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SYNAPSE inspired by Fairphone movement

During the EFCT17 we had a workshop about “Visibility of initiatives aligned with FP movement and powered by Fairphoners”. In this post we share the conclusions of the workshop which is the start of a new initiative we call:
SYNAPSE inspired by Fairphone movement

Experience:
Meeting with other Fairphone users we realized that a lot of us work or are involved with initiatives / companies that are contributing to social change in different fields. By social change we mean a more sustainable life and a more empowered society that cares for all.

Vision:
Make visible all the initiatives powered by Fairphoners and that contribute to social change, so that the power of the community spread these initiatives and creates synergies between them.

Idea:
Create a space where any Fairphone user could present initiatives connecting to social change in which he or she is involved.
The key of the proposal is that the Fairphone user presenting the initiative is a point of contact for any other user who wants to get in touch with the initiative.

Benefits:

  1. We could know about more initiatives aligned with our Vision, so that we can choose them as customers.
  2. We could use SYNAPSE to find ideas of companies if we are looking for a new job
  3. We could also use SYNAPSE to explain to our family and friends that there is a rich movement of initiatives contributing to social change.
  4. As an entrepreneur looking to start something new we could get access to a lot of experience from other change makers or get new ideas that are inspiring us to create new social impact businesses.
  5. Initiatives would get visibility among the Fairphone community. They could share knowledge and good practices with other initiatives.

NOTE:
Fairphone users that add an initiative should be themselves an entry contact point for that initiative (either work there or are highly involved with the initiative). These users evaluate themselves the alignment of the initiative with the SYNAPSE community vision.

We specify this to avoid the identification of “lots of initiatives we know about” that probably are interesting, but in which we would not be highly involved .
There are lots of networks with information about social change initiatives. The differential value of SYNAPSE is that it offers the potential to connect through a “trusted link” (Fairphone user).

Next Steps:

  • It seems the easiest way is to create a wiki page that lists and classify all these initiatives.
  • The information we would collect for each initiative is:
  • Name of Fairphone User, City, Linkedin link or Forum name
  • Initiative name, Web page, Short Description (approx. 50 words), Sector tags, Country tags
  • Find other Fairphone users that work or are highly involved in initiatives aligned with SYNAPSE vision.

This post has been written by @laurent_guerguy and me, with the participation of the lively members of the Fairphone Community taking part in this #efct17 Thank you very much @Stefan, @paulakreuzer, @werner_noebauer, @z3ntu, @Chris_R, @Irina_Spitznagel, Marcel, @Friek, @Amber, @AlbertJP, Umut and of course, our dear Douwe!!

This initiative’s background can be found in the following post: Visibility of initiatives aligned with our Movement & powered by Fairphoners

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Let’s just start!


This is a #wiki, please add information according to the description above and following this template:

  • Name of Initiative
    website.url
    Description: Text
    Sector Tags:
    Country Tags:
    • Transmitter: @forum-username - Full Name - City, Linkedin - How the transmitter is affiliated to the initiative (founder, worker, member,…)

List of SYNAPSES:

  • ECrowd!
    www.ecrowdinvest.com
    Description: ECrowd! is a crowdfunding platform specialised in projects with a positive impact on society and the environment. People can invest in the projects and receive interests in return.
    Sector tags: #crowdfunding #crowdlending #energyefficienciy #ecology #environment #renewableenergy #investment #social
    Country tags: #spain #europe
  • GoiEner
    www.goiener.com
    Description: Goiener is a non-profit cooperative that generates and sells 100% renewable energy. It is a cooperative mainly local (Basque Country) but open to the world. In addition we give talks on how to change the current energy model, and we teach to save the invoice of light.
    Sector Tags: #sovereignenergy, #renewableenergy, #cooperative
    Country Tags: #spain, #Euskadi, #Basque Country
    • Transmitter: @AitorZuhaitz . Aitor is member of the cooperative GOIENER
  • Fiare
    www.fiarebancaetica.coop
    Description: Fiare Banca Etica is a banking cooperative that was created by NGOs and volunteers. Nowadays it operates in Italy and Spain. It differs from traditional banking because it works to foster an ethical and real economy. You can be a customer and/or a partner. You will have a credit card and checking account to transform the economy.
    Sector Tags:#sovereignfinance, #socialbank, #ethicbank,
    Country Tags: #spain, #italy
    • Transmitter: @AitorZuhaitz . Aitor is member of the cooperative FIARE
  • H-Enea Living Lab
    www.h-enea.org
    Description: H-Enea is a Living Lab that belongs to ACEDE, the Basque Cluster Association of the Home Appliance Industry, and conceives people as the engine of the innovation needed by companies and organizations in order to be able to reach a complex and changing market. We help businesses and organizations through its services so that they can get faster to the market with products and services that truly meet the needs of their current demanding and well-informed customers.
    Sector Tags: #Cooking #Health #EnergyEfficiency #LivingLab #SocialInnovation
    Country Tags: #spain, #Euskadi, #Basque Country
    • Transmitter: @eiturbe. Eñaut is member of H-ENEA LIVING LAB
  • ver.de
    ver.de
    Description: Money makes the world go around. And insurance companies collect money from many people. Lets combine money with sustainability and impact, lets create an insurance company that is aware of the social and ecological effects each time it moves money. Lets change the way money makes the world go around - towards sustainable development! ver.de is a cooperative.
    Sector Tags: #money, #insurance, #sustainable development, #impact, #cooperative
    Country Tags: #Germany
  • Sinplástico
    www.sinplastico.com
    Description: We are Marion & Javier, and we have come together with a shared ecological & social vision for our planet from our very different backgrounds - both professional & personal. Our vision has committed us wholeheartedly to create a social & business platform to make a real difference.
    We saw an opportunity. Because social awareness is growing, and ecologically-friendly food & clothes are already being produced, we could help if we created a place where we can bring together people’s desires to live a better life, and a healthier and more responsible lifestyle with the products they would like to use.
    We see Sinplástico as our contribution : reducing everyone’s personal impact on the planet is possible if we all reduce our use of plastics, to appreciate & enjoy living on this beautiful planet that we share.
    Sector Tags: #reduceplastic, #sustainability, #cooperative
    Country Tags: #spain, #Euskadi, #Basque Country
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@iratxe and everybody else. I already started the wiki so the second post wouldn’t be taken and it would end up burried somewhere in the thread.

Please feel free to optimize the template. I dubbed the the contact person to an initiative “transmittor” according to the whole “synapse” analogy.

PS: Maybe @laurent_guerguy can start by adding his ECrowd initiative.

PPS: Maybe we should also add a point to the template to describe how the transmitter is affiliated with the synapse.

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Thank you very much @paulakreuzer!!
I will be on holidays until the last week of August, so I will continue working in this SYNAPSE initiative when I arrive back to Bilbao after that. I will connect with the “Fairphoners” I already know involved in interesting initiatives to let them know about SYNAPSE,…and I will also communicate it to different Fairphone facebook managers in different countries, so that more “fairphoners” know about SYNAPSE to add their “interesting initiatives”.

Big hug!

Iratxe

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Hey all!!

I’m impressed with your ideas and comments!! …this “logo design” is definitely NOT my “skill” and I’m very happy that you are working on it!!

I just want to let you know that I’ve started to share SYNAPSE initiative to the Fairphoners I know here in Spain and they all are preparing the content to include in the wiki.

I see that some of them thank that someone like us (1) inform them about this (they do not normally visit the forum), (2) tell them what they have to prepare for the wiki, and (3) wirte it back in the wiki.
Some of them are so busy with their activity that they don’t even know if they have a @username in the forum!!.

We keep on working!
Thank you for your creativity!!

Iratxe

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  • H-Enea Living Lab
    www.h-enea.org
    Description: H-Enea is a Living Lab that belongs to ACEDE, the Basque Cluster Association of the Home Appliance Industry, and conceives people as the engine of the innovation needed by companies and organizations in order to be able to reach a complex and changing market. We help businesses and organizations through its services so that they can get faster to the market with products and services that truly meet the needs of their current demanding and well-informed customers.
    Sector Tags: #Cooking #Health #EnergyEfficiency #LivingLab #SocialInnovation
    Country Tags: #spain, #Euskadi, #Basque Country
    Transmitter: @eiturbe. Eñaut is member of H-ENEA LIVING LAB
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Eskerrikasko Eñaut!
Thank you very much for your contribution and participation in SYNAPSE!
I’ll introduce the initiative in the wiki during the day,
See you next tuesday :wink:

Iratxe

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