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Cancer is still a taboo in many parts of the world. Especially in Asia, where there is an urgent need to raise awareness of the disease and to support people cannot afford to get the right treatment. For 10 years now, EMPOWERED – The Cancer Advocacy Society of Malaysia, has acted on these critical issues, helping and enlightening communities who are suffering from the lack of information and hope. In this interview with Wallance Cheong, project executive at EMPOWERED, a new member of our Horyou platform, shares the values and missions of this organization with our community.

Empowered team during Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Screening & Treatment Project

When was Empowered founded?

EMPOWERED was officially registered with the Registrar of Societies Malaysia in 2008 and is governed by an Executive Committee Board consisting of elected volunteers. It was founded by Dr. Christina Ng, a Consultant Medical Oncologist and our program started from year 2009 onwards. The organization is an ally of the poor who are afflicted with cancer.  EMPOWERED is committed to helping them to cope with cancer and life through the society’s many structured and personalized programs, and we bring these programs right into their homes. Our mission is to save lives, to prevent cancer and eliminate suffering amongst the poor.

Empowered’s Milestones

Your organization raises awareness of a condition that is considered taboo by many. How do you set the tone to discuss it with the general public?

The cancer awareness level, particularly in Asia, remains a challenge and some may perceive cancer as a taboo to be discussed. All the myths and misunderstandings about cancer are generally due to the lack of the right education and knowledge. Thus, we constantly raise public awareness and advocacy through our tailored campaigns and projects, educational exhibitions and talks, workshops etc. Furthermore, in accordance with society’s vision and mission, we actually bring these programs and supports right into the underprivileged communities home. We enable our EMPOWERED professionals to touch the hearts of the public.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Screening & Treatment Project

Do you have any plans and projects for 2018 that you would like to share?

We will carry out our annual signature campaign – Colorectal Cancer Awareness, Screening and Treatment Project (CCASTP) 2018. However, unlike previous practice, we would like to heighten public awareness level of cancer issues by organizing a Charity Run. The run is planned to be carried out in November, in conjunction with EMPOWERED’s 10th Anniversary and the Lung Cancer Month, and we are expecting about 2,000 people to join us.

You are a new organization in our Community. Tell us about your expectations and projects for Horyou.

We understand Horyou is an esteemed, established platform and action-oriented social network for the social good; EMPOWERED is honoured to join as a member of this big family. As time goes by, we expect to reach a wider public, raise public awareness and advocacy of cancer and generate funding and support for the sustainability of EMPOWERED’s projects with the aid of Horyou. 

aaa est une fondation née dans le secteur privé qui a pour objectif de construire des alliances entre les générations. Nouveau membre de notre plate-forme, aaa est le résultat de la frutueuse implication des entreprises dans le social good. Nous lui souhaitons la bienvenue et sommes heureux de parler avec sa conceptrice et présidente, Muriel Favarger Ripert, pour nous éclairer sur son histoire et ses projets.

Photo: Fondation aaa

– Racontez-nous un peu l’histoire de la fondation.

Sur la proposition de M. René Fell (Président du Groupe Abissa et de l’Association Vigiswiss), naît la structure de la Fondation aaa en octobre 2015. René, en entrepreneur averti, éclairé et visionnaire a validé avec confiance le concept et le développement itératif de notre écosystème. Il est du reste co-fondateur et vice-président au Conseil de fondation. aaa est à ce jour le 1er et seul écosystème intergénérationnel qui a été créé et développé au sein d’une PME en Suisse. Il a pour vocation d’inspirer, de connecter et de rassembler des professionnels de tous horizons, des porteurs de projets, des influenceurs et décideurs tout en valorisant des valeurs chères à l’entreprenariat et l’intraprenariat en Suisse romande. L’un des objectifs est d’y partager les savoirs-faires, connaissances & pratiques sur le terrain entre professionnels au niveau régional, national, voire international. Notre plateforme propose notamment des rencontres de qualité lors de nos activités. La communauté aaa a réuni plus de 7000 personnes rencontrées de visu depuis 2011, le plus souvent en bilatérales, petits groupes et aussi lors de plus grands events ou espaces. Rien qu’en 2016 et 2017, 165 espaces privés et publics ont été conçus, organisés et promus par la Fondation aaa avec environ 3000 invités inscrits.

– Êtes-vous engagés dans la réalisation des Objectifs de Dévéloppement Durable de l’ONU ? Lesquels ?

