The Swiss Pavillion Expo 2017 Astana is committed to the SDGs. From 13 to 27 July, it develops several activities in order to raise awareness about the challenges of building a better future for the next generations.

Horyou CEO and founder, Yonathan Parienti, with Swiss Pavilion visitors (Photo Swiss pavilion)
Horyou CEO and founder, Yonathan Parienti, with Swiss Pavilion visitors (Photo Swiss pavilion)

The Swiss pavilion, organized by Presence Switzerland, showcases the Confederation as an innovative country with an interactive and surprising exhibition on the issues of energy efficiency, renewable energies and global water management. As part of the Swiss Pavillion, the Swissnex Lab is dedicated to thematic immersion and networking, in order to facilitate bilateral cooperation and academic exchange between Switzerland and Kazakhstan.

One of the activities, Perception Change Project, includes a temporary installation with a wheel of fortune that introduces sustainable development, a Human Library involving innovators and presenting a talk on Education and Innovation with experts and changemakers.

Horyou Team attended an event on Education & Innovation on July 18, 2017, and had the opportunity to hear unique stories from speakers invited by the Perception Change Project in cooperation with partner organizations, notably the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Kazakhstan Institute of Standardization and Certification, the UNICEF Kazakhstan and its Liaison Office in Geneva, the University of Geneva, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). «Horyou Team was excited to see the commitment of the Swiss Pavilion to promoting the sustainable development goals in Astana. We share the same resolve to shape better times to come, and SIGEF 2017 in Kazakhstan will be our initiative during EXPO2017 to support that momentum of awareness and implementation», said Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou.

Horyou team visits the Swiss Pavillion at EXPO2017 in Kazakhstan
Horyou team visits the Swiss Pavillion at EXPO2017 in Kazakhstan

The event was followed by a project called “Human Books”, whereby people shared their stories with the public, creating empathy by touching on topics such as climate change and education in emergency situations and refugee camps. One of the touching stories was Isaac Mustopulo’s, a 15-year old student from Kazakhstan who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and, despite all odds, has finished 8th grade at a local school in Taraz where he excels academically and is actively involved in extracurricular activities. He is an advocate for inclusion and is working on a project that would introduce tutors to public schools for students with disabilities.

“Sustainable Development Goals are not only the UN’s or governments’ business, we all have a role to play in achieving them. The topics related to the SDGs and the work of organisations in Geneva and elsewhere can be illustrated in a playful manner and through storytelling. We are delighted to be a part of Expo 2017 Astana”, said the Head of Project, Aziyadé Poltier-Mutal.

More than 700 people visited the Swiss Pavilion on its first day
More than 700 people visited the Swiss Pavilion on its first day

Finally, the Education & Innovation Talk session opened a dialogue between several thought leaders. Ms Tatiana Aderikhina from the Education and Child Protection at UNICEF shared how an equity–focused and inclusive approach starting from early childhood education can have positive impact toward social inclusion and reduce the numbers of unschooled children. Mr Zhasulan Kenzhegalyiev, a specialist from the International Cooperation Department of the Unified Government Fund of Normative outlined how Astana is leading the way in SmartCities and how this can benefit both the population and the overall sustainability efficiency. Prof Barbara Moser-Mercer, from the University of Geneva, a specialist in higher education in emergency and crises situations, expressed how connected learning builds the knowledge and skills needed to adapt, and how that could prove to be a key factor in the development of higher education for people victims of conflict situations within refugees camps. Ms Ekaterina Perfilyeva, editor in chief of the Open School of Sustainable Development, shared how through volunteering to support facilitation of translation and sharing of knowledge and meaningful information we could advocate a better understanding and implementation of sustainability principles with the Youth.

The overall discussion from the panelists with the audience, outlined the fact that there are numerous synergies and initiatives that could support the achievement of SDG 4, related to Education.

Horyou is the Social Network for Social Good, which connects, supports and promotes social initiatives, entrepreneurs, and citizens who help the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to build a more harmonious and inclusive world. We invite you to Be the Change, Be Horyou!

The Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum organized by Horyou will discuss Future Energy, Smart Cities, SDGs, and lead official delegation to EXPO 2017 Astana

SIGEF 2017 will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan
SIGEF 2017 will take place in Astana, Kazakhstan

Horyou, the Social Network for Social Good, announces the 4th edition of SIGEF, the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum. The world-class event will take place on the 5th of September 2017, at Rixos President Astana Hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan. It will be followed by an official delegation’s visit to EXPO 2017 on the 6th and 7th of September.

With a team of top-class international speakers, panellists and moderators, SIGEF will cover three of the most critical issues of our time – Smart Cities, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Future Energy. «With SIGEF, Horyou is committed to encourage multi-stakeholders to gather, interact, and establish partnerships to shape better times to come. SIGEF will bring together social entrepreneurs, impact investors, philanthropists, government officials and representatives from civil society, to spread the message that we can all be changemakers», says Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou.

Opening ceremony of SIGEF 2016 with Yonathan Parienti, Founder of Horyou, H.E Rosalie Matondo, Minister of Environment Republic of Congo, Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in Qatar, HRH Prince Nawaf bin Saad al Saud, Chairman of the Al-Hilal Saudi football club and Yasuhiro Yamamoto, President of Eneco Holdings.
Opening ceremony of SIGEF 2016 with Yonathan Parienti, Founder of Horyou, H.E Rosalie Matondo, Minister of Environment Republic of Congo, Dr. Ali Bin Samikh Al Marri, Chairman of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) in Qatar, HRH Prince Nawaf bin Saad al Saud, Chairman of the Al-Hilal Saudi football club and Yasuhiro Yamamoto, President of Eneco Holdings.

Last year, SIGEF was the leading side event at the UN COP22, in Marrakesh, Morocco. The 3-day conference was attended by a 2500-wide international audience, while offering a space for non-profit organizations from all around the world, staging artistic acts, organizing an Horyou Foundation dinner, and presenting an award for social impact projects. It was the first SIGEF to be held out of Europe and in Africa.

This year, reinforcing its global presence and impact, Horyou is organizing the first SIGEF in Central Asia, with an agenda of discussions deeply anchored in the future of our interconnected societies. At the opening and end of the one-day SIGEF conference, the participants will have the opportunity to meet and greet some of the most important players in social entrepreneurship, as well as business leaders, funders and government officials, during a special networking session.

On the 6th and 7th of September, Horyou and the SIGEF team will lead an official visit to the country pavilions of EXPO 2017 Astana, the biggest future energy gathering this year. «We are thrilled to bring our SIGEF international delegations to connect with participants from all continents who are attending EXPO 2017 Astana, to build bridges of collaboration and foster sustainable solutions that will benefit our societies», says Parienti.

More information on The agenda can be consulted here. Click to apply for speaking and to buy your ticket for SIGEF 2017.

About Horyou

Horyou is the social network for social good. Through technology, innovation and social entrepreneurship advocacy, it promotes meaningful and global interactions amongst its adherent organizations, members and personalities. With its platform, App and Spotlight, the first Global Social Currency for Impact, Horyou helps transform positive ideas into concrete actions while building constructive relationships both online and offline.

The Horyou App is available for free download via iOS and Android.

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En 2016, le festival a 16 concerts et plusieurs animations
En 2016, le festival a 16 concerts et plusieurs animations

L’été est la saison de la musique, des arts de rue et des festivals en Europe. Dans le canton de Vaud, en Suisse, L’Association Lombric, à but non lucratif, a crée un événement différent pour la belle saison : depuis 14 ans, le Festival du Lombric porte un regard sensible aux problématiques environnementales et au dynamisme économique de la région.

