Sustainable cities and communities

You  may ever  have heard of the British program Escape to the Country. In this programme, people living in  big English cities such as Manchester  try to escape from these crowded cities and move to countries where everything is quite. You may wonder why would someone live in the country, where there are less shops and less activities carry out. Furthermore, countries include less population, whereas you’ll always find something  to do in the cities and they are populated. Did you know that half of  world’s population lives in cities?  This number will  increase in the future. However, as more people move to cities seeking for a better life, housing issues become a problem. Some people may be living in miserable conditions in slum-dogs like favella’s in Brazil or slumdogs in India. Moreover, waste, air pollution, and lack of infrastructure may be attributed to  growing cities. This is where the eleventh sustainable development is all about. It addresses making cities and human settlements, resilient, and sustainable.

We want to share with you an organization that deals with this sustainable development goal: Clean Air Asia. The Cities Clean Air  aims at combating air pollution in Asian cities, improving air quality  and making cities healthier. In order to achieve these goals, Asian cities acquire Clean Air Scorecards. These scorecards enable cities to assess the air quality in their cities, resulting in actions that should be taken. Moreover, assistance is provided to these cities  in training, financial support, and  collaboration support. It can also be said that cities obtain the opportunity to exchange  learning outcomes and innovation ideas to address air pollution.

For more information on Clear Air Asia visit: hhtp://






Reduced inequalities

The tenth sustainable development is all about  reduced inequalities. This time it is not about inequalities between women and men, but about countries. Did you know that countries do have inequalities regarding income? According to a research on income differences within countries published by the OECD, countries like Iceland, Norway and Denmark have a small  difference in inequality in income. The Netherlands takes the twelfth position when it comes to  the difference in inequality in income. Other countries like Mexico or the United States of America have a huge difference in inequality in income. Both of them are ranked on 35th and 34th positions. Although there is a difference in inequality in income between countries , countries also have to deal with inequality inside in their countries. Furthermore, discrimination emerges in countries as not everyone has the same chances.

This week, we want to share with you a platform that addresses the sustainable development goal reduced inequalities:Box full of hopes and dreams. Box full of hopes and dreams  with  the community center Field in a Box aim at creating a better world. Their goal is  related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In order to achieve this, people can post their  dreams and wishes on the  online platform of Box full  of hopes and dreams. These dreams and wishes will all be collected, and they will be realised  by the Box full of hopes and dreams and the community center Field in a Box. The latter contributes in severals way in addressing inequalities. For example, it provides integration or it contributes to an ecologic, economic and social development.

For more information on  Box full of hopes and dreams visit:




Industry, innovation and infrastructure

When you go to work, you may use  public transport or go by car. In order to get where you want to be, infrastructure is required. When you hear the term infrastructure you may think of roads; however, it also includes other aspects like energy, transport, and communication-technology. In some countries, infrastructure is well organized such as in the Netherlands, while other countries lack of infrastructure. This infrastructure is interrelated to technical innovation which makes infrastructure possible. Lack of technical progress results in no innovation. This technical progress may result in the creation of news as more people are needed for the technology sector. The ninth sustainable development goal addresses the aspects of industry, innovation and infrastructure.

This week, we want to share with you an organisation that deals with the sustainable development goal industry, innovation and infrastructure: Techwomen

Techwomen, an American organisation, is aimed at women and it has its affiliation in  various countries. One of its affiliation is called TechWomen Zimbabwe which aims at ensuring that innovation exists in Zimbabwe and study programmes like technology, science, and maths is more chosen by women. The organisation adressess the ninth sustainable development goal in various ways. One way is that  the organisation used apps and internet to contact people living in certain areas.  The use of internet and these apps enabled women to sell their products and expand their business.

