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Dear Readers, despite being launched only a few months ago, Young Innovations Europe is already making big leaps forward! After the launch event in November, we got surprised and overwhelmed by the impact of our magazine, resulting in:   + a readership of over 2,000 in such a few months + becoming a project of the ‘European Year of Creativity and Innovation’ of the European Commission + extensive media coverage in several European countries + several workshops being organised in cooperation with like-minded, youth organisations from across Europe, starting with the Spring Meeting of JADE, the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises   These definitely inspired and prompted us to think bigger, striving to be of more help. How? Through the organisation of even more exciting, upcoming initiatives to empower our readers to launch or keep making big waves across Europe.   We are starting with a free, online courses to inspire and train all those with a writing bug out there, in April. Stay tuned…or better, keep reading!

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Index 4 CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER The growth of Romania is in young people’s HANDS

6 Youth Action for Change Inspiring Youth Empowerment through Innovation



Editor Selene Biffi

A project for life

Project Manager Silvia Raccagni


Content Coordinator Deborah Woolfson Communications Michela Bettinelli Web Coordinator Paola Ciaffi

SPUN OUT The youth revolution starts online

Writers Egle Buivydaite, Emile Sebastian Arinaga, Francesca Ranazzi, Lucrecia Mena, Paola Ciaffi, Paola Graci, Peter Seenan, Shasheen Jayaweera



Mozzo Coffee

EU young people take the lead

Caffeine Connections

Graphics Francesco Franciosi

Images Courtesy of: Career Development Centre, Cheer Up, EUforIA, European Institute for Democratic Participation, Mozzo Coffee, Spun Out, Youth Action for Change



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| Business


The growth of romania is in young people’s HANDS by Paola Ciaffi

Work Ennobles Man: that’s what our parents taught us. True! But what about those people who can’t get a job or those who have to emigrate to work? Is it possible to change this course of events? According to a group of Romanian young people, yes, it is possible… It’s not surprising: life is anything but easy for young people in search of a job, especially in these days of recession. We study for several years at university, investing interests, passion, commitment and money. We get a degree and think the world will be ours; we feel we have the key for success in our hands and the enthusiasm of a kid opening their Christmas presents. We spend weeks sending CVs and cover letters, checking recruitment websites, waiting for an email and getting anxious about every incoming phone call, filled with the hope of hearing our future boss’ voice. However, as time goes by and nothing for us seems to change, our enthusiasm diminishes, our wishes slowly deflate like a balloon in the sun and we decide to accept the first available job – even if it’s not the one we wanted to do or studied for – or we just keep waiting for the wheel of fortune to turn in our favour. In many cases, emigration seems to be the only option.

Although this sounds familiar to many of us, let’s think positive and see what the good sides are!

Andrea Filip of CDC

Here is one of them: back in 2002, in Romania, a student named Andrea Filip, supported by a heterogeneous group of people, decided to create a non-profit organization, CDC - Career Development Center. About CDC CDC is a non-profit organization created by students, businessmen and teachers from the University of Vest in Timisoara. Its goal is to build a profitable bond between the Romanian educational/academic environment and the uncertain and steep “world of work”. While the university provides students with the necessary knowledge, technical competencies and general culture in their area of interest, CDC creates the practical context in which youths have the opportunity to truly experience what they have learned. The main idea of CDC’s activity is very simple and effective at the same time:

youths are a great resource for the development of every country and need to do the job that best suits their wishes, their skills and their attitudes and they need to do it in an environment where they can authentically express themselves. In short, they need and have the right to choose their career, without having to emigrate and without having to accept the first job they are offered. Indeed, to foster the realization of this project, CDC gives students and graduates the great opportunity to meet, get in touch with and learn from people who achieved a successful position in business, so everyone can actually choose which kind of career they are interested in and which skills they need to develop for it.


