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You don’t need much space at home to prepare and decorate a fantastic Christmas Tree. We prepared ours using colored cardboard, and the whole team joined in to give it its shape. Don’t cut down trees, you can cut them out and recycle them later. Now there’s a good idea.
Make your own Christmas Tree and share it in ideas4all!
Check out the step-by-step guide to our Christmas Tree.
Tourism in Spain is in high demand. Almost 22 million travellers have passed through Spanish airports in July, the second best month for Tourism in Spain’s history. According to official data, this year has so far also beaten the national record for tourist arrivals.
This is all fine and well, but many of these travellers have simply come and gone. We know they have spent money in the country, but know very little about their stay in Spain.
Isn’t it a pity to squander such wealth of information?
Did they like the breakfast buffet at the hotel where they stayed? Were they comfortable in the airplane seats of the airline they chose?
Any business needs to know its clients and in the new digital environment it is essential for brands to maintain a conversation with them. Not only will they stand out from the competition, their survival may depend on it, too.
This is where ideas social networks come into play, such as our own innovation agora. They are based on open innovation, i.e. companies ‘open up’ to their clients and allow them to contribute ideas. A clear example can be seen in ideas4all, our showcase ideas social network where users have submitted, throughout these past years, many ideas to improve the Tourism sector.
Let us turn back now to those airlines who have carried millions of tourists this summer. It is great that they sold so many tickets, but do they know what it is about their planes that their clients like? Or better still, what is it they don’t like and would like to see change? If they do find out, it will probably be because of an unpleasant experience and a complaint form.
But with an ideas social network, passengers of the airline can avoid complaints forms and directly suggest solutions such as these:
What about hotel clients? They may have had a great few days and are looking forward to their next stay in the hotel. And they may be even more convinced to do so if they can share their ideas on how to improve their experience during their stay, like in these examples:
Any company in the Tourism sector should, at least, consider the need of having their own ideas social network to share experiences with their clients, whether they travel for business or pleasure, in order to continue growing: because apart from being useful, sharing ideas and improving is fun.
Seeing an idea become reality is always gratifying, but finding out that the winning idea of our Big Bang Challenge 2010 continues to be a success story is even better.
The idea “THE END of polluting companies – Interactive recycling” suggested the creation of Ecopoints, interactive devices placed in key locations around cities. The main motivation behind recycling for users is that, by doing so, they obtain “eco-credits” for each recycled element, and these “eco-credits” can be accumulated and exchanged for prizes, offers and commercial benefits. This makes recycling something fun and advantageous for people who recycle.
The idea became reality, and today Ecopoints offer the following advantages:
- Share your recycling in social networks. Ecopoint devices are connected to the Internet and publish an automatic update in social networks showing how many bottles have been recycled and the environmental benefit a given user has created with his or her action.
- Automatically analyze recycled materials. Each Ecopoint classifies and compacts material, and users do not need to learn color classification systems or different recycling containers.
- Rankings are created to highlight users who recycle the most in shopping malls, universities and buildings, thus setting an example for other users.
- Recycle to win prizes such as cellphone top-ups, movie tickets, vouchers in 16 associated franchises, etc.
We spoke to the creator, ideator Camjim, who wanted to share with us everything he has achieved after receiving the 25,000 dollar prize in our Big Bang Challenge, thanks to which he was able to get his idea started.
Camjim gave us an update on his idea since then:
- There is now a team of 14 people working on Ecopuntos.
- They have recycled 670,000 packages in Latin America in the last few years.
- 182,000 people have taken part in Ecopuntos.
- They have a network of 32 Ecopuntos, installed in Colombia, Peru and Mexico.
- They have received several national and international awards: the last was received directly from Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, who awarded them the prize for start-ups granted by the National Employers’ Association (Asociación Nacional de Empresarios – ANDI) in 2013.
- They have published articles on the initiative in local and international media, and were selected by HuffingtonPost and Youth Service America among the 25 most influential and powerful young people in 2012.
- In 2013, the World Economic Forum selected them as a member of the Global Shapers community, for leaders under 30.
- To date, they have achieved aggregated sales of close to 340,000 dollars in a year and a half of commercial activity.
- They have involved 90% of the beverages sector in their project. (Coca-cola, Carrefour, Unilever, Tetra-Pak, among others.)
They have also decided to create a new spin-off, adapting their recycling technology to electronic waste in the USA, a 20 trillion dollar industry.
