In his recurring column, Bahman Morteza Etezadibehzadi helps you to maintain an overview of funding instruments, to put the informative puzzle together properly and to identify factors that can make proposal applications successful. In the end, EU funding programmes hold great opportunities, especially for eco-innovative projects.
“The Social Impact Network is a decentralized ecosystem for impact investments that connects decentralized finance and real-world asset projects to create real social impact and deliver above-average yields to investors. Compared to traditional portfolios, the impact investment offered by our platform is open fund based, easily tradable, transparent, and secure due to the integration of DTL and IoT devices into the funded projects,” says Dr. Nikola Markovic of Social Impact Network as we talk with him, Marina Petrović and Robert Pašičko of UNDP AltFinLab, and Rawad Rizk of UNDP Lebanon about their project collaboration in the DLT4EU accelerator programme.
“The challenges of climate change are far too big for one company to resolve them on their own. Many companies now realise that not only do they make the process easier for themselves when they join forces with others, but they also make much faster progress when they collaborate with others. Collaboration creates a continuous learning process that could not be replaced by desktop research or classic consulting models,” says Joana Schönborn of the strategy consultancy Sustainable Thinking about their Klima thinking circle, a peer learning and training service that helps companies protect themselves against climate risks and thereby develop a resilient business strategy.
“Smart contracts will immutably register E-Mobility usage on the blockchain ledger and automatically make instant split micropayments to all parties involved in providing the service,” says Henk Kuipers of CiSe & Rabobank as we speak about their project collaboration in the DLT4EU accelerator programme.
“Through its DLT4EU journey and its latest Innovate UK grant, Alice is expanding into a decentralised data analytics and visualisation platform for the impact sector. As such, Alice creates a decentralised data ecosystem that fosters a responsible data economy and delivers sustainable societal development and value,” says Areti Kampyli of Alice.si as we speak about their project collaboration in the DLT4EU accelerator programme.
“Why shouldn’t public sector organisations benefit from the collaboration with SMEs in the same way than others such as corporates do? We aspired to build a programme that would help grow awareness of public sector’s eagerness to interact and adopt those technologies in order to improve their services to citizens,” says Pierre Baisle as we speak with him, Katy Ho and Dr. Robert M. Learney from Digital Catapult about their contributions to the DLT4EU accelerator programme as a consortium member.
“We are using distributed ledger technology to help the cooperatives better market and differentiate their products on the back of their sustainability certifications, creating products with provable certification claims and traceability back to their origin,” says Erik Zvaigzne of Convergence.tech as we talk with him, as well as Marina Petrović and Robert Pašičko of UNDP Alt Fin Lab, about their project collaboration in the DLT4EU accelerator programme.
“Our vision is a wholesome health system, a medicine in which employees work in healthy working conditions through meaningfulness, holism and personal responsibility. This is essential for being able to put patients in the centre of attention in a genuine way. This is what we are working on and we want to think outside the box together in order to learn from inspiring institutions and good practice from different areas of life,” says Helene von Bremen in our interview about their congress New Work Medizin.
“Transparency in the allocation and distribution of resources, an active and informed society that has the capacity to transform public policies and add value to urgent decisions that affect them, as well as public management models that learn to integrate and replicate positive changes in a flexible and fast way, would be good starting points to approach regenerative & just societies,” says Anna Higueras as we speak about the DLT4EU accelerator programme together with Javier Creus.
“The Amsterdam pilot team has given some thought to the question of narratives for citizens. One is to do a simple calculation of what CO2 was saved by a citizen donating used textiles into the circular economy, and display this to the citizen in the application, understanding that citizens do care. Another is the use of tokens as rewards for donations, understanding that material incentives can also be useful in raising consciousness,” says Lynn Foster about her collaborative teamwork with the City of Amsterdam as part of the DLT4EU programme.