According to the CDC website: “With projects in partnership with the business environment, public institutions, non-governmental organizations, we expose the teenagers to a variety of career options as they can choose what suits their personality”. Entrepreneur Factory The main project promoted by CDC is a 7-day-training course for 60 students, who benefit from the constant presence, experience and knowledge of a number of local entrepreneurs, willing to be at their disposal. The 60 trainees learn how to create a career plan and gain valuable knowledge about how to start a business (leadership, business plan, legal and juridical aspects when founding a company, general management aspects etc.). They get to spend a few days with successful businessmen in their companies, which means they learn by observing the uniqueness of every company, by asking for more information and advice and by bearing this great opportunity in mind. The companies they visit operate in different sectors and are led by a really mixed group of entrepreneurs of dissimilar ages, levels of experience and backgrounds: this way, CDC’s activities encourage a fresh approach to business, which is free from stereotypes and prejudices about the typical model of businessmen and women. The best business plan created during the training is then awarded with 4000 Romanian Lei (almost 1000 Euro). With the prize, the winner can realize his or her project, or invest it to research the business area he or she is interested in.

contributed to the growth of the country and its economy. They created a dynamic, florid and innovative social enterprise, in which young people are the real resource and the most powerful element. Social enterprise fights youth emigration and CDC is still working hard to prove it. That’s why Andrea and her collaborators are constantly looking for new challenges and new ways to spread the word about them and their vocation. After obtaining several international awards as one of the best examples of social entrepreneurship in Europe, they opened a second CDC franchise in Cluj which offers the same professionalism, enthusiasm and possibility of networking and building successful situations as the one based in Timisoara.

Paola Ciaffi Passionate about culture and communication, Paola graduated from ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome, majoring in Sciences of Communication. Curious, thirsty for knowledge, some of her favourite activities are travelling, writing and reading. She is particularly interested in human rights and intercultural dialogue. She seriously believes in the power of knowledge and communication as tools to fight ignorance and promote freedom and democracy.

They have also built a career portal and published a Career Guide, designated ‘Project of the Year’ by the National Authority for Young People in 2006.


All these factors seem to be the positive response to a static international working situation and to the general lack of trust in youth, especially in certain European countries: as it says on CDC’s website, they are “the premises of young generations who will contribute to the economical growth of the country and the quality of life of all the people who surround them”.

Andrea Filip

Improve your CV articles/cv_tips.htm Learn how to improve your CV

How to write a Business Plan Working hard on a business plan

The present and the future of CDC: creating social enterprise to fight emigration In eight years CDC has helped thousands of young Romanian people lay the foundations of their career. Unlike many of their compatriots, they were not forced to emigrate due to lack of work and the subsequent privations. On the contrary, they remained in Romania and with the support of CDC they have built a career and

Career Development Centre Learn hot to draft a business plan

Work and Study in Europe The easy way to find information on jobs and learning opportunities throughout Europe A CDC Diploma

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| Education

Youth Action for Change Inspiring Youth Empowerment through Innovation

by Lucrecia Mena & Shasheen Jayaweera

Young people have the potential to make significant positive contributions to the development of communities around the world. The key to unleashing this potential is empowerment.

One highly effective way of empowering these youth is through action-focused skills education.

Holding a seminar in Italy

This is the belief of Youth Action for Change (YAC), the organization which also founded and runs this magazine, Young Innovations Europe (YIE). However long before YIE was founded, YAC began with a simple vision related to its belief above – to educate motivated young people in developing nations with knowledge on development issues, and skills on how to run projects, empowering them with the tools to make a positive impact on their community. The power of education and the potential of youth should never be underestimated with YAC’s free online courses having inspired dozens of youth run community projects. Over 1000 youth from over 100 countries have participated in YAC’s courses

since 2005 and YAC has won acclaim from a number of organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the Council of Europe. YAC was born when its founder Selene Biffi attended the Oxfam International Youth Parliament in 2004 and envisioned harnessing the power of the online technologies to link young people with skills to those who need skills and knowledge. YAC pioneered an online course where skills and knowledge could be shared and where course material would be taught in an action-focused practical manner aimed to inspire participants to develop local grassroots community

projects. The action-focused nature of the course resulted in many participants being inspired to start community projects or use the skills they gained to further projects they were already working on. In effect, the benefits of the course were multiplied. In some instances participants engaged in peer to peer education re-teaching what they had learnt through the YAC course to their peers and communities. YAC has continued to innovate and expand over the past few years. Courses have been taught for free through a number of methods from lectures through YouTube, to chat rooms, wikis and forums, catering to the basic internet capacities of many

