We believe we can do more to create economically and socially sustainable innovations.
Part of our time goes to social innovation. With social innovation we mean projects that are introducing new models in society in an economically sustainable way. This is our commitment to the society.
With a number of large organizations we are working on a pilot model for the administrative structures needed to allow older people to continue to work in a way that is adapted to their needs. We call the project EXPERIENCE@WORK. Our unique consulting formula is based on making the wealth of knowledge and experience of our senior advisors available to others – a wealth of expertise that would otherwise go to waste as older workers “retire”. How can our model be improved, and how can it be adapted to other sectors of industry?
Together with a number of large employers we develop a joint solution to keep experienced and motivated employees longer active in a flexible way, taking into account various legal, financial & practical implications. This model needs to bring added value for the involved individual employee as well as for the employer.
Some banks are customer-driven. The bank you will discover now is driven by its customers.
16 master students have defined the bank they dream of, based on their expectations, but also on extensive surveys and field research. The most striking conclusion of this research is that retail customers of the future want to control how their savings are invested; understanding thanks to a clear information is not enough; the customer wants to be educated in the field of finance in order to make his decisions independently and he expects his bank to provide him this education.
The bank of the future has no branches and operates in a cashless environment. It offers the basic payment, lending and saving services, in the simplest and most transparent way: the number of choices is limited, hence easy for the customer. The customers are also the owners of the bank which is a cooperative. This bank is not a big player on international markets: it invests in local economy.
When it comes to investment, the customer wishes a new sort of interaction, on top of the bank expert advice: interaction with his peers, in groups where investment decisions are taken based on the collective intelligence of a group of people with the same investment profile; discusssions moderated by an expert lead to a vote on the investment decision for the next quarter. Another investment option that is put forward is crowdfunding; by this token, the customer invests in one single company or project, based on his preferences and on a thorough analysis provided by the bank.
Together with the management board of the old abbey and the
architects of ANNO we created a masterplan for the Old Abbey of Kortenberg.
This project focuses on the creation of an eco-system in which the historical function of an abbey is transformed into a future proof concept for modern working, reflection and living.
In “co-creation” with key stakeholders at the old abbey, including neighbors, local stakeholders, the abbey’s board and a specialized architect, we held workshops where we defined the core function of a modern abbey. The focus was on retaining what is relevant. In the context of the Abbey, activities and infrastructure could and should not be focused on money, power or personal attention. The challenge was to innovate around these items and thereby to respectfully transform the buildings and people.
The City Pirates is a football club and social innovation project in the region of antwerp. Football is used as a tool to reach over 1200 youngsters that grow up in difficult neighbourhoods within Antwerp. It opens the door for creating a relationship of trust between the youngsters and the members of the organisation. The kids and youngsters are given the opportunity to play football and test their skills during real games, but there is also a strong focus on competencies such as equality, respect and engagement. The organisation offers help with school work and has social workers within their staff who monitor and support the home situation when needed.
HazelHeartwood is a proud sponsor of the City Pirates. Further collaboration opportunities are being reviewed in order to support the organisation in reaching their goals.