The author of this blog, Amber Westerborg, has been hanging around the 1%CLUB for quite some time now. After finishing her Masters in International Development Studies she stumbled upon the 1%EVENT where she was inspired by the creative and fun atmosphere to join the 1%CLUB. Currently, she’s part of the 1%BUSINESS Team, where she helps businesses find ways to share 1% of their time, expertise and money.
On August 30th 2012, 1%CLUB challenged FMO to come up with smart solutions for three of our projects. It turned out to be a successful event and the FMO participants presented some very interesting and helpful ideas for the projects.
It’s been a while since the co-creation took place and we’re wondering how the projects are doing. So we got in touch with the three case owners to see where they’re at.
Valery from Agro Hub was given a ‘co-creation handbook’ if you will, filled with tips and tricks to help her business gain exposure and generate a higher income. Valery is very happy with this document as it has been very helpful for the development of customer development strategies.
By distributing flyers and business cards Agro Hub managed to reach a lot of people, which turned out to be an effective way to attract more people to the storehouse facility and to buy their fresh goods. Also, Agro Hub handed out questionnaires to various organisations, companies and institutions to find what they would like Agro Hub to have or be in order for them to commit themselves to Agro Hub. It turns out that there’s a need for an Agro Hub delivery service so the organisation will look into the possibilities for such a service. Lastly, Agro Hub has managed to come up with an alternative source of income as the organisation has begun selling seeds to farmers.
The Storehouse has been given a make-over as well!
For Lisa from Via Lisa, the group worked on strategies for the organisation to approach and convince multinationals to work with them. Together with these strategies, the group focussed on re-branding ViaLisa so that it becomes clear what the product is they’re trying to sell. And to get their new message across, the group advised Lisa to work on the organisation’s website because it serves as a business card or first impression.
As a result, ViaLisa now has a new logo which has been prominently featured on their website and Facebook page! Furthermore, the organisation has been busy creating and crafting new products to sell. For instance, they now have tablet sleeves, wallets and pillowcases on sale and all of them have been made by the students of the Education Centre as part of their training. What better way to brand your organisation through your projects? It’s a win-win situation!
A wallet made from recycled material. Now on sale at ViaLisa!
When Matt met with his group of the co-creation, his goal was to find ways for Changing Communities to become a self-sustainable organisation that in the future would be able to survive without the help of donations.
The organisation now asks for small fees from the families receiving solar light so that these fees can generate new solar lights for other families. It is still a work in progress as there are some challenges to be overcome but progress is being made! Right now, Changing Communities focuses on getting enough fees matched with donations to buy new lights. In the future however, the plan is to let all families pay off their solar lights in about five to six months so that the project will be truly self-sustainable.
Currently, Matt has his sixth project for solar lights online and he has already brought light to over 800 Kenyan families!
Another group of children that can make full use of their new solar light!
As you can see, the case owners and their organisations have been working hard since the co-creation, focussing on implementing the results and moving forward. And they are still very determined and excited to make their project an even better success!
Thanks to FMO for their participation and creativity; they have given these three projects new insights and developments merely by sharing their 1%. A little push was all these case owners needed.
The author of this blog, Amber Westerborg, has been hanging around the 1%CLUB for quite some time now. After finishing her Masters in International Development Studies she stumbled upon the 1%EVENT where she was inspired by the creative and fun atmosphere to join the 1%CLUB. She has been a Project Team Assistant for seven months and since a month or so she has switched to the 1%BUSINESS Team, where she helps businesses find ways to share 1% of their time, expertise and money.
On June 27th 1%CLUB organised its second 1%CO-CREATION LAB of 2013.
Accenture, Frog Design and Young Colfield all joined forces to help out four 1%PROJECTS owners with their challenges. Furthermore, they were joined by five 1%MEMBERS who won a spot through the 1%CLUB’s Facebook page.
Around 15.30, the first participants started to show up, name tags were handed out, there was some small talk and at 16.00 the 1%CLUB’s office was filled with forty enthusiastic participants who were ready for some serious co-creating!
The participants were split up into four groups and as soon as Marleen gave the go, the creative chaos began.
