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.
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.
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 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.