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Intercultural and inclusive courses in WELCOMMON HOSTEL open to all: locals, tourists, refugees, volunteers

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Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal reorganised and started new volunteering projects in our innovative WELCOMMON HOSTEL, which are more inclusive and offer intercultural courses for all: refugees, locals, migrants, volunteers, tourists. “Learn and teach”, is our new moto. The summer schedule started on 4/7/2019 and will be finished by the end of September 2019. The projects are realized with the participation and contribution of many volunteers from all over the world and are in partnership with Humantity Crew, AIESEC as well as with many individuals. Since 2016, Anemos Ananeosis has collaborated with more than 300 volunteers, 30 NGOs and many universities. Be a teacher and at the same time a pupil. We learn from each other.

  

We are offering a great selection of educational courses: language lessons (English, French, Chinese, Turkish etc), painting, photography, drama, music etc and we offer the opportunity to volunteers and our guests/visitors to organize in collaboration with Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal and the WELCOMMON HOSTEL many intercultural events “knowing better each other like (Greek, USA, Italian, Indian, Ukraine, Pakistan, Scandinavian, Chinese, French… Nights). There are people from all over the world they would like to know better other cultures. Let’s do it together. WELCOMMON HOSTEL means WELCOME in COMMON.

Please have a look at the reception’s board

   

or here www.facebook.com/welcommonhostel

and here  www.facebook.com/daysofwelcommon

or send an email to windofrenewal@gmail.com

  

Stay tuned, Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal will announce soon the official beginning of its European Solidarity Corps‘ project “Green and Social Innovation for youth” (17.8.2019 until 2021)

Stay connected because there are many events and intercultural nights scheduled throughout the summer in our innovative WELCOMMON HOSTEL

Would you like to support our social and ecological projects?

Although we are very active and try to make our social cooperative and our WELCOMMON Hostel financial sustainable, in order to be able to support our social and ecological projects, we are still in a very difficult financial situation and therefore we are looking for donations and support. Maybe you could contribute to our campaigns. If you like what we are doing, then please:

  • Donate 10, 50, 100, 200, 500 euro (here is our fund raising campaign
    https://gogetfunding.com/save-welcommon/
  • Become a supporter and backer and invite your networks and friends to do the same. If they can donate even a small amount, it is great but most important is  – in order to succeed in our campaign – many persons to support it and become backers. Have a look here how one can do it

Our schedule for the summer

JULY – AUGUST 2019

FRENCH

Beginner’s French: an introductory French class that teaches the very basics, from greetings to creating simple sentences

Mondays, 12.00-14.00

Tuesdays, 12.00-14.00

Wednesday 10.00-12.00

ENGLISH 

Advanced English: an English class that teaches the more complicated aspects of grammar. It is themed towards the professional world, simulating things like job applications and interviews

Beginner’s English: an English class that teaches the very basics of English, like how to form ideas while speaking and writing.

ITALIAN

Tuesdays, 16.00-18.00

Thursdays, 16.00-18.00

Basic level class for beginners, about both culture and language. It will be useful for those that wish to only have a taste of it, but also for limited and short conversations, especially for tourism

CHINESE

Tuesdays 12.00-14.00

Thursdays 12.00-14.00

NEWS and HISTORY A class that combines recent events in the news with historical events in the past to analyze the connection of events that still affect our world.

HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS: Mondays, 10.00-12.00. An interactive class, created with the goal of giving students a better understanding of what Human Rights are, through discovering their history, finding out how they are today, and relating such with the students own experiences.

HISTORY & NEWSA class for those who wish to know more about news, both by understanding why we talk about certain facts in a certain way and how to discern real news and reliable news outlets, all of this with discussion and sharing of opinions as a vehicle

CREATIVE WRITINGThis class is a mixture, it will both involve the development of writing abilities in the most expressive and free way, and it will also help by giving starting tips on how to write for journalism, how to quote, or do interviews.

