We’re very happy to announce our collaboration with InCommOn and the funding of their project "Close the Food Cycle".
The project seeks to co-create with the Municipality of Papagou-Holargos the appropriate tools for the effective management of food residues and it aspires to achieve the gradual behavioral change of all involved parties (Municipality, citizens, local businesses) towards the food waste and the formation of a new recycling habit through the brown bins.
The long-term goal is for no food waste to end up in the landfill again and for the "Close the Food Cycle" pilot to be successfully replicated and implemented in other food waste streams and -most importantly- in other Municipalities, consolidating the values that are cultivated in more and more citizens.
Today it's the World Breast Cancer Day and what a better way to show our respect and admiration to the women who have battled against breast cancer than this:
Eyes of Light invites us to the closing event of its art exhibition "The Thread of Healing". The exhibition is the result of the works of women with breast cancer experience, created through participatory workshops, under the guidance of the visual artist, textile artist and breast cancer survivor, Gregoria Vryttia.
We will be present at this celebration of collectivity, creativity and solidarity!
Tues, 25 Oct 2022 at TAF - The Art Foundation. Here're the details of the event.
Over the past week we were privileged to take part on a solidarity trip to Senegal with ActionAid Hellas. Now we’re back but yet we can’t find the right words to articulate our experience from this transformational journey.
ActionAid Hellas has been supporting ActionAid Senegal since 2011, where the latter carries a tremendous work on the field of Senegal for women’s rights, education, resilience building due to climate crisis, and youth engagement.
Through its children’s sponsoring program, ActionAid Hellas is reinforcing two regions in the country, Bakel and Djilor. Witnessing with our own eyes how by sponsoring a child you actually contribute to a better livelihood of a whole community, made us realize the great value & impact of this program.
The festival is multi-thematic and there’s plenty to do; participate in educational and creative workshops, attend talks from experts on health and nutrition topics, visit the intergenerational photography exhibition "Love Unites Generations", dance, practice yoga, have fun!
We’re delighted to be sponsoring this event and grateful for ANTAMA's invaluable efforts to challenge stereotypes and prejudices against ageism in Greece.
"Paths of Life" will be held on Sat 15 & Sun 16 October 2022 at Technopolis City of Athens with free entrance. Find the full 2-day program here.
This mural is dedicated to our sponsored initiative Ten Million Hands and it's a result of our collaboration with ELC Productions, in the context of their project "Genia 17"; young people using the power of image, music, and street art to spread the message about the significance of adopting and achieving the 17 SDGs of the United Nations.
Our Foundation adopted the SDG12 about Sustainable Consumption and Production to visualize Ten Million Hands’ purpose through this beautiful piece of street art. The World is ours, let’s join hands to make it a better, fairer, and greener one.
Ten Million Hands is our pride and joy, an inspirational project created by Impact Hub Athens with the collaboration and support of our Foundation. Having the ‘Sustainability in Practice’ as its slogan, this initiative aims to inform the citizens of Greece about sustainable consumption and help them change the way that they use their consuming power in everyday life.
This weekend, the first official event of Ten Million Hands is on. "Not your usual Pop-Up Market": conscious brands, plant-based food, workshops and a documentary premiere are hosted in the coolest market of Athens, Dimotiki Agora Kypselis. See you all there!
This summer we’re sailing towards a future free of polluting fossil fuels, with Aegean Cargo Sailing and its vessel Pelago. Pelago is the first transport sailboat in the world going solar electric. It has passed the first test of energy autonomy with tangible proof of success, after having completed its tour around the Peloponnese (350 nautical miles) using only clean energy sources (wind and solar).
Now, it’s traveling together with Marina Star on a round in 23 Greek islands (Jul 2nd – Aug 28th), showing us the way for emissions-free transportation and zero carbon footprint products’ distribution. We are pleased to sponsor the Aegean Cargo Sailing's voyage and we applaud their efforts to spread the word of a sustainable, blue economy.
The 11th edition of our beloved Aegean Film Festival will take place in Spetses on July 7 - 17, 2022 and will include a variety of films & documentaries, social events, and the Echoes Program.
