What we have been doing lately

Pop-Machina

We have been invited last week by Pop-Machina to moderate and to give a guest talk for their distributed hybrid event. This event celebrated the completion of the Circular Maker Accelerator program, promoting circular entrepreneurship through makerspaces, with success stories and lessons learned for scaling up.

Pop-Machina is a Horizon 2020 project that seeks to highlight and reinforce the links between the maker movement and circular economy in order to promote environmental sustainability and generate socio-economic benefits in European cities.

It was fun and engaging for us to facilitate this event with all these new connected initiatives going together in the same direction, sharing their values and resources to implement a new economic model. We felt satisfied and optimistic about the next stories to come.

Idea Fest 2022

Our work has been presented at IdeaFest, the largest Indonesian festival for the creative industry. This year’s festival aimed to inspire people to re-examine their reality, especially from the perspective of change.

In this context, our friend Dr. Amadeus Driando, Tempe & Food Technopreneur and Co-founder of Indonesian Tempe Movement, was invited to give a talk on tempeh and its potential. He featured, among others, our work.

It is truly inspiring and gratifying for us to see our project and the values we defend have their place in events for the future of our societies in front of a large audience. We are looking forward to see this movement growing!

Images : Courtesy of Idea Fest

Our fermenter necklace at the G20 summit for the Global Food Security Forum!

During his speech on “Food Security and Tempe Fermentation Driando from Tempe Movement used our necklace to explain the principles of tempe(h) fermentation and why tempe(h) should be deployed as a naturally nutritious, sustainable and affordable food.

We are very proud that our work and the values we embody are understood and used at such events to convey such an important message about the future of our food system.

Thank you Driando for this inspiring speech!

Bali Tempe

It’s been over a month that we are in Bali now and every day we’re just as pleasantly surprised at how tempe(h) is everywhere. It’s great. It’s served for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and as snacks. Everywhere, all the time.

From our discussions with locals, it is also surprising how omnipresent but unknown tempe(h) is. Unknown in the sense that very few people know what tempe(h) is made of, or how it is made, not to mention that it is a relationship between plants and fungi, and that this local superfood can be deployed worldwide using local crops, not just soy.

But I guess not really knowing what we’re eating is a problem of the last decades, and unfortunately doesn’t only apply to tempe(h). Indeed, the food industry is trying to make us eat anything with ingredients that are impossible to pronounce.

Let’s take back control of what we eat, let’s re-interested in what gives us our energy. Long live tempe(h)!

Indonesia

Being in Indonesia and immersing ourselves in this magnificent culture motivates us and reinforces our idea that taking control of our food, understanding what we eat and where it comes from is a key step in the fight against the climate crisis. We can adapt our habits to this changing context, and preserve our natural environment.

Let’s protect our home together!

Fab Island Challenge

We had the chance to participate in —and win— the Fab Island Challenge organised by Fab City during the Bali Fab Fest!

The Fab Island Challenge brought together local and international innovation communities to contribute to a regenerative economy by developing meaningful solutions that could address various challenges faced by communities in Bali. Teams from around the world learned about a number of local initiatives and their specific challenges, and then proposed and designed prototypes of potential solutions - the best of which were then selected to receive seed funding for implementation.

We were part of the Kopernik team, an organisation that finds what works to reduce poverty, by experimenting with potential solutions that address common challenges.

Our challenge focused on the inefficiencies of harvesting and post-harvest processing by smallholder coffee and cocoa farmers in Bali. After 10 days of research and design, we are pleased to announce that the Kopernik challenge and the prototypes we developed have been selected as one of the winners, which means that the initiative can now move on to development and implementation to help address the challenges faced by farmers.