Ready to Act! This week, we highlight the work and actions of great Organizations from Cameroon and Switzerland.

      by Amma Aburam

      1) Bringing “insects” to the Swiss Food market

      Association: GRIMIAM
      Location: Switzerland

      The Association GRIMIAM has a unique and valuable mission for the future of a more sustainable planet and sustainable food practices. Its main action is to create awareness and legalize the consumption of insects, starting in Switzerland. Increased world population means greater pressure on the environment, increased use of land and higher demands of nutrients and non-renewable energy. Innovative production solutions are needed. Insect raising systems do not require a lot of land, insects are rich in high quality protein, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, to name a few advantages. The Association’s next action is to defeat the “yuck” factor we have been brought up with in the West towards insect consumption.

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      2) Don de Fournitures Scolaires

      Association: Travailler pour la dignité des personnes a mobilité réduite
      Lieu: Douala, Cameroun

      L’association Travailler pour la Dignité des personnes à mobilité réduite au Cameroun organise dans le but de leurs objectifs éducatifs un don de fournitures scolaires afin de promouvoir et rendre possible l’éducation dans leur communauté. L’association est composée d’un groupe d’artistes handicapés, des individus exemplaires qui prouvent qu’un handicap n’empêche pas de donner de soi aux autres, que cela peut devenir un encouragement et une inspiration autour de soi. Ils contribuent à la communauté avec ce type de petites actions qui ont un impact positif sur la vie quotidienne au sein de Douala.

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      Grilling La Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, is an annual music festival that takes place all over the world. Its 24th edition took place in Geneva June 19-21 for three days of enjoying great music, international food and meeting friends under the sun. From classical to electronic music, stages were set up all over the city. It is one of the best festivals in Geneva, and the city ensures that the event is held to the highest standard.

      The laid-back celebration also offered an opportunity for non-profit organizations to raise funding for their causes. After a call for volunteers from Francisco Etchepareborda, vice president of children’s rights group Niños de Argentina, a pair of Horyou team members stepped up. Initially, the duo signed up for one day, but with the energetic atmosphere and fantastic people, they wound up spending the whole weekend with Niños de Argentina. Other NGO members of the Horyou community were present, such as One Action. Its director, Jan Isler, was working nonstop with his team at a nearby stand. One Action

      The festival is a great opportunity for fundraising for the associations, and in the case of Niños de Argentina, it is one of two events that raises funding for its projects. The second is a barbecue for Argentina’s independence day on May 25. The funds are for humanitarian, cultural and community projects with the focus on disadvantaged children. The group supplies food, school supplies and clothes for the children, and promotes Swiss-Argentinean culture. Tomatoes

      Thank you to the team of Niños de Argentina for the great experience and making our team members feel like part of the family.

      Written by Noof Al-Shammary

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