This is Joris. I’m a green changemaker and I’m doing a Green Sense Tour. On this tour I'm travelling for 10 months, meeting with green changemakers and most importantly helping sustainable entrepreneurs. I’ve decided to go on this Tour to realize my mission: set up a sustainable business. By meeting with, talking to and working for green entrepreneurs and changemakers, I gain precious experience for my own business.  

I’m conducting this Green Sense Tour with support of MakeSense, a powerful community of over 800 young change makers around the world who are passionate about helping social entrepreneurs. While travelling I organize MakeSense hold-ups (creativity workshops to help social entrepreneurs with a challenge) and Sense Drinks (informal events where changemakers, social entrepreneurs and people interested meet).

Furthermore, I’m doing four periods of consultancy in which I help a sustainable entrepreneur with a challenge he/she has in return for food and accommodation. In October-November I worked at Yesilist, the green platform in Turkey, on their strategy, business model, marketing and community building. January and February I will help sustainable entrepreneurs of Enactus in Morocco. My fields of expertise are strategy, project management, operations management and HR.

How could you help me? I would be very grateful to you if you would know any interesting sustainable entrepreneurs in West-Africa (could be countries from Senegal to Benin and all countries in between) who could use my consultancy services. I’m looking for entrepreneurs in the fields of waste management, sustainable transport, sustainable building, energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable tourism.

Warm greetings,

Joris Depouillon


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Dear Joris,

Thank you very much for your questions and your motivation to pursuit such an interesting and exciting journey!

For getting an overview about the state of the art in Ghana and West Africa about social and sustainability issues, we recommend you to reade the summary report of the multi-stakeholder workstudio on 13 June 2013 in Accra, Ghana: Collaboration and Sustainability: A Multi-Sectoral Path for Growth. You find this report among other reports by clicking here.

Below you find a list of interesting contacts and events that might suit your needs:

Doreen Seyram and Lucia Quachey are members of the Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs (GAWE) - www.ghanawomenentrepreneurs.org-

Robert Konadu is member of the Ghanaian Chamber of Commerce.

Kate Berrisford is from South Africa and she might also have interesting contacts to find social entrepreneurs. http://www.greenafricadirectory.org

Max Bulakovskiy is an activ member of the network and is also part of http://www.oksigenlab.eu/ and http://www.benisi.eu/. Both organizations are working in starting up as well as scaling up social innovations.

Social Entrepreneurs: Have Your Say! is an event from the European Commission about social Entrepreneurs. It is taking place in Strasbourg on January 16th 2014.

Sustainable business and entrepreneurship platform is marketplace of ideas and has a summary of experiences of SMART Start-up program in Africa.

Please inform us more about your experiences and share more about your projects. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.

Kind regards,

Daniel Duarte
Network Assistant

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