#IHBujranyitas #kozossegiirodarestart #junius2

🇭🇺 #IHBujranyitas  #kozossegiirodarestart #junius2

Június másodikától újra nyitva vagyunk. Legfontosabb szempontunk a biztonásg, ezért csináltunk egy nagytakarítást, lefertőtlenítettünk mindent, és átrendeztük a teret. Kevesebb asztal lett a közösségi irodában, mindenhol betartva a 1.5 méteres távolságot. Fertőtlenítőket helyeztünk el az Impact Hub több pontján és a mellékhelyiségekben is, valamint eldobható maszkokkal várunk. Még jó darabig, a 15 főnél nagyobb rendezvények biztosan nem lehetnek nálunk.

Márciusban felfordult a világ a koronavírus miatt, és minden bizonytalan lett. Most újraindul az élet, mi pedig úgy látjuk felelősnek, ha továbbra is szem előtt tartjuk, hogy a korlátozások feloldása nem azt jelenti, hogy egy varázsütéssel eltűnt a vírus is. Továbbra is figyelnünk kell egymásra. Ez azzal is jár, hogy alkalmazkodnunk kell az új helyzethez. Új szabályok bevezetését láttuk a legbiztonságosabbnak. Az új valóságunk szabályait, ami az Impact Hub Budapest irodában az újranyitás után, ameddig szükséges, érvényes, elmondjuk. 

👉 Együtt meg tudjuk csinálni! Köszönjük az együttműködésed!

A szabályokat egyrészt a józan ész diktálja: tarts távolságot, ügyelj a higiéniára, tartsd be a szabályokat, és változtass a korábban megszokott rutinon. Másrészt, természetesen az Országos tisztifőorvos ajánlásai, valamint további megbízható forrásokból származó információk.

Összeszedtük néhány pontban, hogy milyen intézkedésekkel szeretnénk vírusmentesen tartani a közösségi irodát. 

Szabályzatunkat folyamatosan frissítjük a Magyar Kormány Operatív Törzsének bejelentései nyomán.  

Ha bármilyen kérdésed van az új szabályokkal kapcsolatban, írj nekünk a budapest@impactub.net e-mail címre, vagy kérdezz személyesen a HUBban, vagy írj Szandrának, a Community Catalyst-ünknek a szandra.csont@impacthub.net címre. 

👩‍🚀👨‍🚀 Kiváncsiak vagyunk a ti véleményetekre is, hogyan érint titeket az újranyitás? 

✏️💗 E-mailben, Facebook kommentben, messengeren, ahogy neked kényelmes, várjuk a hozzászólásokat!

 

🇬🇧 #IHBreopening #coworkingrestart

We will be open again from the 2nd of June. Our most important aspect is safety, so we did a big cleanup, disinfected everything, and rearranged the space. There are fewer workspaces in the co-working office, keeping a distance of 1.5 meters everywhere. Disinfectants have been placed at several points in the Impact Hub and in the restrooms as well, and we have disposable masks for you. In the foreseeable future there won’t be any larger (more than 15 people) events in the Impact Hub.

In March the World just turned upside-down, and everything we know has changed, and uncertainty became the new norm. Now, it seems that everything is restarting, but we think, that the responsible thing to do, is to consider the fact, that with lifting the restrictions, it does not come to the virus vanishing. We still need to take care of each other and take precautions. That means we have to adjust our way of living. We have to think about new rules to guarantee your and our safety. In this protocol, we describe ‘the new normal’ at Impact Hub Budapest. 

👉Let’s do this together! Thank you for your cooperation!

This plan is built on common sense: Keep your distance, Hygiene, Safety rules, and Behavioural adjustments.

And also on the recommendations from the

Hungarian Institute of Public Health, and some other

international sources.

In implementing these measures, Impact Hub Budapest works closely together with our cleaning agency and our core team.

In this protocol, we explain our specific approach to

decrease the risks of infection:

We keep updating our safety rules according to the Hungarian government’s advice. 

For any questions regarding this protocol, please contact us at budapest@impactub.net

or ask us in the HUB, or write to Szandra, our Community Catalyst at szandra.csont@impacthub.net.

👩‍🚀👨‍🚀 We would love to hear your voice, so please share your thoughts on the reopening? 