Dans sa 11ème édition, le Festival est organisé sur le site de Giez par un groupe d’amis. Soucieux de leur environnement mi-campagne, mi-ville, ils ont voulu apporter une animation qui mettrait en lien des acteurs locaux avec des thèmes qu’ils souhaitaient partager. Le festival compte avec la collaboration des bénévoles et avec les dons et prêts de la communauté locale. Les restaurateurs participants sont locaux et même les bières qui sont servies dans le festival sont faites par les brasseurs artisans de la région. La nourriture est majoritairement bio et chacun peut y trouver son compte (vegan, sans lactose, sans gluten…)

Le festival est organisé dans le site de Giez, dans le Nord-Vaudois
Le festival est organisé dans le site de Giez, dans le Nord-Vaudois

Un des fondateurs du festival, Renaud Jaquet, parle de la motivation durable de L’Association: “Nous parlons beaucoup de l’impact de nos activités et projets sur l’environnement de nos jours. Le Lombric rentre de toute évidence dans cet esprit. Toutefois, quand les premiers rêves de nos jeunes motivés ont émergé, la question n’était pas encore d’actualité. C’est plus le besoin de faire un événement durable avec peu de moyens, beaucoup d’envie et de bons principes, qui a fait que le festival a une étiquette écologique et durable”, a-t-il révélé. Cette année, par exemple, les organisateurs font un appel aux participants pour utiliser les transports publics et navettes mis gratuitement à disposition des festivaliers.

Les enfants font des ateliers et balades dans le festival
Les enfants font des ateliers et balades dans le festival

Renaud Jaquet raconte qu’il y a toujours eu un jour réservé aux enfants et à leurs familles. Cela avait lieu le dimanche après le petit déjeuner offert, sachant que le soir même il n’y avait pas de concert. “De plus, le site en bordure de forêt et d’une taille raisonnable, offre une liberté aux enfants de parcourir le site sans danger”.

Le Festival de Lombric a lieu les 12 et 13 août en Giez, Vaud, avec 16 concerts et plusieurs animations, ateliers et balades. Le prix adulte est 10 CHF, mais l’entrée est gratuite le samedi jusqu’à 18h. L’organisation espère entre 600 et 800 personnes. “La fête s’annonce belle et on se réjouit de démarrer cette belle édition”, affirme Renaud Jaquet.

Écrit par Vívian Soares

A Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais (ANDA) acaba de se juntar à comunidade Horyou. A nova parceria une forças pela causa dos direitos dos animais, que encontram ressonância em todo o mundo. Por meio da participação da ANDA na rede social, os membros Horyou poderão ter acesso a notícias sobre animais de qualquer parte do mundo, além de trocar experiências e contribuir com conteúdo para a agência. 

Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais
Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais

“Jornalismo animalista”

Com oito anos de atividade, a ANDA foi criada com o objetivo de informar para transformar a realidade da causa animal, criando conteúdo gratuito que é distribuído para outros veículos de comunicação. “Queremos mostrar o que acontece nos bastidores da experimentação, do circo e do zoológico, por exemplo, e dar voz aos animais, um publico que nunca foi realmente ouvido”, explica Silvana Andrade, diretora de jornalismo. Com o passar dos anos, o “jornalismo animalista” foi ganhando espaço na mídia, e hoje o trabalho da ANDA pode ser encontrado nos maiores e mais acessados veículos de notícias do Brasil. Uma prova do sucesso da agência é o número de acessos mensais de seu site, que ultrapassa 1,5 milhão – o objetivo é dobrar esse número no próximo ano, segundo Silvana.

A ANDA caminha para o seu aniversário de 8 anos
A ANDA caminha para o seu aniversário de 8 anos

Projetos da ANDA

Além da agência de notícias, a ANDA tem outros projetos voltados à causa animal: graças à intercessão da organização no poder público, um projeto de lei foi criado em São Paulo para a criação de dois hospitais veterinários públicos. Além disso, a ANDA possui uma ambulância UTI gratuita para recolher animais doentes de rua ou de pessoas sem recursos, a Nina Móvel. 

A Comunidade Horyou dá boas-vindas à ANDA e torce para o sucesso dessa parceria!

Por Vívian Soares

Horyou builds a new bridge to connect the Eastern and Western Worlds – English version after the Mandarin version!

