AYCH YOUTH SUMMIT

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SAVE THE DATE! 🇬🇧
From March 22nd to 25th 2021, #AYCHEU has invited speakers from all over the world to debate our 3 Challenges and to create an #Agenda2030: 30 recommendations for a future Creative #Europe.
We will give you more information very soon, stay tuned!

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Du 22 au 25 mars 2021, #AYCHEU a invité des intervenants du monde entier à débattre de nos 3 défis et à créer un #Agenda2030: 30 recommandations pour une future #Europe créative.
Nous vous donnerons plus d’informations trĂšs prochainement, restez Ă  l’Ă©coute!

RESERVE A DATA! đŸ‡”đŸ‡č
De 22 a 25 de março de 2021, #AYCHEU convidou palestrantes de todo o mundo para debater nossos 3 desafios e criar uma # Agenda2030: 30 recomendaçÔes para uma futura #Europa criativa.
Em breve daremos mais informaçÔes, fique ligado!

ÂĄANOTA ESTA FECHA! đŸ‡Ș🇾
Del 22 al 25 de marzo de 2021, #AYCHEU ha invitado a ponentes de todo el mundo para debatir nuestros 3 retos y crear una #Agenda2030: 30 recomendaciones para una futura #Europa creativa.
Muy pronto te daremos mĂĄs informaciĂłn, ÂĄestate atento!

SANTO TIRSO FASHION ICJ

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Our partner from Invest Santo Tirso MunicĂ­pio de Santo Tirso showed us in the presentation of the International Creative Jam the fashion that young creators are doing, some of whom have worked in the field of our project.

The video of the event can be seen here.

AYCH INFLUENCERS: Pilar del Oro

by Xosé L. Garza (Chair of Communication)

Good morning Pilar, thank you very much for joining us today, we are doing a series of inspiring interviews for the youth and we believe that your experience will be good for them. Tell us a bit how you are!

I am Pilar del Oro SĂĄez, galega, I studied Romance Philology in Santiago de Compostela and I complemented my studies with training in the field of the European Union and Foreign Trade. I alternated these with training periods in European institutions and public administrations. I work as a coordinator in the field of the Euroxuventude at the Galicia Europa Foundation.

Among my hobbies an open sea or a peaceful estuary, as well as a lofty mountain, without missing a good read. Enjoy the historical-artistic-cultural heritage and get to know new and emblematic places.

One day at work is usually intense. Varied. Updating of ongoing projects; collaborations with both public and private entities; advice, monitoring, support of / to young people, entrepreneurs, entities, associations,
. with which we have started programs; a lot of email; phone calls; meetings, committees, reports … and now with this COVID19 situation a lot of video conference.

Pilar with young people from Galicia and Portugal

Young people often see Europe as something very distant, and especially Galicians, can you explain to us what the FundaciĂłn Galicia Europa is?

The FundaciĂłn Galicia Europa* is a non-profit entity and an instrumental entity of the Galician autonomous public sector. The work of the FGE revolves around two main objectives: a better communication of community activity in Galicia and the defense of Galician positions in the European context. Promotes the rapprochement between Galicia and Europe

And how can the FundaciĂłn Galicia Europa help Galician youth?

The Foundation provides Galician youth with various online tools that allow them to explore all the opportunities that exist in the European Union, promote active citizenship and their participation in the community building process. Through the virtual platform that we have on the web, we provide updated information on the different opportunities that the European Union offers for young people. In addition, with the European projects that we carry out, we promote their training and support those initiatives that they themselves design and want to implement.

We already know that you have participated in different projects where you seek the involvement of youth in entrepreneurship, how do you reach young people? And what is more important, how do you maintain them?

The social networks of the FGE and our partners in European projects, as well as collaborating entities, are being a good platform to publicize the initiatives we are launching. The transmission that young people themselves make is also important. We “don’t support the youth”, “we chase it” and later “we let it fly”: we train young people on European Union issues (policies, programmes,
) through courses in which we get involved and make a strong follow-up, we talk with them to see which way they want to go, and we continue with a more personalized advice, we put them in contact with entities or people who can also advise them, “we tire them” so that they do not stop fighting for their goals and ideals; when they reach them they no longer need us, and they pilot their own life. While they always remember us.