For more information on Techwomen visit:



Decent work and economic growth

After a student graduates from university, (s)he has to search for a job. It can be that (s)he will have difficulty in searching a job and not be able to find one. As a result, (s)he will remain unemployed. In some countries, benefits would be offered to unemployees until they have found a job. Nonetheless, in other countries, unemployees would have to deal with poverty. Furthermore, countries which offer benefits to unemployees should create more jobs  for them. The eight sustainable development goal decent work and economic growth deals with  this unemployment. Moreover, the goal includes  the aspect child labour.  In some countries like India, children start working at a young in order to support their parents to nourish the whole family. These children work in manufactories where clothes are made, and it can be said that these children work in miserable circumstances. Not only children work in miserable circumstances,  adults as well.  All humans should be working in proper and good conditions and circumstances. Consequently, the eight sustainable development goal economic growth and decent work deals with this child labour, unemployement and work conditions.

This week, we want to share with you an organization that deal with this sustainable development goal:Youth Economic Empowerment Plan Nederland

Youth Economic Empowerment- Plan Nederland

Plan is an international organisation established in several countries. It aims at combating poverty in these countries and helping girls. One of its  affliation is situated in the Netherlands called Plan Nederland. Plan Nederland has one programme that focuses on unemployment in youth unemployment in developing countries called Youth Economic Empowerment. The goal of Youth Economic Empowerment is to reduce youth unemployment in  developing countries. On its website, you’ll see one of Youth Economic Empowerment in India.

For more information on this organisation visit:



Clean energy

During the winter, you turn on the heat because it is freezing. In order to have a warm heat, energy is required to produce  electricity that creates warmth. We need energy for work, living, well-being and welfare. Energy can be found worldwide; however,  millions of people worldwide don’t have energy?

The energy we use may have its origin in various sources. The following  sources of energy are used to generate power: solar energy, wind energy, hydrogen energy, nuclear power and fossil fuels.  The latter can be running down due to use of them by companies. Moreover, the use of fossil fuels may result in pollution as  companies emit Co2.  For this reason, another durable source of energy needs to be found instead of still depending on fossil fuels, and all humans should be able to afford energy. That is all what the seventh sustainable development goal affordable and clean energy revolves around.

This week, we want to share with you two organizations that deal with this sustainable development goal: Hivos people unlimited and Solar Energy Program.

Hivos people unlimited, an international organization, deals with several world issues, and it sets up projects to solve these issues. This organization is situated  in various countries, and  one of the issues it addresses is durable energy. It has a programme for durable energy which aims at companies, governments and people without  access to energy.It is through this programme that  humans will be informed on durable energy, and persuaded of its good use. In order to persuade people of the use of durable energy, Hivos offered affordable and clean  energy to the poorest through the provision of technical tools to create affordable and clean energy.

Solar Energy  International is an international organization that aims at offering clean and affordable energy to those who do not have access to energy, and  it cooperates with universities and governments. In order to provide clean and affordable energy, trainings are offered to communities, locals etc to create durable energy.

If you want to know more on these organizations visit: or for the English website



Rural Water Network Supply and Aqual for All

The fifth sustainable development goal is clean water and sanitation. You may have heard of this sustainable development  goal before  and think that it is only about having access to clean water and sanitary  facilities worldwide. On the other hand, this sustainable development goal is more than having access to clean water and sanitary facilities.  It is also about providing quality and sustainable water resources and water.  

In developed countries, people have access to clean water and sanitary facilities. For example, in the Netherlands, people have access to clean tap water and toilet. However, this is not the case for everyone.  Although the access of drink water has been improved since 1990, it can be said that 650 billion of people still do not have access to clean water.  Lack of clean water may  affect people’s live, and it may have severe consequences. The following  consequences may be attributed to lack of clean water: diseases,  less education orfood shortages.

When it comes to  sanitation, it can be regarded as important. Sanitation such as toilets prevent diseases to be spread as people go to the toilet instead of outdoor. Sanitation is considered as normal  in some countries; however, there are countries that lack of sanitation.