We were extremely happy at hearing Camjim’s words: “Quite simply, the ideas4all prize changed my life, and the lives of thousands of people around me.”
Ideas truly can become reality.
The concept of ‘Smart Cities’ is starting to gain strength in Spain. ‘Smart Cities’ are those cities committed to using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and a model of higher quality infrastructures that improve the quality of life of their citizens, while reducing public expenditure.
In other countries, outstanding examples of Smart Cities are Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Vienna in Europe; or Boston, San Francisco and Seattle in North America.
In Spain, the Spanish Network of Smart Cities (Red Española de Ciudades Inteligentes; RECI) brings together 49 Spanish cities, such as Santander, Móstoles, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Malaga, Valencia and Seville, among others.
Along the same lines, 23 Spanish cities are presenting projects for the competition “Mayors Challenge”, organized by Michael Bloomberg’s foundation, which rewards the most innovative management initiatives in European cities. Madrid and Barcelona are among the 21 finalist projects.
Since 2011, the Spanish Network of Smart Cities, headed by Íñigo de la Serna, Mayor of Santander, has made a resolute commitment towards networking between the different administrations, promoting cooperation between the public and private sectors in the construction of Smart Cities.
Santander is, precisely, a very good example of this. Its city council is spearheading the Smart City movement in Spain, taking into account both private initiatives as part of various ‘smart’ projects and its own citizens, in order to become a Smart City.
Social innovation has therefore become one of its pillars, as made evident by the creation of its citizen participation platform, the Santander City Brain, which, according to De la Serna, has made Santander “the first city to democratize idea generation” in all of Spain.
Santander’s citizens, who know their city better than anyone, have become involved in improving their surroundings, creating a collective brain that has seen the creation of over 800 ideas from close to 200 citizens. The platform has also been used to hold several competitions for innovative ideas that promote entrepreneurship and a local economy based on knowledge.
Another city defined by its innovative spirit, Móstoles, has also decided to follow the same path with the launch of its own open participation platform: Ideas Ciudadanas.
In both cases, citizens have become involved for one simple reason: they are interested in improving the quality of life in their surroundings and they have been given a tool with which to do so. Both town councils are also committed to increasing citizen participation and transparency in their city’s management processes.
In a nutshell, what Santander and Móstoles have done is to promote social innovation and make the most of their citizens’ valuable human capital in order to build a better city between everyone.
* Pic by: Intel Free Press (modified under CC license)
Today Saturday 8th of March we celebrate the International Women’s Day, and I did not want to let this occasion go by without thanking all ideas4all team, users, ideat@rs and specially all women that represent a fundamental part of this collectivity. I would also like to thank @ll of you women for being there, for thinking, giving and sharing ideas for a better world, for all the job well done which allows day after day to improve ideas4all users and ideas4all Innovation Agora customers satisfaction, via the democratization process of the innovation chain, and our continuous growth even at these times of crisis in order to become the worlds greatest ideas social network.
Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations said this week in a statement for this very symbolic day and week, which is becoming more and more relevant for what it represents:
“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress 4all.”
Women will represent the development and progress motor in the XXI century; it is been said that they will become the great superpower as a group, because more and more they will participate in the decisions of Enterprises and Global Companies, Institutions and Governments. And it will be women who will create more companies and SMEs that consequently will create the most women’s jobs around the world.
Dilma Rousseff The voice of democracy, the voice of women, the first woman in history to address the general Assembly of the United Nations, 2011.
That this week will not only be a week for thought from all of us in an isolated punctual manner on our values, where we give ideas for an equalitarian world and that from this ideas thousand of other ideas arise for new companies to be created, companies that respect, commit and behave in equality, diversity and equity in a continuous uninterrupted manner.
In our open social network of ideas, women ideas represent around 30% of total. Lets post more ideas, women’s ideas are needed, they are half of the potential ideas of humanity and here they have a space, their space.
Ana María Llopis
President and CEO ideas4all
To see the History of this Day
“Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity…
If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior…
If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with women…”
Today sees the launch of our new digital newspaper, using the tool paper.li. Under the name “ideas4all Innovation Review”, we will filter every week’s best news, photos and videos on innovation.
The weekly edition will be available every Wednesday. Now you can keep up to date on the latest novelties, trends, programs, while you also uncover a source of inspiration…who knows, you might even learn to let out the innovator inside all of us.
If you are registered in ideas4all, you will receive our paper every Wednesday in your inbox. If you are not, please register here.