✏️💗 E-mail, comment us about your opinion on Facebook, contact us on messenger!

 #IHBreopening #coworkingrestart

In line with its key value of collaboration, Impact Hub is honored to be joining 39 global organizations in the launch of the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs. The Alliance will amplify support for social entrepreneurs during the pandemic by bringing together knowledge, experience and responses to alleviate suffering. It is also committed to the long-term future and advancing new models of change for a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable world.

With over 100 communities of impact-driven entrepreneurs in more than 55 countries and running more than 200 programs annually, Impact Hub is a key part of entrepreneurial ecosystems the world over. We are already invested in helping to build a greener, fair and equal society, supporting social enterprises that are addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. This puts us in a unique position of being able to understand and assist entrepreneurs in their recovery, as well as having the insight into how the post-COVID-19 world can be an opportunity to build a purpose-driven economy.

“There is no doubt that COVID-19 poses a huge risk to social enterprises globally. By joining this Alliance, we are not only hoping to alleviate the negative impact the pandemic is having on changemakers across the globe, but to co-create a global shift in our approach towards a more just and sustainable economy.” Gabriela Gandel, Global Executive Director, Impact Hub. 

Organizations in the Alliance have mobilized USD $75 million (68.5 million EUR) in response to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. Cumulatively, the 40 members support more than 15,000 social entrepreneurs reaching 1,5 billion people in over 190 countries. By addressing the needs and concerns of the most vulnerable in society, these social entrepreneurs are supporting those who are likely to suffer most from the pandemic. Their remit is also to ensure efficient cross-member coordination.

The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs will provide support in four key ways:

This initiative will include “Covidcap.com”, a dashboard featuring a searchable database of emergency funds available to entrepreneurs who are struggling during the pandemic. The resource was developed by the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University and contains global capital relief offers worth over $1 trillion.

The growing list of foundations, sector organizations, multilateral organizations, private companies and non-governmental organizations in the Alliance include Aavishkaar Group, Acumen, Africa Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA), Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), Ashoka, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), B Lab, Bertelsmann Stiftung, CASE at Duke University, Catalyst 2030, Co-Impact, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Echoing Green, European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), Fundación Avina, GHR Foundation, Global Innovation Fund, Global Steering Group for Impact Investing (GSG), Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), Greenwood Place, IKEA Foundation, IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Hub, Johnson & Johnson, KIVA, LatImpacto, Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, Mercy Corps Ventures, Motsepe Foundation, NESsT, Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), Rippleworks, Root Capital, SAP, Schwab Foundation, Skoll Foundation, USAID, Yunus Social Business.

The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs will be supported by a secretariat hosted at the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, sister organization of the World Economic Forum and its Platform for Global Public Goods. The development of the Alliance is supported by the GHR Foundation and is operationally supported by Yunus Social Business, who have been co-developing the initiative.

The Alliance is one more strong action that Impact Hub has taken in response to the pandemic. Already, global support task forces have been launched, initiatives to unlock direct bridge financing have commenced and spaces to facilitate research into a post-COVID-19 world have been opened. In addition, we’ve bolstered our online presence, moving some programs to the web, adding features to our Community App and developing new online activities to support members, such as LIVE with Impact Hub – an online events series. Diverse types of memberships are also being offered to meet the needs of local market situations, with some communities offering an online-only option.

 

Notes to editors:

For more information or to support the Alliance, click here.

 

Media contact:

Edilaine de Abreu

edilaine.deabreu@impacthub.net

Till György

György kutyák és macskák részére forgalmaz humán minőségű étrend kiegészítőket és hatóanyag koncentrátumokat. Vállalkozását az Incorpora Magyarország program és az Impact Hub Budapest segítségével tudta elkezdeni. Az Animal Welfare termékeit online lehet rendelni, a gazdik széles tömege által megfizethető árakon.

Célja, hogy termékeikkel hozzájáruljanak a kutyák és macskák élethosszig tartó jó egészségi állapotához. Vállalkozásához a motivációt saját macskái adták, akiket igyekszik a lehető legjobban táplálni, legalább 20 – 25 éves korukig élhessenek , amit a kémia és biológia iránti rajongása csak segítette.

