According to Nielsen and ComScore research, four hours per day is the time that average American adult spend scrolling through his phone. Depression, anxiety, loss of productivity, and many other consequences, conditions, and traits are now linked by the scientific community to the time we spend on the internet, particularly social media. Rehman Ata, scientist and the founder of GoGray.Today was shocked when he started to measure the time he spends on his phone daily. He found himself using the phone five hours per day on average, mostly Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. He knew he needed to change something and came up with very simple method how to reduce his phone usage. We have an interview with him and ask him about his thoughts on various related subjects.
Today’s inspiration comes from the Republic of Moldova, where the Moldovan Environmental Governance Academy (MEGA) is proposing gamified initiatives for a more sustainable environment. MEGA is a social entrepreneurial organization which combines psychology, technology, and ecology with open-source eco-innovations. Aware of its apparent complexity, Alexandr Iscenco, CEO of MEGA, offers some clarifying remarks.
E-democracy has an unexplored potential to involve citizens in shaping their habitats. While an overwhelming number of apps and software programs are at our disposal for various purposes, we can’t help noting the lack of tools to enhance local decision-making processes. CitizenLab, a Belgian start-up that is now in use in 50 European cities and municipalities, is designed to allow citizens to co-create their cities and ensures a linkage between authorities and citizens. Wietse Van Ransbeeck, CEO and co-founder, tells us about Belgium's 'Student Startup of the Year' in 2017.
Poland is an increasingly popular destination for party-hungry people who appreciate a true underground rave scene. Former factories, warehouses, and labyrinth- like clubs welcome ravers from different parts of the world. There you may enjoy various sets by the famous names and local DJs who’ve formed the very underground scene of Poland.
Giving voice to citizens’ individual rights is the purpose of the theatre play J’accuse, the title of which may send readers to research literary references. The show brings together five ordinary and millennial women who express, through monologues, their day-to-day dissatisfactions. Isabelle Jonniaux, one of the comedians in J’accuse and artistic director at the multi-disciplinary cultural space Atelier210 in Brussels, gives us details from backstage.
YT’s Africa contributor, Hussaini Mohammed, went to Nigeria’s Osun State to meet one of the best creative Adire and Batik designers in Nigeria, Jibril Babangida. Jibril is creating jobs for hundreds of unemployed men and women by producing homemade Batik. In an interview with YT, the young Nigerian entrepreneur talks about his life story, pointing out that knowledge, persistence, and hard work are the sure way to move Nigeria’s artistic and creative professionals forward.
. . . says Victoria Ibiwoye (23), an inspiring young Nigerian, African leader, and the Executive Director of the OneAfricanChildren Foundation. Miss Ibiwoye has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans of 2017 by Africa Youth Awards for transforming the lives of thousands of children in marginalized communities through creative learning and empowerment initiatives. At an early age, she struggled with dyslexia, but she used her weakness to turn it into a powerful force – she realised that she was good in storytelling and started educating two kids in her neighbourhood. This small step inspired some of her friends and local students to help as well, and soon what began as a charity group turned into a social enterprise that is re-defining education in Nigeria and Kenya today. Victoria is the best example of how much one can achieve given an ability to put heart, mind, and vision to work for the sake of a higher purpose.
Homesharing is a win-win solution and is increasingly popular amongst students. But intergenerational living proves to be much more than simple accommodation as it is intended to be mutually enriching. The principle is simple: elderly people provide housing to young people in exchange for company and occasional services provided or an insignificant monthly rent.
According to the latest Eurostat statistics, the EU countries produced 61 million tonnes of municipal waste, which was 4.2 % below the level for the prior year. The effort to raise awareness about waste reduction and waste prevention has generated various initiatives. The Repair Café Foundation is one of them; and, since 2009, it has made serious efforts to support sustainability and encourage local community involvement in its project. Martine Postma, its founder, provides insights on a concept which today unites 1350 Repair Cafés worldwide.
Starting your own business is scary at any age, let alone when you are young. The fear of failure is so strong that many give up even before getting in front of the sketch board. This is why it is important to develop not just a viable business strategy, but a healthy work philosophy as well, one that will carry you through all the troubles you are bound to encounter somewhere along the way.