There are many projects that are executed from the Foundation, but in reality we could know how many or which are focused more on youth than on other population sectors? Or those that you remember with the most affection, tell us a little…

The vast majority of the projects carried out by the Foundation have been aimed at young people, there are many if we take into account that the Foundation was born in 1988. You remember almost all of them with fondness, because the technicians who direct them have also learned from all of them. In order not to pigeonhole ourselves in a specific programme, I am going to mention three:

  • PARTICIPATE was a pilot project of the European Commission with which we achieved that many young people of different origins and academic level in Galicia could train and debate on the policies of the European Union, they were received and presented their conclusions in the Galician Parliament and finally in Brussels with the European Commissioner for Education and Culture (Viviane Reding), who of the 10 minutes that she had reserved for them by agenda, stayed to talk with them for almost two hours.
  • NONEETS, project of the Action Programme in the field of lifelong learning. Where I met and worked with young Galician companies with which I still collaborate today. It was a project aimed at NEETs, on which no one was betting and in which we learned that, by listening to NEETs with patience, tenacity, and speaking they could go very far. Young people in whom few believed, are today exceptional entrepreneurs and workers. With this project I learned that we need a lot of time to implement a good idea and be able to execute it, and that even who you think will not get very far shows you that with determination you can achieve “impossible”.
  • And the last one: LIDERA, a project underway under the Interreg VA Spain-Portugal 2014-2020 program (POCTEP). Its title sums up its objective: Catalyst for cross-border youth entrepreneurship and employment opportunities”. Promote cross-border economic development through the enhancement of the labour and entrepreneurial skills of young people in the territory, stimulate the cross-border business fabric, promote the launch of new business initiatives and achieve the employment of young people in the territory cross-border is the great purpose of this project and one of the illusions of my day-to-day work. We could say that LIDERA is synonymous with Pilar del Oro on a professional and personal level. It joins two paths that I have always opted for: cross-border cooperation Galicia – North of Portugal and opportunities for those who need them most.

We are in a very difficult moment where many young people see no way out, or if they see it as very far away, after this pandemic, how can we encourage or motivate young people, even from institutions?

The pandemic will, without a doubt, mark a before and after at all levels of life. I am convinced that the day to day will mark us which way to take to live up to what is expected of us as people, as companies, as institutions, as associations
 It is essential to listen to young people and convey confidence and support to them. We must encourage them to dive into their illusions, we must support them in their initiatives and above all we will have to work together and find solutions to their problems in the shortest possible time. We will also have to stop and analyze in depth what lines of incentives, financing, we can launch NOW.

On the other hand, we are seeing many young people who are also at a point of nonconformity or rejection of everything that is offered to them, where have we done it wrong, if you think we have done it that way? And how can we support them?

Sure we have done things wrong, we are not perfect, and neither are they. I do believe that it is a turbulent moment, very different from what was expected, for which no one has prepared us. We will come out stronger, history is like that, and you always learn. It is essential that the whole society calm down, that we calm down, the hubbub and tension does not lead anywhere. We will have to listen to each other and listen to them, we will have to work together and show them that there is a way out and that they will be the executors of their future. We will have to understand each other and accept ourselves will be the best way of support. Respect each other.

If you look back and see where you are now, would the fifteen-year-old Pilar be satisfied with the Pilar now? Or in any case, would you do something differently?

I think so, the young Pilar would be satisfied with my achievements and with my failures, it was already like that at 15 years old. Rebel, fighter, nonconformist. There are many things that she would do in another way, the years brings you perspective and some good sense, but you also learn to accept and love you despite your defects. If I had to start over at fifteen, it would change my professional future, I would like to be able to innovate more, be more professionally independent, there are fields that I am passionate about where my daily work has not left me time, such as rural and local development. And if she came back again at fifteen, then another field; there are so many things to do that the important thing is to feel alive, venture out and above all learn.

I know that you have participated in Aych’s book, for which we thank you, but according to your point of view, as a professional who has worked for so many years with youth and entrepreneurship, what practical advice could you give to young people who have an idea or project, what could they do?

That they believe in them, in their idea, in their project, that they mature it, that they sit down and analyze it in depth; to fight for it. Let them work on it, seek advice. Coworking, nurseries, hub, specialized entities can help them develop their initiative, even other young people with the same ideas. Work and ask for advice, advice is important. These steps would be for me, the preliminaries to carry out your business future.

