Act on your Future is a Swiss non-profit organisation based in Geneva. Founded in 2014 by a team of three young philanthropists.
Their Vision is to contribute to changing attitudes by elevating human rights values and putting them at the heart of one’s concerns.
Their Mission is to offer an innovative platform to critically engage the younger generation (students, young professionals, business leaders, next generation of family enterprises), our partner institutions and the public at large in a variety of activities that advance human rights worldwide.
What are their objectives?
Raise awareness among the younger generation about current human rights issues and provide access to quality resources and information.
Empower the younger generation by providing concrete opportunities for engagement with leading organizations and initiatives that promote human rights.
How do they act?
Through Education, Art and cultural exchange.
Human Rights Photography Prize Since 2015, the Human Rights Photography Prize is awarded each year to a student or alumnus of an art school for the quality and originality of his/her photography project covering a topic related to current human rights issues.
Human Rights Watch Prize is organized in partnership with the École Moser of Geneva and Nyon, the campus of La Châtaigneraie of the International School of Geneva and the non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch. This distinction offered since 2014 is awarded each year to a last year student of the Geneva area. The prize rewards the excellence of the end-of-year paper relating to the thematic of human rights for the quality of the topic, the issues and possible solutions proposed, as well as for the author’s enthusiasm and interests demonstrated for the cause.
Cultural mediation offers various interactive workshops and pedagogic presentations to raise awareness through art about human rights to a diverse audience in the Geneva region. Interactive workshop for refugees
In collaboration with Les Hybrides, an association from Lausanne, they managed to organise an interactive workshop for unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers around photography, as a means of artistic expression. The aim of this common project was to offer these young people an opportunity of expression on their daily life and their main interests, while also enabling them to develop their creativity. Click here for more informations.
If you are interested in any of their activities you can contact them directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday we had the amazing opportunity to listen to Rob Greenfield. Rob is an Adventurer, Environmentalist Activist and Humanitarian for a sustainable and just world 🌍💚
ADVENTURES FOR THE PLANET
“His simple and minimalist adventures have catalyzed his desire to create positive change and inspire our society to be a part of the solution.”
Rob’s campaigns “have taken the USA to the bottom of grocery store dumpsters, across the United States on a bamboo bicycle, surviving on the drips of water from leaky fire hydrants, and sleeping on the streets of San Diego.”
Sharing his journey with people makes it more clear and feasible for each one of us, one step at a time. Follow his adventures to get inspired and take action 💪🏻👊🏻
Philanthropic Adventures started last June in Geneva. With a group of young Adventurers we went through the 3 steps to get to know more about Philanthropy. During the second session we had the amazing opportunity to meet 3 great social actors who took their time to share their passion. Yann Borgstedt who founded The Womanity Foundation talked about how and why he started his own philanthropic adventure and how his foundation helps woman around the world to fight for their rights. Keyvan Ghavami, founder of Act on Your Future, taught us a lot about Human Rights and how his foundation acts. Finally, Tenke Zoltani discussed how today you can invest your money differently by doing impact on social and/or environmental issues.
A special thanks to VickyH and his team to host our workshops.
Strolling around an eco-friendly neighbourhood was a very interesting experience.
We’ve learned that we have to change ou way to consume energy. Sorting and recycling are not the best solutions but thinking before consuming or buying will be more helpful for us and our planet. Switching off the lights, carpooling for school, eating local food, and many more useful habits to have.
We have to save energy if we want natural resources to last.
There are two kind of solar panels. Photovoltaic for electricity and Thermal for heating water.
We have to consider the environment and the climate we live in while building a house or a neighbourhood.
In a eco-friendly neighbourhood everything has to be in a walking distance: supermarket, school, or medical center.
The peak of the tour was for us to build our very own Solar Oven. A clean energy heating our food!
Why is it important to research when it comes to Philanthropy ?
It is important because you can learn new facts about your cause , you can see if there are websites that already exist about your cause , see what is the problem with your cause and see if you can change it , you can compare and contrast with the different websites that you find, and you can research about different organisation and go see where and how they act. That is why it is important to research when it comes to Philanthropy.
We really enjoyed our workshop with Tatiana yesterday. She is a real Green Adventurer and she really knows a lot about Environment. Philanthropy is also about sharing your experience and your passion with others, and we can see that Tatiana is really passionate about what she does.
We learnt a lot about the Ghaf tree and reforestation:
The Ghaf is the UAE national tree
It helps fight climate change and desertification
It only needs 500ml per day of water.
When you do reforestation it is not any tree it has to be a local tree
A local tree is a treasure box for its environment. It provides resources and habitat for a variety of native fauna and flora.
In our “Become an Explorer” workshops, Philanthropic Adventures offers kids the opportunity to meet experts and learn more about practical solutions that already exist.
Our first expert is Tatiana. She is a Green Adventurer and she knows a lot about environment.
In 2008 she launched Goumbook, the main reference on green practices for environmentally conscious people and businesses across the UAE and the Gulf region.
“Give a Ghaf” is one of her initiative, a tree planting program in Dubai to raise public awareness about the Ghaf and its values while encouraging people to plant indigenous trees and raising awareness on water scarcity.
We can’t wait to see what she has to share with us.
We are all part of a GLOBAL COMMUNITY connected at all levels and facing similar issues. A lot of people are taking action to create a better world. Kids need to know that they can be part of it, act effectively and bring change. Giving may require knowledge and skills.
At Philanthropic Adventures, we believe that kids should have access to those skills and therefore be active members of the solutions. A Philanthropic Adventure is an opportunity to explore, travel the world, meet people that ignite passion in one heart, share ideas, learn, and collaborate. Gaining a better understanding of what our Global Community need. It contributes to what makes us humans.
BECAUSE GIVING BACK AND GIVING WELL IS AN ADVENTURE FULL OF DISCOVERY AND EMOTIONS, LET’S START NOW!