Ni Hao! Horyou is now in Chinese
Ni Hao! Horyou is now in Chinese





与此同时,来自中国的成员将有机会获得第一枚支持经济包容度的全球社会货币 “Spotlight”的资助。成员可利用“Spotlight”完成创新项目和社会公益事业。此外,中国成员还将有机会参加由Horyou举办的旨在发展社会公益的全球性活动,如在戛纳电影节期间的“Horyou村 ( ”和一年一度的“社会创新与全球准则论坛(SIGEF)”。Horyou将于2016年11月份在摩洛哥马拉喀什举办第22届联合国气候变化大会官方场外活动:第三届社会创新与全球准则论坛。如果您有与Horyou价值观一致的项目,您可以通过登录活动官方网站(注册报名参加。




Horyou builds a new bridge to connect Eastern and Western Worlds

Thanks to the fast development of modern science and technology, the world is becoming a great stage which allows everyone to perform. Our global village, a border-free and time zone free space, give us access to real time information, scientific innovations and beautiful artwork once geographically restricted. 

Horyou aims to benefit global citizens using technology as an ally. Horyou summons artists, personalities, organizations and supporters of social good from all over the world in a network filled with positivity to support each other and develop together as a true global community.

Horyou highly values China and Chinese citizens’ role on the international stage. China, whose population constitutes about 20% of world’s overall population, will offer great contribution to social good with its creativity and positive spirit. Therefore, on the basis of English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, Horyou is proud to launch its platform in Chinese, the world’s most spoken language!

The beauty of diversity can only be shown through sharing. Now, Horyou welcomes China’s innovation, philanthropic endeavors, artwork and cultural values. If you are an artist, Horyou will give you a stage to showcase your creativity; if you represent an organization, Horyou will gather together people worldwide to support your cause ; if you are a personality who has greatly contributed to your field, Horyou will bring you higher global visibility; if you have a warm heart for humanity, Horyou will take you to a zero-hatred, full positivity network!

Chinese Horyou members have now the opportunity to be funded for their innovative projects and social causes through Spotlight, the first global social currency for economic inclusion, and to be at the global stage in events like Horyou Village in Cannes Festival and SIGEF, the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum. Organizations and members from China can also register their projects for the next SIGEF, which will happen during the COP22, next November, in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Horyou has paved the path, now it’s your turn to walk through it! We look forward to seeing you introduce the unique Chinese culture, philosophy, innovation and philanthropy acts through our platform, and at the same time we are honored to have the opportunity to take you deeper and closer to the world’s beautiful sides.

Horyou believes that, through positive interaction and daily acts, everyone of us can make the future more colorful with our very own brushes!

Written by Yue Wang

Education is key, and the young people are the future. This is the motto of the  Society for Academic Development from Serbia. Let’s have a closer look at this young and dynamic NGO that is a perfect example of the new generation!

Alisa Kockar and Milan Simonovic were interviewed by Horyou blog
Alisa Kockar and Milan Simonovic were interviewed by Horyou blog

1) Could you please present to us briefly Society for Academic Development?

Society for Academic Development is a small NGO from Serbia, founded on 16th April 2013. Most of our members are young people, so problems that we deal with are usually tailored for youth, but not always. So far we got engaged in promotion and preservation of cultural heritage in Serbia, as well as corporate and social responsibility, cultural diplomacy, anti-corruption actions, etc. We truly believe that every human being has a unique gift or talent that they need to share with the world. If they do, amazing things can happen and we are trying to show everyone that kind of results. We are setting an example and we motivate others to do the same.

The main line that separates us from most NGOs in Serbia is a lack of hierarchy in the decision making process. It basically means that we do have official leadership, but only for external presentation of our Society. In internal affairs we have a unique decision making process – every member has equal vote and equal legitimacy to express his or her opinions. Our rewarding system is based on meritocracy – how much effort you put in the benefit of Society is how much you will receive credit for it. We think that NGOs must be different from corporations, so we tend to apply that strategy everywhere we can. We appreciate every member we have and try to nurture them.

2) What are your memorable exploits / projects and what are the biggest challenges you faced since the Society for Academic Development was created?