 

– Hogyan kerültél kapcsolatba az Incorpora Projekttel?

Az Impact Hub Budapest egyik vezetője, Bedő Beatrix hívta fel rá a figyelmemet és javasolta, hogy induló vállalkozóként mindenképpen vegyek rajta részt.

 

– Hogyan kerültél kapcsolatba az Impact Hub Budapesttel?

Kezdő vállalkozásként megfizethető, ugyanakkor frekventált helyen lévő és jól szituált irodát kerestem. Először önálló irodát kerestem, de rögtön láttam, hogy ezek árfekvése meghaladja a rá szánt keretemet. Aztán a közösségi irodákat kezdtem el nézni. Több közösségi irodát is megnéztem, és mind a frekventált helyszín, mind az iroda felépítése, mind pedig az itt dolgozó emberek mentalitása egyértelművé tette számomra, hogy számomra az Impact Hub a legjobb választás, hosszú távra.

 

– Milyen vállalkozói képzésen voltál?

Incorpora vállalkozásfejlesztési képzés

 

– Miben volt hasznos, miben segített neked a vállalkozásfejlesztési képzés?

Célmondat megfogalmazása – azóta mindenhol használom. Business Model Canvas felállítása. Első hónapok megtervezése.

 

– Mikor kezdted a vállalkozásod?

Animal Welfare

  1. február 11.

 

– Honnan az ötlet?

Biológia és kémia iránti rajongásomnak köszönhetően igen kreatív és hatékony módszereket kezdtem „kidolgozni” macskáim jóllétének növelése érdekében. A célom az volt – és továbbra is az – hogy legalább 20 – 25 éves korukig élhessenek velem egészségben. 2017-től egyre jobban éreztem, hogy mindenképpen mozdulnom kell ebbe az irányba. 2020. elején aztán visszavonhatatlanul meghoztam a döntést a cég megalapítása mellett.

 

– Mesélj egy picit a vállalkozásodról, mutasd be nekünk pár mondatban, honnan indultál, és hova tartasz, mik a terveid?

Kutyák és macskák részére forgalmazunk humán minőségű étrend kiegészítőket és hatóanyag koncentrátumokat, globális E – kereskedelem  útján, a gazdik széles tömege által megfizethető árakon.

Célunk, hogy termékeinkkel hozzájáruljunk a kutyák és macskák élethosszig tartó jó egészségi állapotához, valamint a gazdik elkerülhető állatorvosi kiadásainak csökkentéséhez.

 

– Ezelőtt volt e már más vállalkozásod?

Cégszinten megvalósult még nem. 2009- ben alapítottam egy közhasznú egyesületet, egy környezetvédelmi film és a ráépülő rendezvénysorozat megvalósítására, de a pályázat, amin indultunk, nem nyert és utána a tagok érdeklődésének hiányában “elhalt” a dolog. Ezen kívül voltak egyéb kezdeményezéseim, de akkor még nem voltam eléggé elkötelezett ezek kivitelezése iránt.

 

– Miért pont a kutyák és cicák? 

2012 óta vannak macskáim. Mivel fontos számomra, hogy egészségesek legyenek és hosszú életűek legyenek, már a kezdetektől úgy táplálom őket és olyan étrend kiegészítőket adok nekik rendszeresen, melyek hatásait évek óta látom és tapasztalom rajtuk. Ugyanakkor ezek alapvetően humán étrend kiegészítők. Innen jött az ötlet, hogy ezeket állati fogyasztásra kommunikálva és reklámozva, kifejezetten állatok számára is tegyük elérhetővé.

 

– Hogyan érinti a vállalkozásod a COVID-19 járvány?

 

Eladások rèszèről mèg nincsen adatom, most kezdtük èlesben a reklàmozást. Èrdeklődès szinten mindenesetre jelentős, az eddig befektetett reklàmköltsèghez kèpest különösen. Kb. május vègère lesz èrtèkelhető eladási statisztikánk.

 

A munkatársakkal való kommunikáció vàlt nehèzkesebbè, akàrmit mondanak is az online kapcsolattartási – akár professzionàlis – eszközök hatèkonyságáról / eredmènyessègèről, ahol ès amikor szemèlyes jelenlèt kell, ott maximum csak halvány pótlèkok az online eszközök.