STORYTELLING   Mondays, 22/07-05/08: 13.00-14.00

PHOTOGRAPHY  Thursdays, 14.00-16.00

MUSIC 15/07 -05/08, Mondays: 12.00-13.00

DRAMA (4-25/7)

Tuesdays, 10.00-12.00, and 14.00-16.00

Wednesdays, 12.00-14.00

Fridays, 16.00 – 18.00

PAINTING IN AUGUST and beyond

4-25/7 Wednesdays, 14.00-16.00

12/08 until 30/10, Every day 12.00-14.00

@Photos Nikos Chrysogelos, Bailey Marshall
 Photo of the first page by @JetterHalle

The importance of  the ethical and alternative banks for funding the social and ecological transition

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Funding the social and ecological transition  

The importance of  the ethical and alternative banks for funding the social and ecological transition – experiences and good examples in Europe

Discussion with Bernard Horenbeek, general manager of the network LA NEF

societe cooperative de finances solidaires

When: 30th of May, 2019, on 18.00

Where: WELCOMMON HOSTEL, Kapodistriou str No 4, 10682 Athens

We will discuss different financial tools and investments with impact; ways citizen initiatives, cooperatives, non-profit companies and cooperative-ethical banks arrange new mechanisms to access, purchase, and fund projects for communities, social and ecological transition.

The discussion will be in English and Greek and is part of “Green and Social Innovation”, a series of public events organised by Wind of Renewal in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Greece

Registration: windofrenewal@gmail.com (name, last name, email, organization)

Refugees, challenges for social inclusion, positive refugee work and problems in the USA and Europe

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Anemos Ananeosis organizes a public event – open discussion about “Refugees, challenges for social inclusion, positive refugee work and problems in the USA and Europe”
– “Problems created by the Trump administration and positive civil society initiatives in the US”, Robert Neustadt, professor at Northern Arizona University

– “Critical issues when you work with teenagers”, Vibha Pomani, Jasmeet Kaur and Alice, psychologists, volunteers in the “Days of WELCOMMON”

– “Experiences of refugees in Greece”, Ali Issa, voluntering with Greek Forum of Migrants and Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal

– “Empowerment of refugees and the experience of the former WELCOMMON center for refugees as well as of the “Days of WELCOMMON” project, Nikos Chrysogelos, chair of Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal and project manager of WELCOMMON HOSTEL

When: Saturday, June 1st, 18.30
Where: WELCOMMON HOSTEL, kapodistriou 4, Athens

The discussion will be in English and is part of “Green and Social Innovation”, a series of public events organised by Wind of Renewal in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Greece

Registration: windofrenewal@gmail.com (name, last name, email, organization)

After the discussion, will follow a concert by Robert Neustadt and other musicians.

Our WELCOMMON HOSTEL with social impact needs your support

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Dear friends
We need your urgent support. Most of you know the WELCOMMON HOSTEL and the former projecWELCOMMON housing and social inclusion center for refugees, two projects of the social cooperative ANEMOS ANANEOSIS / WIND OF RENEWAL since you participated as a volunteer, an intern, a visitor, a friend, a supporter…

Our previous work

In our innovative community center for refugees, WELCOMMON, we have hosted, empowered and supported with non-formal education, art therapy activities, tutoring lessons, social and psychological services more than 600 vulnerable refugees for 1,5 year (9/2016-2/2018). 

Our current work

When the funding for the refugees center stopped suddenly, we decided to open an innovative hostel with social impact. Until today in our new innovative project Welcommon Hostel we combined social issues like sustainable tourism, green & climate action and empowerment – social integration of refugees. Our main purpose is also to empower the people of our program in the day-to-day challenges that they face. The most valuable result of our Welcommon Hostel project is the strong bond that formed between our international volunteers, the staff members of the project, the participating refugees/migrants of the program, the neighborhood and other social actors.

Our ongoing cooperation with volunteering services with global organizations such as Respect for Greece, Vanderbuilt University or EVS is creating a space for connecting and learning from each other. Our goals for the future are to make our network even stronger and build bridges, not only between the countries, but also to build a strong network to support integration in society and the labor market. A further aim is to expand our initiative and include activities with a greater level of focus on topics such as women’s empowerment by better informing and train them on professional opportunities.

Since the funding for our social project ended in February 2018, we had to find ways of supporting ourselves financially entirely on our own! With a lot of effort, but without capiital or access to loans, we rebuilt the accommodation, so
– the five upper floors are an innovative Hostel focused on responsible, sustainable tourism
– on two floors, there is space for non-formal education with refugee children and language lessons for teenagers and adults, painting, dancing, etc

Now we have more than 25 children in school age, 60 teenagers and adult  (a total of 120 refugees this period) Welcommon_Infographic_electronic version. Please see our daily work in www.facebook.com/daysofwelcommon 

This initiative of our social cooperative Anemos Ananeosis/ Wind of Renewal – the WELCOMMON Hostel – is an example how we can create a world of co-existence, as the Hostel is a place of interreligious encounter for symposia, seminars and workshops in Athens, a base for delegates and travellers from all over the world, an island of peace in a world of wars, (because of its location in a poor quarter of Athens) a place of social understanding, a place of cultural encounter to promote respect and solidarity, a bridge connecting local communities with new comers, asocial experiment for the smooth integration of refugees from different cultural and religious backgrounds in Europe.