In our project we have a body of ambassadors and we always ask them to ask a question for you, and this is yours: “A good part of entrepreneurship has always been a boy thing, how has a woman like you developed in this world? And what do you think should be improved regarding the role of women in the company? “

When I started working I moved in a more masculine environment, I am from another generation! I have tried to be me, I have had difficulties, but I have fought against them. Today it is easier, the woman has her place, the one she wants. My environment, which is the same, is more feminine.

If it is true that in certain environments or certain people undermine the role of women, this for me is inconceivable. It cannot be, nor should it be allowed and for this there are legal instruments that protect us and with which we can fight, always from equality and legality. Those who do not perceive it should not have a relevant role in our society. Respect is paramount in a democratic society like ours.

Thank you very much, I hope this interview is inspiring for our young people, it has been a pleasure. Once again, thank you for your work and all the love you have had with our project.

(*) link FundaciĂłn Galicia Europa website

AYCH EXPERIENCES TOUR

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Enjoy now the eighth episode of our podcast series, today we speak with MarĂ­a, Patricia and Giulio, three young leaders of our project in the Atlantic Cities organization, an AYCH partner who works in France, United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain. They tell us about the importance of the AYCH project in the Atlantic Europe.

The episode is available at the AYCH channel on Spotify 

INFLUENCEURS AYCH: Mario Alves

by Xosé L. Garza (Chair of Communication)

Aujourd’hui, nous parlons avec Mario Alves PDG et co-fondateur de TAIKAI, le rĂ©seau social d’innovation ouverte, sa formation universitaire est dans le monde de l’économie et de la gestion et il a plus de 5 ans d’expĂ©rience dans diffĂ©rents types de cabinets de conseil et de conseil, mais le est toujours Ă  la recherche. Nous lui avons demandĂ© de nous dire ce qu’un jour de sa vie fait:

Une journĂ©e de travail pour moi, c’est d’ĂȘtre toujours constamment en fuite. A partir du moment oĂč je commence Ă  travailler jusqu’à ce que je termine, j’ai toujours des choses Ă  faire. Ayant une petite Ă©quipe, je dois faire un peu de tout: traiter avec les choses financiĂšres de l’entreprise (paiements, documents financiers, etc),le cĂŽtĂ© affaires et opĂ©rations (rĂ©unions avec les clients, examen des propositions, dĂ©finir les tactiques et la stratĂ©gie pour les ventes), gĂ©rer le marketing et communication (Ă©tant toujours en contact avec notre agence de marketing) et le dĂ©veloppement de produits (avec des rĂ©unions quotidiennes pour faire des points de contrĂŽle et de comprendre si nous nous dĂ©plaçons en fonction de la vision de l’entreprise et des attentes des clients). En plus de cela, Ă©tant donnĂ© que nous sommes une sociĂ©tĂ© de capital-risque investi, je dois Ă©galement gĂ©rer les relations avec les investisseurs, pour s’assurer qu’ils sont Ă©galement satisfaits de leur investissement et bien sĂ»r, garder notre Ă©quipe heureuse.

Je plaisante souvent quand je dis que je ne suis pas le PDG, je suis en fait un pompier.

Mais ce que j’aime le plus faire, c’est penser Ă  la stratĂ©gie et Ă  la vision de notre entreprise. Cela combinĂ© avec la tĂȘte d’une grande Ă©quipe, fait vraiment ma journĂ©e.

Bonjour Mario, merci beaucoup de vous joindre Ă  nous aujourd’hui, nous faisons une sĂ©rie d’entrevues inspirantes pour les jeunes et nous croyons que votre expĂ©rience sera bonne pour eux.

Qu’est-ce qui vous a fait prendre la dĂ©cision d’entreprendre Ă  un moment donnĂ©? Était-ce une raison personnelle? Professionnel? Le temps vous a-t-il dit que vous devrez vous y consacrer ?

