I’M HERE

Where am I? Sometimes I don’t even know. This year has started in such a hurry that it was already the middle of September when I realized I still hadn’t written the post that starts this new era. The point is that, sometimes, life doesn’t adapt to your plans and you have to be veeeery flexible, more than what you’d like. That’s what happened to me: I had to re-prioritize. But here I am, looking forward to writing about one of the topics that I like most and which I’m very excited about. I don’t have to tell you which one it is, right? (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…)

Challenges to me?, asks an EIPTE student

Last week was particularly important to me. Within the Erasmus + EIPTE (Entrepreneurship in Initial Primary Teacher Education) project and from the Faculty I belong to, the Faculty of Psychology and Education of the University of Deusto, I organized the 3rd intensive week of the project. I admit that it took me so long, much longer than I hoped for, but it helped me realize what organizing a week like this means and that if you believe that you can and you make an effort to do so, everything is possible. Besides, the results were worth it, the atmosphere was even more and the company was excellent. I want to use this post to thank the people who have supported us and have made this week to be considered a success (they know who they are). I also want to present you the numbers and data that reflect a part of what the week of the 1st to the 5th of April has meant for the entrepreneurial education and the training of teacherpreneurs (in this occasion, students from the degree of Primary Education of 6 institutions, included the University of Deusto). I wish we keep having these opportunities because entrepreneurship, education and the children of primary school deserve it. (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.