7 remote areas. In response to calls for more youth focused media in remote Pacific Islands’ communities, YAC ran a youth media development course in partnership with media consulting firm MediaSnackers. Local YAC volunteers hired internet cafes and a number of disadvantaged youth were trained with media skills. These youth then went onto designing youth-centric videos advocating HIV awareness and a number of other issues. The content of YAC’s courses are also designed to encourage innovative thinking among participating students. A course run in 2008 on community project development assisted YAC students from Nigeria and Ethiopia to design community peace and conflict resolution projects at schools, to which YAC also contributed basic funding. The participants innovated by using sport in Nigeria to bring students together and teach them about conflict resolution. YAC has not only been a driver of innovation in the field of online education, but also in the field of non-profit organizational management. YAC’s 10 volunteers have never met at the same time. In fact, some of YAC’s core volunteers have never met any of the other volunteers. YAC has no paid staff and is run by a dedicated team of 10 volunteers based in eight different countries as far apart as Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Costa Rica, Armenia, Ghana and Cambodia. Despite this, volunteers feel a sense of a common cause and cooperate with each other in an efficient manner ensuring the smooth running of the organization. As volunteer Lucrecia Mena describes, “it is the sense that small actions through YAC courses can lead to such big changes that inspires me”. Technologies including Skype, Google Docs, Chat Forums, Facebook and Kwik Surveys are used frequently, enabling this volunteer team to feel like they were in the same office.

Lucrecia Mena

youth already working in NGOs and small community organizations and a steady stream of awareness raising courses to be announced later in the year. YAC only hopes that one day, every young person will have the opportunity to sit one of its courses.

Lucrecia Mena Meléndez is an undergraduate student of International Studies and Political Science at Elmira College in Elmira, New York, U.S.A. Lucrecia is originally from El Salvador, Central America, and she is currently living abroad while she studies. She is the Programme Coordinator for Courses in Youth Action for Change (YAC) and enjoys meeting active participants and people with new ideas. She speaks English, Spanish and French, and loves to read, write, travel and be actively involved in the world.

Interested in helping YAC? If you happen to be someone who is passionate about a subject or idea and you are interested in the opportunity to share your skills and experiences with young people in developing countries, please contact us. YAC is an organization moved and directed by young people and their ideas. YAC is always searching for new course developers and instructors from around the world. Anyone with specific skills in a relevant area of development education can apply to teach with YAC. YAC provides guidance and training to all teachers. On the other hand, if you are interested in courses offered by YAC, you can become a participant and gain further knowledge. If you are interested in volunteering in a different capacity (i.e. IT), please email us.

Shasheen Jayaweera Shasheen is management consultant with a global firm by day and manages YAC’s strategic development in his evenings. Shasheen co-founded one of the largest youth networks in the Pacific Islands in 2004 and has worked in a number of countries for the World Bank, the United Nations and large banking and governmental organizations. He has also volunteered with many local non-profit and youth organizations, holds degrees in Commerce and Economics from the University of New South Wales where he graduated summa cum laude and was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year in 2007 in the state of NSW. Shasheen enjoys exploring the world and writing music in his spare time.

RESOURCE BOX Youth Action for Change (YAC) We’d love to hear from you!

YAC has large plans to grow with its biggest course offering ever being organized for 2010 including new management courses for

Oxfam OIYP Participants creating an ad A great program supporting young people worldwide

UN-GAID During a course in Tonga

ICTs and Development topics, run by the UN

| Far and Wide

Europeans United for Informed Action Raising global awareness by Emile Arinaga

and encouraging local activism!

How often have you heard, read or seen proof of the fact that today’s world

is not 100% in order? How often have you thought of how cool, adventurous or enriching it would be to ride one of those boats with the Greenpeace folks and save whales, or to walk the streets with thousands of others and chant slogans? And how often have you been temporarily fired up by ideas of helping to make your contribution, only to find that joining an organisation or getting attacked by riot police officers takes too much trouble?

