Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.

* Steve Jobs

We were made for these times

You may be concerned about the state of affairs in the world today. But do not los heart. We were made fo these times.

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If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick everyday.

– Leonard Cohen

 

 

 

Dementia Village Hogeweyk

Care Center Hogewey in Weesp is the first dementia village in the world. This village, operational since 2009, is a little community, where seniors with dementia can move freely among the streets, past the little parks and onto the main boulevard.

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Re Gen: a self-sufficient neighborhood

Twenty minutes by train from Amsterdam, in a suburb called Almere, over a hundred households produce their own organic food, clean water and clean energy, using their farmland waste.

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We learned about honesty and integrity – that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.

– Michelle Obama

Unique retirement home

Jurrien Mentink is one of six students who live rent free at the Humanitas retirement home in Deventer near Amsterdam. In return, they agree to spend at least 30 hours a month socialising with the older residents. See the video on this unique retirement home.

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It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

– Rumi

Apps for democracy

Pia Mancini, a 33-year-old Argentinian woman has devoted her time recently to launching non-profit organisations and collaborative projects that could change the way citizens engage with politics all over the world. She creates apps and builds platforms that enable citizens to interact directly with politics.

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We do not become kinder by trying hard to be kind. Enjoy beauty and you will be happier. Be happier and you will be kinder.

– Piero Ferrucci

Future of banking: individuals rather than numbers

To build and fortify their customer relationships, banks need to view customers as individuals rather than as a series of disparate accounts. Yet, the typically siloed processes in banks hamper efforts to deliver meaningful customer expriences.

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Urban Stone

Mary Cunningham discovered that former prisoners are usually cut off from most jobs, housing and welfare. After some research, she created a new business model and founded Urban Stone in 2012.

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Iceland’s financial revolution

After an out-of-control banking system sank Iceland into financial meltdown a few years ago, the country is recovering quickly. The nation did not bail out corrupt banks, jailed bankers and is now rethinking money creation by commercial banks.

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Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

– Arundhati Roy

Ian Mikardo High School

In the Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest boroughs of London, an unorthodox school offers extraordinary guidance for the most difficult students. No uniforms, no rules, no physical restraint, no bars, no isolation rooms, no detentions, no punishments.

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