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Your monthly list: 17 top initiatives you need to know about

Your monthly list: 17 top initiatives you need to know about

(From previous issue) 14. Ivona Kostyna, Ukraine, Pobratymy Pobratymy provides psychosocial support to war veterans returning to civilian life. Since 2014, over 320,000 people took part in the war against Russian Armed Forces and their proxies in Eastern Ukraine. However, war veterans are often not provided with adequate resources and support upon their return home which can make readjusting to civilian life more challenging. The Pobratymy approach looks at reintegration in a more holistic way by giving attention to the psychological damage caused by participation in warfare and helping survivors to overcome their trauma and become active citizens. Pobratymy provides physical therapy to help overcome shock, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Pobratymy also organises lectures and conferences which have been attended by over 3,000 people. Ivona has also worked on the Veteran Hub ++ project and the International VETSummit, which took place in April 2018.Currently, Ivona is working on a documentary about the journey of soldiers returning from war, which is due to be released in 2019. 15. Quan Nguyen Ha, Vietnam, Coffee Warriors Founded in May 2017, Coffee Warriors is a community of coffee lovers who are fighting for a better coffee ecosystem in Southeast Asia. Coffee Warriors seeks to help coffee farmers by building the leadership capacity of young people in coffee growing areas and by strengthening ties between key stakeholders in the coffee industry in Vietnam. It does this by hosting workshops for different people in the coffee supply chain and by organising exchange programmes between coffee farmers in Southeast Asia to enable them to learn from each other's experiences. Quan Nguyen Ha also founded the Do Good project, an online portal for young people in Southeast Asia to access resources they need to create social impact in their local communities. This includes access to mentors, sponsors and potential partners to help their project progress. 16. Milena Milicevic, Serbia, Innovation Attitude Centre The Innovation Attitude Centre, referred to as INAT, work to connect the brightest young minds working in the ICT sector with the most innovative companies to create new products and services befitting of the digital age. The Centre focuses on developing capacity for young people, fostering entrepreneurship and enhancing education. It does this through a range of conferences, projects and collaborations with different stakeholders including local universities and businesses. The Centre's flagship event is the annual INAT Summit. The most recent Summit was held in April 2018 to develop the skills of young professionals on topical issues including artificial intelligence, business skills and exploring exponential technology. Following the Summit, the Centre continues to develop the skills of its network through monthly seminars on topics such as 'The Psychology of Success'. This helps the community to remain active and engaged with each other, fostering collaboration and innovation across multiple sectors. 17. Ngawang Gyeltshen, Bhutan, Youth Social Cooperative Ngawang Gyeltshen founded the Youth Social Cooperative in 2016 as a platform through which to begin to establish a Universal Basic Income (UBI) for citizens in Bhutan. The aim is to create a realistic model of UBI that serves as a financial net for all citizens whilst allowing them to retain economic independence. UBI helps to minimise income inequality by providing each citizen with a base level of income, so the Youth Social Cooperative works to protect those living in poverty. The Youth Social Cooperative aims to unite young people across Bhutan through this initiative, and it has already amassed a membership of over 1,000 young people. This Cooperative is unique since it uses a social business model as the mechanism through which to establish UBI for all members and eventually the country as a whole.

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