Oui, notamment nous travaillons sur les objectifs 4, 8, 9, 10, 16 et 17.

– Quelles sont vos priorités pour 2018 ? Avez-vous des projets que vous cherchez à mettre en place dans un avenir proche ?

Dès 2016-2017, j’ai imaginé un nouveau modèle pour consolider le mouvement aaa avec 7 piliers stratégiques :

1) Une gouvernance collective, participative dans un esprit de coopération fondée sur les commissions, task-forces, chambres, chapters, cercles & forums, qui donneront naissance eux-mêmes à de nouveaux écosystèmes, organiques, agiles.

2) Economie, business, gouvernements et relations internationales : CRM vivant et mises en relation, notamment via nos événements.

3) L’écolentreprise : initiatives comme Eclosion & Reengineering House en alliance avec Campus Genève dès 2018 & une méthode personnalisée pour accompagner l’individu avec son/ses projets ; stages, emploi, transposition des compétences, boostbraintorming intergénérationnel, etc – soit en mode peer-2-peer ou collectif.

4) 10 modes de financements dont 3 que je considère comme disruptifs

5) Une plateforme communication et multimédia : TV, presse, radio et numérique

6) Un Forum solidaire et philanthropique qui valorise les projets sociaux, humanitaires

7) «Ecosystems Design» pour diverses tailles (SME, Multinationals, etc), les Nations & les Communautés, délivré par Muriel via @ma Table & Co, sa société

– Quelles sont vos sources d’inspiration ?

Notre CEO, René Fell, mes parents et la vie collective que nous expérimentons dans le cadre de notre Ecosystème intergénérationnel.

– La fondation aaa est un nouveau membre de notre communauté. Partagez vos espoirs et vos plans avec Horyou !

Je souhaite structurer avec Horyou à terme un consortium (en numérique et en présentiel) pour les projets durables à impact social, créatifs et solidaires !

A year ago, Sophie Gray was a very successful fitness influencer – her Instagram account @wayofgray was a plethora of selfies, abs and workouts which inspired many in the pursuit of the perfect body. Yet, in spite of all the praise and hundreds of thousands of followers, she felt she was not being honest with herself in promoting the unreachable idea of perfection. After a nervous breakdown, she decided to explore a new path – one that leads to self-acceptance. Today, Sophie advocates self-acceptance and aims to foster women empowerment on social media. In this interview, she talks about her inspirations, plans for the future and the responsibility of being a role model for the next generations.

Sophie Gray

Why did you decide to advocate self-love and acceptance?

We live in a world where we are at war internally. We have become so disconnected from ourselves and I experienced this personally. For me, I decided to advocate self-love and acceptance because I didn’t have any other choice. I needed it in my own world, and through my inner work, it flowed over to my professional work through my channels.

Was there a moment when you felt you could do something different from other health and fitness influencers?

I had a panic attack on an airplane that had me step back and evaluate my personal life. From there, I connected with how I truly felt and realized I didn’t want to show up through my accounts in the ways that I had been. From there I decided to completely step away from fitness and have refocused on inspiring others to connect with themselves through introspection.

How important is it for you to empower girls and women?

I struggled with self-harm in my youth, and this was before social media really took off. I couldn’t imagine going through what I went through with the added pressures brought on by social media. I actually am establishing a nonprofit that works with youth in school creating space for them to show up and dive into their relationship with themselves.

I believe women have such an important role in our society. Often, we are the ones who raise the next generations and when we have a mother who is strong, confident and feels at home within herself, we are able to teach the younger generations to feel the same.

This isn’t to say all women are going to have children. And regardless of whether they are or not, they are, in some way, a role model to those growing up. I know for myself personally, I want my self-acceptance to inspire others that they’re deserving of their own acceptance.

Sophie now advocates for self-acceptance

Tell us about the self-love challenge – when and why did you come up with the idea and what does it consist of?

I hosted a challenge from Jan 1st to 5th 2018. It was about having my followers commit to coming home to themselves. There is a stillness that exists within all of us – this stillness, rooted in love, also exists within everyone. I want those who follow me to make 2018 the year they come home to themselves by diving through what they go through. This involves sitting with themselves, working through their experiences and feeling at peace with themselves. This challenge was a fun way to start the new year committing to coming home to yourself.

What are your goals for 2018?

In 2018, I am launching an app that will help men and women start conversations with themselves that will lead to greater self-awareness, emotional resilience and help develop a better love and appreciation for yourself and others. This will be launching in April.

