Deelnemers kunnen meer dan 1 ei kwijt bij Connected. Dots in Antwerpen

In september is er een nieuwe editie van Connected.Dots van start gegaan. Zowel in Antwerpen als Gent participeren een tiental deelnemers met veel enthousiasme aan een reeks van 12 workshops. De focus ligt daarbij op de co-creatie van producten en het delen van verhalen. Daarnaast worden de workshoppers ook ondergedompeld in een skills bad. Ze gaan aan de slag met de vaardigheden die nodig zijn …
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iDROPS proudly presents... the 2019 annual report!

Okay... it took us a while but we wanted to get things really right. Right? So here it is: our annual report on 2019 which has been a key year in the history of iDROPS. 2019 was all about laying strong foundations for the solid growth iDROPS envisions for 2020 and even more so futher down the road. Click here to open the annual report. We hope you enjoy taking a look at all those wonderful …
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Informal Caregivers newspaper!

These times are challenging for everyone . Our thoughts go out to everyone, but especially to Informal Caregivers during this period. Their task has become even more important. In these times, caring for others is a challenging and risky task . This is why, at iDROPS, we made a selection of various beautiful initiatives that could come in handy for informal caregivers! We hope to be able to …
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An opinion piece by Nathalie

An opinion piece by Nathalie - Director of iDROPS How are you? These are bizarre times, also unique times ... What does this do to us? With our humanity? Our society in general? I believe besides the hell that this made for many, it also creates this mandatory back to basic mode. There has been pushed briefly on the pause button. We're standing still. Resting. While considering many, many aspects …
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Different warm initiatives!

DIFFERENT INITIATIVES IN TIMES OF CORONA These changing times bring a whole lot of solidarity with them. We look around us and see so many beautiful initiatives, in a time society really needs it. We have taken these initiatives and listed them – because they deserve to be in the spotlight. Karin Winters has created a platform - where you find all kind of ‘tips and tricks’ how together we can survi …
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Solidarity in these changing times

iDROPS in new, different times We hope that everyone of you is healthy and safe within the COVID-19 crisis. We hope the same for your loved ones! The new 'normal' in which we navigate during this pandemic ensures that we're facing a number of more than challenging weeks. As the COVID-19 situation changes, so will our plans. You probably already expected / saw it on our social media - but to …
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Honest Cities Honest Textiles CANCELED!

Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are forced to cancel our Honest Cities Honest Textiles Event on Saturday March 14th. We will keep you informed if the event can continue at another time! Check our social media for updates! Stay safe!
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YOUNGHEROES – Young caregivers get the attention they deserve!

Young caregivers are children and youngsters untill the age of 24 who grow up with a sick parent, grandparent, brother or sister - who need special care because of a chronic disease or a physical disability, a psychic illness, addiction problems or a mental disability. Often young caregivers are 'forgotten' in society, or even 'invisible'. The hard work they do on a daily base isn't being …
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Studio Digital 2020

Studio Digital is focussing on prisoners and NEET-youngsters in 2020! Studio Digital has reached and helped various vulnerable groups in society, through the means of playful workshops and design projects. In these workshops, we motivated en encouraged participants by trying to improve their 21st century skills. Our emphasis was, for example, teaching them about critical and creative thinking, …
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Wanted: creative freelancers for Connected.Dots

For the Connected.Dots project we are looking for creative freelancers in Ghent and Antwerp, where we start a designer collective with refugees and newcomers. Are you a designer / creative mind and do you work or do you have experience in the creative sector? Do you like to start from the story of people to come to a product? Are you eager to guide a creative process? And on top of that, working …
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Mouchette, the remake

Mouchette, the remake - about young caregivers The newest creation by theater maker Arne Sierens is coming soon. We invite you in advance for the Kick Off of 'Mouchette, the remake' on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in the Ghent Minard (Romain Deconinckplein 2), starting at 8:00 PM. On this one-off Kick Off, the theater maker crosses his artistic world with the world of young caregivers. Together …
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Find Your Talent in Gent

Through Erasmus +, iDROPS is co-organizing the Find Your Talent, Use Your Skills project in collaboration with Avedan, Youth Act and Imago Mundi. The target? Share the best practices regarding talent development within youth work, develop new methods and a guide and test all this with youth workers and young people. There are 4 training weeks for this, one in each country. The first training was …
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Long-term sick employees back to the labor market - research

Nobody likes being sick for a long time. But sometimes that just happens. What is the best way to pick up the thread again towards the labor market? A process that requires appropriate guidance and customized coaching. iDROPS, the Ghent office for social innovation, focuses on people. For all our projects we start from the problems of people. We tackle this together through the Human-Centered …
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Come to the Studio Digital showcase event!

