Many years ago in High School in Vienna, before I moved to begin my studies in Amsterdam, we were introduced to the thoughts of Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank. Recently, I started reading some excerpts from his work and can strongly identify with his ideals.

The quote that currently catches my interest is: “I’m encouraging young people to become social business entrepreneurs and contribute to the world, rather than just making money. Making money is no fun. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun.”

When I moved back to Vienna a year ago to start my ventures, I noticed how many young people are eager to make an impact through grassroots projects. I subsequently became part of a few of these circles, and realised that often these highly motivated people can actually reach places that well funded initiatives cannot reach. These young people have come from this world and were upset with an element to it and started looking for initiatives. It is sad that often with a little financial support, or support in the form of a room, a larger impact can be reached. By giving access micro-credits that are linked to social impact indicators, and combining these with coaching and a space to work, I think it should be possible to leverage these initiatives strongly. And also a non-bureaucratic connection to social impact  indicators may push this forward.

We would therefore like to support student initiatives, such as WeLL (Werkstatt für ermächtigtes Lernen und Lehren), which wants to use participatory methods to bring perspectives of education to future teachers, which are missing in their current university curricula. Another initiative of which I am still part would be refugees{code}, a one-stop programming school for a career in software development. They take on a difficult challenge but if it proves successful it may lead the way to sustainable career paths that will not lose relevance in the future. And another project of mine, which could benefit from the Lingophant methodology would be a sabbatical.foundation. My goal here is to explore how to support those that would like to do a sabbatical abroad. I have a thesis that if everyone in a country or area is given the right to pursue a financed sabbatical, unemployment would be eliminated because those not working may choose to use the grant to reorientate themselves. Also

There are many other great education initiatives which deserve support, because after the revolution in the way we communicate, another revolution may come in the way we learn. Here, there is potential for a revolution that goes beyond technology and if we ask ourselves why we want to use technology and what it could allow us to do, it may as well touch the way we learn, work, and live.