How can we talk less and DO more? Eva Vander Giessen, Program & Community Manager at The DO School, looks to her network for inspiration around some of the green initiatives that they’re bravely pushing forward.
Kaya Dorey, a member of The DO School community, is the UN Environment Young Champion of the Earth for North America. She founded NOVEL SUPPLY CO, a conscious and eco-friendly apparel brand based in Vancouver. Kaya introduces us to NOVEL SUPPLY CO and other changemakers that are making waves in the fashion and retail industry.
Håkan Nordkvist is Head of Sustainability Innovation at Ingka Group (the largest IKEA franchisee, operating 367 IKEA stores in 30 markets). From building BILLY bookshelves in the 90’s to innovating and building sustainable business opportunities, Håkan is a key figure in purposeful retail around the world. Discover all about his beginnings, his current projects such as the solar panel initiative, developing new circular business models for IKEA and a whole lot more.
To be Earth’s most customer-centric company is Amazon’s purpose and it shines through in everything they do. We spoke to Florian Baumgartner, Director Consumables, Amazon Germany, about the company’s approach to Purposeful Retail, observing consistent factors over trends, and how their obsession with pleasing their customers takes form.
Oliver Lange started working at H&M eight years ago as a Store Manager and is now head of the H&M Lab Germany, designed to look into disruptive innovations within the fashion industry. With his many years of experience in retail, Oliver has plenty of insight regarding the digitalization of the fashion industry.
Founder and CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence, Kate Ancketill has consulted on best practice and strategy in retail, brands and hospitality for 20 years, working with clients like Microsoft, Coca-Cola, P&G, Hilton and Tesco.
H&M Group Chief Operating Officer Helena Helmersson has worked her way up in the H&M Group since 1997 (Update: in January 2020, she was announced as CEO of the group). Throughout the years, she has developed great loyalty for the company, and also gained valuable insights into how a modern, agile supply chain is set up, as well as what the future of retail will entail.
In partnership with H&M, 24YOU equips young people with the tools and mindsets needed for the working world of tomorrow. During the 12-month program, young people live together in Berlin, embark on a journey of self-discovery, learn new skills, access mentoring and co-create innovative solutions with world-leading fashion brand, H&M.
Since its inception in 2016, more than eight cohorts of 20 participants have been empowered through the 24YOU program.
The Siemens Stiftung Education Challenge Africa
Selected fellows were invited to Berlin for an intense multi-week learning and co-creation program with the aim of creating viable solutions to advance MINT education in Africa. Fellows had the unique opportunity to participate in bespoke workshops, expert input sessions and peer exchange for developing essential entrepreneurial and leadership skills.
Climate Action: Race to Zero
In collaboration with Count Us In and the UK High Level Champions for COP26, we awarded innovation grants to young people, helping them to develop climate projects and access expert support and peer connection through our global DO Community.
The goal of the initiative was to engage young innovators between 16-35 years old, helping them to take action to fight the climate crisis. Selected change makers received €2000 in funding, assisting them in developing a range of ideas in four different categories; bringing the wild back, eating for the planet, traveling sustainably, and rewriting our future.
beVisioneers: The Mercedes-Benz Fellowship
The beVisioneers fellowship is a unique, one-year hybrid learning program funded by Mercedes-Benz, designed and implemented by The DO School Fellowships gGmbH. After completing the program, fellows become lifelong members of the beVisioneers community, getting support to continue developing their projects as well as their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
With the goal of training 1,000 young people per year by 2025, and building a community of more than 10,000 innovators and mentors, beVisioneers is the most ambitious and comprehensive fellowship program The DO School Fellowships gGmbH has ever implemented.
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