FNs Verdensmål og disruption?
Konceptudvikling med en af Danmarks mestre i innovation Pia Pinkowsky fra Innovationsbørsen på en sommerdag. Virksomheder, organisationer, stater, bystyrer med mange flere er verden over i fuld gang med at finde deres ståsteder, strategier og aktiviteter for at være med til at udfylde FNs 17 Verdensmål om bæredygtig udvikling. Vi inviterer nysgerrige bestyrelser til 2 dages workshop i Nice i Januar 2018. Vil du være med? Teknologiforståelse, Værdikædeforståelse, Organisationsforståelse, Udviklingsforståelse, Kommunikation, Ledelse? Disruption møder virksomheder i form af mere end nye teknologier - Innovation er forretningstilgang og personligt lederskab. Hvordan kan du bidrage til FNs Verdensmål som en forretningsmulighed?
Kontakt os for at vide mere!
Pia Pinkowsky/ www.Innovationsbørsen.dk TLF: +45 29 89 11 09 eller MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tina Baltzer/www.lifesparkz.net TLF: +45 91 54 94 24 eller MAIL: email@example.com
I love cycling! I love it, because it gives me a feeling of freedom. It gives me an easy way to get around. It brings me close to nature. On a bike I a share moments and stories with fellow cyclists in a way that I do not find in other social settings.
Cycling gives me physical and mental challenges and strength. Sparkling moments of true happiness often come to me while being out there on a pretty place on my bike. It brings me health and well-being.
Cycling for a cause
When I decided to set up business in the Côte d'Azur in the eco-tourism sector last year, I quickly realised that a key to success is finding your niche. As cycling is close to my heart and an integrated part of who I am, it was the obvious choice for me. The cycling industry is growing - and I wanted to be a part of it - while supporting an eco-friendly activity for tourists in the area. Lifesparkz Bike Tours was born out of a wish to contribute to a sustainable living and development. In doing so, I use the UN sustainable development goals (SDG) to keep me focused in making a sustainable business. I want to share with you, why the UN sustainable development goals help me to keep focused.
Sustainable Development Goal 3: Health and Well-being
The UN has specified 17 target areas for sustainable development, which businesses, governments, everybody! in their daily lives can use as inspiration to do activities in ways, which support sustainable
development. Sustainable development contains A LOT... therefore I have found it helpful to use the SDG framework to specify, how I can contribute with my business activities as a one-woman bike tour company.
"SDG #3: Goal 3 seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life. The Goal addresses all major health priorities, including reproductive, maternal and child health; communicable, non-communicable and environmental diseases; universal health coverage; and access for all to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and vaccines." sustainabledevelopment.un.org
Doing exercise on a regular basis is a key to having a good health. Cycling is an activity, which most people can do. You can cycle in your every day commutes to work, for getting around to markets, schools, or like me - to get out and enjoy nature. It takes a bike, yes! But once, you have got your bike set up, there are no limits for the experiences you can make by going out on a bike.
Cycling benefits your physical as well as mental health. It is easy on your joints, it provides an aerobic workout - releasing endophines and making you feel good - it builds muscles, it benefits your balance when walking, standing, stair climbing and gives you endurance. It also builds bones when pedaling. Harvard Health Publications
I do guided bike tours in effort to help other cyclist get shared experiences in the Nice area, when they discover this beautiful region by bike. Even though cycling can be an individualist sport, cycling is also very much about sharing a bike ride with other riders. Enjoying the road together, making a stop in a village for a coffee, share views, share hard sections - and easy sections. Share life on a bike!
In those ways, I contribute to health and well-being of people, who join a tour with me in Lifeparkz Bike Tours.
Cycling across Europe for charity - takes a yellow jersey
In Europe more and more cycling challenges is taking place, where cyclists group up to raise funds for research and prevention of diseases, improving health of participants and beneficials. I have been lucky to cycle with more of strong willed persons this year, who take part in challenges in Denmark, Ireland and France: Meet Martina, Susan/Michael and Anna.
Martina in the top row is currently training to take part in Irish based Tour de Munster. Tour de Munster is a 4-day cycling challenge, which raises funds for children and youngsters with Down Syndrom in Ireland.
Susan and Michael - is a part of the Danish initiative Team Rynkeby. Thousands of cyclists from all over Scandinavia train all through winter to take part in a one-week event, where everybody cycle from their respective countries to meet in Paris-France, whey they group up to ride into Champs-Élysées in a long parade. Don't they look a bit like bees? Team Rynkeby raises funds to fight childhood cancer and for children with lungdiseases.
Anna in the bottom is taking part in a cycling event based in France called Cogs4Cancer. It is a smaller challenge, this year with 30-something participants, who will cycle from London to Antibes during 10 days. Cogs4Cancer is raising funds to fight cancer. Anna is a local cycling friend - that's why I sneaked into the last foto in that row....