This week, we want to share with you the organizations Rural Water Network Supply and Aqua for All that contributes to the sustainable development goal clean water and sanitation.
In order to provide water in these countries where there is lack of water, the Rural Water Network Supply, a network of water organizations, cooperates with other water organizations, and together they improve water services and provide water supply in these countries.   Compared to the organization Rural Water network Supply, the organization Aqua for All also deals with  sanitation. Aqua for All, an organization created by the Dutch Water sector, provides expertise to countries on how to deal with challenges regarding water, hygiene, and sanitation. As a result, people will  have access to water and sanitation in these countries.

For more information on Aqua for All and Rural Water Network Supply  visit:




The Accelerate Your Collective day 3

Today, the third and final day of the Accelerate Your Collective  started. During the three days event,  Pop Up companies have been working very hard on their Pop Up Companies by carrying out various activities such as design thinking,  creating a business  model canvas etcera. The following Pop Up Companies were present today: Refugees & Local Mothers,  and New Expat Event.

The day started with a short introduction of the programme of today. Followed by  Bram Alkema’s presentation on the business model canvas . During his presentation, he explained the various business model canvases that there were. As an example Google was used for explaining a business model canvas, and the customers, revenue, channels and proposition were discussed for Google. Afterwards, the Pop Up Companies had to make a business model canvas for their Pop Up Companies and define customers, proposition, channel, and revenue. After they made a business model canvas for their Pop Up Companies,  Bram Alkema explained resources,  balansheets, partnerships, costs, and revenue. All these things Pop Up Companies had to include in their business model canvas and explain what they were for their Pop Up Companies.

Then, it was up to Art Hordijk  to give a presentation on hollocracy. In his presentation, he defined hollocracy as starting an organisation in a different way. It is purpose-driven. The purpose clarifies the organizational identity and the organizational intention. In his presentation, it was also clear that each role has a purpose, and the roles provide various meetings. In order to apply what was said about hollocracy, Pop Up Companies had to  take a look on what their roles within their Pop Up Companies could be .

The exercise on looking on the roles within their Pop Up Companies was continued by Dr Roberto Valenti's presentation on the block chain. In this presentation, he explained the block chain and  tokens. As Pop Up Companies have been carrying out activities for their Pop up Companies and listening to presentations from 10 o'clock, it became  time to destress them through the exercise of searching in ourselves. In this exercise, they had to close their eyes and move their feet.

Further, the bootcamp continued with Margreet de Pijl's presentation on planning and funding.  During the presentation, the following steps were explained that Pop Up Companies had to include: planning, financial planning, agreement contract with various steps, and reason and contribution. They started directly working on these steps after the presentation. It was also moment they started working on their pitch presentations. In the evening, they presented their pitch to the audience which included people from the swarm, acquaintances and friends. Each person had the opportunity to ask some questions to the Pop Up Companies, and these Pop Up Companies managed to respond all questions.  Their presentations were followed by  Alide Roervink's video on the Sustainable Development  Goals. Her video on the Sustainable Development Goals was related to the presentation of a person from the audience on her organization. In order to end the Accelerate Your Collective , there was a cocktail party where Pop Up companies had the opportunity to network for their Pop Up Companies.



Accelerate Collective bootcamp

Today, the three-days Accelerate Collective bootcamp started. During this bootcamp day one, pop up companies  carried out several duties.  The following pop up companies participated today: Refugees & local mothers, BuurtUp, and New Expat Event.

Prior starting the bootcamp, Margreet van der Pijl presented the three-days Accelete Collective bootcamp programme with the aim of informing the pop up companies what they will do during the bootcamp and what they could expect. Followed by Simone Heijhoff's presentation on searching in ourselves. The latter is a programme  already used by Google which is about mindfullness. She defined searching in ourselves as searching who you think you are and thinking what you consider as important. In order to experience how the searching in ourselves programme looks like, we had to do some exercises. The first exercise included closing our eyes; and start breathing in and out. In the second exercise, we had to select an unfamiliar person in the room as a partner, and together  we had to look at one another and stare at each other faces  while stand up. Afterwards, we  told each other what came up in our minds while we were staring at each other. Then, there was a short evaluation were we discussed how the exercise went. 

