#HomelessEntrepreneur at Smart City Expo World Congress 2018

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Are you in Barcelona during the Smart City Expo World Congress (November 13 - 15)? Have you ever helped a homeless person? Do you think smart city development should be inclusive?  Do you believe actions speak louder than words?

If you agree with all the question or at least you have some thoughts about it, we invite you to come see us and share your thoughts in front of the Smart City Expo World Congress entrance at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona.

Why is #HomelessEntrepreneur participating in Smart City Expo World Congress?


We believe that Smart Cities should involve all organizations and citizens in its development. We strongly encourage both the public and private sector to build an inclusive model where homelessness as we know it ceases to exist. Technology can speed up the process of creating sustainable work and dignified housing for and with homeless people willing and able to tell their story and work to become active citizens again.
— #HomelessEntrepreneur

What are #HomelessEntrepreneur’s goals at the Smart City Expo World Congress?

  • Raise Awareness both online and offline: We will communicate with Smart City Expo World Congress guests online as well as at the entrance and around the city to build upon our 3 strategic pillars; knowledge, recognition and change. The goal is that these conversations with professiomals, influencers in the business world and media representatives lead to real real change for the homeless.

    • Example: We participated in a board meeting with Leading Cities thanks to an invitation from their local coordinator Joaquín Rodriguez Alvarez. We met their president and CEO, Michael Lake, and many other professionals involved in making smart cities even smarter.

  • Build Partnerships: we are looking to partner up with corporations and individuals who would like to help transform our business processes with the ultimate goal of creating more job and housing opportunities for and with homeless people in our program.

    • A current example: We are building an app with SAP’s Belgian and Dutch sales department in Barcelona in order to collect clean data about homelessness in real-time so we can make better decisions and more importantly create a tool that can be used by organizations around the world..

  • Raise Funds: On a small scale, we’d like to raise between 10,000€ to end homelessness for 1 #HomelessEntrepreneur in our program by funding his or her project. On a large scale, we’d like to raise 1,5 million euros to provide economic stability and growth for #HomelessEntrepreneurs on a European level.

    o   As soon as we raise funds, we will share it in this article. Please contact us if you are interested in donating!

How is #HomelessEntrepreneur participating in Smart City Expo World Congress?

We will be standing in front of the Smart City Expo World Congress from Nov. 13-15 as well as communicating a clear positive message for every person who passes by to see, while smiling and wishing everyone an amazing day and successful event.

HOW CAN YOU SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF CREATING HOUSING AND JOBS FOR AND WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE?

Share this post with people you know who may be interested in joining us. It's free and you can do it on your phone from wherever you are!

You can also participate as a sponsor like Invoice Ninja, who sponsored our travel costs for Web Summit, in future events!

IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO HELP US SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF CREATING SUSTAINABLE WORK AND DIGNIFIED HOUSING FOR AND WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE IN OUR PROGRAM, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

For further information, please contact us.

Kaospilots & #HomelessEntrepreneur Collaborating to End Homelessness

Kaospilots (Chaospilots) is taking over the #HomelessEntrepreneur blog with some articles for the coming months!  

Meet the team

Kaospilots is a Danish business and design school specialized in leadership and entrepreneurship. It is a school for change makers, leaders and social entrepreneurs. For a few months during the three year program we move to a different location in the world to engage in local projects that play an important role in changing the world so it becomes a better place. Therefore, 38 second year Kaospilot students can currently be found in the streets of Barcelona. Four of us, Ana, Nina, Malthe and Bettina (see picture below) are spending most of our time collaborating with #HomelessEntrepreneur since we share the beliefs of opportunities and empowering people.

 Ana, Bettina, Nina, and Malthe (from left to right)

Ana, Bettina, Nina, and Malthe (from left to right)

From our first year at the Kaospilots we bring with us a variety of skills, tools and abilities within areas such as social entrepreneurship, process design and facilitation, project management, experience design, team culture and more. These we hope will be of good use during our collaboration.

Bringing chaos to Homeless Entrepreneurs?!

For the coming two months we will work with Homeless Entrepreneur focusing on the organisation’s internal processes and how we can support them in their development.

Our first step will be to host conversations and interviews with Homeless Entrepreneur to understand and get a picture of what the organisation looks like now and how they want to shape their work and future.  

A good picture of how Kaospilots take on projects in a somewhat different way is Googling the word ‘preject’, which is how we usually start up a project:

Preject is a concept that talks about the need for a small pre-project before the actual project. This to define ways of working, roles, expectations etc. This is often used by the Kaospilots.
— Bettina


If you want a sneak peek into what Kaospilots dream of and how we work on projects, you can check out this video from our annual End of the Year event in Copenhagen.

The event showcases the work of Kaospilot students in the past year, with a special focus on the projects by the graduating team.