The WELCOMMON Hostel is also a center for social and green innovation.

 

Why we need your urgent support

As the social project has no income and the costs for the additional expenses for the social activities, the use of the rooms and the accommodation of our volunteers, bills and use of infrastructure cost around 8.000-10.000 Euro per month, the Hostel is not able yet to cover all the costs. Due to restrictions on bank funding in Greece it is essential for the existence of this project to find alternative resources until the hostel can finance the social project on its own!

Because of the very strict laws in Greece, the owner of the building is forcing us to pay at least three rents in advance by the end of May. Otherwise, he will evict us and we have to stop all our programs we are carrying out the last months and all the planned future objectives!!!

We are in a seriously urgent situation for the future of our existing social project and the WELCOMMON HOSTEL as such. We have only 20 days to find the way to pay the ammount of 70.000 euros. A donor will contribute with 20.000 euros if we are able to find 30.000 and we will contribute with own resources with 20.000. Every form of support is needed to find the amount of  70.000 euro by 26th of May so we will be able to continue our work, which is so necessary for the situation of the refugees and local society in Greece, as the asylum policies are getting stricter and the integration of people harder.

Of course, you can support us

– with a direct amount with 100, 500, 1000 or more euro in our bank account (you will receive an invoice for your donation)

– you could organize an event with our great social purpose like a brunch, a dinner or a party.

you could find friends who would like to visit Athens and book immediately rooms in our WELCOMMON HOSTEL in May and pay their accommodation through our website (www.welcommonhostel.gr)

Please share your ideas with us in order to organize it together! But this must be done quick.

Please share this call for support with your communities, universities, friends or other organizations and Institutions.

Donations for our social activities:

ANEMOS ANANEOSIS / WIND OF RENEWAL

Piraeus Bank
IBAN: GR83 0172 0180 0050 1807 7868 253

Piraeus’s BIC code is PIRBGRAA

Meeting of greek organisations participating in 7 EUKI Climate action projects

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Meeting for the collaboration between Greek organizations participating in EUKI climate programs

The social enterprise Anemos Ananeosis / Wind Renewal and the program Graeducation co-orgnanised on 7th of February in the WELCOMMON HOSTEL a meeting of representatives of Greek organizations participating in EUKI (European Climate Initiative) projects.

The main aims of the meeting were:

strengthening collaboration and exchange of knowledge and experience between the participating organisations, universities, NGOs, research centers.

– promotion of synergies and common initiatives for climate protection, just energy transition, training and creation of new jobs in renewable energy and energy saving

The meeting was an opportunity for the representatives of seven EUKI projects to know each other better and exchange their experiences from climate actions, programs and activities in cooperation with their european partners.

  • The social cooperative Anemos Ananeosis/Wind of Renewal, which was the hosting organisation of the meeting, was represented by Nikos Chrysogelos. WoR participates in two EUKI projects: Climate Schools Be.Ath and YESClima “Young Experts for Climate-friendly Schools in Mediterranean countries”. Four young experts of the YESClima project participated also in the meeting: Mr Ioannis Kotsalos, Technician of Heating, Cooling and Electrical Systems, Ms Dimitra Apostolopoulou, Engineer of Renovation and Restoration, Ms Agapi – Evaggelia Tsampazi, Civil Engineer Msc and Ms Sofia Papadopoulou, Energy Engineer Msc.

  • The project Graeducation Research, Development and Testing of Education Services with main aim the improvement of the education of “Green Professions” in Greece was represented by Ms Silke Steinberg and Stamatia Aidonidou, who cooperate with FIAP e.V. (Institute for innovative and preventive job design) and Mr Wolfgang Jung and Rall Engelbrecht-Schreiner from Technological Park in Gelsenkirchen.

  • The project ENCREMENCO, ΕΝhancing the Capacity of Regions & Municipalities to participate in EΝergy CΟmmunities, was represented by Mrs Papamikraki and Mrs Korna from Center For Renewable Energy Sources and Saving.

  • The project BEACON, Bridging European and Local Climate Action was represented by Ms Tzanakaki Evi from Center For Renewable Energy Sources and Saving.

  • The project CYCLEURBAN was represented by Mr Thanos Vlastos, professor of National Technical University of Athens.

  • The project Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe, was represented by Mr Stavros Mayrogenis from WWF Greece.