I also plan to have my new name changed account, @sophiegray (formly @wayofgray), focus more on my passion for writing – while focusing on encouraging others to take time to turn within.

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 #SDG5 / Gender Equality.


Créée par l’ONG AJDAC, Lyric’Art Media est une unité sociale de production culturelle dont le projet est la diffusion de la culture et des actions sociales innovantes destinées à révéler de jeunes artistes africains via des émissions numériques. Nous avons interrogé Sinclair F, fondateur du projet.

Danse Teké du Nord Bénin

 

Pouvez-vous nous présenter brièvement Lyric’Art Média?

Lyric’Art Média est un média numérique créé par l’ONG AJDAC et dont le but est de faire la promotion de la culture, des valeurs artistiques et des actions sociales innovantes ayant un impact positif sur les populations d’une part et sur les politiques et stratégies de développement d’autre part. Ayant lancé le projet en 2014 avec le Magazine culturel Lyric’Art, nous avons ensuite voulu toucher un peu plus notre audience d’bord en décidant la création de la Web Tv en 2016 puis cette année par la mise en place d’une unité sociale de production (Lyric’Art Production) qui vise à mieux promouvoir les talents et assurer un tant soit peu notre autonomie.

L’Artiste Togolais Kaporal Wisdom sur scène

Dans votre média, vous parlez de talents, de culture et d’actions sociales… Pourquoi vous avez choisi de traiter ces questions ?

L’ONG AJDAC est née de la nécessité d’assurer la visibilité et la promotion du tourisme et de la culture d’une part et le bien-être des populations pauvres et vulnérables d’autre part. Lyric’Art Média est donc un outil pour atteindre ces objectifs, rendre visible nos potentiels culturels et touristiques ainsi que les innombrables bonnes actions dont les impacts contribuent à créer un monde meilleur. Au Bénin comme un peu partout en Afrique, les vrais talents restent encore cachés dans nos quartiers et villages. L’absence d’action pouvant favoriser l’expression de ces jeunes talents aux fins de les promouvoir et le coût élevé des temps d’antenne sur les médias classiques constituent un blocus pour leur éclosion. De même, nous avons le souci de la promotion d’une élite culturelle responsabilisée par les valeurs positives et éducatives véhiculées par leur œuvre. Nous pensons que cette démarche pourrait aider à amener de jeunes artistes sans convictions ni éthique à améliorer leur production.

Cirque Super Acrobate de Cotonou

Y a-t-il eu en 2017 une réalisation qui revêt une importance toute particulière pour vous ?

La mise en boite de notre première émission «Santé Pour Tous», sans doute. C’était excitant ; bien sûr, j’ai réalisé plusieurs éléments audiovisuels mais pour Lyric’Art Média c’était un rêve qui prenait corps. Après les difficultés liées à la logistique (location des caméras…) et les petits soucis de lumière, son… c’était une joie pour toute l’équipe de voir éclore le fruit de nos efforts. Ce sera peut-être notre pire production mais c’était notre première émission. Vous pouvez y jeter un coup d’œil sur notre plateforme à l’adresse suivante: http://lyricartmedia.com/2017/11/19/sante-pour-tous-bientot-en-ligne/

Avez-vous un projet que vous espérez mettre en place en 2018 ?

Un studio mobile. Il s’agit d’aller à la rencontre des richesses culturelles, cultuelles et sociales les plus enfouies et / ou en voie de disparition à travers le Bénin et l’Afrique pour faire découvrir au monde ce merveilleux vivier de couleur, d’amour et de chaleur dont regorge notre continent. Pour ce projet nous avons besoin de partenaires et de soutiens et je serai heureux d’en avoir via Horyou qui regorge à n’en point douter de fervents défenseurs de la nature et des valeurs sociales et culturelles.

Si vous pouviez partager un message avec l’ensemble des membres de la communauté Horyou, quel serait-il ?

Il y a un proverbe Africain qui dit «une brindille ne peut soulever la poussière mais un ballais le peut». La somme des petites bonnes actions peut changer le monde, j’y crois et j’estime qu’il faut qu’on se soutienne pour offrir un monde meilleur à la postérité ! Toutefois, dépendant uniquement de l’ONG AJDAC qui elle aussi fonctionne sur fond propre depuis sa création, nos moyens limités ne nous permettent pas de répondre à toutes les sollicitations. Je profite donc de ce canal pour lancer un vibrant appel à tous ceux qui peuvent nous appuyer pour l’acquisition de caméras professionnelles, micro-ordinateurs, enregistreurs, micros-cravates… pour améliorer nos productions.

