Training “Design for a Better World”

Experiential training for unemployed designers and NGOs.

It’s been over a year to create  Wopala.org  a major challenge between the eyes: we wanted our design beyond help enrich trademarks, social institutions and help small entrepreneurs to realize their dreams to change the world . We start by selecting our scope: we would work for organizations and entrepreneurs with social, cultural, environmental or craft initiatives.

Once defined these principles we wanted to go even further and create an innovative idea to offer a different existing market alternative. We wanted the design to be accessible and affordable to organizations and individuals with little economic capacity, to help create a more robust and meaningful project . At that time we were teaching a course on Website Design Management for Designers unemployed. And hí was reached when the Eureka!

Why not encourage designers graduates unemployment and social non-profit organizations with few resources together to solve their problems?

Generating opportunities


Designed to make life easier and more comfortable to bring new colors and shapes and now to design a better world. Our work is important but there are many unemployed young designers who have not yet been able to demonstrate their experience and talent.

If you join this difficulties due to lack of resources and social organizations’ need to improve their communication to show the impact of their actions and to make their social objectives, provides the context for shaping our project consists of a  training program with the participation of designers unemployed and whose ultimate goal is to carry out a real design project for a nonprofit entity.

The designers will come to your customer, implementing the business side of their work, with our support and monitoring. For the work performed, the entity pays the student’s educational program, getting a supervised project in the real market would have a much higher price.

Our social project: 
Training “Design for a Better World”

Our social training program lasts a month interval.Translated entities pay the formation of a estimated 360 € (VAT avoiding a design project), and together covering project costs, payable in two parts designer.

The learning experience will consist of:

· The entities involved in an initial training capsule on design project management to gain insight on how to prepare a briefing and how to provide positive feedback.

· Designers Monday to attend the training sessions on management, project planning and sales.

· On Wednesday a group tutoring session project between designers and trainers is performed.

· Fridays joint project presentation sessions with all designers and agencies are made.

· The entities provide a positive feedback to your designer as well as other projects, so we offer valuable information together.

The results that we provide are:

1 -. Designers improve their employability by learning to manage a real project with real customers.

2 -. Learning will obtain what is not taught in school through a real experience to put on your resume.

3 -. Was activated and boost the networking among designers and social entities.

. 4 – Personal satisfaction of participating in a social project.

5 -. Institutions obtained a design project at a much lower cost than the real market that allows them to improve their communication supporting collective difficulties to enter the labor market.

If you are interested in this project you can contact us at hola@wopala.org

In Wopala we like people who dream, but mostly people who want to make their dreams a reality. This project reflects our passion for helping to make this a world a little better.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that get …

10 IDEAS TO PROTECT THE PLANET

Notice to all the superheroes of the world: are you ready (s) to save our beautiful Earth? Yes! It is to you that I address.
because YOU have the power to change things!

Contribute to preserving the environment is not that hard! You just have to change some of our daily habits to make a real environmental impact.

Click on the image to send an ecology map

IMAGE: Idea # 1Take a shower rather than bath daily

It is true that after a hard day’s work, a bath is a true de-stressing … But think about the world and give yourself the pleasure the days when you really need it. The rest of the time you take a shower to perk up, put a comfortable fit and lovez-in your sofa. With a good book, a fragrant tea and background music, stress will vanish as if by magic! Tell your entourage in order to respect this little decompression time just for you.

 

IMAGE: Idea # 2Do not buy products on-packed

Today, it takes about fifteen minutes to access products, wrapped in ten layers of plastic. While some are essential, others are useless apart from that of creating a new space dedicated to advertising marketing. Result, by dint of over-layers, always multiplies the more waste: a French household generates 5 million tonnes of packaging waste per year! So tell STOP to excessive food packaging and boycott brands that care about the consequences. Buy rather carvery, fruits and vegetables in bulk, bring your empty egg box market … etc..

 

IMAGE: Idea # 3Titin leave in the garage

We always say that taking care of the planet, it is also taking care of yourself. This is especially true when using a bike, skate, skates, scooters or just good sneakers to move. Because with these means of transport, it pollutes less AND our physical wartrol health is really improving. So forget about impossible to hold and simply change your daily habits schemes: Give your car to redesign your figure and … save the planet!

 

IMAGE: Idea # 4Do not shun the shopping cart

In 2011, it is time to rejuvenate the shopping carts!
Formerly tacky, with their checkered patterns and their old wheels, the cabats to provision are now more fashionable than ever. Thanks to them, you can say goodbye to the handles of the bags that cut hands, packages too heavy to carry, hunting € room (that you never about you) for shopping carts. It is so handy, that after one week of use, you do not swear by it! And most importantly, you will limit your maximum use of plastic bags … For the look, you have a choice: the caddies have literally invaded stores: you will find a string of colors, patterns and shapes for all tastes!

