BilbaoFormArte: where the disability becomes art and wins by a landslide.

I’ve owed you this post for more than a year and today, finally, and taking the advantage of the fact that this is the last one of this academic year, I think it’s one of the best moments to do so, like the end of “season”.

I invite you to know this project and some entrepreneurial women who, after many efforts, in 2013 launched BilbaoFormArte, a project that has something magical that engulfs you. (more…)

What if I can’t get out?

Today’s post is a medley of words among which I want to highlight the following ones: escapism, bus, ideas, time, entrepreneurship, young people, trust, SDGs, fun, talent, challenges, solutions, creativity, innovation, help, funding, city halls, the council of Bizkaia, Puebla (Mexico), BIGEL and, of course, PEOPLE. Because today’s post has its origin in a re-encounter with an E.P. who I met more than a year ago. Do you want to know who I’m talking about and why I’m writing this post? I invite you to keep reading. (more…)

A new vitamin, the C from creative

On the 10th of January of 2019 I attended the presentation of a new book about creativity written by two people who opt for creativity and innovation. I was quite interested not only because of the topic, but, above all, because one of the authors is an E.P. whom I already talked about in 2016 when we launched the second edition of the mentoring program MET Community in Bilbao.

I invite you to discover who I’m talking about and which is the book I’m referring to.

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I want my small data

A few years ago, thanks to the MET community, I was able to meet the protagonist of today’s post, who is about to become a mom for the second time. She has made us another gift that I want to share with you all. Nagore de los Ríos is, without any doubt, an entrepreneurial woman and a great professional of the communication based on big data. A tireless worker since she was really young, she has a long career behind her, some awards and recognitions and more than one entrepreneurial project that became true. At the moment, Nagore works at Techfriendly, a group of multidisciplinary professionals who design and develop city strategies to solve challenges related to ageing, tourism, smart specialization, logistic or mobility.

Definitely, Nagore knows first-hand what making an effort means (sometimes too much, right?), working hard, working in a team, facing big challenges, innovating, creating almost from scratch and, even then, pretending everything is easy.

This Christmas I want to make you a gift that has to do with Nagore, the organizations, the people, the data, the information, the knowledge, the intelligence, the creative solutions, the personal solutions and, above all, has to do with the superpowers that I’m sure each of us could show with the help of the “small data”, in order to be citizens with individual decision-making power in smart cities. Because, as Nagore says:

The day where both administrations and businesses are able to give me back my personal data in real time, I, a citizen, I, a service and public products consumer, will be far more intelligent, and if intelligence is power, I’ll finally achieve my superpowers and I’ll be able to predict the future or, at least, reduce the uncertainty and, which is even more important, I’ll be able to make decisions in a much more free way” 

I  invite you to listen to this 10 min speech Nagore gave in Spanish in the TEDx León not long ago:

Thank you, Nagore, for your big contributions, for your way of explaining those concepts that are not easy to understand and congratulations for your new baby that I’m sure will be one of the privileged ones of having one of those precious assets as it is “its own algorithm”.

I wish you a great Christmas surrounded by all the people who make you happy and that the peace, illusion and happiness spirit won’t leave you during the whole New Year 2019. I’ll be back in January; until then, be happy and enjoy every day.

ZORIONAK ETA URTE BERRI ON 2019!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!

Translated by María Ubierna Quintanilla and supervised by Arantza Arruti.

Rocío Sánchez, an entrepreneur by osmosis

I think it’s normal when a person surrounds herself with entrepreneurs to end up soaking up the entrepreneurial spirit and attitude. That’s what I think happened to our protagonist of today, who gathers many of the characteristics of the entrepreneur. Maybe this is one of those occasions where the entrepreneurial vein has come up to our entrepreneur by osmosis; yes, I’ve said it right, by osmosis, because when there’s so much art surrounding you and its influence has an impact on you that it makes you take the plunge, we can say that you end up being an entrepreneur by osmosis more than by necessity or vocation. (more…)