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Facilitating Human Sustainability with Isabel Page

4 June, 2014 in members, news, The Impactory

Our in-house journalist Katie Nail is following some of the exciting happenings at The Impactory.


Pressures from a turbulent economy, an increasingly competitive work environment and aggressive business practices are creating a workforce that is suffering from chronic stress. According to the World Health Organization, by 2030 burnout and depression will, together, become the number one global disease burden. Fortunately, entrepreneurs like Isabel Page recognize the need for healthier business practices. She believes that the development of leaders and individuals to be positive forces for change can improve their work environments for the better.
“I am passionate in the belief that tohave a sustainable planetwe need to be sustainable as people.” Page says, describing her outlook.

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Page has been working as an Organizational Transformation Partner (OTP) in Luxembourg since 1997. Her work as an OTP has been in both the public and private sector where she honed her expertise in leadership development, training and executive coaching. She also worked for an international political institution, as a part of the Secretary-General’s team, restructuring and developing HR practices and processes. Since 2012 Page has been working as an independent consultant in organizational change. She also develops and accompanies business leaders and managers in the creation of work environments that are sustainable for both the business and their employees.

Page facilities sustainability by teaching groups and individuals communication practices such as listening, observing and using all the human senses. These practices are key to creating a better working environment, but they are also vital for helping individuals achieve goals unrelated to work. These practices benefit relationships and help to build self-confidence outside of the workplace.

Page was inspired to develop this method in 2010 after working with the Centro Ecológico, in Akumal, Mexico, on their sea turtle project. This experience connected her with Dr C. Otto Scharmer, Chair of the Presencing Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. Through her collaboration with Dr Scharmer, she began developing workshops for leaders, coaches, managers and professionals.

She has brought that expertise to Luxembourg as a visiting lecturer at the University of Luxembourg for the Certificate in Sustainability, and as an independent consultant.  Since January, she has also hosted taster workshops on client communication at The Impactory, teaching these strategies to individuals. The workshops are not just for executives. As Page explains, the workshops are beneficial for people in all stages of their career and lives.

“We are all leaders in life, even if only of ourselves…The benefit [of the workshops] for young people and those in mid-career change is simply that they have great tools to analyze what is their purpose in life and how to get to where they would like to go and be the person they would like to be.”

Recently Page was handpicked by MIT to attend a master class on development, available to only 60 people globally. She will attend the class in November, where she will be working on high-level global projects with a focus on setting up a research programme at the University of Luxembourg.

The Impactory is pleased to have the support of Page. She calls The Impactory “a breath of fresh air” for Luxembourg, and she is enthusiastic when describing the opportunities it provides for entrepreneurs. For more information or to contact Isabel visit her LinkedIn Page here.

Meet TUTOR-DIS, creating life changing apps

25 February, 2014 in members, news, The Impactory

Our in-house journalist Katie Nail is following some of all the exciting companies at the Impactory. Meet TUTOR-DIS.

One of the many challenges people with intellectual disabilities faces is entering the workforce. While some companies offer integration programs, researchers at the Asociación Feaps Para El Empleo (AFEM) and the Instituto De Biomecánica De Valencia (IBV) found that the intellectually disabled struggle with aspects of daily life at work that make it difficult to retain their position.

“We discovered that most of the difficulties that these people have in working environments are related with memory, time management, communication, orientation and autonomy,” said Alberto Ferreras, a researcher for the IBV.
Since 2006 the AFEM and IBV have been coordinating projects and conducting research on how to improve the adaptation of intellectually disabled people into work environments and enhance their employability.

They had hoped to help individuals entering the workplace through technology but found that existing software systems were not designed for people with special needs. So the AFEM and IBV decided they would have to create the technology, and as a result the idea for Tutor-Dis was born.

“The purpose of TUTOR-DIS is to facilitate the improvement of learning, time management, communication, and in short, the autonomy of people with intellectual disabilities,” said Ferreras.

They created an app for Android phones designed specifically for people with intellectual disabilities. The app is a series of instructions, reminders, checklists, and questionnaires all focused on helping the individual during their workday. Creating the App allowed the two teams to address the general areas of difficulty specific to the intellectually disabled. The TUTOR-DIS app is also flexible enough to give the individual user the ability to tailor the program to his or her specific needs.