Curious about the creativity of the Studio Digital youth? 👩🏼‍💻 Check it out at our showcase event at De Krook: video, animation, games and music! Do you want to build a robot yourself? Interested in 3D printing? Then come and visit us! Party! 🆒 To close the end of Studio Digital 2019 in style, we are also organizing a STUDIO DIGITAL SHOWCASE this year: 27/11/2019 14 - 17u De Krook Gent, Miriam Makebaplein 1 …
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OPEN FORUM YOUNG CAREGIVERS ON 11/21 IN SCHAERBEEK

Open Forum "I am young and I care" - YOUNG HEROES talking about caregiving On November 21 Kinderrechtencoalitie Vlaanderen organizes the Open Forum in collaboration with Cera and iDROPS "I am young and I care" - YOUNG HEROES talking about caregiving. Young caregivers are children or young people who regularly take care for their parents, brother, sister, family or friends. But, they often remain …
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YoungHeroes at MNM Radio

Check out the interview with our YoungHeroes Stijn, Mercy and Thalia at Belgian radio MNM! They were guests at radioshow 'Planeet De Cock' broadcasted on 14/10/19. YoungHeroes are young caregivers. More info? www.youngheroes.be A collaboration of Cera, Kinderrechtencoalitie Vlaanderen and the Ghent office for social innovation iDROPS. www.idrops.org (C) MNM 2019
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Honest Cities Honest Textiles in Ostend

Honest Cities Honest Textiles in Oostende Context Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The fashion sector is responsible for a large amount of pesticide use, 10 percent of greenhouse emissions and 20 percent of industrial water pollution. On top of that comes the gigantic mountain of waste, due to the emerging fast fashion labels. Ranza Plaza, the factory building in …
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Website YoungHeroes launched!

iDROPS launches together with Cera and Kinderrechtencoalitie Vlaanderen YoungHeroes Since October 1, there is a new website that focuses on young caregivers: YoungHeroes.be And that includes this video: An estimated 20,000 to 40,000 young people and children participate in informal care. They take on various care tasks within their family or environment. These young caregivers deserve recognition …
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Project AZO at Fiesta Mundial

Meet Safi, Yakubu, Melany & Luis and Louisa & Gabriella at the Fiesta Mundial in Balen. They come from another place in the world and all have a dream. Thanks to the AZO Project from iDROPS they can realize that dream. With AZO Services we create a test laboratory where refugees and newcomers make their entrepreneurial idea come true and taste what entrepreneurship means in practice. Safi …
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Digi Taste Maker at Volvo Cars and ABC in Gent

iDROPS was a guest at Volvo Cars and at Anglo Belgian Corporation. We held the Digi Taste Maker workshops, with the aim of refreshing or training the digital skills of the staff. In collaboration with the City of Ghent and TOFAM East Flanders. Also interested in a Digi Taste Maker workshop to get your employees to a higher digital level? Then contact Jens or Laura . Here some more info .
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The Forest Hackathon!

The Forest Hackathon: technology & nature Did you ever here about a Fil-O Piste, a smart birdhouse, a tree cuddle chair or a Keunebak? Frankly, we didn't. But since the Forest Hackathon, mid-August in Bruges, that all changed! Twelve young people between the ages of 16 and 23 participated. The goal of the hackathon: bringing technology and nature together and reinforcing each other. Easier …
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My Life My Belgium - Hendrikje Meyvis

"Hendrikje is one of the movers and shakers of Belgium we want you to know! Together with @iDrops_tweet she developed refugee projects focused on talent development and entrepreneurship." This you can read about our employee Hendrikje Meyvis, on the Twitter account of the American Embassy! Or watch this video:
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iDROPS 1 of the 12 East Flemish Energy Ambassadors 2019

The province of East Flanders has selected three projects from Ghent and the surrounding area for their ambitions in the field of energy saving and the production of renewable energy. One of them is the Ghent based social innovation agency iDROPS. (source: Het Nieuwsblad/Sander Luyten - foto: David Van Hecke)
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Workshops for Ageas Group in Portugal

In mid-June, iDROPS team members Nathalie and Hendrikje facilitate a workshop about 'Intrapreneurship For Social Impact' for 18 employees of the Ageas Group's innovation & strategy team in Portugal. The workshop consisted of three parts. The Energy Lab, in which employees were encouraged to discover what inspires them on the shop floor. The ChangeMaker Lab, here, the team searches for …
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Podcast Caregiver Day

June 23 is the longest day of the year. This symbolic day is central for Caregivers, people who take care of someone close to them with an illness or disability for a short or long period of time. Dirk Roels went to the Meeting for Caregivers in Leuven at the beginning of June. He spoke with informal caregivers and with professionals from the healthcare sector and recorded a number of moving …
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Afghan dishes Panja Catering at Atlas World Fest

Come to the Atlas World Fest on June 14 and enjoy delicious Afghan dishes made by Panja Catering. Panja means "hand", so the dishes are hand prepared and fresh! Inside the project AZO! iDROPS offers various services where refugees and newcomers can bring their entrepreneurial idea to life. It is tested at events or exhibitions. Panja catering originated from a passion for cooking, by the Afghan …
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New Caregivers Cafe in Hoogstraten