 

IMAGE: Idea # 5Close valves

Water, as we know, is a very precious commodity. And, because everyone does not have access, we have to respect it. So why do we continue to let the water run when you brush your teeth, hands, or when you do the dishes? Especially when we know that when you leave the tap running 3 minutes, there were 12 bottles of 1, 5 liters flowing in the sink for nothing … 12 bottles! Scary is not it?

 

IMAGE: Idea # 6Sacrifice his lighting “Versailles”

What is to be friendly, the dining room really need all these lights on? If you NEED this light, so invest in candles (for a more enjoyable atmosphere) and low energy light bulbs. Choose light colored curtains, which does not absorb natural light and let the sunlight enter … You’ll enjoy the benefits of light therapy without blowing your electricity bill. And do not forget to close the switches on the grounds that “you back soon in the room.” I go, ‘click’, I close!

 

IMAGE: Idea # 7Au bureau, on change ses habitudes

Stack of plastic cups is swapped against a nice cup offered by our Tiny Tots.
printing emails is limited and, if necessary, is printed on both sides. Old documents are reused as post it, we take the stairs instead of the elevator and above all, we turned off the computer when you leave at night! In addition to being a good citizen, you will be the model employee …

 

IMAGE: Idea # 8Green Gardening

Water your plants and gardens in the cool morning or evening to reduce evaporation and leave quietly drinking your plantings. You can also collect rainwater by placing pots or trays under eaves. Why not you composting? 
With this handy system, you biodégradez your waste (vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, hair, leaves, dead flowers, tissue paper, tea bags …) and you can reuse them as natural fertilizer. And banish pesticides that kill bees!

 

IMAGE: Idea # 9Recycle by giving a second life to objects

Your old bike takes all the space in the garage? Be sure it will delight a handyman or enthusiast handlebars! Ebay Coin LeBon, Recycle My Stuff … there are countless sites to sell all kinds of unused objects. So, because too often we throw some objects that still have a lot to offer, have the reflex to give, barter or even sell. Good for all!

 

IMAGE: Idea # 10Always send more eCards!

Because they help save trees, save paper and ink, reduce waste created to make these two components, reducing the transport of mail and especially because they demonstrate your commitment to the environment around you. Every year for greetings through your 25 million of ecards sent, you can help save 9500 trees is a forest of more than 27 km2. Thanks to you, it’s 512 tons of paper that have not been transported!

BRAVO!

Eight applications solidarity to build a better world

A list of apps that let you collaborate and donate all of their app sales to various NGOs and institutions focusing on social support and respect for the environment

Eight applications solidarity to build a better world
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There is no doubt that today, the world of smartphone apps is a great business opportunity for countless businesses. However, fortunately, not all of them focus only on the purely commercial chapter. In meercado we can also find a number of apps with a strong social character whose purpose is none other than the help they need or the homeless. These applications are all developed using easy app development.

Thus, many foundations and associations and NGOs are also taking advantage of new technologies to disseminate their work and win converts to their praiseworthy causes. And more so with the economic and social situation we are right now, so that now more than ever, helping others is more than a necessity.

So the list of this week is focused on highlighting the selfless work of these organizations to build a better world.

Now it’s your turn
apps for a better world

Android (Free)

The initiative now your turn has been carried out by the NGO Burma Partnership, whose focus is on bringing the world of new technologies to the children of the town of Mae Sot, dramatically improving their living conditions. The user of this app have the opportunity to see first hand all the details of the activities and work of this NGO in Burma, including the ability to make donations.

Instead

iPhone (Free)
Android (Free)

Instead the idea created by Oven Bits, becomes something like the ‘smart buy’. The application invites us to curb our consumerist spirit. Or rather impulsive purchase that becomes a financial donation to a worthy cause. Best of all is that the user will have at your fingertips a list of all institutions and organizations for their contributions.

Unetenet

iPhone (0.89 €)

Without doubt, the most striking aspect of iSketch is that has been developed by Cameron Cohen, a child as young as 11 had to be hospitalized for several months by a hard and long illness. This app is an interactive tool for drawing and painting with different brushes and a color picker where the user must represent the word ascribed to guess the rest. A kind of addictive pictionary solidarity, as part of the collection of this application is intended to hospital where Cameron was being held.