The bootcamp continued with Marjolijn Jansen's presentation on design thinking. As working for the company Guideon,  the company invented the Design kit. In her presentation,  she defined design thinking as bringing your ideas to live. In other words, a prototype is created from your idea/ideas. This prototype is  tested by people who will provide you some feedback. This can be a challenge. In spite being a challenge, feedback enables you to improve the prototype. Furthermore, she explained that design thinking can be divided into several stages. The following stages are incorporated into   design thinking: reflection, imagination, ideation, design, experience, and observation. This is also known as RIIDEO. In the reflection stage, you think what the problem is, and what do we know about it. In other words, it is all about finding out who is in the team and what the goals are of others. Everyone has a different view on the problem. In the imagination stage,  your mind  needs to be a dreamset.  You have a child's mindset . The ideation stage revolves around thinking of ideas and selecting one of these ideas. The latter results in creating a protoype in the design stage which will be tested by people on the street who will give feedback in the experience stage. At the end, conclusions will be made. 

In order to experience the stages of design thinking, the pop up companies went through all the stages starting with the reflection stage. Afterwards, they started crafting and used crafting objects that were made at their disposal for the imagination stage. This led to thinking of ideas and selecting one idea. All pop up companies transformed the idea into a prototype that was tested on the street by people or by calling people who provided feedback by interviewing them. For some, it was a challenge to obtain feedback. Prior continuing to the last stage, we did  again a searching in ourselves exercise. Then, they went through the last stage where they put everything on the table and looked where they are now. In brief, they made conclusions. At the end of this stage, each pop up company presented the conclusions to each other.



Gender equality

Enactus Women Helping Women

When you think of the sustainable development goal gender equality, you may think of theequality between males and females in terms of wages. However, it is more than that. The sustainable development goal gender equality revolves aroundadvocating the same rights for women as men have; making an end to violence against women,  and human trafficking regarding girls and women; ensuring girl’s access to education; reducing child’smarriage; ending female genital mutilation/cutting worldwide; and assuring that women participate in politics.
This week, we want to share with you Enactus Women Helping Women that contributes to the sustainable development goal gender equality. Today, I had the opportunity to interview theteam leader of Enactus Women Helping Women on Enactus Women Helping Women. The latter is a start-up and part of Enactus, which is an international organization composed of students, business leaders, and academics where students learn in an entrepreneurial way to help to turn society (world) into a better place. Enactus Women Helping Women aims at empowering women andreintergratingteenagers who have children in society. In order to help these women reintergrate and participate in society, there are workshops. One of these workshops is a workshop where these teenagers make bags and desgin them personally. At the end, these bags will be sold. The money that is gained byselling these bags can be used by these teenagers to be invested in themselves. In order words, money is used to provide their needs such clothes, food etc.
If you want to help/support Enactus Women Helping Women, you may go to the website, where you'll find information on how to help/support. Contact information can also be found on the website. Furthermore, Enactus Women Helping Women can also be contacted through their Facebook page Women Helping Women onthe following link:
For more information on Women Helping Women, visit:



Tools to identify and assign roles in a decentralized, flexible work environment


The world deals with innumerable challenges we need to find solutions to and we cannot wait for governments or corporations to address these challenges. We believe that collaboration is key to innovate and that by working in swarms of motivated people, we will outnumber any large organizational or governmental body, making it possible to find solutions to these challenges. Co-creation is an essential part of this, by creating ownership people become enthusiastic and motivated. With a good idea and motivation, you should be able to put your plans into action. To get the ball to roll much faster, we however first need to be able to organize these swarms. How often have you heard the buzzwords of Self realization and Flexible work environments, or Making a living of the work you do? We want to make all of this happen but have run into quite some challenges this year, leading to a big learning curve and insights we would like to share with you.