We will write updates about the project and our process here, so stay tuned!

Also, if you have any input, suggestions, questions or interest please contact us (Bettina) via email! bettina@kaospilot.dk

 

Monthly ESITS Sleepout at Web Summit 2018

Are you in Lisbon during the Web Summit (November 5 - 8)? Have you ever helped a homeless person? Do you believe technology can augment human capacities?  Do you believe actions speak louder than words?

If you've answered "Yes" to all four questions you have officially qualified as someone who can participate in #HomelessEntrepreneur's 27th monthly sleepout between November 4-8 in front of the Web Summit entrance at Altice Arena in Lisbon.

Why is #HomelessEntrepreneur participating in Web Summit?

We believe that the tech world can promote a symbiotic relationship between humans and technology to speed up the process of creating sustainable work and dignified housing for and with homeless people interested in telling their story and working to become active citizens again.
— #HomelessEntrepreneur

SLEEPING IN THE STREET IS NOT A JOKING MATTER

Sleeping in the street for one night isn't going to kill you, but sleeping there every night can and will especially in winter and during cold fronts. A #HomelessEntrepreneur named Tomas living in Tarragona, Spain, who has successfully gotten off the street, lost a close friend of his last year for this exact reason. Carol was only 45 years old.

What are #HomelessEntrepreneur’s goals at Web Summit?

  • Raise Awareness both online and offline: We will communicate with Web Summit guests online as well as at the entrance and around the city to build upon our 3 strategic pillars; knowledge, recognition and change. The goal is that these conversations with tech professional, influencers in the business world and journalists lead to real proposals that turn into real change.

    • Example: Having an amazing conversation with Mairin Murray about creating new opportunities for and with homeless people and the communities they live in via Tech4Good. This conversation started on Twitter through the #WebSummit hashtag and continued over coffee at the museu da cerveja right before it started raining.

  • Build Partnerships: We are looking to partner up with corporations and individuals who would like to help transform our business processes with the ultimate goal of creating more job and housing opportunities for and with homeless people in our program. An current example: We are building an app with SAP’s Belgian and Dutch sales department in Barcelona in order to collect clean data in real-time so we can make better decisions and more importantly create a tool that many other organizations can use to do the same.

    • Example: As soon as we create a new partnership, we will share it in this article. Contact us if you’re interested!

  • Raise Funds: On a small scale, we’d like to raise between 5,000-15,000€ to end homelessness for 2 #HomelessEntrepreneurs in our program by funding their projects. On a large scale, we’d like to raise 1,5 million euros to provide economic stability and growth for #HomelessEntrepreneurs on a European level.

    • Example: As soon as we raise funds, we will share it in this article. Thanks to Invoice Ninja, we were able to raise funds for the travel expenses and half of a program for 1 #HomelessEntrepreneur! Please contact us if you’re interested in donating!

How is #HomelessEntrepreneur participating in Web Summit?

  • We will be sleeping out in front of the Web Summit from Nov. 4-8 as well as communication a clear positive message for every person who passes by to see, while smiling and wishing everyone an amazing day and successful event.

    • Example of commitment: Even though it’s raining, I’m still sleeping out. Homeless people can’t choose not to be homeless when the weather’s bad and I’m not going to act any differently.

  • We will be starting and continuing conversation with those attending the event in a formal and informal way, which will depend on each person/organization.

    • Example of a continued conversation: I met Carl Rodrigues at the speaker’s dinner at CogX in London and we’ll be catching up here in Lisbon at Web Summit!

  • We will be creating customized proposals and closing deals with all interested parties.

    • Example: We reached out to Boss AC, a well respected Portuguese rapper, via Twitter and will be sending him a proposal to participate in the event shortly.

  • And most importantly, we will start working with the new partners who decide to help speed up the process of creating sustainable work and dignified housing for and with our organization.

    • Example: As soon as we start working with a new partner, we will share it in this article. Contact us if you’re interested!

WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING IF YOU WANT TO SLEEP OUT WITH US?

1) A sleeping bag

2) An open mind

3) A few good jokes (optional)

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IF YOU CAN'T SLEEP OUT WITH US?

Share this post with people you know how may be interested in joining us. It's free and you can do it on your phone from wherever you are!

You can also participate as a sponsor like Invoice Ninja, who sponsored our travel costs for Web Summit, in future events!

CAN WE CREATE A BETTER FUTURE FOR & WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE?

Yes, and we should because active citizen participation is the only solution!

IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION TO HELP US SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF CREATING WORK AND HOUSING FOR AND WITH HOMELESS PEOPLE IN OUR PROGRAM, PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK: DONATE.

For further information, please email us at funk@homelessentrepreneur.org
or call us at +34 697 877 089.
— Andrew Funk, President of #HomelessEntrepreneur