While those examples may be a bit extreme, consider this: how many more young people would become active in today’s world if a dozen easy ways to become active were sitting in your mailbox when you got home? The answer is obvious: a LOT more! EUforIA is a student organization that provides the essential, missing link between good intentions and real action. If you’re thinking of becoming active, and you don’t know how; or if you have a son or daughter

who would like to contribute to a global effort for a better world but finds it easier to be a professional couch potato, then EUforIA is exactly what you need!

a continent in common, and EUforIA was started out of their collective creativity and shared interests and values. Euphoric young people

The group is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and seeks to inform, motivate and activate young people across Europe. The idea behind it all came to six students from different European countries about three years ago (2006-2007), during their year abroad at Boston University. They quickly realized they had more than just

Today, EUforIA aims first to inform youth by providing them with the knowledge of what’s going in the world and then to activate, by handing youth the concrete opportunities to get started and take action. The cornerstones of the organization are good teamwork and a sense of European unity no matter what nationality,

social position or political background a person has. Also, and perhaps most importantly to EUforIA and its members, it is an awareness of the fact that communication and getting the right message to people is vital to getting the job, or really any job, done. Give people a clear, straightforward set of guidelines to work by, make them feel even just a little less lost in the big wide world and they can get started! There’s some very solid logic behind EUforIA’s thinking: getting young people (anyone between thirteen and thirty years of age) to help solve the world’s problems and thereby allowing them to find and create their own path is a very laudable initiative. Young people are not just the world’s future leaders, decision makers, philanthropists and humanitarians; they are the world’s change makers. And it is essential for them to gain the skills, confidence and conscience they need in order to utilize their potential to the maximum. Also, EUforIA rightly believes that young people are a potentially vast source of creative ideas, positive dialogue and forward thinking initiatives, which would all be a real boost to society. Change in the making EUforIA’s way of working ranges from the wonderfully simple to the inspirationally ambitious. For example, the BEATs, or BE Active Thursdays, are activities which take place every first Thursday of the month. Participants are invited to take action on a certain topic concerning global problems. The beauty of the BEATs is that they’re fun, informative, and above all that you can easily organize them yourself in your own home, with your own friends. “EUforIA is a strong believer in the power of change that comes from the bottom up,” says Yoko Malbos, executive manager for

EUforIA. Besides enthusing homes and families to take action, BEATs also don’t impose any real rules or constraints on any activists-to-be: there is a lot of room for improvisation and topics are of the participants’ own choosing, as are the methods of taking action. According to Ms. Malbos, this thematic openness is deliberate. When asked if there was any one issue that EUforIA focuses on, she answered: “Youth is interested in a wide range of issues; young people should develop projects that interest them! This way, we aim to include as many new young people and ideas as possible.” EUforIA knows how to get in touch with people the down-to-earth way, but they definitely aren’t afraid of thinking big. In fact, they even dare to think outside Europe’s borders: in an upcoming project, named ‘ELAYS’ or ‘EUforIA Latin American Youth Summit’, they will help the Latin American social entrepreneurs forge business contacts throughout Europe as a way to prove that fair, effective inter-continental co-operation is not only far from a dream but also an initiative that could significantly bear fruit in the coming years. Besides promoting social entrepreneurship moreover, EUforIA hopes that ELAYS will nurture intercultural dialogue and establish lasting partnerships. Equality and mutual respect will be important focal points during the summit. “It is high time to find new approaches to international cooperation, thereby treating Europeans and Latin Americans equally,” says Mr. Calderón. “There is no such thing as a first and a third world, where one teaches the other how to get it right.”


Emile Arinaga Emile Arinaga’s interest in taking on global issues dates back to when he joined the World Nature Fund’s Youth group when he was eight. Writing has been one of his favourite means of expression since third grade in elementary school, and while still attending the Heilig Hart-College in Tervuren, Belgium, he hopes to start studies involving bio-engineering next year, and journalism later on.


Youth Action Network A program of the International Youth Foundation, it selects and support around 20 promising youth-led organizations each year.

Youth Venture Youth Venture is a program of Ashoka Foundation which strive to inspire and support young people in designing and launching programs across the world EUforIA believes Youth can help create a better world

Peace Child International

Raphael Jeronimo Calderón of EuforIA Peace Child International provides funding to young people below 25 to launch community-based action projects of their own.

| Politics

Established in 2006, the European Institute for Democratic Participation (EIDP) is a prominent non-governmental organization based in Winschoten, the Netherlands.