Echoes is an international summit where filmmakers, scientists, and environmentalists come together. It consists of documentary screenings, Q&A’s, panel-talks, presentations, workshops and the Rescript the Future Competition. By bringing knowledge, people and resources in the same location, the goal is to fast-track environmental projects and amplify awareness about ways to make a positive impact.
We had the honor of supporting the Echoes Program during last year’s Aegean Film Festival in Paros and we’re so glad to see it progress!
Nosilia, along with its regular activities on free medical treatment at home and health services to patients with chronic diseases and elderly people with mobility and socio-economic problems, has initiated a series of webinars on Palliative care and nursing home care.
The goal of the webinars is to provide access to information to health professionals, patients and their caregivers regarding palliative & home healthcare and highlight the value of such services for them, the State, and our society. The 2nd webinar will take place on Wed, 22 June 2022 and you can attend it online.
To read more about the event and find the links to join, please click here.
Arts in health is proved to have profound positive effects to those who suffer from serious illnesses, such as cancer. Dimitra Ermeidou & Dimitra Tsiaouskoglou are introducing this innovative field to Greeks through Eyes of Light and are envisioning a society in which these people find strength and joy through art.
We’re more than happy to contribute to the realization of their 2022-2023 program that includes therapeutic photography workshops, participatory art projects that connect patients and artists, museum tours and activities to bring patients in contact with art, exhibitions and awareness campaigns.
The Dorida Eco-tourism & Trail Building project is currently in progress. After completing two weeks of training, the service cohorts are now ready to spend the next two months building trails to foster ecotourism in the area.
We wish Ecogenia much success in their initial efforts to promote sustainability through civic engagement and to provide employment opportunities for young people in Greece!
Mathaino Diatrofi, in the context of its Family Event at Oasis Activity Farm Park on May 7 2022, presented its new book "The Story of a Family". The book's authors Olga Kounari & Kalli Polemi (founders of Mathaino Diatrofi) portray in a humorous and educative manner the daily 'battle' around a family table.
The book is addressed to children aged 4-9 years, parents & teachers. It deals with the issue of selective eating and gives clear guidelines for the proper nutritional education of children in order to enhance their familiarity with the Mediterranean diet while protecting their relationship with food.
The proceeds from its sale support the organization. For purchase and more information, you can contact Mathaino Diatrofi via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the occasion of the European Day of Solidarity between Generations, Antama and the Hellenic Children's Museum are inviting adults of 65+ years old to become interpreters for one day! Focusing on the axis "Strengthening social cohesion through education", the participants will have the opportunity to live the experience of interpretation at the Museum, interact with children and exhibits and see in practice how museums transform the world.
The event will take place at the Children's Museum of Athens on Wed 18 May from 17:00 to 20:00, as part of the International Museum Day 2022 with the theme "The Power of Museums". You can read more about this excellent initiative here.
On Thu 3 March, the French Institute organized the "Towards a European Mandate of Active Citizen in Greece" event, in collaboration with the French Associations Le Collectif pour un Service Civique Européen & Unis-Cité and the Greek organization Ecogenia, under the auspices of the Embassy of France in Greece.
90 young Greeks answered the call to participate in a consultation workshop on the transformational potential of civic service for youth and society as a whole. They shared ideas, concerns and best practices that exist across the EU for how a paid civic service term could catalyze active citizenship and offer opportunities and prospects to youth to pursue fulfilling experiences - and even better career prospects - while contributing to a sustainable and climate-safe future.
Check out the highlight video from the special event that showcases the impact of civic service and the potential for a national program here in Greece.
Higgs, together with HumanRights360 and InCommOn, is running the Green Ideas Greece for the third year in a row. The competition is organized in the context of the Balkan Green Ideas, a project of the Balkan Green Foundation. It aims to stimulate and encourage innovation for green ideas while engaging local communities to generate green initiatives that utilize local resources & community-based markets.
