Everyone can have an individual take on what constitutes entertainment, but an original inspiration can be found the capital of Romania. The Museum of Senses opened two months ago in Bucharest – patterned on its counterpart in Prague - and its story is built around the world of sensations and mind-blowing optical illusions. Gina Schmitzer, its founder, provides us insights about a business idea which invites you simply to test your senses.

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.

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