With a wide array of goals - to support young Europeans in democratic participation, to promote east-west cooperation, human rights and social inclusion, to serve as a platform where young Europeans can jointly develop and conduct projects that stimulate democratic participation, to name but a few – the organization has already initiated fifteen projects all around Europe and Caucasus, involving Georgian, Armenian, Serbian, Hungarian Ukrainian, Belarusian, Dutch, French, Estonian, Lithuanian, Italian and Danish youth in active cooperation. The Board EIDP was founded by three devoted young men with years of significant international experience, motivation and, most importantly, fervency to make a promising idea come to true. Four years later, the buoyant organization is governed by five youngsters who work very hard every day to realize their undertakings with eagerness, dedication and immense love for different cultures and the world itself. “I was fortunate to experience many other cultures and peoples at a young age. I would really like other young individuals to experience this too as well as see how beautiful, challenging and different our peers, other countries and cultures can be. This is, namely, my drive, my passion, my hobby!” Leander van Delden, the chairman of EIDP, inspiringly shares his motives on

working for the organization. Concerning the management of EIDP, Leander also adds “The organization functions as a foundation, meaning it only has a board and no permanent members. This has an advantage that we can decide and rapidly push things through to act on current circumstances and opportunities.” Projects and Activities The range of possible EIDP activities is as extensive as the organization’s goals. However, EIDP past and present projects have tended to focus on seminars, trainings, teachings and Election Observation Missions (EOM). “The training course was a wonderful experience which I’ll never forget. As one of the few participants from Western Europe it was very educational to communicate and get to know people

from ‘the East’. There are so many cultural differences and that’s also why a big part of the course was about cultural diversity. You work together in workgroups and have discussions about several subjects like citizenship, cultural diversity and human rights.” Anita van Der Kraan, the exultant participant of the European Citizenship and Democratic Participation seminar in Tbilisi, Georgia, shares her past experience on EIDP’s website. Even more usefully, prospective members can get a glimpse of the organization by taking part as one of the election observers. This type of project is extremely beneficial not only for a rising young leader, but also for the democratically evolving country itself. “These are basic democratic principles and actions that one can experience in another country and be astonished by how it goes somewhere and also to show the


Egle Buitvydaite Egle Buitvydaite is passionate about journalism and calls herself as Economics and History devotee. For this reason she currently hails from Boston, United States, where Egle studies the blend of the two. Due to her deep personal concern on Global Warming, Egle also runs the ‘Heroes of Our Time’ project and feels exultant while jiving and waltzing on a dance floor.


EIDP seminar in Moldova, 2006

European Institute for Democratic Participation interest and support for the newly developed democratic states and governments. In my opinion, youth is not involved enough in these democratic movements and I am happy with every participant I can send to an EOM, to spread the word and show the dedication.” Leander van Delden expresses his opinion on EOM. “The sad thing, however, is that Election Observation Missions are not very easy to fund”. Yet, all these activities are just a drop in the ocean, as EIDP is open to various other original initiatives, ideas and suggestions.

do not hesitate to become part of EIDP. All you need is time, willingness and dedication. Since the chief office sits in the Netherlands, Dutch youth is extremely welcome to contribute to EIDP. However, a geographical aspect should not discourage you, and contrary to that, diversity is the momentum of EIDP and everyone who feels passionate about the world we all inhabit should get involved!

How to get involved

To join EIDP is easy. If you are young, curious about the world and not indifferent to other peoples living in post- Soviet, newly democratic countries,

Youth in Action Start your own initiative with support from the European Commission!

Upcoming Elections calendar_2010 See when the next elections are taking place

Electoral Observation Mission OAS%20Manual%20ingles.pdf Organise your own EOM!