Olga Drossou, director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Greece participated in the meeting as an observer.

The European Climate Initiative is a financing instrument of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The overarching goal of EUKI is to foster climate cooperation within the European Union in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. It does so through strengthening cross-border dialogue and cooperation as well as exchange of knowledge and experience.

YESClima

The project is being implemented by ‘Wind of Renewal, University of Cádiz at Spain, Secretariat for Future Studies of Free University of Berlin(Sekretariat für Zukunftsstudien Berlin an der Freien Universität Berlin), and the (APEC -Provincial Energy Agency of Cadiz), Andalusia.  

The aims of the project are:

– Climate protection and energy saving
– Reduction of energy consumption and the ecological footprint of schools
– Education and training of young people in order to work in energy saving issues, natural heating and cooling systems.
– To familiarize young people with scientific – technical issues, economic issues, entrepreneurship and legislation on climate protection, and more specifically energy saving and energy inspections and interventions.

During the project “YESclima – Young experts for climate friendly schools in Mediteranian countries” 11 young people from Greece and 11 from Spain, organized in three groups, will have 6months theoritical and practical education so they can work in the energy saving sector and natural heating and cooling techniques in buildings.

The program is based on the results of the EUKI project ZEWklima, research and study program completed in the spring of 2018, coordinated by the Hoheschule Technic and Wirtschaft (Berlin School of Applied Science, Technology and Economics), the Berlin Free University, the University of Cádiz and Anemos Ananeosis / Wind Renewal, about the reforms needed in education so that young people can work professionally in areas that promote energy saving and renewable energy.

Climate Schools Be.Ath

Climate Schools Berlin-Athens is a 28-month project aiming to augment the awareness of climate change and energy consumption in the school communities of the Municipality of Athens (MoA).

It consists of 4 axes:

  • Training of trainers, training of teachers, implementation of educational activities in 73 pilot schools, dissemination events. All these, in parallel with ongoing field research at the pilot schools, with the participation of the teachers who are involved to the project.

  • Climate protection awareness campaign and creation of a network with the participation of the pilot schools.

  • Increase of energy efficiency in the pilot schools (at least 5% reduction of energy consumption per school)

  • Development of the MoA action plan for all the schools of the Municipality, aiming at the augmentation of the ecological awareness in school communities and the reduction of Energy consumption in the schools.

Experience is gained through the collaboration between Greece and Germany on both educational and technical issues, such as energy efficiency and refurbishment of schools or involvement of teachers, pupils and parents, as well as through the cooperation between partners from the two cities: Municipality of Athens and Anemos Ananeosis/ Wind of Renewal from Athens and Respekt für Griechenland e.V. and Unabhängiges Institut für Umweltfragen, from Berlin.

Graeducation

The program emphasizes in the dual education of professional education and job training in Greece which could lead to a cooperative dialogue between companies and educational institutes, something which is really important for the Greek market. Given the today’s challenges, the transfer of knowledge between Germany and Greece can contribute to the development of the professional training in those two countries. In the same time, it is important to develop the idea of professional training in those two countries, since it is not very commonly held. 

Just Transition Eastern and Southern Europe

The goal of this project is to develop tailor-made transition strategies for the economic transformation of specific regions in Bulgaria (Southwest Bulgaria), Greece (Western Macedonia), and Poland (Silesia) away from coal and towards sustainable economic activities. Each transition plan will form the basis for advocating Just Transition pathways and region-specific options at national and EU level.

BEACON

Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON) is a project promoting climate action and facilitating an exchange between national governments as well as municipalities and schools in Europe. The aim of the project is to strengthen bi- and multilateral cooperation and create common ambition to realize the Paris Agreement.

ENCREMENCO, ΕΝhancing the Capacity of Regions & Municipalities to participate in EΝergy CΟmmunities

The project is about exchanging experiences, knowledge and practices between Greece and Germany concerning practices and good examples of Energy Communities.

CYCLEURBAN, Cycling as an Element of Urban Climate Mitigation Policy

The project „Cycling as an element of urban climate mitigation policy“ (Cyclurban) will advance cycling as a measure for sustainable urban mobility and climate mitigation on a local level. In particular, the project will look at the current situation and develop measures to strengthen cycling mobility in the areas infrastructure, policy and planning, services and promotion, also taking into account new developments such as e-bikes and cargo bikes. It will demonstrate how to integrate cycling into municipal strategies in one city in each of our five target countries: Tartu (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Warsaw (Poland), Velika Gorica (Croatia) and Vrilissia (part of Athens, Greece). Each city will develop own specific strategies to advance urban cycling mobility. In a second step, the project will also provide recommendations on how cycling can be supported on the national level. In seminars and with the help of lessons learned publications, it will disseminate experiences to reach more municipalities and decision makers.

