>New Fab Labs in Ireland

I was lucky to have the opportunity of visiting Belfast last week. The purpose of this trip was to explore the possibility of launching two new FabLabs in Northern Ireland. Pat Colgan, an old friend who serves as the Chief Executive of SEUPB (Special European Union Programmes Body) invited me and M.I.T. Professor Neil Gershenfeld to explore with local partners the possibility of applying innovation to bring divided communities together. They think that our Fab Lab in Bermeo can be an inspiring example for implementing peace building programmes innovatively.

If we succeed in bulding an strong proposal, DenokInn will be in charge of training the managers of the new labs in methodologies for identifying new social innovation opportunities. I will keep you posted.

>Hiriko in Brussels and Amsterdam


I had the opportunity to watch Holland beating Brazil in Amsterdam last week. As you can see in the picture,there was a great atmosphere in the city after such a big surprise. We had been in Brussels that morning presenting the Hiriko project to a delegation of 50 ABN-AMRO private wealth investors.

Just a couple of hours before the match, we took the fast train to Amsterdam . The purpose of this short break was to have an exploratory discussion with the Sustainability Programme Amsterdam about the electric future of the city. Thank you for a warm welcome and great football!