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Unlearning Talks Webcast

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

16.00 GMT / 17.00 CEST / 18.00 EEST

Introducing the future of a sustainable network

As the wave of the covid-19 crisis has landed on our communities, workplaces, and economies, we are discovering that our collaborative initiatives are becoming even more important as a way to maintain momentum on important sustainability issues. However, building lasting partnerships in the region has always been a challenge. How can stronger partnerships be fostered? What are the main pillars for their sustainability? Join this discussion with a diverse group of changemakers.

Featured Speakers

Hermes Arriaga Sierra, Zagreb Impact Hub, Croatia

Marko Heinke, Zukunftswerkstatt Paul – Gustavus Haus, Germany

Sanda Rakočević, YouSeeUpbeat Hub, Montenegro

Nikos Vandoros, Culture for Change, Greece

Raluca Voinea, Tranzit, Romania


Moderator: Maria-Louiza Laopodi, Project Manager START 


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Marko Heinke

Zukunftswerkstatt Paul – Gustavus Haus

Chairman of Förderverein Zukunftswerkstatt Paul-Gustavus-Haus e.V., a sociocultural center in Altenburg. Founded 2009 with today over 100 volunteer members and a full-time project manager. The focus of the association is on the exchanges between generations and cultures, social integration projects, along with concerts, art, and theater performances. Member of Council of the City of Altenburg for the Stadtforum Altenburg, a politically and economically independent citizen’s initiative focusing on urban development. Member of the Neue Gründerzeit at the Blauen Flut in Altenburg, a neighborhood initiative between residents, property owners and businesses to revitalize the district area.

Nikos Vandoros

Culture for Change

Nikos Vandoros is an Architect with an interest in reusing abandoned buildings. In 2012 he was awarded the Thomaideion prize for participating in “Green School Pilot”, while in 2015 he received the START fellowship through which he implemented “The Urban Game”, a project using gaming applications to highlight neglected archaeological sites. This project has been part of the celebratory events for the International Museum Day and the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Nikos is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Athens, holding a scholarship from the HFRI.  At the time, he is working towards strengthening the CforC Network.

Raluca Voinea

Raluca Voinea is curator and art critic, based in Bucharest. Since 2012 she is co-director of Association. From 2012 to 2019 she managed space in Bucharest, which included an art gallery, a communitarian permaculture garden and an Orangery (a space for hosting fragile plants and ideas), all developed organically and in response to both the local context and to more international frameworks. The institution will relocate to another space in 2020. Since 2008 she is co-editor of IDEA arts + society magazine and since 2012 the coordinator of the (Expozitii) collection published by IDEA Publishing House. In 2013 Raluca Voinea was the curator of the Romanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale with the project An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale by artists Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş.

Hermes Arriaga

Impact Hub Zagreb

An entrepreneur and business innovator with experience in several sectors with a natural-born talent for project steering, creatively materializing ideas into tangible entities as demonstrated in business development expertise advising and mentoring 100+ ventures. Consulted around 20+ organizations like SMEs, NGOs and governmental bodies through co-creating processes and innovating better businesses (i.e. Lego Serious Play certified and Art of Hosting practitioner).

Sanda Rakočević

You See & Upbeat Hub

Sanda is executive Director of ADP-Zid, active in the civil sector since 1998. Experienced in the filed Project cycle management and Management of social innovation. Special skills, knowledge and experience has in the development and testing social innovations in the field of youth, employment, tourism and ICT. Working in the development of social and community services using innovative methodologies, as well. At the national level, she is an active member of the Technical Committee established by the Institute for Standardization for the standards ISO 26000, ISO 20400 adapted for Montenegro. Member of the working group for Negotiation Chapter 19 – Social policy and employment. One of the creators and founders Social Impact Hub in Montenegro. Author and publisher of a lot of articles and analyses in the field of social innovation and social policies.