#ClimateAction @EUKI_Climate #YESClima #ClimateSchoolsBe.At

A series of public events on Green and Social Innovation and climate policies

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A series of public events (discussions, workshops, round tables) are organised by Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal (social cooperative) in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Office Thessaloniki, Greece on four thematic axes that contribute to an informed and visionary dialogue on social green innovation and climate policies and how best to integrate them in Greece with a view to transforming the current economic and social model. In addition, efforts will be made to provide space and opportunities for reflection on crucial issues in view of the European elections (end of May).

Changing the productive and economic model

  1. Circular / green economy the basis for a new productive – economic model for Greece and Europe

  2. Climate change, a challenge to change the economic – productive and consumer model and create new economic activities and new jobs

  3. Energy cooperatives, a tool for changing the energy model and promoting investment by citizens – European experience, good examples, new tools created at European level, producing energy in the city and the neighborhoods

  4. Social and solidarity economy and how it is understood in society and institutionally in Europe and the US

Science and technology

  1. From chemistry of hazardous materials and components and heavy industry, to green chemistry, green design and green products

  2. From gray to green infrastructure at the time of climate change

  3. Digital technology and economy – how they will work for the benefit of society, the environment and sustainable prosperity

A new social policy based on social and green innovation as well as social investment
1. The housing crisis, red loans and possible role / prospects of social housing – the European experience of housing and social housing

   2. Alternative financial tools to promote smaller or larger projects with a social impact and benefit.

    3. The crisis of health systems and the need for a holistic approach to health

    4. The social pillar and European integration in the era of nationalism and inequality

    5. How will social security and protection systems be in the future?

The future of cities in times of climate change, risk and mass movement of populations

     1. How does climate change happen in the city? What changes are required for cities to be resilient?

    2. How are cities shaped by new models in tourism, such as AirBnB and mass tourism? Are there other tourism models? Can there be phenomena that exclude citizens from their city?

    3. What models of housing and social inclusion of vulnerable groups can empower the neighborhoods and the cohesion of the city?

    4. How will policy on energy poverty be based on social and green innovation?

The events are realized on a weekly basis, starting February until the end of June at the premises of the Welcommon Hostel, run by the Wind of Renewal.

The hostel itself is a demonstration of green social innovation that started its life in September 2016, as an innovative center for hosting and supporting the social inclusion of refugees that has been awarded for its community model approach for the protection and inclusion of refugees, migrants and Greeks. In spring 2018 was refurbished and turned to an innovative hostel which combines models of sustainable tourism with social inclusion, green and social innovation, cultural and energy transition activities. 

Workshop: Social economy, social responsibility and social financing

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Anemos Ananeosis is organizing a workshop on “Social economy, social responsibility and social financing: good examples, obstacles, potential in Europe and the USA”, on Friday 8th of March, 17.00, in WELCOMMON HOSTEL, 4, Kapodistriou str, near Kaniggos sq:

Social responsibility and Vanderbilt University – Project Pyramid’s role in bringing students and social impact organizations together”, Tyler Skelton, MBA Class of 2019, Vanderbilt University

Project Pyramid matches groups of students with social enterprise partners around the world to work on meaningful projects. The class has just entered its 13th year and has sent more than 700 students to work with more than 50 partners in over 20 counties. Tyler Skelton is the Project Pyramid Board Chair for the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures, a Vanderbilt University student-led organization that aims to help students understand how market forces can help with poverty alleviation and other social issues. Tyler will have a quick talk about the Turner Family Center and Project Pyramid before opening up discussion

– “How to finance your social project in Germany: Lea-Sophie Müller-Praefcke, Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal’ s volunteer

In Germany there are lots of possibilities for financing a social project, but many projects do not know about this. So we will give some short ideas about the possibilities you have, either Crowdfunding and competition or sponsorships from the state.

– “The Green Office Movement”: David Delto, Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal’ s volunteer

The Green Office Movement was established in the Maastricht University in 2010, now it spreads worldwide: the Green Office Movement-a sustainability office at the University, which coordinates sustainable projects, realizes green education, organizes events etc. The whole Green Office Movement is open-source, so every University has the freedom to form the role of the Office, as it needs to be. We will give you quick information about the idea of the Green Office and tell you about our experiences in trying to establish the Green Office in Frankfurt.