Être un entrepreneur est quelque chose que presque tout le monde parle et veut faire, mais beaucoup de gens le font rĂ©ellement. Il faut un peu de courage, sans doute et c’est souvent un travail solitaire. Pour moi, personnellement, ça ne pouvait pas ĂȘtre une autre façon. J’ai travaillĂ© pour de grandes entreprises dans le but d’apprendre et d’avoir les bonnes connaissances pour dĂ©marrer ma propre entreprise. Quand j’aidais dĂ©jĂ  les autres Ă  rĂ©ussir dans leurs entreprises, je me suis dit : c’est mon temps et je viens de le faire. Trop y penser est surtout ce qui vous empĂȘche de ne pas dĂ©marrer votre propre entreprise et vous pouvez la planifier pendant des annĂ©es, mais ce ne sera jamais comme vous l’avez prĂ©vu. Et c’est ce qui le rend amusant…

Que signifie TAIKAI ? Pourquoi ce nom ? Et qu’est-ce que c’est pour toi ?

TAIKAI ou ンン («coopetition» en japonais) est l’acte d’unir des forces concurrentes pour coopĂ©rer pour parvenir ensemble Ă  une solution plus brillante. En ouvrant leurs processus d’innovation, les entreprises et autres organisations sont en mesure d’amĂ©liorer la qualitĂ© et la rapiditĂ© du dĂ©veloppement de solutions. D’un autre cĂŽtĂ©, le talent sait-il qu’il est mal utilisĂ©.

La crĂ©ation de TAIKAI a Ă©tĂ© une rĂ©ponse Ă  cela. C’est un moyen de construire un avenir meilleur pour les talents mal utilisĂ©s et pour les entreprises qui sont Ă  la recherche de solutions diffĂ©rentes lorsqu’elles font face Ă  un dĂ©fi.

L’un des axes de base de votre travail, si je comprends bien, est le talent. Comment le dĂ©finiriez-vous ? Et comment un jeune peut-il savoir s’il a du talent ou non?

Tout le monde a du talent. La question est de savoir s’ils le savent ou non… Nous avons tous des compĂ©tences qui sont prĂ©cieuses pour une organisation ou l’autre. Vous n’avez pas nĂ©cessairement besoin d’ĂȘtre ingĂ©nieur pour rĂ©soudre un problĂšme d’ingĂ©nierie. Parfois, il suffit d’avoir un nouvel ensemble d’yeux, d’approche ou d’état d’esprit pour relever un dĂ©fi spĂ©cifique d’une maniĂšre diffĂ©rente.

C’est ce que nous voulons rĂ©aliser! LibĂ©rer le vĂ©ritable potentiel du talent qui peut ĂȘtre utilisĂ© pour rĂ©soudre un problĂšme ou un dĂ©fi spĂ©cifique au sein d’une organisation, indĂ©pendamment de votre provenance ou de ce que vous avez Ă©tudiĂ©.

Je pense qu’un autre des axes de votre travail sont aussi des «élĂ©ments locaux». AYCH est un projet transnational mais travaille avec des rĂ©seaux locaux. À votre pensez-vous que l’Europe de l’Atlantique doit se concentrer maintenant que nous voyons que, grĂące Ă  la pandĂ©mie, les gens retournent dans les zones rurales? Qu’est-ce que vous amĂ©lioreriez?

Nous avons maintenant deux mouvements principaux : l’un est la migration des grandes villes et l’autre est plus de connectivitĂ© numĂ©rique. Pour moi, la rĂ©ponse est la communication. Si vous pouvez crĂ©er plus de rĂ©seaux locaux qui Ă©mergent du premier mouvement, alors vous devez fournir les outils pour que la communication soit fluide et augmenter l’interaction entre tous ces diffĂ©rents rĂ©seaux. Cela prendra un certain temps, mais plus tĂŽt nous commencerons Ă  amĂ©liorer ces canaux de communication, plus tĂŽt nous aurons un meilleur travail et une meilleure collaboration.

Vous avez rĂ©cemment collaborĂ© avec le projet AYCH, Ă  l’International Creative Jam de Santo Tirso, sur la base de votre expĂ©rience dans cet Ă©vĂ©nement, pensez-vous qu’il est bon de continuer Ă  organiser des Ă©vĂ©nements pour les jeunes et les talents?