Bee Collective is purpose driven and believes in the power of the crowd to make a positive change in the world. Access to multidisciplinary knowledge capital and talent is therefor needed and crowd sourcing a variety of skills and expertise within the swarm can be made possible by organizing in a flexible way. Online tools are however needed to connect in swarms of people from different disciplines, that can choose their own projects to work on, based on what they want to. Within our swarm, individuals are encouraged for example to make decisions on their own and have decision power, therefore we are structured in a non hierarchical way.  We mainly work remotely and it was a challenge to get the whole team engaged with some new technologies for example. Even more challenging however, was changing the culture of how things are done. Within the core team of Bee Collective Holland Hive, we therefore practiced with different ways of self-management:

The platform Part-Up makes it possible for anyone to join a project that corresponds with their values and that he or she can contribute to. Making it possible to develop different qualities and pursue professional growth. Runners that have an idea on how to solve a problem can find team members within the Bee Collective Tribe or swarm on Part-Up and can start working as a Pop Up Company (PUC).  We integrated ideas from Holacracy to facilitate developments in the team structure and have used the Glass Frog platform to make this transparent and to inform each other and experienced very effective meetings due to this.

Holocracy makes it possible for each person in the team to influence governance and offers guidelines to outline the rules by which roles are assigned and on the boundaries the roles should have. People can design their own roles by matching their individual capabilities with the goals of the organization. It possible to have multiple roles in various teams and with the Glass Frog platform in “circles,” so called building blocks, individual roles are defined based on the work that needs to be accomplished. Circle member can propose changes which are adopted unless another member objects that the circle might be harmed by this. This makes it possible to experiment with new roles and easier to adapt to new situations and innovate faster.

Information on who holds which role and who is responsible for which part of the job is made accessible to everyone in the organization. Temporary (for-profit) projects, PUC´s, can be started—with a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed goal, based on these circles (also called tribes). Platform tools like GlassFrog make it possible to make interactions transparent, have desired outcomes clearly defined, which we call these milestones, and make sure things are decided on together. When the work is done milestones can be changed, copied or removed when the problem is solved.

This year, we aim to come together with more people, online and offline, with shared responsibilities, making it possible for connections to take place that co-create innovative solutions and business plans.  
We are curious to hear what makes you heart beat faster? Would you like to pursue a multitude of interests and contribute to solving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?  Become part of our community of doers that is waiting to help you get started and access the tools to build new business models that change the world positively.

By Sara Stevenson

You can start your own Pop Up Company on Wednesday evening the 18th of January. This day the 2nd edition of Beecoming Your Collective will take place in the new Impact Hub. If you know someone else who would like to set up a Pop Up Company, they can also subscribe here. We ask of Runners to send us a video message upfront in which they present their idea, so we can promote this and attract people who want to join their teams!

See you soon!

Warm greetings, the Bee Collective Hive


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Using the Blockchain to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG´s)

Pop Up Companies (PUC´s)

More and more people get uncomfortable with rigid corporate structures (1) but at the same time want to make a fair living. What can we do to help these people to work outside the boundaries of organizations while increasing the incentive for them to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Bee Collective – Swarm Solutions contributes to solving parts of complex problems by helping people to effectively work in flexible teams, described as Pop Up Companies (PUC´s).  Bee Collective is organized as a Decentralized Collective Organization (DCO), an approach that is fast and efficient as not everything has to be reported to a central lead (2). Linux (3) and assembly are famous examples that also make use of a decentralized model. For flexible work as well as for solving complex problems like the SDG´s, collaboration is of key importance. The multidisciplinary knowledge capital that is needed can be crowd sourced from the swarm through networking technologies like platform Part-Up, which facilitates working in networks (4). The PUC´s, temporary for profit companies, clearly define specific milestones that contribute in one way or another to achieving the SDGs. But what does all of this have to do with the block chain?

During the Partos Innovation Event that took place at the NEMO Science Museum on the 6th of October, Perry Smit, advisor at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, described different uses of the blockchain. Examples are the use of smart contracts and registering land titles (Bitland, Africa; Bitnation, NL) as well as votes through the blockchain. The blockchain-technology, known mainly from digital currency Bitcoin provides opportunities to reward contributions in a fair manner (5).  At the event, Bee Collective pitched the idea of using the Blockchain to increase the incentive of people and companies to contribute to reaching the SDG’s by doing just this.  But how?

