With an inspiring event in the Knights’ Hall in The Hague on 24 April, we kicked off the joint development of shared purposes to take on global challenges. Twelve inspiring entrepreneurs showcased their solutions illustrating these purposes. The audience, consisting of 500 European guests in the venue and many more watching via the livestream, chose three solutions as most relevant: Micreos, with the world’s first targeted antibacterial product, won the public vote. Runners up were; ApisProtect, using in hive-sensors, retrofitted into existing beehives to unobtrusively monitor honey bee colonies; and Too Good to Go, a smartphone application that helps restaurants and food sellers sell their surplus food instead of wasting it, thereby fighting food waste. Now we are asking you!
Under an impressive drumbeat by percussion artist Dario Rossi who drummed away on only reclaimed materials, the crowd was immersed in quotes from some of the world’s greatest thinkers and a speech by Severn Suzuki emphasising the huge challenges humanity is facing. The overtone, however, was a positive one, focusing on hope, innovation and the courage to take action. State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy continued with an opening address, saying that “there’s one source that never runs out – and that’s great ideas.”
European Commissioner for SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska reiterated that message, saying that even though “the challenges that we are facing today in regards to the environment, energy, health and demography are enormous, we must treat them as opportunities. All twelve solutions presented have shared purposes and are all very good examples of sustainable solutions to global challenges.”
Grade the shared purposes for future development
But it does not stop here. Now we are asking you: Which shared purposes should be facilitated as sustainable solutions for our global challenges? Let us know before July 3 2018, by grading each of these shared purposes below. The ones with the highest grade will be actively facilitated by Ideas from Europe, using its network of experts and stakeholders, to help the joint development of this solutions to a global challenge. Grade the shared purposes here: http://ideasfrom.eu/vote.