Plus que jamais, ce sont ces types d’évĂ©nements qui font prospĂ©rer nos jeunes talents. Dans un monde numĂ©rique, l’information est essentielle. Plus ces Ă©vĂ©nements se produisent, plus ces jeunes gĂ©nĂ©rations auront accĂšs Ă  de l’information et Ă  des outils pour amĂ©liorer leur travail, leur Ă©conomie locale, leur culture, leur interaction sociale, entre autres. Et cela crĂ©e non seulement un impact pour eux, mais pour les gĂ©nĂ©rations futures Ă  venir dans la construction d’une sociĂ©tĂ© encore meilleure.

Vous savez qu’AYCH a travaillĂ© sur le talent, la crĂ©ativitĂ© et l’innovation, mettons-nous dans le cas d’un jeune qui a une idĂ©e novatrice au Portugal, oĂč vous vivez. Qu’est-ce qu’il ou elle a Ă  faire pour le faire savoir? Les canaux officiels de crĂ©ativitĂ© sont-ils suffisants ? Souvent, les idĂ©es de jeunesse ne sont pas visibles parce qu’elles ne sont mĂȘme pas nĂ©es.

À mon avis, bien que cela soit dĂ©jĂ  travaillĂ© dans certains programmes universitaires de haut niveau Ă  travers l’Europe et le monde, ce n’est pas suffisant. Et bien que tout soit numĂ©rique maintenant, atteindre les bons canaux n’est pas clair pour cette gĂ©nĂ©ration. Ceux qui rĂ©ussissent sont ceux qui sont habituellement liĂ©s Ă  quelqu’un avec de l’expĂ©rience ou une communautĂ© qui est en mesure de les aider avec leurs projets, parce que sinon beaucoup de bonnes idĂ©es vont Ă  perdre. La façon dont je vois ce changement n’est pas en faisant de cette gĂ©nĂ©ration de s’adapter. Ce sont les gĂ©nĂ©rations plus ĂągĂ©es qui doivent adapter leur communication et atteindre le mĂȘme niveau que les jeunes et les aider Ă  rĂ©ussir. AprĂšs tout, ils sont notre avenir.

Enfin, nous sommes intéressés à savoir comment vous avez géré la pandémie dans votre travail et comment elle vous a affecté professionnellement et personnellement.

Au dĂ©but de l’annĂ©e derniĂšre, lorsque la rĂ©alitĂ© a commencĂ© Ă  s’installer, nous ne cĂ©dions pas qu’une maladie lointaine dont nous avions entendu parler en Chine pouvait d’un coup de main et nous atteindre. AprĂšs cela, en mars, la prĂ©occupation de TAIKAI Ă©tait d’assurer la sĂ©curitĂ© de l’équipe et de prendre des mesures afin de ne mettre personne en danger. Nous avons Ă©laborĂ© un plan de prĂ©vention, en mĂȘme temps que nous sommes rentrĂ©s chez nous, et, depuis, nous avons continuĂ© Ă  travailler Ă  distance.

Personnellement, la chose la plus difficile Ă  gĂ©rer dans toute cette situation Ă©tait de ne pas ĂȘtre prĂȘt Ă  travailler de la maison, de ne pas avoir de conditions d’installe et de ne pas ĂȘtre en mesure de quitter la maison, mais des ajustements ont Ă©tĂ© faits et aucune activitĂ© nĂ©cessaire pour arrĂȘter.

En termes d’impact dans l’entreprise, je peux dire que mĂȘme avec des aspects qui n’étaient pas si positifs, c’était globalement une expĂ©rience positive pour nous. Le plus grand dĂ©fi auquel nous avons Ă©tĂ© confrontĂ©s, et dans le bon sens du terme, c’est que nous avons dĂ» chercher des opportunitĂ©s, ouvrir de nouveaux marchĂ©s et approcher des clients que nous n’aurions pas atteint si le plan pour 2020 Ă©tait restĂ© inchangĂ©. Cela nous a obligĂ©s Ă  changer les mentalitĂ©s, Ă  nous adapter rapidement au nouveau contexte et Ă  faire des dĂ©fis exclusivement numĂ©riques, ce que nous prĂŽnons au sein des entreprises depuis longtemps et Ă  laquelle nous avons rĂ©pondu, tant en termes de produits que d’affaires.

Mais nous serions Ă©galement intĂ©ressĂ©s Ă  savoir ce que vous pensez que nous devrions faire pour l’avenir, que faisons-nous Ă  partir de maintenant?