After six hours of brainstorming sessions, Skype calls that didn’t always go as planned (traffic jams in Nairobi don’t really fit into the 1%CO-CREATION LAB schedule), papers flying around, post its everywhere and people running from room to room, the four groups were able to present the case owners with creative, hands on and easy-to-use solutions to their problems!
Ann Lewi from Changing Communities for instance, now has a new website for her organisation along with a cool infographic on the benefits of solar lights. When the group called Ann to inform her of the website, she was literally speechless. She could not believe that they’d built her a website in such a short time! Not only was she amazed by the website, but also with its content; there’s a new banner, a new slogan, an integrated 1%CLUB button on which people can click and instantly donate to her project and of course the infographic.
And case owner Philomeen Engels can present the Uhambo Foundation in Zimbabwe with three innovative solutions for the diverse use of wheelchairs so that the disabled can generate their own income and make use of their wheelchairs by offering a service to the community.
It’s safe to say that this was another successful 1%CO-CREATION LAB. Thanks to Accenture, Frog Design and Young Colfield for their participation and willingness to share their knowledge and creativity. Also many thanks to the five 1%MEMBERS, the project owners, the 1%FACILITATORS for creating structure amid all the chaos and of course the volunteers.
We have proven that a little can go a long way and the four projects in Kenya, Cameroon and Zimbabwe will be able to make good use of your solutions! You made it work!
Want to see all the photos? Check out our Flickr. We will organise two more 1%CO-CREATION LABS this year. The first one is planned for October 3rd during which employees of FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank, Schiphol Group and Accenture will co-create solutions for six new challenges! There are still some places left, interested in participating? Contact Marleen Holtkamp at email@example.com or call 020-7158980.
Just imagine a tool that shows how aid is working. Itís getting more and more realistic as today we launch AmLabs new identity and our new concept: Three60
AmLab (Amsterdam Lab) is the physical hotspot for development and innovation in the center of Amsterdam. The place to be for anyone who is involved in international development. AmLab is an initiative of 1%CLUB, Akvo and Text to Change.
Three60 wants to become the Global Label for Aid Transparency and Data Gathering using mobile phones as a reporting tool. The Three60 approach has the potential to make information about aid that is, aggregated bottom-up, sourced from multiple viewpoints, open, and real-time, accessible to all. This new way of communicating about the impact of aid gives anyone, anywhere, the possibility to get involved and see for themselves how aid is working.
1%CLUB, Akvo and Text to Change have joined forces in AmLab and Three60, because together we have the expertise and tools to increase our reach and revitalize traditional development aid practices with technological innovation:
360, because we want to make aid transparent, 360 degrees around the world.?
360, because we believe aid should be visible from every angle in the development chain.
360, because we want to establish a 360∫ feedback loop connecting everybody.?
360, because that will be our global SMS short code for everybody to send their feedback to about development projects they are involved in.
Three60 is not only a platform, itís a movement to get people more involved into the transition of becoming more open about development aid. We want to achieve total transparency using a bottom up approach. How is our approach radically new compared to traditional data-gathering methods for aid?
Join the future of aid transparency now at:
Three60 is an initiative of 1%CLUB, Akvo and Text to Change; Three organizations who share a firm belief in the potential of modern technologies to speed up development. All three partners have been pioneering tools for social change since 2008 and have developed tools and services that are in use by governments, companies, NGOs and communities across the globe.
The author of this blog, Emma Beelaerts, is a 1%CLUB volunteer. Having recently finished her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Utrecht, she dove headfirst into the world of development and International Cooperation 2.0.. Emma focuses on 1%Business and busies herself with the management of and contact with 1%Business members at 1%CLUB.
1%CLUB and the ABN AMRO ‘Young Banker’s Association’ are two names you don’t often see in the same sentence. Thankfully, last Thursday representatives from both organizations came together in the Dialogue House in Amsterdam to participate in the 25th CO-CREATION DAY.
The aim of the day was to come up with solutions for challengeswhich project managers from around the world encountered Fortunately the YBA representatives were a diverse group of 25 professionals with experience in a variety of fields. Participation was voluntarily, which contributed greatly to the high level of energy and creativity during the CO-CREATION.
