The Complementary Currency of Monteverde, Costa Rica

“Verdes is a complementary currency that was proposed during the first months of the pandemic, when tourism in Monteverde vanished and most of the families in the area were left without work. This led the community to think of solutions and as a result this currency was created, which allows people to activate bartering and provide for their basic needs,” details Mariana Zumbado Solano in her article.

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Synergy Audit online workshop

“In our free online workshop on 22 August 2022, we provide an opportunity to explore the Synergy Audit tools first hand – including the E-learning tool and guideline. We want to enable many organisations with the Synergy Audit methodology, that bridges knowledge about European and global environmental standards, circular economy, environmental quality management, environmental law, global directives like the Paris Agreement and the UN 17 SDGs,” says Eleonora Bru, head of the Synergy Audit ERASMUS+ project.

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Pulling a desireable Future to the Present – an interview with Edgardo Regatky

“We applied backcasting to define a desirable future and then identified measures to pull and connect this specified future to the present. Ideating such disruptive solutions with various people and across sectors has led to discovering the internal and external potentials of the involved organizations, and combining these for scalable impact,” says Edgardo Regatky, Pentagrowth consultant and speaker on topics of digital transformation, collaborative economy and Smart Cities.

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The Bristol Approach for Citizen Engagement in the Energy Market – an interview

“In the Bristol pilot of TwinERGY, we have an objective of involving participants who are typically underrepresented in innovative energy projects. The pilot seeks to involve people who experience fuel poverty and those most impacted by oppressive systems based on disability, classism, racism, gender bias and ableism – and as a result of this are often underrepresented in energy research,” says Lorraine Hudson as we speak with her, Anna Higueras and Lucia Errandonea about their transformative and collaborative project TwinERGY.

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Creating a Taxonomy for Citizen-Generated Data initiatives – an interview with Giovanni Maccani

„The intention of this upcoming project is for Catalonia to be the focal point of a comprehensive data ecosystem, strengthening the balance between demand-pulled and supply-pushed mechanisms. We are starting to think meaningfully from the demand side of this ecosystem, as opposed to a supply-pushed perspective, which in my experience has been predominant in this field to date,“ says Giovanni Maccani, Senior Researcher at Ideas for Change.

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Research Tools that Encourage Science to Benefit People – an interview with Dr. Jenny Molloy

”With Beneficial Bio our mission is to provide locally manufactured reagents to make sure that our local researchers get what they need faster and cheaper. That involves distributing manufacturing, because that is the only way that we can overcome the shipping and importation and customs barriers that really add to the time and the cost of those reagents. That is really where we are using SurveyStack in our mission to provide reagents quicker and cheaper, but also high quality,” says Dr. Jenny Molloy of Beneficial Bio.

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