Tout ce que nous avons vĂ©cu et, en particulier, l’expĂ©rience du travail Ă  distance nous obligent Ă  nous demander si nous nous sentons comblĂ©s par le travail que nous accomplissons, que nous allions ou non dans la bonne direction et que nous nous amĂ©liorions un peu chaque jour. Donc, je pense qu’il est important d’envoyer un message d’espoir, en ce sens que nous croyons que nous allons faire une diffĂ©rence et changer la vie des gens pour le mieux.

Une grande partie de ce changement provient d’initiatives comme AYCH, oĂč vous plantez la graine dans ces jeunes gĂ©nĂ©rations et la voyez fleurir dans les annĂ©es Ă  venir. Pour cela, il est important de continuer Ă  avoir ces initiatives Ă  de nombreuses Ă©tapes diffĂ©rentes du processus, pour s’assurer que ces graines se transforment en belles fleurs.

Merci beaucoup Mario pour cette interview, nous espĂ©rons que tous vos rĂȘves et projets se rĂ©alisent, il a Ă©tĂ© trĂšs gratifiant de parler avec vous.

AYCH INFLUENCERS: Mario Alves

by Xosé L. Garza (Chair of Communication)

Today we speak with Mario Alves CEO and co-founder of TAIKAI, the open innovation social network, his academic training is in the world of Economics and Management and he has more than 5 years of experience in different types of consulting and advisory firms, but the is always searching. We have asked him to tell us what a day of his life does:

A day of work for me is to be always constantly on the run. From the moment I start working until I finish, I always have things to do. Having a small team, I have to do a little bit of everything: deal with the financial stuff of the company (payments, financial documents, etc.), the business & operations side (meetings with clients, reviewing proposals, define tactics and strategy for sales), manage marketing and communication (being always in touch with our marketing agency) and product development (with daily meetings to do checkpoints and understand if we’re moving according to the company’s vision and clients’ expectations). On top of that, considering that we are a VC invested company, I also have to manage relations with investors, to make sure that they’re also happy with their investment and of course, keep our team happy.

I often joke when I say that I’m not the CEO, I’m actually a firefighter.

But what I like to do most is to think about strategy and the vision for our company. That combined with leading a great team, truly makes my day.

Good morning Mario, thank you very much for joining us today, we are doing a series of inspiring interviews for the youth and we believe that your experience will be good for them.

What has made you at a given moment to make the decision to undertake? Was it a personal reason? professional? Has time told you that you have to dedicate yourself to this?

Being an entrepreneur is something that almost everyone talks about and wants to do, but many few actually do it. It takes some courage, no doubt and it is often a lonely job. For me, personally, it couldn’t be a different way. I’ve worked for big companies with the purpose to learn and have the right knowledge to start my own business. When I was already helping others succeed in their ventures I thought: now is my time and just did it. Overthinking it is mostly what keeps you from not starting your own business and you may plan it for years, but it will never be as you planned. And that’s what makes it fun


What does TAIKAI mean? Why this name? And what is it for you?

TAIKAI or ć€§äŒš (“coopetition” in Japanese) is the act of joining competing forces to cooperate to achieve a brighter solution together. By opening their innovation processes, companies and other organizations are able to improve the quality and speed of solution development. On the other hand, talent has we know it is being misused.

Creating TAIKAI was a response to that. It is a way to build a better future for misused talent and for companies that are looking for different solutions when they face a challenge.

One of the basic axes of your work as I understand is talent. How would you define it? And how can a young person know if he/she is talented or not?

Everyone is talented. The question is if they know it or not
 We all have skills that are valuable for one organization or the other. You don’t necessarily have to be an engineer to solve an engineering problem. Sometimes it just takes to have a new set of eyes, approach or mindset to answer a specific challenge in a different way.

That’s want we want to achieve! To unlock talent’s true potential that can be used to solve a specific problem or challenge inside an organization, independently of where you come from or what you studied.

I think that another of the axes of your work are also “local elements”. AYCH is a transnational project but works with local networks. What do you think Atlantic Europe has to focus on now that we see that thanks to the pandemic, people are returning to rural areas? What would you enhance?