– “Rreuse, a European network of social enterprises for reuse, recycling and social inclusion”, Antigone Dalamanga, president of Rre-use

RREUSE represents social enterprises active in reuse, repair and recycling. Rreuse and its members want the EU and national governments to move from promoting just recycling and waste management to putting secondhand first. Rreuse members employ people at risk of socio-economic exclusion and help bring them back into work. In addition they bring products back to the market at affordable prices providing essential household items to low income groups. Approximately 140,000 workers, trainees and volunteers are engaged in the activities of its 26 members across 24 European countries and the USA.

– “European programs for financing social projects”, Nikos Papakostas, INTERALIA,

Designing a funding strategy for NGOs and social projects, European Funding Opportunities 2014 – 2020. Why you need a funding strategy, how you can start, Stakeholder Analysis, initiatives and practices for social innovation, sustainable solutions to youth unemployment

Nikos Chrysogelos, chair of Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal will coordinate the discussion

The discussion will be in English. Registration online is now open:

The workshop is part of a series of discussions and events titled “Green Social Innovation” organised by the social cooperative Anemos Ananeosis/ Wind of Renewal, with the support of Heinrich Boell Stiftung Greece

@VanderbiltU @RREUSE_Brussels  @windofrenewal  @INTERALIAPRJ

#WELCOMMONHostel #socialeconomy #socialinclusion #social #innovation #volunteers #education #university #youth

Promoting climate protection, energy efficiency and energy transition

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Climate change is already a reality but we have to do our best for climate protection and energy transition. The social enterprise Wind of Renewal / Anemos Ananeosis (WoR) has a strong commitment to building a better world through social and green innovation, green and social economy and the cooperative business model. It was constituted in Greece in 2014 for the promotion of social cooperative and responsible economy, social entrepreneurship, green-circular economy, eco-social innovation, intercultural dialogue and the protection of environment.

       

 

We promote Energy Transition

Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal participates in two programs of European Climate Initiative and promotes

a) education and awareness of 200 teachers from 73 school from Athens and the participation of thousands of students in order to raise awareness about climate and reduction of energy consumption in schools @EUKI_Climate

  

b) The training of 11 Greek young people (at the same time  11 young people in Spain) is aimed to obtain professional qualifications for young people to promote the energy control in schools and other buildings to implement the innovative natural climate systems and practices that will transform schools into zero-emission buildings @EUKI_Climate

 

In collaboration with the partners of Graeducation program we have recently  trained, more than 100 teachers of primary schools and professors of the secondary education on renewable energy sources topics focus in vocational education of Green skills and professions field.

We want to make our innovative WELCOMMON HOSTEL, a new Hostel in Athens with social and green impact more energy efficient as well as a demonstration center for energy efficient systems, a zero emission building, a training center for energy transition and climate protection in collaboration with different organizations, research centers, energy cooperative, financial institutions. With the WELCOMMON HOSTEL we are combining two “different” aims: sustainable tourism, green and social innovation with green transition, social inclusion, art, intercultural dialogue.

We have so far invested more than 250.000 euro for the renovation, refurbishment based on reuse-upcycling and to acquire equipment for the hostel, but we must invest more resources for the decoration and the rest of the equipment, for energy efficient systems, and an infrastructure for a better environmental and energy performance

What is the WELCOMMON HOSTEL

Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal is renting since August 2016 this building with about 3.200 square meter, which was until the end of the year 2013 a public clinic. We fully renovated the building already twice. Once at autumn 2016 to be for 1,5 years a model center for accommodation and integration of the most vulnerable refugees and then again to become an innovative, functional and esthetic Hostel with a social and green impact.

The whole renovation based on the idea and the awareness of re-use and up-cycling, not only to reduce renovation expenses but also for ecological issues. Beside the fact that we did relevant changes for the lightning, changing the old lamps with new LED lights, there are double windows and some insulation, we regulated the boiler, the temperature of the waste gases and other mechanical systems, to reduce energy waste. However, the building is old and remains energetically wasteful and ineffective. The result is negative both as for the climate and for the expenses of the heating, cooling and electricity.

Challenge:

For environmental and economic reasons we are immediately looking to modify the building to a zero emission building and to operate as a center of education and training in green issues and activities and also as a place to demonstrate energy efficient technology and present renewable energy sources in the city of Athens.