Intercultural Awareness Network php?option=com_content&view=article& id=26&Itemid=37&lang=en The Intercultural Awareness Network focuses on creation of a common platform for sharing experiences related to intercultural understanding and awareness

About the Caucasus VLCaucasus.html To learn more about the Caucasus

Current News on the Former Soviet Union EIDP projects combine learning with entertainment

Political discussions expand democratic horizons among youth Be in the know about states from the former Soviet Union

| Social

A project for life by Paola Graci

Paris is one of the most loved destinations by travellers: every year

millions of people flock to its museums and stop to admire the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe. Each visitor has taken home countless rolls of film filled with images of these wonderful historical monuments, among many others. Just for a moment, you can try to figure out how many houses have a drawer that contains an album of pictures taken in Paris. Millions of houses, millions of drawers, millions of photo albums. But amongst these, there is a special one: the album of pictures taken by Dimitri which, by virtue of its existence alone, tells a special story.

was to visit the main monuments of the French capital: he dreamed of seeing the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees. Unfortunately, planning a trip requires a significant commitment, especially when circumstances require you to continuously undergo medical treatment and you do not know whether or not you will ever be able to make it.

Dimitri is a 17-year old guy who lives with cancer. His wish, his deep desire,

But thanks to Cheer Up, Dimitri had the chance to make his dream come true. What

is Cheer Up, you may wonder? Cheer Up is a network of voluntary organizations, and whose mission is to support the realization of personal projects of young people living with cancer. As the experience of illness can easily lead to stalemate, inactivity and depression, Cheer Up finds ways to help sick young people get some serenity back. Even Pierre Janicot, Cheer Up founder, found himself in this situation after being hospitalized with cancer in 2002.


Surrounded by friends and family, Pierre understood the importance of maintaining his identity and dreams, with a view to fight for them to keep them alive despite his illness. During his hospitalization therefore, Pierre experienced firsthand the need to find a link with other young people again, especially those experiencing what he was experiencing. He thus figured out that a link could be established by simply creating a personal project – with all the variables and planning it required – despite everything else and despite the disease, to help other young people in his own situation. Beginning with these considerations, in December 2003 Pierre created the first two branches of a network set to rapidly grow and become what is Cheer Up today: a network of 16 associations whose purpose is to support young adults with cancer to realize a project they care about. The struggle for each project also becomes the fight against cancer, the chance to take a step forward on the road of life.

both, the patients and the volunteers. This is a team effort that helps anyone focus on the importance that psychological factors can play in treating diseases. The impact of each project is also extremely meaningful: it helps focus the imagination of the patients, who start to reflect on their future and dedicate themselves to something constructive and energizing, reaping the benefits of healing. Nowadays Cheer Up and its volunteers – mainly coming from associated schools – are helping many sick young people learn to play the piano, stage exhibitions of paintings, create artefacts and acquire new mathematical knowledge. Cheer Up has 300 members and operates in 13 hospitals in 8 cities, now creating a movement of solidarity amongst young people from several walks of life and reconnecting many other of them to life.


Staffed by volunteers, Cheer Up helps each young patient to make an effort to reflect deeply on his or her own wishes, so that they can choose a project to be pursued. Once an idea has been chosen, each patient is encouraged to outline it in more details and prepare a plan for action. Eventually, the volunteer helps recruit the project’s staff, which requires a long-term commitment by

Paola Graci Paola studied in “La Sapienza” University of Rome, obtaining a postgraduate degree in Film & Art Management. Passionate about cinema and travel, she has worked in the Entertainment industry for 6 years. After Rome and New York, she is now living in Sicily, planning her next journey.

Julian Martinez, National Coordinator Cheer Up in France

Youth and Health Main event in France where issues related to young people affected by cancer are dealt with

Funds for youth-led projects in France Cheer Up Volunteers

A visit to the hospital jsp?idChannelN2=22301&docId=34365 presentation/mission.php Some website that may help you with your next project !

| Technology

‘Empoweringyoung peopletotake control of their world and the world around them’ being smart, dynamic and life-oriented. By Francesca Ranazzi

SpunOut is a rich and surprising website. Through an interactive, online community it provides health and lifestyle information, support services, a youth media space, discussion forums, and a platform for youth engagement, civic engagement, participation and advocacy. A lot of stuff for sure. What is it? The main purpose of SpunOut is to inform, support and offer young people the chance to ‘take control’. On the website, updated daily, all writers and collaborators provide ongoing and constant information regarding issues that young people face every day within work, education, social relationships, sexuality, health, alcohol and drugs. Different pieces of information on

hot topics of the moment are published in three main sections: ‘The mag’, ‘Health & life’ and ‘Take action’. Within these, youth’s needs and society’s needs are displayed in an attractive and dynamic way which allows it to reach and appeal to 36,000 unique users per month. Contents, design and development are led by a group of skilled young people who have been supporting ‘a movement for

a change’ since the launch in mid-2005. The wide participation at SpunOut has involved hundreds of young people in its development, reaching millions of people through the media, and receiving awards and widespread praise. is supported by a range of public, private and philanthropic sources, which help the youth-led charity manage the entire project.