Horyou community is pleased to share an account of its major actions and events in 2017 while it is bracing for more in 2018!

Opening ceremony SIGEF 2017

The clock is ticking and it’s only a few hours before New Year’s Eve and our community is full of joy and excitement, both for the things it has fulfilled during the year that has just elapsed than for the ones it has got in store for 2018. We’ve lived so many things together, we’ve grown and learned from each other, we’ve made new friends and became stronger while welcoming new members and organizations! So, now is the time to remember and the time to look ahead!

Our ever-growing community is our first reason to rejoice! We have now broken the glass ceiling of 250,000 users and 1,500 organizations and attained a full global presence. Horyou is growing stronger in Asia, with a more effective presence in Japan, Philippines, Singapore and India. Yonathan Parienti, Horyou founder and CEO, has spent several months travelling through the region to share our community’s message of social good and to officially launch Spotlight, our global digital social currency for economic inclusion. This was achieved during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, in India to highlight the fact that «Horyou values were more than welcome and that Spotlight can make a difference for many projects, organizations and change makers, in Asia and all over the world», as he put it.

Horyou at the GES!

It is in that context of expanding our community and extending our activities in Asia that SIGEF, the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum, was organized by Horyou in Astana, Kazakhstan, during the EXPO 2017. A landmark really! Through its several panels, SIGEF fostered the debate on some of the most crucial subjects of interest of our time, including smart cities, future energy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Horyou also led an international and diverse delegation through EXPO 2017, focusing on the importance of clean and efficient energy globally.

And on the 18th of December, Horyou has launched the #HoryouLightChallenge, which aims to call everyone to join efforts in view of a swift and effective implementation of the SDGs. The concept of the challenge is to use social media to spread positivity, as well as social good actions and projects, and create a buzz around the many ways we can act to help the SDGs come true. The challenge is still on; click here to know more about it and have a chance to win an all-inclusive trip to SIGEF 2018 in Singapore next September.

Join the #HoryouLightChallenge!

 

Looking ahead, there is a lot more to come, all of which will be shared with you in the next few weeks. But one thing that you should be already saving the date is SIGEF 2018 will be held in Singapore, one of the most innovative and fast-growing cities in the world. Stay tuned.

Happy New Year!

Social Entrepreneurship Is Taking Over the Startup Ecosystem

Versión en Español a continuación

Family photo of Google Actívate Barcelona

I got to the University of Barcelona on Monday morning for the first day of my entrepreneurship training. I was already familiar with the model – a few months ago, I travelled to Bilbao to attend a digital marketing course, hosted by the local university and organized by Google Actívate, a training division of the technology giant in Spain which offers free courses to people interested in the startup and digital worlds. I was curious, though, about this one. How to train an entrepreneur in three days?

The 300 people in the auditorium were advised: don’t give up, you won’t regret it! Becoming an entrepreneur is tough, the Google ambassador says, but you have to deal with the turnarounds of the business world. OK, I got the message.

I was part of Group 22 (out of 29) of participants that mostly came from other countries, except for two Spanish girls (one of whom left for lunch and never came back). A mixed and international group with very different backgrounds, including a nurse, a musician, a designer, a DJ, a salesman, a student, a hospitality executive and me.

On the first assignment, we were all invited to tell the rest of us about our passions, what we think the world needs, and what are the trends for the future. And, over and above all this, decide which challenge we want to address over our 3 working days.

Then a surprise came.

Out of all 29 groups, only one decided not to take the social entrepreneurship path. As for the rest of our “colleagues” on that very first morning, they were all convinced that the issues the world faces and the trends for the future are all related to our passions, namely: healthy food, better relationships, smart cities, safe environment, gender equality. Which convinced me that there is a new generation of entrepreneurs, more interested in making the world a better place than on making blind profits.

The next two days took the path every training takes: lots of theory, some practical tasks, presentations, discussions. People trying to work together, pitching, business canvasing, and having beers after all this. Group work and personal growth. Motivational business cases, personal advices. I had to learn to change opinions many times, overcome my rusty Spanish and try to sell our idea to people in the streets. I heard I say ‘no’ too many times and this is not good for me, neither is it for the group. I had meaningful conversations with amazing people during lunch.