Needs:

We are looking for donations and programs to support our plan and companies, which are willing to provide to WELCOMMON HOSTEL their technologies of energy reduction and renewable energy sources on buildings in order to be able to transform it into a zero emission building. In return, we demonstrate the technology to our guests and cooperation partners from all over the world, who visit us to see our work. Thousands of people and organizations, schools, students, businesses will have the opportunity to be introduced to these technologies and practices in an open center for demonstration.

Needs:

Find resources to create the space for training and to create a spirited team and partners who will be able to use the organized energy experimental workshops which can take place at Welcommon Hostel and can also take place in the professional orientation of pupils, in order to familiarize the students or any interested parties in renewable energy sources, and energy efficiency.

Promoting of circular green economy

Under the concept  “Discussing and taking the initiative for the green/circular and social  economy and the innovation” we are organising a variety of workshops, public events and day workshops with the participation of universities, teachers social – vocational institutions, social – economy enterprises, social media such as:

  • Changing the productive and economical model: circular/green economy, climate change and energy transition, energy–efficient techniques, energy cooperatives, energy neighborhood, etc.
  • Science and technology. What are the changes and how do they affect the productive, economic and social model: green chemistry, green design, green products and green infrastructures for climate change, the digital technology and the economy for the society, the environment and the sustainability.
  • A new social policy based on social and green innovation and on social investments: the role of innovation and social economy against the housing crisis, red loans and the energy poverty, alternative finance tools to support smaller and bigger projects with social and ecological impacts, re
  • What is the future of the city in times of climate change, the risk and the mass movements of population? The climate change in the city and other changes are needed to make cities resilient.
  • How do new tourism models affect the cities (like Airbnb and mass tourism), which models for housing and social inclusion of vulnerable groups can strengthen the neighborhoods and the cohesion of the city? How will the energy poverty politics could support the social and green innovation?

The events will take place once a week, from beginning of February until the end of 2019, at WELCOMMON HOSTEL in cooperation with many institutions.

Summer School for energy transition

We are planning a Summer School for Energy Transition in collaboration with a number of organizations and universities. This will take place on the first week of July 2019 in Sifnos (Greek island), with 20 young people from Greece, Germany and Spain. We will discuss topics on energy savings in buildings, energy audits, natural air-conditioning systems, traditional and contemporary bioclimatic architecture, energy transition, zero emission buildings, energy cooperatives, etc.  The summer school will be combined with public events and a workshop for energy cooperatives.

If you want to collaborate with Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal, please contact us windofrenewal@gamil.com. We will be glad to find the way for a creative cooperation.

Best regards!

Nikos Chrysogelos

www.anemosananeosis.gr

www.welcommonhostel.gr

www.facebook.com/welcommonhostel

www.facebook.com/daysofwelcommon

www.facebook.com/socialcooperatives

#Sustainability #Athens #cooperatives #SocEnt #innovation #social
#inclusion #withrefugees #WelcommonHostel @Social Cooperatives

#sustainabletourism #education #youth #Erasmusplus #volunteers #art

Contact us: info@welcommonhostel.gr or windofrenewal@gmail.com

If you want to support our social activities with a donation, our bank account is

ANEMOS ANANEOSIS / WIND OF RENEWAL

Piraeus Bank
IBAN: GR83 0172 0180 0050 1807 7868 253

Piraeus’s BIC code is PIRBGRAA

Social inclusion and green transition projects in the innovative WELCOMMON HOSTEL

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Social inclusion and green transition projects in the innovative WELCOMMON HOSTEL

WELCOMMON Hostel, an innovative hostel with social inclusion and energy transition vision

It is a demanding project, but we decided to risk. We created the WELCOMMON HOSTEL, an innovative hostel and also a social experiment in the center of Athens.   We decided to combine two “different” aims: sustainable tourism, green and social innovation with social inclusion, art, intercultural dialogue. And it seems, it works.

The WELCOMMON HOSTEL is a project run by the cooperative Anemos Ananeosis / WIND OF RENEWAL. We are part of the social change we want to see happen.

 

Social Program: non-formal education and social inclusion of refugees

Although the building is no longer a refugee hosting center and has been refurbished into a modern facility, two floors of the WELCOMMON Hostel are used as an open center for social empowerment and inclusion. Learning from each other is an important and interesting part of our social project. As many people with different knowledge and skills come together, we try to benefit from each other.

We offer in daily basis classes (e.g. for language, painting, puppet show, music etc) with the support of volunteers to about 50 refugees, migrants, local people, tourists; we work for the empowerment and training of our guests and design interactive workshops for the professional training and promotion of the abilities and qualifications of refugees, especially the young people, along with Greek nationals, in order to be able to find their way in our society and for the benefit of our societies (see attached a brief report about our activities with refugees).