The SpunOut Team


Values The heart of the organisation has clearly delineated its vision of stimulating a creation of ‘an Ireland where young people are active and empowered in creating personal and social change in their lives’. In order to do this, they are providing knowledge through information, tools and resources for personal and social change. Overall, the strongest and most important message is to rely on education for personal and social improvement: ‘to better oneself’ is the eternal, ongoing aim of the SpunOut team’. Democracy, respect, rights and knowledge are the fundamental values the organisation strives to promote. All published content has to follow and respect precise editorial values such as innovation, right to freedom of expression and information, the responsibility to respect privacy and safeguard young people’s well being; co-operation and equality between cultures are stimulated and promoted. On an individual level, social change is achieved by addressing young people’s health needs and by providing them with useful tips and information; for example in the ‘Health & life’ section readers can find articles on serious problems such as addiction, cancer and depression.

inside and outside Ireland to spell out their thoughts about big topics and international issues. From global warming to the cost of contraception, they can publish a diversity of voices and perspectives from around the world. A popular forum and a blog provide extra information and a high level of interactivity between the different parts. Competitions are displayed and promoted by the team to get young people to participate in them: journalism, music and literature are the grounds of the game and the prizes. SpunOut is also a launch pad for young musicians and writers who have made a positive difference to the world around them. This easy-to-use website allows experiences to be shared equally and democratically and positive contributions of real life stories and reality in general to be made. It helps to demystify problems and issues that young people deal with and encourages them to think positively and ask – or click – for support. Music, Fashion, TV and Politics are only some of the topics treated and developed by ‘The mag’. Many humorous articles can be found on the website, accompanied by videos uploaded to YouTube. Personal stories, poetry, videos and pictures on Flickr and general pieces of art are attractively showcased by the team, inviting the authors to send them the works with extra info on what and why they have been created.

Reality, News, Creative Products and Entertainment

Francesca Ranazzi Italian, curious and a lover of life. After a degree in Sciences of Communication at ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome and a Master in Learning Science and Technology at University of Sydney, she currently works as content author for an e-learning American company based in Sydney, Australia - where she has lived since 2006. She enjoys taking advantage of the net for everything! Mostly keeping in contact with family, friends and colleagues all around the world


‘One Wild Life. A journey to discover people who change our world’ If you are looking for ideas, inspiration or an insight into dreams that have come true, check the book out

The European Young Journalist Award 2010 The-European-Young-Journalist-Award2010-kicks-off Try you hand at journalism!

Fresh Brain FreshBrain is focused on enhancing the education and development of youth in the areas of business and technology by providing hands-on real world experience

The freshness and lightness of the articles determine their appeal and success. The platform is a meeting point for young people

Positive News Get involved with SpunOut!

The ‘Health and Life’ Section

‘The Mag’ Section Positive_News/welcome.cgi A quarterly international newspaper focusing on issues rarely covered by the mainstream media and promoting the many individuals and enterprises that are working to create a more healthy, humane and environmentally sustainable world

| The Environment

Mozzo Coffee

by Peter Seenan

Caffeine Connections

Thinking outside the cup to set new social and environmental standards Staring thoughtfully into a cup of coffee is an activity that connects people the world over. But for one young visionary it was such a moment that changed his life and helped bring ethical, organic coffee to the streets of Britain. In 2005, Grant Lang, then a student in England, began to sell fair-trade coffee in his university town of Southampton and he called his enterprise Mozzo. For Lang, quietly savouring his tasty coffee wasn’t enough. He wanted to unite coffee drinkers in his community with coffee producers and their families on the other side of the world. A man with a thirst for change, Grant Lang realised that if there were other coffee lovers that felt the same way then coffee connectedness could result in much more than a blether and a biscuit. He would stand a good chance of succeeding in his mission to promote community development at home and overseas. Armed with his tools; an Indian threewheeled auto-rickshaw, a passion for the Arabica coffee bean, a sense of community,