 

– Milyen változtatásokra kényszerített rá a vírushelyzet?

 

Kikènyszerìtett vàltoztatások, nekünk:

  1. Lenyelni a bèkát ès mègis ráfanyalodni az online pótlèkokra
  2. Olyan új üzleti lehetőséget talàlni, ami kezdetben inkább nyűg volt, de mostanra felismertük, hogy “bèkeidőben” is forradalmasìtja majd mind a meglèvő üzletmenetünket, mind pedig teljesen új területet is hozott.

Teszák Alexandra Alma – ELDERLILY

 

Alma korábban dolgozott az idősgondozás területén, és most a saját vállalkozásában is az idősgondozás és az idősek életmódjához kapcsolódó brand építésén dolgozik. Még nagyon az elején jár, most próbálja a csapatát felépíteni. Az Elderlilyvel az a célja, hogy a területet megrefolmálja, hiszen, szerinte “lehetne ezt úgy csinálni, hogy mindenkinek (szociális gondozók, segítségre szorulók) jobb legyen”.

 

– Hogyan kerültél kapcsolatba az Incorpora Projekttel?

Facebookon a ‘Social Business Buddies’ csoportban dobta be valaki az Incorpora programot és mivel régóta kerestem valamilyen segítséget a cégem elindításához, körülbelül 3 perccel később már jelentkeztem is.

 

– Hogyan kerültél kapcsolatba az Impact Hub Budapesttel?

Az Incorpora programon keresztül. A képzések az Impact Hub Budapest irodában vannak.

 

– Milyen vállalkozói képzésen voltál?

Egyelőre csak az Incorpora képzésein és az Impact Hubban egyéni tanácsadáson.

 

– Miben volt hasznos, miben segített neked a vállalkozásfejlesztési képzés?

Segített átlátni, hogy az ötlettől milyen lépéseken keresztül lehet eljutni a megvalósításig. Bedő Beatrixszel már korábban majdnem kapcsolatba kerültünk, de végül az Incorpora programon keresztül kezdtünk el együtt dolgozni.

 

– Mikor kezdted a vállalkozásod?

Az ötlet, kb 5 éve megvan, 2019 ősszel kezdtem el igazán foglalkozni vele. Azóta keresem a megfelelő embereket magam köré.

 

– Honnan az ötlet?

Korábban dolgoztam az idősgondozás területén és úgy érzem, lehetne ezt úgy csinálni, hogy mindenkinek (szociális gondozók, segítségre szorulók) jobb legyen.

 

– Mesélj egy picit a vállalkozásodról, mutasd be nekünk pár mondatban, honnan indultál, és hova tartasz, mik a terveid?

Szeretnék az idősgondozás-idősek életmódjához kapcsolódó brandet építeni. De még nagyon az elején járok, próbálom építeni a csapatomat.

 

– Ezelőtt volt e már más vállalkozásod?

Nem

 

– Miért választottad az idősek ápolását?

Úgy gondolom ez egy olyan piac, amiben rengeteg lehetőség van.

Anna Kalmár is one of the founders of AdniJóga and also the one who’s holding classes at Impact Hub. AdniJóga provides access to the mental and physical benefits of yoga (relax and recharge our soul and body) and has a social cause. They partner with NGOs to practice with children in state care, vulnerable women, refugees, people with disabilities etc. 

Can you tell us what your average day looks like?
For me, an average day starts with teaching a yoga class, either at a Budapest office building or a volunteer class at one of our social partners’. Afterwards, I take care of my laptop-related to-dos, organise classes, get in touch with new partners and do some reluctant administrative work. Then, probably meet with the operations team behind AdniJóga and/or one of our teachers over coffee. I try to spend some time every day studying for my Masters degree as well, usually in the afternoons. The day ends with a big walk with my puppy.

Where did the idea of AdniJóga come from? What are you most proud about it?
I decided to bring AdniJóga to life in Budapest while I was volunteering in a refugee camp on a Greek island called Chios. Here, I taught my first ever yoga class to a group of refugee women (an experience of a lifetime) and seeing what a great mental health tool yoga and mindfulness could become for them too, I wanted to try whether this could be recreated in Budapest as a self-sustaining social enterprise. We offer access to free classes to groups who wouldn’t otherwise be able to practice yoga and have gone through trauma, and we fund ourselves by teaching office yoga classes as well. AdniJóga started 1.5 years ago and today we reach more than 50 vulnerable people a week with free yoga classes, supported by 5 companies.