The day started with a presentation, led by 1%CLUB’s Marleen Holtkamp and Nadia van Emmerik, explaining to the representatives of the YBA what the concrete ideology of 1%CLUB is and how it manifests itself. The idea of contributing 1% knowledge to different projects scattered around the globe was met with great enthusiasm. It was announced that the projects that were going to be discussed were situated in Bolivia (Casa de la Alegria), Cameroon (Green Cameroon), Ghana (Goodget) and The Philippines (Let’s Care). The 4 projects were focused on various areas of social development and encountered different problems when trying to increase their effectiveness. This is where the YBA members came to the rescue!
Divided into 4 groups, the YBA members embarked on a series of (Skype) sessions with project owners. This led to hours of creative brainstorming and ultimately resulted in business plans, info-graph and concrete ideas on how to improve business, how to penetrate markets and how to approach possible sponsors. The diverse and original plans were presented to the project owners as well as to the whole group of 1%CLUB and YBA representatives at the end of the day.
For example, Masango Sone from the NGO ‘Green Cameroon’ was presented with an info-graph illustrating the negative effects of deforestation and he received an idea for a possibly lucrative campaign titled ‘Adopt a Tree’. In this way ‘Green Cameroon’ would be able to inform the crowd and sustain forests and keep their NGO running. Masango was impressed by the efforts of the CO-CREATION and stated he found them interesting and helpful! These ideas were but few of the many original and inspiring ideas that were contributed to 1%PROJECTS during this CO-CREATION.
The 25th CO-CREATION was a success thanks to the members of the YBA that participated and were willing to contribute their knowledge and creativity. Also many thanks to the project owners, facilitators and volunteers, by working together the projects in Bolivia, Cameroon, The Philipines and Ghana will be able to implement new tactics. Your 1% made a difference!
Want to see all photos? Check out our Flickr. We will organise three more 1%Co-CREATION LABS in 2013. Interested in participating? Contact Marleen Holtkamp through business [at] 1procentclub.nl
As part of this collaboration the Amlab Academy was founded. The goal of this academy is to strengthen the partnership of the three organisations but foremost to learn together, expand our knowledge and share experiences.
End of poverty
Today our first speaker; Jeroen de Lange (former senior economist at the World Bank, former member of parliament and human rights activist, now working at TTC as a strategy consultant) was presenting. The title of his presentation was ‘The End of Poverty?’. Other topics addressed were:
Fast decrease of people living in poverty
What is poverty? (OECD DAC model / World Bank model)
Poverty or inequality? Where do the bottom billion live? Conflict redistribution and limited access orders
Framing of poverty. Voices of the poor.
The introduction was accompanied by the very inspiring short video of Hans Rosling clearly illustrating the development of the differences between poor and rich countries over the past 200 years.
Poverty is difficult to define, lying at the intersection of a number of indicators. Different organisations define poverty differently. The OECD DAC model indicates it with 5 dimensions:
Whereas the World Bank on the other hand only uses 3 dimensions:
Do people define themselves as poor?
The World Bank estimated 1,29 billion people were living in absolute poverty in 2008. This is a huge number, but do all of these people define themselves as poor? Or might some of them be happy with the seemingly bare circumstances they have to deal with? All can be looked at from different perspectives, many of us would consider living without Wi-Fi horrendous, but what really defines quality of life? And is this culturally defined, or can we find a universal definition. Follow-up sessions will be organised to discuss each of these pressing issues in more detail.
The Millenium Development Goals are set for 2015, little by little it is becoming clear that most of these targets will not be reached. The question is what is going to set the goals after 2015 and more important; how are we going to measure results? How are we going to evaluate the past years, and based on what. This is interesting for Amlab since we specialize in the visualisation of projects, helping projects become more transparent and more easily measurable.
Some interesting additional literature on the topic is ‘Can Anyone Hear us‘, published by the World Bank on poverty.
Agenda AmLab Academy
From now on this will be a bi-weekly event where different speakers will address different topics. The coming 3 sessions will be hosted by TTC and will address the following subjects:
12 February: Poverty fighting or wealth creation? A history of aid by Jeroen de Lange
26 February: Communicating till the cows come home? Changing dysfunctional behaviour(s) by Hajo van Beijma