an appreciation of art, and commitment to sustainability, he set out to transform his ride from an Indian worker-ant to a model of green technology and coffee service station. But the world’s first solar and wind powered coffee cart was only the beginning for this young entrepreneur. In the shiny, blank, freshly painted walls of his threewheeled pioneer Lang had a ready-made mobile canvas for up-and-coming local artists to display their work to new and diverse audiences. This was the birth of Art on a Cart. As Grant had envisioned, his cart soon became a focus for coffee appreciators and supporters of artists from the local community and Mozzo began to live up to its Italian name which means ‘hub’. Great tasting fair-trade coffee was okay for Grant Lang. But he wanted more than that.

He wanted to supply organic fair-trade coffee. And he thought his customers in Southampton might just agree with him. Linking up with industry professionals, coffee lovers and relying on his own palate, Grant sourced, blended and finally created the UK’s first 100% fair-trade, 100% organic, 100% Arabica espresso coffee. From several locations in Southampton, the Mozzo community coffee cart gradually returned a profit for injection into Community2Community (C2C) Fund, set up by Grant to develop projects in the local community. Pumping in 5 pence from every cup of Mozzo coffee sold, the fund provides support for emerging artistic talent; for research, development and promotion of renewable energy technologies; and to support social entrepreneurship and socially-driven enterprises.


Grant Lang (aka MozzoMan)

As demand has steadily grown for Mozzo coffee, so too has the potential to expand investment in the C2C Fund and fulfil Grant’s passion for community improvement and promising artists. From modest, enterprising Art on a Cart, Lang has extended the platform for Southampton’s creative community to benefit from the insatiable thirst of his customers. In the early days artists took it in turns to display their artwork on Grant’s distinctive three-wheeler. Soon coffee bags became a stage; then coffee boxes shone with new talent. Mozzo postcards transformed into canvases; posters displayed new artistic talent; Mozzo loyalty cards reminded patrons of talented break-through artists; then screen savers emerged and eventually ‘Mozzo Art on the Brand’ was launched. Complemented by Mozzo’s expanding exposure, Art on the Brand commissions local artists to produce a new piece of work which will run for three months across Mozzo’s product range. 25,000 bags of coffee; 1,000 coffee boxes; 20,000 postcards and thousands of website hits later a new artist is introduced to the Art on the Brand series to propel their ideas on community and environment into the public’s imagination.

Lang’s original vision? Well, says Mozzo, the Community2Community Fund is supporting social, economic and environmental local grass-roots long-term development projects for growing communities in Colombia. But it isn’t just the C2C Fund leading the charge. Mozzo’s fair-trade and organic commitments help minimise the impact of coffee farming on the environment through reduced pollution and conservation of living systems, and by ensuring trading partnerships are based on equity and transparency. Mozzo sources its beans directly from family farming co-operatives, and for the Colombian farmers who pick Arabica beans for Mozzo, this means fair wages for their labour. For Grant Lang, the story of his success in environmental promotion, community activism and social development is still being written as his ethical business flourishes. Mozzo’s unique design has engaged the public as an innovative and important tool of social enterprise. But where, why and how did this social entrepreneur find the inspiration and ability to launch Mozzo? “I looked local and thought global.”

Mozzo’s expanding social benefits in the UK have grown as new revenue streams have emerged, but what about overseas communities at the forefront of Grant

Peter Seenan Peter graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2006 with an MA in Political Science. He has work experience at the United Nations in South Africa, the International Organisation for Migration in Helsinki, Finland and most recently he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in India. Such a diverse range of experience has given him a broad understanding of youth, social development and cultural change which are some of his main interests.

RESOURCE BOX Mozzo Coffee Mozzo Art:

UnLtd UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better.

The Fairtrade Foundation The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards.


Magic Mozzo Car in action

Mozzo Cart and Artist at South Bank, London WiserEarth is a free online community space connecting the people, nonprofits and businesses working toward a just and sustainable world.

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