How long have you been practicing yoga? What does it mean to you?
I started practicing yoga as a university student to calm my ever-racing mind. It has been instrumental for my mental health in the past 6 or so years and broadened my views on many aspects of life. I’ve become more accepting of myself and others, I concentrate better and it has also made me more patient, although there still a lot of work to be done in that regard ☺

In what field do you work apart from yoga?
I am originally a historian by degree but rarely have the time to improve in that discipline. In the past few years I’ve become interested in social innovation and enterprise. I am fascinated by alternative ways of making change in our societies to begin to solve the immediate challenges that face us. I’ve started doing a Masters degree at the University of Cambridge in this field to fuel this interest (and sometimes, frustration) further and I’ve been enjoying it very much!

What does social impact or social entrepreneurship mean to you?
Personally, it means purpose, the reason to wake up in the morning. More recently, I’ve also started looking at the big picture and asking whether social impact is enough or maybe the aim should be social change instead? Can social enterprise create meaningful and long-lasting change? So beyond being a purpose, I now look at it as a theoretical dilemma as well.

How did you come in contact with Impact Hub?
When I moved back to Budapest in the beginning of 2018, I was put in touch with one of the founders of Impact Hub Budapest by a common friend. I came to the Hub for a short meeting and I was blown away by the space, the athmosphere, the people. It felt like being in Berlin, London or anywhere in the world, right in the heart of my beloved Budapest. I’m so happy to be a member of this community now.

Play a leadership role in social innovation education

Social Innovation Academy is a project aiming to become the go-to online platform for anyone willing to learn more about social innovation. We attract thousands of visitors globally each month.

Are you a social innovation academic, researcher, a successful social entrepreneur, impact investor, social innovation consultant, or an experienced practitioner from a social innovation-oriented organisation? Or maybe you are a journalist or blogger experienced in the topic of social impact and social innovation?

Why co-create the Academy?

  • Enhance your influence and gain even more recognition in your field. The Academy reaches thousands of people globally. We have several thousand social media followers and hundreds of newsletter readers. When a content piece gets published at the Academy, it is also promoted on all our social media channels and in our newsletter. Being an expert at the Academy can also be an excellent way to draw attention to your expertise field, a specific topic, or a proven practice.
  • Grow your personal network. Being part of our pool of experts is a great way to position yourself as an expert in your field so that you can attract new partners, start new collaborations, or attract more clients.
  • Boost your professional career. Sharing your expertise on social innovation makes you more visible in your field. This enables you to cultivate a stronger reputation, promote your work and move forward faster in your career. Publishing a small piece of your work with the Academy can also mean you promote your larger body of work (such as full books, lectures, or publications) to new audiences.
  • Give back to the community. All the co-created content is provided on a voluntary basis and made available absolutely for free to our readers. For some, this is one of the few ways they can access high-quality, well-curated content on this specific topic, from wherever they are in the world, and irrespectively of their current level of expertise in the topic. Help them gain more knowledge and skills, and inspire and support them for the own social innovation journeys.
  • Play a dynamic role in the development of social innovation in your field of expertise. We want to raise awareness about social innovation and its potential regarding social, economic as well as environmental challenges that our societies are currently facing. While in some fields social innovation is already well-established, in others it is still an emerging topic. Let’s bring social innovation to the mainstream, together.

How can you contribute?

You can choose from three types of content:

Article

A subject-matter article: a 1,000 words post basedon either a specific social innovation topic analysed by you in-depth (a great choice for true subject-matter experts, see an example here), or a collection of 8 social innovation good practices, arguments or sub-topics curated by you (perfect for social innovation journalists or bloggers, see an example here).

