Invaluable knowledge – Sharing life experience

In the previous article you already got an insight into the themes of the CREATE platform and we gave you some useful tips & tricks on how to put a good personal story on paper yourself. Meanwhile, we have received quite a few stories and the first stories have found their way onto the test platform. Of course, we proudly presented them during the mid-term review (European assessment of the project). Are you also curious about how we scored? Emelie Pauwels A good report At the beginning of October, the Consortium partners met in Brussels to present the progress and initial results of the CREATE project to the reviewers of AAL (the organization that evaluates and grants European projects). The first version of the test platform was illustrated and the…
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The Power of a Personal Story

The Power of a Personal Story

Inspire, Inform, Connect, and Transform In the previous article, we gave you a glimpse of the themes that will be addressed on the CREATE platform, namely 'History,' 'Travel,' 'Life Experience,' 'Fiction,' and 'Culture.' These are fascinating topics that anyone can share a personal story about. But what is the importance of sharing your story? And sharing is one thing, but putting it down on paper is a whole different story. We would like to provide you with a step-by-step plan and tips & tricks so that your story can find its way to the page (or platform). Emelie Pauwels  The Power of a Life Story  A well-crafted life story has the ability to inspire, inform, connect, and even transform others. It is no wonder that stories have played an important…
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The power of life experience. Share your story!

The power of life experience. Share your story!

A year ago, the European project CREATE was launched. The aim: to offer seniors a digital platform where they can share their personal knowledge and expertise, but above all their life experience, with each other and with others. Through surveys and workshops, we gained insight into senior citizens' Internet use and what the Neos members think the platform should look like. Are you also curious about the results? Surf to learn or share? It appears, for instance, that the vast majority of the Neos members do find their way to the world wide web but their use is rather limited. They mainly surf to gather information, check facts, and look for inspiration. And occasionally to book a restaurant or hotel. But intensive online shopping or banking, writing blogs, or maintaining…
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Stories that connect 

Stories that connect 

In the December issue of Neos Magazine, we already gave a sneak preview of the European research project CREATE, in which Neos, together with several European partners, wants to ensure that seniors have the opportunity to share their stories, knowledge, and skills with each other and society. Our research showed that our seniors are sufficiently digitally active, familiar with online knowledge platforms, and more than willing to share their knowledge and experiences. But how exactly should that platform look like? How should such a digital platform be designed? What knowledge and stories do people want to share? What functions and support are indispensable? Both in Belgium and Switzerland, we polled several senior citizens. Their wishes are our ambitions. A personal touch We live in a time when we are inundated…
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More than 76% of seniors want to share knowledge and life experiences with future generations

More than 76% of seniors want to share knowledge and life experiences with future generations

A survey of seniors in Belgium, Poland and Switzerland shows that no less than 90% of the seniors are digitally active. We were pleasantly surprised when it turned out that the Flemish seniors didn’t miss the digital boat: only 2% of them indicated little experience with computers, tablets or smartphones, while in the global survey this came to 10%. Also concerning digital platforms it turned out that our seniors had more knowledge than the Swiss and Polish seniors (80% vs. 59% in the total survey). Furthermore, it is also clear that more than 76% of the participants in the study are not only willing, but really enthusiastic and is asking to share their knowledge and life experiences. CREATE workshop with users "In the past, my active contribution to society and…
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CREATE during Lean Start-up Academy elaborated its business approach

CREATE during Lean Start-up Academy elaborated its business approach

On 14-16 September in Brussels, under the supervision of trainers from the Lean Start-up Academy, as part of the AAL program, we were able to test some proven and practical tools for creating a business strategy. Lean Business Canvas or Eco-system Scheme allow, especially for young companies, to verify the plan to enter the market, discover new opportunities for cooperation with entities that may facilitate this entry, identify competitive advantages, and finally formulate an offer that is difficult to resist. We would like to thank AAL Program for substantive workshops that will result in new products on the international market, facilitating the functioning of older people and preventing social isolation.
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CREATE Consortium Meeting in Warsaw on 1st June

CREATE Consortium Meeting in Warsaw on 1st June

The kick-off meeting of the European research project CREATE - a platform to share the past, to CREATE the future. This was an opportunity to meet the different partners of the consortium in person and to organise the collaboration for this meaningful project. Consortium meeting The CREATE platform is being built around 3 main pillars: It helps older adults to create their own digital product by offering them easy-to-follow courses and instructions. It provides self-publishing assistance and a marketplace so that they can commercialize their products. It also assists them by initiating joint commercialisations activities and offering platform API to interested institutions, organizations and companies.It creates an environment for older adults to connect not only to others of a similar age but also to other generations in order to learn from each other,…
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