The Blockchain

The blockchain is the revolutionary technology behind cryptocurrency Bitcoin and is an ever-lengthening chain of blocks of data. Each block contains a compact record of things that have happened. This means that transactions and contributions in the blockchain are registered and will forever be visible. The blockchain technology enables decentralized organizing, it is distributed and not centralized and therefore everyone can be a participant. Peer to peer transactions from phone to phone, can be made without any middleman, a central authority or entity, interfering. The main reason that central authorities or entities exist in foundations and organizations, is to control and guarantee trust. This bureaucratic and time consuming process brings prices up as the middle man also needs to be paid. A transaction with digital currency Bitcoin can be done without any bank (account) or credit card company, as transactions done in the blockchain are not changeable and will always be visible. In this way the open-source distributed database of the blockchain, facilitates tracking of collaborations, interactions and transactions (5). The idea is therefore that the Blockchain can make international collaborations between people possible, without having to establish trust through bureaucratic measures.

Rewarding contributions to reach the SDG´s

Tapscott, coauthor of the new book Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World described how this technology has the ability to, through a true peer-to-peer exchange of value´ craft a much more egalitarian, prosperous society where everyone gets to share in the wealth that they create´ (6). An example could be sharing social capital (like your connections or other valuable information). This can be very valuable economically, however this is often not rewarded financially. Airbnb and Uber are examples of companies that harness social capital in the form of reviews on their on their social networks to create trust. This leads to a crowd sourced quality control that relies completely on the contributions of the people, who are currently not rewarded for this. Only a small group of people really thrive on the achieved success of the platforms. The idea of Bee Collective is to make it possible to value contributions to reach the SDG´s with bitcoins and reward them fairly financially.  As all transactions done in the blockchain, like contributions made by individuals and companies to solve the SDG´s,  will always be visible, they are more likely to be rewarded fairly. We hope this will be an incentive for people to invest time and energy in solving these complex problems. During the presentation of Perry Smit at the Partos Innovation Event, Tey Elrouja cofounder of Bitnoxx, also described a whole other array of opportunities like the registration of someone’s identity and diplomas, which could prevent a lot of misery among displaced people. 

We are very optimistic about the revolutionary use of the blockchain. If you have any idea on how to help us take advantage of the possibilities to reach the SDG´s, please get into contact with us. - By Sara Stevenson


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The New Expat Event

Update 31st of October

Today, the participants of the New Expat Event received: 

  1. Career coaching from the Nyenrode Business University; 
  2. The opportunity to expand their network; 
  3. Their cv's have been sent to possible matching companies by our Nyenrode Pop Up Company (PUC)

Are you interested in participating in a future edition of the New Expat Event?  Get in touch with us through 


We’re proud to announce an event hosted by our Nyenrode Pop Up Company (PUC); containing a group of socially-involved and extremely motivated (MSc) students. The goal of the New Expat Event is to match ICT company's vacancies with New Expats - a more welcoming reference for refugees - who are suited for the positions. 

Filling an open IT position with a New Expat provides many benefits, including: 

  • Subsidies from the government when hiring New Expats
  • Positions the company as socially responsible and helps differentiate on the market
  • Exposure on our media channels
  • Fresh and multicultural perspectives by highly motivated new members of society
  • ICT is similar around the globe; lower introductory training required

The New Expats attending this event will be selected according to company requirements by the Municipality of Amsterdam, the students’ partner for this project.

The event will be an organized 4-hour networking session with lunch. 

Date: 31 October 2016, 9.00-13.00
Location: Hotel Casa400, Amsterdam

We’d like to invite IT companies to sign up through this link.

Let’s make it our social responsibility to help as many New Expats as possible to enter the job market, and reduce their dependency on the state! 

For more information don’t hesitate to contact us, or the Nyenrode PUC initiator: Daniela Resch