Interview

A practitioner interview: an interview with a change maker who shares their experience of going through the social innovation process. The questions are standardised and it is a great way to showcase leaders of social innovation initiatives in the private, public and civil domains. You don’t need to be very senior to be interviewed, and the social innovation itself does not need to be massive, but your social innovation should already be proven in practice and implemented in real life, positively impacting the world. You can choose between a written (see example here) or a video (check here) interview format. You can also interview someone else e.g. a winner of your social impact awards, or a top member from your social innovation hub. We provide the questions, but the length of the answers is up to you. You can also skip some questions altogether.

Case-study

Real-life case study: if you think your social innovation could benefit from some visibility, and at the same time serve as an insightful example for those willing to learn more, then this is the right format for you. Each example is exactly 1-page long (see our previous examples here), and the template, instructions and guidance are provided. We are always on the lookout for inspirations from all over the world, be it from the private, public or civic domains.

 

Please, click for more info: http://www.socialinnovationacademy.eu/co-create/

 

This article was originally published on impacthub.net.

The earth is heating up, and fast! Sadly the natural resources available to us are struggling to keep up with how much humans are using and producing. What we can do is make daily choices that lead to a more sustainable lifestyle. These decisions can also influence people around you and have a big impact on the wider community. On a personal level, any action, however small, can make a real difference on the planet. It also doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Often, the environmentally-conscious decisions you make are friendlier on your wallet as well.

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle is more attainable than you may think. Here is a list of how you can contribute to a greener future!

1. Shop consciously. 

The call to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” has been used so much that it almost sounds cliche, but it remains an effective approach in leading a sustainable lifestyle. Every product that we shop for carries an environmental footprint.

One of the best ways to change our attitude towards the products we buy is to understand how many resources they consume and what damage they cause throughout all stages of the product life-cycle. Choosing goods that use a minimal amount of resources (e.g. pesticide-free vegetables) and supporting brands that recycle is a big step towards living more sustainably.

Not sure about the environmental footprint of something? Mobile apps like the GoodGuide helps you know a product’s footprint by simply scanning the barcode.

2. Ditch the plastic. 

Shifting away from using plastic does a lot of good for the environment. This is an especially powerful change because around 40% of plastics end up in our oceans and kill sea life and sea organisms. Switching to reusable bags for shopping and ditching single-use plastic is a simple but effective approach in leading a sustainable lifestyle.

3. Use water wisely. 

Did you know that an average person uses between 80 to 100 gallons of water for indoor use per day? The biggest chunk of this is flushing the toilet. This accounts for about a third of a regular household’s water use! Replacing old toilet cisterns with newer and more water-efficient ones means you save water with every flush.

Changing other habits like having shorter showers and only using a dishwasher—that can use as little as three gallons per load—rather than manually cleaning dishes in the sink where you can easily use up to 27 gallons per washing also helps.

4. Read product labels and tags. 

With more and more businesses shifting to greener approaches, it has become easier to go for products that are produced in a more environmentally-friendly way. For example, shopping for clothing made from recycled materials is a great way to support ethical and sustainable designers. On top of that choosing, organic products that don’t use pesticides help preserve land and water resources around the world.

5. Choose green transport methods. 

The climate is changing, and transportation is a leading cause of that. According to studies by the US Environmental Protection Agency, transportation is the leading contributor of greenhouse gasses. Cars, trucks, buses, and other fuel-powered vehicles are responsible for 28.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Let’s consider ditching our cars and hopping on a bike or walking on our next trip. If you’re traveling far, consider taking other modes of transportation like trains which are more carbon efficient. Really need to fly? Go for airlines with newer plane models that have better fuel efficiency. You can check out this link for a list of the top airlines for more environmentally-friendly travels.

6. Make homes energy-friendly. 

The amount of resources that we use at home is a primary contributor to environmental damage. Fine-tuning our homes to become more energy-efficient helps not only in the fight for sustainability, but it also helps us save more!

Using energy-efficient household appliances such as light bulbs can help you save not only on the electricity bill but also on our greenhouse emissions. If it possible, install solar panels and water tanks because using them means consuming fewer fossil fuels. It also uses resources available to you that do not harm nature.

7. Reduce meat consumption. 

Did you know that meat production is considered to be one of the most destructive industries in the world? It is a driving force behind land and water degradation and loss of biodiversity. Livestock farming alone makes up for the 18 percent of human-produced greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Cutting down on your meat consumption is one way of showing that you do not support the meat industry.