The program launched in 2012 and already more than 100 companies and individuals are using Tutor-Dis. It has also created a demand within other disabled communities for similar software.

Because the app has been so well received, both the AFEM and IBV would like to continue developing the software, offer technical support for its users, and find ways of spreading the project to a more users. However, like many apps, generating income to expand the project has been challenging. In 2013, after participating in a EIB Social Innovation Competition and winning mentoring services, Tutor-Dis began working with The Impactory.

2014-01-28 16.00.19“Two essential aspects for [Tutor-Dis] are how to develop a viable business model and how to ensure that the idea reaches all the potential beneficiaries,” said Ferreras. “The Impactory is giving support [on] these topics.”

Thanks to the award from the EIB, the Tutor-Dis team members have visited Luxembourg to receive business coaching from Hedda Pahlson-Moller, co-founder of the Impactory and Business Angel/Impact Investor (OMSINT). They have begun to work on a strategic vision and business model for sustainable growth. She has also visited them in Valencia, Spain.

“The Impactory is delighted to support such an innovative team merging social integration and impact measures…and look forward to developing the partnership with IBV to foster further cross-collaboration and support of social impact focused businesses,” Pahlson-Moller said.

Hopefully through their relationship with The Impactory, Tutor-Dis will have the opportunity to develop its model far beyond Spain’s borders and help users with a variety of tasks and languages.

For more information on Tutor-Dis visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TutorDis

Proud to announce Coding classes for Women at The Impactory !

15 October, 2013 in members, The Impactory

We are pleased to announce that our 1st classes, Intro to HTML and CSS will take place soon at The Impactory.

The classes will provide you a basic understanding of HTML and CSS which are the basic building block of any website. First we will look at HTML where you will learn how to structure a website and add content to it. HTML class will talk about page structure, various HTML elements and styling. Then we will have a look at CSS which describes the presentation of websites including color, font and layout etc. After this workshop, you will be able to design your website.

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Dates:

Monday 28 october 6.30pm-8.30pm
Wednesday 30 october 6.30pm-8.30pm
Monday 4 november 6.30pm-8.30pm
Wednesday 6 november 6.30pm-8.30pm

Please note that the sessions are linked to each others, therefore participants will need to commit to 4 sessions.

Cost for the 4 classes: 20 euros for Impactory Members, 40 euros for non-members.
Classes limited to 12 participants.

Men policy: if you are a man, you will be welcome to join if we have space available. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please let us know.

If you are interested to join, 

please contact us asap marina@theimpactory.com

or to express interest here: registration form

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Irina is introducing herself

7 June, 2013 in members, news

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Fellow Impactory members,

My name is Irina Aleksandrova, I am a journalist and business consultant turned entrepreneur. Having worked on corporate and standalone ventures across industries and geographies over the past 10+ years – defining visions and strategies for new business ideas and implementing them side by side with my clients, I finally found an idea that would keep me awake at night and decided to make it real.

My venture is about creating success stories. Stories that encourage and inspire underprivileged communities by showing that there is life beyond poverty, by giving them an opportunity to succeed. Or should I say ‘sportunity’?

SPORTUNITY is a global initiative that provides financing and support to children with outstanding athletic talent and no financial means to realize that potential.

We are currently searching the best athletic talent all over the world and building up strategic partnerships that would help us to develop that talent. We are looking forward to finding many friends and supporters who would share the same values and believe that there should be no such thing as social exclusion in sports.

Our website www.sportunity.org was launched last week during the JCI European Conference in Monaco where we were invited to present the project in the capacity of a finalist of the Social Business Plan competition. I invite you to check out our website for more details on what we do. We are on Facebook, too – so please support us with your likes and share us with your friends :) If you want to get involved even more – there are plenty of opportunities to do that, from helping us on sourcing the talent to leading fundraising efforts for SPORTUNITY in your company or amongst your friends. Feel free to contact me at  or at +352 621 677 100.

Have a great entrepreneurial day – and see you soon at our wonderful Impy.

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