I have been truly happy to share beautiful cycling days with these great people. It has been such a pleasure to introduce them to the magic of cycling in the stunning surroundings here - to overcome fears of 'how do I get up that hill' - or more 'how do I descent'? To feel their sheer joy of moving, by bike, along the coastline and on mountain roads, while you are the only persons there. The bike tours have contributed to their health and well-being - while they take part in greater initiatives, which support prevention of some of our time's serious diseases and aid to children and their families, who have these diseases.
Business networking by bike
Cyclist don't only group up for charity events. Leaders of companies is joining active network communities and take part in organised network events as a way of spending time together. In the Nice area we have the Cycling Challenge Nice-Mont Ventoux. It is a 4-day cycling challenge and networking event. The participants join 4 days of beautiful cycling, leaving from Nice and with a final stage on the famous Mont Ventoux. While having time to socialise with fellow cyclists.
Next week, I am happy to host and guide at a 4-day socialising-network-cycling event for sponsors and supporters of one of Denmarks leading cycling teams: Riwal Platform.
There is so much more to cycling than - just cycling!
Workshop in Copenhagen 11. May 2017
While health and well-being is the prior focus area of Lifesparkz Bike Tours among the SDGs, I include more of the goals in my operations. On my top 3 list is also sustainable cities and communities (SDG #11) and quality eduction (SDG #4). I will tell about my work with those areas in articles to come!
How did I pick those target areas? How can you use the approach in your business? It is not easy to pick your main goals - and it is a process when you work with your business plan, communication, contact to clients and collaborators and in every choice you do linked to your business activities.
On May 11. May 2017, 18:00, I host a workshop in Copenhagen, where I will be happy to share my approach with your and invite you to discuss how we as small business owners - and not even owners - also as individuals in our everyday lives and workfunctions - can use the SDGs to frame and focus our activities. So we can integrate sustainable solutions as defaults in our operations.
Please book your spot here - I will be happy to receive registrations before 5. May 2017. It costs 100 Dkr, tea/coffee included. The workshop takes place at the Greencubator, Nørrebrogade 20, 2200 Copenhagen.
I look so much forward to biking and discussing the sustainable development goals with you!
Owner of Lifesparkz Bike Tours
The winter is already turning into Spring at the Côte d'Azur. It is green all year round, but now we get more colors from blooming trees and mimosas again. Birds are singing, the sun is heating the air, people smile after a few months of winter dullness. Cyclists start going out wearing only their short cycling pants again. Lifesparkz Bike Tours has sprung into the new year with a list of bike tours options for you, new partnerships and learning activities - all in order to operate towards our green goals:
Promote health and well-being, sustainable cities and education, work to protect the planet and climate action, protect life on land and partner with others to reach those goals.
Bike bike bike - 2017 go!
I devote 2017 to the year of cycling, learning and sharing knowledge about how to create a sustainable living. To me cycling is more than a means of transportation. It is a feeling of freedom of movement, it brings me to close to amazing places in Nature, it gives me physical and mental challenges, a room for reflection as well as an activity to share with fellow cyclists. It gives me adventure. Plus it saves me money.
Living in this beautiful region, I realise that cycling is so much more than I used to think of it. When living in Denmark, cycling is normal - here it is a lifestyle and a life choice. I am now an ambassador of making cycling the new normal in this corner of the world, and hopefully in many more places.
No, I do not drink Absinthe during my bike tours... but I have put an easy leisure tour around Antibes on the program for touristic tours, which you can do when you are in the area. In Antibes, you can visit this Absinthe Bar in the old town!
Bike tours 2017
Every week, you can join the group touristic bike tours departing from either Nice or Antibes. I am also happy to do private tours for your group or you as an individual! Those tours are for everyone, who would like to see a bit more of these pretty towns and the areas around them. Every curious tourist cyclist look here.
I have also designed a number of sportive/racer bike tours on 3 different levels. Every week, I do a sportive group tour as well, which makes it cheaper for you to go than as an individual. Of course, I am more than happy to design a package for you and your friends - for one or more days. For that, use my catalogue for inspiration, and ask me for your price.
In addition I put on some discover cycling events in the calender for people, who just want a few hours out on the bike, leaving from Nice. A lot of people do not feel safe while cycling in Nice. During these events, we will bike easy and focus on how to cycle safely, while enjoying the beautiful surroundings - and have a few sociable hours.
Guided cycling designed for you
I am partnering up now with other companies, who see the benefits of cycling when you visit the Côte d'Azur. I design one and multiple-day guided tours for groups of people, who come to Nice for hard core cycling training - or for people on a holiday, where they like to see the region while doing an activity. It is a great pleasure to work with different suppliers and create cycling packages, which match the needs of travelers. I am lucky to know a few other local great bike guides, who can help guiding, if you are a big group coming here or need different levels of tours.
Video killed the cycling star..?
Well, I am not sure about that.. but to share some of the beautiful sights you can get from the bike, I have created Lifesparkz Bike Tours' YouTube channel, where I post videos from bike tours once in a while.
Biking to Sustainable Development Goals