You can still get your share of protein from meat-free alternatives and food such as almonds and lentils. If you are unable to eliminate meat from your diet completely then, buy it from local, ethical sellers that don’t use as many resources during production.

The decision is in your control

Living sustainably is more complex than just using less plastic. We must address the root cause of the problem which is human consumption and make more conscious decisions about where we purchase our products and services and really understand where they come from.

Acting alone can seem daunting in the face of such huge challenges–get involved! Encourage your family and friends to make the lifestyle changes with you and join groups and communities who are already doing so. Always be curious and ask questions about where your products come from and what you can do to reduce your environmental footprint! Apps like MyPlanet is a fun way to connect and encourage others to get things done and make a difference.

We could follow Írisz Babanics’s success and conscious career-building from the beginning. We first met her when she was a part our team as a voluntary host. It was truly inspirational to watch a very young and talented woman to build and develop her own business step by step. Írisz working field is the full marketing of the small starting businesses. Check out our mini-interview with her where she answered some of our questions.

Could you tell us a bit more about your entrepreneurship?
I started as a freelancer in marketing. Today I am a marketing consultant and have my own marketing boutique agency.

What long term goals you have with your venture?
My team is the most important for me right now. They are mostly juniors, and I do not pay them as much, as I wish. So my 2-year plan is to grow the business so that I can pay them well (more than the market average) and have passive income from the agency.

What are your superpowers?
I am well organized and I can note + organize information real-time, while I am listening. This is very useful when I have consultation with a client. After they leave, I can immediately send them a memo that they can use right away.

What do you like most and least about the entrepreneurship lifestyle?
To be honest, I love all the moments I spend in my business. Sometimes it is difficult to find the motivation to get up early in the morning. 🙂

What is your first thought, when you hear the word „impact”?
Impact Hub Budapest. Seriously, this co-working office really has an effect on their people.

What was your first connection to Impact Hub Budapest?
I joined as a volunteer in 2016 September. I just started my entrepreneurship, and it was awesome to be a part of a community.

What do you consider your greatest success?
My amazing team!

This article was originally published on impacthub.net

Discussions, debates, and calls to improve the state of climate change have been around for some time,
but the topic is gaining traction now more than ever with the rise of activists like Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old who has started a mass scale climate activism movement. Thunberg, who is currently a favorite for the 100th Nobel Peace Prize award has given a face to a subject that has been around for so long but has never been taken seriously⁠—and now the world is finally willing to listen.

But climate change is more than just melting snowcaps and carbon footprint. Read on for a more detailed look at its most important cornerstones.

Climate change is more than just global warming

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Contrary to what many believe, climate change and global warming are not interchangeable terms. They are connected, but not exactly synonymous with each other. To be specific, global warming refers to the rising surface temperature of the planet. While climate change is a broader term that includes its side effects, like changes in weather and melting glaciers.

Another way to look at it is that global warming is a term mostly used by scientists to refer to changes brought by humans. Climate change, on the other hand, includes this as well as natural causes.

To put it simply, climate change is the bigger category while global warming is just one of the many phenomena falling under it.

What exactly is climate change?

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From its root name, climate change refers to the changing of the patterns of weather, bodies of water, ice sheets, and land surfaces. This is not the first time our planet has gone through this phase. In fact, the Earth has already undergone fluctuating glacial and warm period cycles in the last million years.

What makes climate change, we have now much of a big deal is because it has been majorly caused by humans. Past cycles of climate change have been naturally caused by the shifting of planetary temperature, but hard evidence shows that the warming of the planet is moving at a rapid pace⁠—and it can be traced back to human activities and what they produce (e.g. greenhouse emission gases). It is us who have abnormally pushed a natural phenomenon to happen prematurely, making our planet a ticking time bomb.

2017 figures say that the planet has already warmed by around 2 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, the year when records started showing the global-scale changes in Earth’s surface. While this may have been a small rise, it is actually an alarming increase. This jump alone is what is currently causing the large-scale melting of the Earth’s ice caps, which, in turn, has caused the sea level to abnormally rise.

Why should we worry about climate change?

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Probably one of the reasons why governments and individuals have been so idle about the topic is because it is easy to ignore its effects if you look the other way around. The signs, however, are everywhere⁠—and they are now catching up to us, too.