The local competition will take place in June 2022 and the application process will be open up to the 9th of May. Higgs has also organized Info days on the 11th & 12th of April to answer any questions that candidates may have. To see more about the contest, you can check the link here.
Fashion Revolution Greece is joining forces with the Athens University of Economics and Business to inaugurate the first sustainable fashion school in Greece. The Fashion Revolution Summer School (FRSS) aims to provide experiential learning within and related to the fashion industry and the geographical appreciation of Greece’s landscape, cultural heritage, craftsmanship, and sustainability resources.
The program appeals to graduate students and industry professionals from all over the world who want to acquire the novel skillset and tools of sustainable and circular fashion while accessing critical research and networks necessary to thrive as fashion revolutionaries.
The applications are open up to the 15th of May. To read more about the program, check out this link.
Members of Fabric Republic, AMKE IASIS, and Connect Your City are on their first humanitarian aid mission to Ukraine. Their mission leaves on March 9, bound for the Romanian-Ukrainian border in order to be by the side of the people whose lives are deeply challenged, providing clothing, basic necessities, and voluntary assistance. In parallel, their teams in Athens will undertake, in collaboration with the Argo Federation, the psychosocial support of war refugees that we welcome in Greece.
Having solidarity as their compass, they will continue their missions for as long as there is a need. If you want to help, you can check the list of necessities and the collection points here.
Aegean Cargo Sailing invites you to explore the Greek islands off the beaten track and help the local producers transport their products in an ecological way. Aegean Cargo Sailing is an initiative that revives a sustainable, millennia-old network of commercial sea routes, while also offering experiential, cultural & gastronomic sailing adventures to eco-conscious travelers.
Captain Loucas and his crew will teach you how to handle the vessel, hoist the sails, weigh anchor and navigate. Upon land, they'll introduce you to the local culture & authentic Greek hospitality, far away from mass-produced commercial tourism. Check their exciting tours here.
Sheila Darmos of The Southern Lights organization and her team of experts have created a state-of-art platform that works as a full guide and provides farmers all over Greece with the necessary knowledge & tools to start their own path in regenerative farming.
This dedicated to Regenerative Farming platform includes the design & conversion of 6 pilot farms in Greece (detailed info & videos), useful practical tools & educational material, and recommended sources to network with the global movement of Regenerative Agriculture. To visit the website, click here.
Lida Tsene, Member of the Impact Hub Athens team and Research Lead of the Ten Million Hands project, gave an interesting interview to CNN Greece about the research recently conducted in our country -in the context of the aforementioned project- with the aim to examine the relationship of Greek consumers with responsible consumption.
"Greek consumers do not yet seem to have a holistic understanding of the term 'sustainable' and 'conscious' consumption. The tendency is to be more connected to the environment and the environmental footprint of a brand, however, there is a percentage who perceive it with a more comprehensive approach to sectors of the economy and social life. " Read the entire interview here.
The 2021 Venture Impact Awards (VIA) winners announcement was held on December 13, 2021. The Hellenic Initiative’s newest program provides help and support to Greece’s brightest and most talented teams, helping them create ventures and projects that are scalable and sustainable.
This year's cash prizes of $285,000 were awarded to 18 winning teams, 10 nonprofits and 8 for-profit organizations: Nosilia Association, Organization Earth, Odyssea, Epanekkinisis, Aegean Cargo Sailing, Women on Top, Humane, Citycrop, Lia, Inaccel, The Greek Online School, EV Loader, Ingredio, AidPlex, Dogs Voice, MindSpace, SciCo, and Moptil.
Click here to watch the ceremony and learn more about the winners.
ClimAccelerator is a global program giving start-ups access to innovate, catalyze and scale the potential of their climate solutions. In a global community of organizers, it runs both theme-based and place-based acceleration programs. It goes beyond European borders, building a bridge between our world’s industry experts and systems to break new ground in carbon reduction.
Being its key leader in Greece, Impact Hub Athens ran the first ClimAccelerator Beyond that started in May 2021 and was concluded in November 2021 with the closing ceremony and the announcement of the 4 winning teams. Meet them here.