Hoogstraten organizes Caregivers Café with support of !DROPS The city of Hoogstraten now organizes, together with the social innovation agency! DROPS and the local service center, a monthly Caregivers Cafe "Den Erdbism". The intention is that they can gather information there, but especially have a chat with fellow sufferers. Various activities will also be organized. Flanders today has around …
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iDROPS assists Action4Rights with KTA Groenkouter

iDROPS organized five co-creative sessions with the girls of the nursing class (4th high school year) of KTA Groenkouter in St-Amandsberg. This was commissioned by the children's rights NGO KIYO. iDROPS developed the participatory process and guided the girls to create a new website as part of their project Action4Rights. Through this website, the girls want to offer all young people and schools …
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Opening of Caregivers Cafe in Londerzeel en Diksmuide

Two brand new Caregivers cafes will open on 29 May: 't Mantelkompas in Londerzeel and De Pardessus in Diksmuide. The Caregivers Café is the meeting place for informal caregivers, young or old and from all possible backgrounds. Anyone who takes care of a person in need of care for a short or long period of time or has ever done so, is welcome at the Caregivers cafe. Because every caregiver …
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The CaregiversHub in Houthalen - Helchteren

iDROPS is collaborating with Zorg Houthalen-Helchteren, with Perron-Oost Service Center and with the support of Kom op tegen Kanker on a new project for and by informal caregivers: "The CaregiversHub". This project aims to bring informal caregivers together, to provide broader support, to strengthen their care role and, above all, to listen and respond to the specific needs and requirements of …
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Closing conference Peacecraft

At the end of April, there was the Congress of Peacecraft in Brussels. Peacecraft is an interactive game and a theater play based on the real-life stories of young refugees and the difficulties they encounter during their journey. The aim of the congress was to learn from the experiences of Peacecraft and to allow schools and youth organizations to continue working on these themes themselves. …
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iDROPS in Guinee

From 4 – 12 December, iDROPS team members Nathalie and Hendrikje went to Guinee. The trip had two goals: we were part of the economical mission Belgium – Guinee and we visited TRIAS in Guinee, with whom we will most likely partner up in 2019. During the economical mission, that was organized by Flanders Investment & Trade and it’s Walloon counterpart, we had a lot of interesting B2B and B2G meeti …
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Towards Collaborative Action: our co-creation workshop in Budapest

Our very own team member Jens attended the fourth TCP forum and tells us all about it… WHAT IS TCP? The TCP forum has just been organised for the fourth consecutive year. This time, it took place in Budapest. TCP, or “Towards Collaborative Action”, is an event across sectors that offers an interactive and dynamic space where participants can exchange experiences, methods, networks, innovative ideas …
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iDROPS in Lisbon - with the King and Queen of Belgium!

A STIMULATING ROYAL VISIT Our official visit to Lisbon was incredibly stimulating. We had the opportunity to join King Filip and Queen Mathilde during a state visit to Portugal. The visit had a social approach, so there was plenty of attention for social innovation. For us, this was not only the perfect opportunity to strategise with Belgian and Portuguese social innovators, but also to …
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PeaceCraft Wins the Henry Van de Velde Award 19 for Community!

5/11/2018 PeaceCraft has won the Henry Van de Velde Award 19 in the category ‘community’. The PeaceCraft project consists of an interactive game and a participatory theatre piece that introduces young people to the personal experiences of refugees. The public can vote until 21 December for PeaceCraft to also win the Henry van de Velde Public Gold Award 19. PeaceCraft: Interactive Game and Theatre Pie …
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CONNECTED.DOTS completed in style

On October 22 we organized the Closing Event of Connected.Dots, a project on skill building and services for and by refugees. The evening was opened with a brief explanation of the project and the results. Jabbar Mahmood then spoke, one of the participants in the project. Leren uitspreken ‘This project was really meaningful to me, as I re-discovered my passion to draw and tell stories. I also got t …
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Human Touch: Working from your own passions and talents

30 March 2018 On March 29, iDROPS welcomed about 50 enthusiastic participants to its first Human Touch Event of 2018. ‘How can I use my passions and talents during my daily activities?’ That was the main question of the evening. Two inspirational speakers proved to the participants that it’s possible to work from your own passions. Jill Vanparys talked about time and its irrelevance when you do somet …
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Ghent based hiphop collective launches track against food surpluses

November 1st, 2016 What a distasteful sight: hundreds of abandoned tents, piles of food and drink leftovers, and other crap. The Pukkelpop campground looked like one giant rubbish dump after the event. Hip-hop collective “Rauw en Onbesproken” from Ghent has just dropped a new track against food waste. In cooperation with iDROPS, the hip-hoppers launch a call to think about (digital) solutions for foo …
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