Heat waves, forest fires, abnormal weather patterns⁠—all of these can be attributed to climate change and global warming in general. When unstopped (or at the very least, unmanaged) these phenomena will grow into a scale so large it can make developed civilizations struggle to exist alone. Rising sea levels can sink coastal countries. Flora and fauna can go extinct. Humanity alone will struggle when the planet finally reaches the point of being incapable of supporting it.

How much longer do we have before our planet caves in?

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Let’s rephrase the question: how much longer do humans have before we’re incapable of living on this planet anymore?

Here’s one thing everyone should know about this whole climate change picture: regardless of what happens to our planet, it can recover. Remember, Earth has undergone several cycles already⁠—it was who inhabited it who has either evolved or turned extinct. Global warming is the gun, and it is us, humans, pulling the trigger. If in the worst-case scenario, humankind is indeed wiped out, the activities that have driven global warming in the first place will also stop. The planet’s temperature will go back to normal until it finally recovers. Its residents, however, may have been gone at this point.

Going back to the original question though, the answer to it is this: we don’t have very long. Scientists have said that we have two to three decades at most to reverse the damage we have done, but there’s also a growing consensus now that we have barely 18 months to do it if we don’t take action.

Let that sink in.

Can we stop climate change? 

Yes, but we have to do it quick.

Even with international agreements like the Paris Agreement signed and inaction, more can be done before we could make a real change. Real action has been put off for so long that the problem is now extremely severe, so much that we can only make things manageable again once we have reduced our emissions to zero. At the very least, steps are now taken in the right direction⁠, the use of electric cars and marketing of better energy sources are good examples⁠. But as long as coal plants are burning, we’re not really doing the planet any real favors.

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Experts agree that to save our planet⁠—or better yet, ourselves—collective action needs to be taken. Nations have to be more active in improving their energy systems and laws need to be developed to better traffic carbon emissions. Most of all, societies, units, and individuals need to be encouraged and empowered to contribute to the change. Something as simple as switching to an eco-friendly fuel or turning off devices that are not in use can do so much when done at a collective level. Last but not least, it is important to keep the conversation burning. Individuals like Thunberg may have made the cogs move again, but it is up to us to continue the flame burning.

There is a real angel in the family of Impact Hub Budapest. Antal Károlyi is one of the best-known business angel in Hungary. The Signcoders a project at his heart which keeps improving and growing at the Hub. Come and get to know Tony a bit better, it is definitely worth it!

What are your superpowers😊
I can travel in time. Granted, only forward. And also at quite an average speed of one day in 24 hours. But hey, who are you to judge my superpowers?!
What was your first connection to IHB? 
I first heard about IHB a long time ago, as it was still in the planning phase. I met one of the founders as you do in the local impact community, still very small at the time. But it was only much later that I joined the IHB, as I was looking for a co-working space to operate from two years back. The format is great for balancing focused work and community chit-chat. An important aspect for choosing IHB was its value-based community building that goes way beyond a shared office service.
What is your first thought, when you hear the word „impact”?
I consider our generation to be lucky to live in an age, where millions of us have real opportunity to produce positive social and/or environmental impact. I love the democratised access to value creation.
What was the idea behind establishing the SignCoders?
SignCoders is a socially inclusive software development company. Our main goal is to create tech jobs for the deaf and heard-of-hearing. The motivation might not be trivial for hearing people who do not experience the challenges the hearing impaired face on a daily basis. The truth of the matter is: it is hard to climb the career ladder with hearing impairment. That is why we have created a work environment, where deaf team members can communicate with sign language.
What long term goals you have with this venture?
Our vision is to make an IT career path accessible to as many Hungarian sign language speakers as possible. We understand that digital jobs are not everyone’s cup of tea. But we are dedicated to create as many jobs that there is interest for.
Have you got any pet project beside the SignCoders?
I continue to work with a couple of my surviving angel investments. I also preside the Hungarian Business Angel Network, an association dedicated to grow the startup investor community.
What do you consider your greatest success?
Being born on a tiny planet in a vast universe is a mindbogglingly unlikely event. The rest is a quite enjoyable free ride.