The aim is to create also new employment opportunities for everyone in areas such as up-cycling, ethnic cuisines, culture, green / cyclic economy, energy efficiency and others. Our societies must not accept generations being lost, we must not leave young persons, Greeks, migrants, refugees behind.

Challenge:

We want to reach a satisfactory level of completeness of our WELCOMMON HOSTEL through our collaboration with sustainable tourism organizations, schools, universities, Erasmus groups, ethical enterprises, social enterprises and cooperatives, social and ecological groups.  We hope in 2 years to be able to finance 100% of the operation of the Hostel and more than 50% of our social and green projects, which are also very demanding. In 2019, we have to find the resources of more than 70.000 euro to finance part of our social projects’ costs.

Needs:

In order to maintain the social project and the proportions of the building used for the social activities (800 m2), as well as being able to develop our social – ecological projects and to have a valuable continuation, it’s necessary to have more support.

The salaries of the volunteers’ coordinator and volunteers’ mentor as well a small part of the materials for the activities and lessons are funded by the non-profit association Respect for Greece and one foundation until the end of 2019. But this is a small part of the cost that in total is higher than 8-10.000 Euros/month. In order to be able to continue our work we have to find, very soon, donations, as two floors in the Hostel are not used for the guests/tourists but for the social inclusion activities.  The expenses of the social project are high:

  • the proportional rent cost for 2 floors – 800 m2- used for the social, cultural and ecological activities and the lessons,
  • hosting 10-12 volunteers in special rooms,
  • the activities as such,
  • use – consumption of materials,
  • need for supporting services, eg cleaning,
  • refurbishment of the rooms,
  • bills for water, electricity, heating and cooling

The philosophy, vision and mission of Anemos Ananeosis/Wind of Renewal and WELCOMMON Hostel

  • Our philosophy is that we want to be part of the social change we want to see happen. Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal has a strong commitment to building a better world through social and green innovation and the cooperative business model. We want to influence the direction of our society to become more sustainable and ecologically and socially fair.
  • Our visionis to bring close people from all over the world, to enable them to communicate, to be entertained and to explore the creative side of Athens. In the WELCOMMON Hostel we can introduce you to the world of Greece’s cultural, environmental and social organizations as well as of social economy. You can also contribute with your ideas and experience. It highlights the positive impact that cooperatives and social enterprises have on communities, revitalizing neighborhoods, making bridges between communities, social groups, newcomers and local people.
  • Our missionis to daily improve and develop our services, make our hostel more than convenient, friendly and live, artistic and social innovative. We can organise your study trip in the city and provide details about interesting social events and groups. We can also supply you with all necessary information on other Greek cities, islands or a mountainside, connect you with cycling groups, or let you know the secrets of culinary delights. This networking supports our model for the way out of the deep crisis.

Who we are

Anemos Ananeosis /Wind of Renewal has a strong commitment to building a better world through social and green innovation, green and social economy and the cooperative business model. We want to influence the direction of our society to become more sustainable and ecologically and socially fair.

We “promote” our WELCOMMON HOSTEL to Universities, schools, social groups, social enterprises and cooperatives, artists which plan to visit Athens. If they decide to stay in our hostel, they can discover the creative side of the city and at the same time support our social and green activities. Our guests can participate in workshops, art exhibitions, cultural events, social activities, networking, youth meetings, youth exchanges like Erasmus projects. We collaborate with a lot of eco- and social active groups in the city and we could connect our guests with groups that offer guided tours to cultural sites, alternative neighborhoods, “secret” corners, traditional shops, local and authentic places in Athens. We can plan the perfect tour for our guests.

Best regards!

www.anemosananeosis.gr

www.welcommonhostel.gr

www.facebook.com/welcommonhostel

www.facebook.com/daysofwelcommon

www.facebook.com/socialcooperatives

#Sustainability #Athens #cooperatives #SocEnt #innovation #social
#inclusion #withrefugees #WelcommonHostel @Social Cooperatives

#sustainabletourism #education #youth #Erasmusplus #volunteers #art

Contact us: info@welcommonhostel.gr or windofrenewal@gmail.com

If you want to support our social activities with a donation, our bank account is

ANEMOS ANANEOSIS / WIND OF RENEWAL

Piraeus Bank
IBAN: GR83 0172 0180 0050 1807 7868 253

Piraeus’s BIC code is PIRBGRAA