We have now two main movements: one is migration from big cities and the other is more digital connectivity. For me, the answer is communication. If you can create more local networks that emerge from the first movement, then you have to provide the tools for the communication to be fluid and increase the interaction between all these different networks. It will take some time, but the sooner we start improving those communication channels, the sooner we will have a better work and collaboration.

You have recently collaborated with the AYCH project, at the International Creative Jam of Santo Tirso, based on your experience in this event, do you think it is good to continue holding events for youth and talent?

More than ever, it is these types of events that make our young talent thrive. In a digital world, information is key. The more these events happen, the more information and tools these younger generations will have to improve their work, local economy, culture, social interaction, among others. And this not only creates an impact for them, but for the future generations to come into building an even better society.

You know that AYCH has worked on talent, creativity and innovation, let’s put ourselves in the case of a young person that has an innovative idea in Portugal, where you live. What does he or she have to do to make it known? Are the official channels for creativity enough? Many times, youthful ideas are not visible because they are not even born.

In my opinion, although this is already worked in some top-class university programs across Europe and the world, it is not enough. And although everything is digital now, reaching the right channels is not clear for this generation. The ones that succeed are those that usually are connected with someone with experience or some community that is able to help them with their projects, because otherwise many good ideas go to waste. The way that I see this changing is not by making this generation to adapt. It is the older generations that need to adapt their communication and reach to be on the same level as young people and help them succeed. After all, they are our future.

Finally, we are interested in knowing how you have handled the pandemic in your work and how it has affected you professionally and personally.

At the beginning of last year, when reality began to set in, we did not think that a distant illness we had heard about in China could get out of hand and reach us. After it did, in March, the concern at TAIKAI was to ensure the safety of the team and take measures   so as not to put anyone at risk. We developed a prevention plan, at the same time that we went home, and, since then, we have continued to work remotely.

Personally, the hardest thing to manage in this whole situation was not being prepared to work from home, not having set-up conditions and not being able to leave the house, but adjustments were made and no activity needed to stop.

In terms of impact in the company, I can say even with aspects that were not so positive, it was overall a positive experience for us. The greatest challenge we faced, and in a good way, was that we had to go after opportunities, open new markets and approach customers that we would not reach if the plan for 2020 had remained unchanged. It forced us to change the mindset, to quickly adapt to the new context and to make challenges exclusively digital, something we’ve been advocating inside companies for a long time and that we’ve responded to, both in terms of product and business.

But we would also be interested in knowing what you think we should do for the future, what do we do from now on?

Everything we have lived and, in particular, the experience of remote work forces us to think about whether we feel fulfilled by the work we do, whether or not we are going in the right direction and improving a little bit each day. So, I think it is important to send a message of hope, in the sense that we believe that we will make a difference and change people’s lives for the better.

A lot of this change comes from initiatives like AYCH, where you plant the seed in these younger generations and see it bloom in the years to come. For that it is important to keep having these initiatives in many different stages of the process, to make sure that these seeds turn into beautiful flowers.

Thank you very much Mario for this interview, we hope that all your dreams and projects come true, it has been very gratifying to talk with you.

WINNERS OF THE T-SHIRT CONTEST

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These are the three winners of our t-shirt contest, thank you very much to all the participants for sending us their designs. The jury has decided to award three designs for having achieved a very close score.

All three will receive the award in the next few days.

Manoela Ferreira, Miguel Rouco and Joao Sousa they have been the winners

Congratulations!

TWO OF OUR PARTNERS ARE NOMINEES FOR CAPITAL OF CULTURE

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It is a pleasure for the AYCH project to report that two of its partners have been nominated to be French Capitals of Culture: Brestfr and Grand AngoulĂȘme.

All our support! Congratulations!

AYCH T-SHIRT CONTEST

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Today the jury of the AYCH T-Shirt Contest met and we have a decision. While we are writing the conclusions of the jury we would like you to see the designs that young people from AYCH have sent for the contest.

In these days we will announce the winner of this contest.
We will raffle a shirt if you compete with us.

Which one do you like the most?

AYCH EXPERIENCES TOUR

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Enjoy now the seventh episode of our podcast series, today we speak with Marion, an AYCH partner who works in Brestfr. Marion tells us about the importance of the AYCH project in the entrepreneurial development of youth.

The episode is now available at the AYCH channel on Spotify.