One of the biggest challenges is maintaining the NGO. We are doing our best to stay out from political influence. Corruption is a big problem in Serbia and it goes all the way through the system, so there is a big chance to bump on one of its roots when you are dealing with some social problems. When you want to get an office for your NGO headquarters, to have proper funding for your projects, to develop quick actions for the common people, we run into it. We are desperetly trying to make our initiatives work their way through municipalities without getting stuck between the interests of the major political parties there. For example, we’ve submited our initiative to name one of the streets in our capital city, Belgrade, after a famous French statesman and a true friend of our country who helped our grandfathers during the WWI, Aristide Briand. A few months later we got the reply from our City Council that praised our idea, but we are still waiting for it, and two years have passed since then.

However, the biggest project that we have ever done and that we are very proud of is «Kultura na DAR» (Culture as a gift) – a campaign for the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage in Serbia. It was our first project ever and we are currently preparing its fourth round. The basic idea is that everyone should get engaged in promoting the cultural heritage in their community. Kids, young people, mothers, fathers, teachers, folks, students… everyone can make a three minute video about their favourite place, person or event that has something to do with culture. We also organize a big award ceremony where we praise the best ones, but also award everyone who dedicated their time into joining our cause, as a sort of motivation to keep doing a good job. This year we will make a change and include a photography contest. Thanks to this project, during the last three years, the public got to know about 100 sites or people and events that did not enjoy any fame, but are important to our culture.

"Corruption is (not) an option" seminar
“Corruption is (not) an option” seminar

3) Is there any project, action, realisation that had a specific impact or importance for your organization over the past years?

Every two years, we choose new types of goals for our organization and last summer we decided to get involved in anti-corruption projects, because we saw them as an opportunity to help solving this problem in Serbia. «Korupcija (ni)je opcija» (Corruption is (not) an option) was a complex project, but at the end of it we got better results than we hoped. After six months of various activities, including seminars, meetings, group sessions and outdoor activities, we formed a partnership against political employment in which many individuals, organizations and even some political parties signed in. Our hope is to upgrade Partnership in the near future and to involve more social actors, so that this topic can be seen and talked about in the media. That’s how we’ll make some real progress.

4) Do you have any project that you want to develop in the near future that you want to tell us more about?

Society for Academic Development is preparing a project that targets young women in Serbia, aged between 15 and 17, by teaching them about their rights. This social group has many issues and very little support in society, which makes it so hard to see. It is a kind of a hidden problem that just waits around the corner and emerges every time when it’s too late to do something. That is also a reason why it is very hard to raise funds for it. We would like to teach girls that they have rights that they really need to use: such as the right to education from elementary to universities. Also they have the right to be equally paid for the same job position as men, and also they must have an equal opportunity to be elected for available job positions. They must know that they should never be victims of violence or any kind of torture, the same as every human being, and also to have their voice be heard in politics. They need motivation and mentorship, so we made a plan in order to provide it.

Society for Academic Development team
Society for Academic Development team

5) What do you think about Horyou and its community which you are an active member of? What does it bring to you and to your organization?

Since we first heard about Horyou, we thought that it is a very smart idea – to connect people from all over the world via a network so that they could exchange their ideas and thoughts. Making changes in one place is a very productive way to impact the world. Online and a few months later physically in Geneva in 2014, we met so many extraordinary people and exchanged so many ideas. Hey, after all, we are all wearing Beyond Beanie bracelets now!

We are eager to continue our journey with the Horyou community and even willing to make it even bigger, as big as possible. We talked about it with many of our fellow countrymen and they are getting to know how awesome Horyou really is. It doesn’t mean it can’t become even more awesome, but we all have to make it work. Only joint actions worldwide can have a real impact on the lives of communities all over the globe, and we think that Horyou has a capacity to initiate them.

6) What is your message for the Horyou community?

Every time you think about Serbia, or the Balkans, remember that there are young people living there, joined in a Society that is always ready to work with you and help you, so that our community can benefit from our joint actions. Let’s make a world worth living!

Written by Hannah Nunes

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