On the last day, everybody was excited to pitch their ideas to the other groups. ‘Google may buy it’, some hoped. ‘We’re taking this further’, many others planned. Most of them were deeply in love with their projects, passionate about the positive difference they can bring to their communities or to the planet. I for one, have to confess I was completely excited with ours – an app that can choose the fastest, cheapest or cleanest means of transportation for a given destination, according to your priorities. We might decide to take that one further.

I left an hour before the end of the training (yes, I broke the deal), feeling hopeful about us as a society. I felt that social entrepreneurship is taking over the startup world, which is the seed for a better business world. Young and old, Europeans and Latin Americans, executives and musicians, we’re all working for the social good. There’s hope.

Written by Vívian Soares

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El Emprendimiento Social se está apoderando del ecosistema de las startups

En un Lunes frío, llegué a la Universidad de Barcelona para el primer día de mi formación de emprendimiento. Ya estaba familiarizada con el modelo: hace unos meses, viajé a Bilbao para asistir a un curso de marketing digital, organizado por la universidad local con Google Actívate, una división de capacitación del gigante tecnológico en España que ofrece cursos gratuitos a personas interesadas en los mundos digital y de las startups. Tenía curiosidad, sin embargo, sobre este. ¿Cómo entrenar a un emprendedor en tres días?

Se aconsejó a las 300 personas en el auditorio: ¡no desistas, no te arrepentirás! Convertirse en empresario es difícil, dice el embajador de Google, pero debe hacer frente a los cambios en el mundo de los negocios. Vale, recibí el mensaje.

Fui parte del Grupo 22 (de 29) de participantes que en su mayoría provenían de otros países, a excepción de dos españolas (una de las cuales se fue a almorzar y nunca regresó). Un grupo mixto e internacional con orígenes muy diferentes, que incluyen una enfermera, un músico, un diseñador, un DJ, un vendedor, un estudiante, una ejecutiva de hospitalidad y yo.

En la primera tarea, todos fuimos invitados a compartir nuestras pasiones, lo que creemos que el mundo necesita y cuáles son las tendencias para el futuro. Y, por encima de todo esto, teníamos que decidir qué desafío queremos abordar durante nuestros 3 días de trabajo.

Entonces, una sorpresa.

De los 29 grupos, solo uno decidió no tomar el camino del emprendimiento social. En cuanto al resto de nuestros “colegas” en la primera mañana, todos estaban convencidos de que los problemas que enfrenta el mundo y las tendencias para el futuro están relacionados con nuestras pasiones, a saber: alimentos saludables, mejores relaciones, ciudades inteligentes, medio ambiente, igualdad de género. Lo cual me convenció de que hay una nueva generación de empresarios, más interesados ​​en hacer del mundo un lugar mejor que en obtener beneficios a ciegas.

Los siguientes dos días tomaron el camino que toma cada capacitación: mucha teoría, algunas tareas prácticas, presentaciones, discusiones. Trabajamos juntos, lanzamos ideas, hicimos negocios y tomamos cervezas después de todo esto. Mucho trabajo en grupo y crecimiento personal. Escuchamos casos comerciales motivacionales y consejos personales. Tuve que aprender a cambiar de opinión muchas veces, superar mi verguenza de hablar un mal español e intentar vender nuestra idea a la gente en las calles. Escuché que digo ‘no’ muchas veces y esto no es bueno para mí, tampoco lo es para el grupo. Tuve conversaciones significativas con personas increíbles.

El último día, todos estaban emocionados de presentar sus ideas a los otros grupos. “Ojalá Google lo compre”, algunos esperaban. “Vamos llevar esto más allá”, muchos otros planearon. La mayoría de ellos estaban profundamente enamorados de sus proyectos, apasionados por la diferencia positiva que pueden aportar a sus comunidades o al planeta. Por mi parte, tengo que confesar que estaba emocionada con la nuestra, una aplicación que puede elegir el medio de transporte más rápido, más barato o más limpio para un destino determinado, de acuerdo con sus prioridades.

Me fui una hora antes del final de la capacitación (sí, rompí el trato), sintiéndome optimista sobre nosotros como sociedad. Sentí que el emprendimiento social se está apoderando del mundo de las startups, que es la semilla de un mundo empresarial mejor. Jóvenes y viejos, europeos y latinoamericanos, ejecutivas y músicos, todos trabajamos por el bien social. Hay esperanza.

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