Fertilise the future

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Over the moon

We are super pleased to announce our selection for the finals of Ecover’s Fertilise the Future Fund! With their #fertilisethefuture initiative, Ecover wants to help fund the sustainable start-ups and eco-pioneers of tomorrow.

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Beat the
concrete

The vital importance of green public space became crystal clear again during the pandemic. Sadly, public green is already most scarce in poorer neighborhoods, where the crisis hits double: youth unemployment in these areas will skyrocket. What if we’d use integration of nature in the city as leverage to transform these poorer neighborhoods into green zones and show the youth a future as green pioneers? With BEAT THE CONCRETE we call upon the youth to bring back nature in their neighborhood. We support them with a professional framework ‘to make the move' and start ór join their own greening project.

Our project

With BEAT THE CONCRETE we want to reboot our relationship with nature and provide a resilient future to those most impacted facing the global pandemic. By integrating nature, design and tech, we want to empower and inspire under-resourced young people to roll up their sleeves and implement nature-based solutions like green walls in their own neighbourhood. Beating the concrete will help them to beat the odds.

Our impact

We believe that learning from nature and taking action are key in achieving big wins. By transforming the public space as green pioneers, young people become changemakers in our society and function as role models for their community. With BEAT THE CONCRETE, they will take a lead on reconnecting us with nature and pave the way to #buildbackbetter.

Meet
the team

For BEAT THE CONCRETE we join forces with two teams; the people from GLIMPS.bio and BROEI doe- en denkplek voor de nieuwe generatie. By combining knowhow on nature based solutions, bio-design, youth, urban planning, entrepreneurship and community building we get the best of both worlds. In other words: chocks away! We are ready for take off!

Jasper

Jasper
Impact Bioneer /
Nature based innovator

Ravi

Ravi
Biomimicry &
Service Design

Celine

Celine
Urban
youth

Marie

Marie
Urban planning &
coördination

Winnie

Winnie
Community
builder

Nina

Nina
Design &
communication

Loïc

Loïc
Online content
creator

Emile

Emile
Production

This is us

Beat the concrete is a collaborative project driven by GLIMPS.bio and BROEI. Who we are?

GLIMPS.bio

GLIMPS.bio - in a nutshell - is an innovation agency in nature based solutions, creativity and collaboration that drives the bio-mindshift. We learn from nature and take action for a common bio-future. Our services in bio-design, bio-for-tech and circular bio-economy make this future desirable, feasible and viable. But more importantly, we connect people and disciplines to go for impact and tackle global challenges . Such a systemic approach is key for designing solutions that are both successful and sustainable for our society and planet.

BROEI

BROEI is a platform for opportunity seeking youngsters between 16 and 26. We are based on a unique location, the castle of Geeraard de Duivelsteen in the heart of Ghent. BROEI facilitates and supports youngsters, organisations and collectives who work, think and act for/with the new generation. We strive to offer an open space where co-creation and cross-pollination are warmly stimulated. In collaboration with ConstructLab, we encourage our residents with a bottom-up approach to transform and construct the given space to their own needs. Take a look!