Button complaint against pornography

Android (Free)

The Protégeles organization, working directly with mobile operators Movistar, Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo, developed the Report Button application, whose mission is the protection of children. That is why this app gives users the ability to report images of child pornography and sexual harassment of children who are on the Internet. And all this confidential and anonymous. Simply copy and paste the address of the website of this type of content in the application itself, and send. The cooperation of all is essential to end the scourge of child abuse.

Integral link

Android (Free)

The sole purpose of link Solidario is raising funds to help in the fight against breast cancer, one of the leading causes of death in women. The user of this application hundred percent supportive have the opportunity to devote his own tie to the person you want, via a personalized email. And for every click that is made on the advertising of the application, a contribution is received.

Find Green

iPhone (Free)
Android (Free)

Find Green advocates a more sustainable world with innovative and brilliant idea. It uses geolocation to inform sustainable business around us, from restaurants to clothing stores. This is a green consumer proposes to improve our quality of life, while maintaining respect for the environment. Unfortunately, this application is only available in the U.S. at the moment. Although this is a very interesting idea to export.

Fragile Earth

iPhone (2.69 €)

Fragile Earth is another application for the environment. This app allows us to see over 70 pictures, most of them captured satellite, and bird’s eye view. And compare the before and after many geographical locations on the planet. Thus, Fragile Earth shows how climate change has developed in different areas of the globe, illustrating the devastating effects of droughts and floods, or the eruptions of the mountain, and how glaciers melt. And of course, the expansion and growth of cities.

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Apps gone viral

iPhone (1.79 €) 

Android (1.79 €)

In support of Unicef, and the figure of NBA player, Pau Gasol, head, Give a day plunges us into the instructive tale of two children, David and Kolobo, with two very different realities, but parallel stories. The story brings a variety of animations, sound effects, colorful graphics and a host of elements to interact. And all this to highlight the problem of child malnutrition. A story of contrasts, where wealth and poverty to encourage our collaboration are interspersed.

DATING IN HOUSTON

Finding your perfect match in Houston may prove to be a hurt nut to crack if you don’t have the
right resources or connections. It has always been a bit challenging for singles in Houston to find great
relationships that may last a while or even forever. It is not what many describe as a walk in the park.
However, if you are lucky to find one, don’t waste the opportunity by following these tips on your date:

Find a Festival

other great options for a date in Houston is festivals. The Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park
features the works of over 300 artists. A great choice for those who love art.
Appreciate the Culture

With a great and aggressive arts community that only comes 2nd to New York’s in the states, be
certain of having more fun in the theaters. There are more theatre seats in Houston than on Broadway
offering Opera,concert,theatre date options and world-class ballet in the Theater District, where there
are at least six performance halls boosting of more than eight well known performing arts organizations.
You can also enjoy your date more by exploring some of Houston’s cultural institutions such as The
Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Fine Arts, The Houston zoo or the Contemporary Arts Museum
Houston
Go cheer your favorite teams

Houston is among the few cities in the United States where you can go for a date in sports venues.
Having a sports team in almost every major professional league makes Houston an ideal place for sports
lovers to go for a date. You are assured of cheering your favorite team as you enjoy yourselves. For every
Houston visitor or resident, the Astrodome is a must vist! As the world’s first ever domed stadium the
Astrodome is considered the eighth wonder of the world. A great place to be for sports fans.
Explore the city

Houston,also known as space city,is residence to Lyndon B.Johnson center.You can pay a visit with
your date to Space Center Houston where you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of International Space
Station training, visit the historic Apollo Mission Control Center and you can also meet an astronaut to
make it more interesting. Even if you are a resident or you have lived in Houston your whole life, during
this memorable moment in your life there is absolutely no reason why you should not be a domestic
tourist in your own backyard. Go on appreciate your own city!
Have a java or beer

Get a cup of joe at Antidote Coffee. The pump and colour at the interior offer a great romantic
environment.If you want something strong drop at Nouveau Antique Art Bar. Or get your drinks at the
popular La Carafe bar.
Great Music

Houston venues often host both local (and touring) country,blues, Tejano and rock acts. There is
also hip-hop scenes and karaoke if listening to music only doesn’t do it for you.
Enjoy the food

Burgers, Tex-Mex and Barbecue, are must-eats in the space city. Buy your tasty Tex-Mex fill at
Pappasitos, Molina’s or Ninfa’s. From the Japanese cuisine at Sushi King’s continental to upscale Grove
within Discovery Green to the Mediterranean menu at the flashy but affordable Zelko Bistro there
something for every budget and for everyone.

After the succession of great dates, you might start looking for a place to live in Houston, and if your young – Houston’s loft rental and sale market, is the countries hottest loft real estate market. The experts in this town is ULR Properties and you want to consult with them if your going to shack up with your new partner.