The Instanet Project Team celebrates after hearing they won the First 72 hours Challenge. Credit: Champs & Chimps
The Instanet Project Team celebrates after hearing they won the First 72 hours Challenge. Credit: Champs & Chimps

As the excitement builds, Mac (Glovinsky, Lead of Innovation in Humanitarian Action) pulled the Instanet team away from Midsummer celebrations in Sweden to share their thoughts about Instanet as a force for change, and their expectations for their upcoming visit to Chile. As always, their optimism and positive attitudes were impressive. Read here about Instanet in their preparations for Santiago.​

Marc Andersson is one of the members of the Instanet project team. Credit: Champs & Chimps
Marc Andersson is one of the members of the Instanet project team. Credit: Champs & Chimps

What are you most excited about for the trip to Chile?

We’re keen to get in touch with the UNICEF/Socialab organization and absorb as much experience and knowledge as we can.

What key aspects of your project do you hope to strengthen while working with specialists from the areas of entrepreneurship and emergency?

We are hoping to learn many things, such as: how best to structure an innovation project, and how to go from idea, to prototype, to finished product. We are also looking forward to receiving technological input from an independent source, and hope to meet and speak with as many people as possible who have experience both working in and witnessing natural disasters as well as their effects on society.

Joakim Larsson is reading the brief in the office in Stockholm, Sweden. Credit: Champs & Chimps
Joakim Larsson is reading the brief in the office in Stockholm, Sweden. Credit: Champs & Chimps

Why did you decide to participate in a competition focusing on helping children and families in emergencies?

We believe that creativity reaches its highest potential when the goal is to serve others. By solving this kind of problem with our ideas, we’re fulfilling our purposes as creative individuals.

What do you think we can do as adults to best pave the way for children to grow in a healthy, loving and just environments?

As grown-ups we need to start taking responsibility for our own actions and lead by good example. We cannot point fingers and say to ourselves “it’s their fault the world is like it is.” No, we need to start the change within ourselves and influence our friends, neighbors and children with good deeds.

People tend to change their behaviors, values and beliefs by following someone else’s good example, rather than by someone ordering them to do so. Therefore, everything starts with you.

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Why I believe my project is a force for change?

The Instanet project is a force that will open up the possibilities to communicate for those who need it the most.​

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