What we're about

makesense is an open project built by a community of people passionate about Social Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the web. The aim of makesense is to help social entrepreneurs solve their challenges and succeed in reaching their social and/or environmental goals. In that way, we can create a better world together, by helping initiatives and social businesses that aim to have a positive impact and solve pressing social and environmental issues.

Join us and help Social Entrepreneurs take up their challenges with makesense. Choose a project you like and start working with the social entrepreneur and other wonderful people on the challenge the initiative is facing and help in creating positive impact.

Social entrepreneurs are people that pursue innovative solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to help them develop and scale their projects by connecting them to individuals like you! makesense boosts the impact of social entrepreneurs, experts, students and other like-minded players through various events that connect the local social entrepreneurial scene.

We host SenseDrinks, meant as gatherings of people around the different aspects of social initiatives, expanding the community, and help lonely change makers surface and realize they are not alone, and there is much they can contribute, and in very simple ways.
Beside SenseDrinks, which are held monthly at each of the four hotspots in the Netherlands, we host also creativity workshops, which are called Hold-Ups. These brainstorming sessions were well designed and altered continuously by the makesense community since their inception at the end of 2009.
We also host MKS rooms, SenseCamps, and anything else that makes sense ;-)

Get more info at: http://www.makesense.org/ This group’s objective is to foster the local community of ‘SenseMakers in the Netherlands. If that sounds like a cool thing and you would also like to take part, don't hesitate to join the group.

We have 8 hotspots (locations) in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Den Haag, Amersfoort, and Nijmegen.



You can connect with these groups individually by joining their FaceBook groups in the following links:

Amsterdam

https://www.facebook.com/groups/256271477892720

Utrecht

https://www.facebook.com/groups/344830739018796

Maastricht

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1501462676793148


Rotterdam

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1859109500993451/


Arnhem

https://www.facebook.com/groups/412572925579193/


Den Haag

https://www.facebook.com/groups/530328587122494/

Amersfoort

https://www.facebook.com/groups/159859481022687/

Nijmegen

https://www.facebook.com/groups/149244942088847/

See you online, at the events, and feel free to connect personally for any help !!!

Upcoming events (5+)

Sensefiction: how to create an alternative inclusive education - round 4/4

ABOUT ] - WHY - Together we want to challenge today's educational systems and methods. We want to invite you to rethink the way we see and conduct education, from how it prepares us to the world of tomorrow to its ability to include everyone, from children to elderly, from locals to refugees. - WHO - Knowmads, previously a creative alternative business school, experts in alternative education for almost 9 years. We are now in the process of rebooting our educational program and structure. Knowmads alumni and the Knowmads foundation invite YOU to join and participate in shaping the future of our organization. From the educational program to its business structure, passing by its format, tools and governance. - WHEN - Every thursday through the next month of June. (Time TBD) - HOW - We will host a series of four creative workshop, generating inspiration, ideas and projects following the tools from the “makesense” community Different formats will be tested, from a social project creation workshop, to the creativity workshop. _____ [ THE THEME ] This Thursday 6th of June, we invite you for the first out of four sessions. This evening will be dedicated to presenting the people involved and to go through a first inspiration round, base of every creative process. _____ [ REGISTER HERE ] soon _____ [ SCHEDULE ] 18:30 - Walkin - Come as you are, meet everybody, grab a drink and make yourself comfortable 19:00 - Opening - Opening circle, check-in, introduction of the session 19:15 - Icebreaker - Get to know who’s in the room 19:30 - Presentation of the topic - How to educate people for the world of tomorrow? What would an alternative inclusive educational school look like? 19:40 - Brainstorming phase - Let's ideate! 20:45 - Idea conceptualisation - Let’s make it real! 21:45 - Drinks and chill _____ [ THE VENUE ] Knowmads Business School Ferdinand Huyckstraat 62, 1061 HW Amsterdam _____ [ ABOUT MAKESENSE] makesense is a global community of passionate individuals who use their skills, knowledge and connections to tackle business, design and technology challenges of social entrepreneurs. We have active communities in more than a hundred cities around the world and growing. Our main activity is to organise events and workshops that connect citizens, social entrepreneurs and institutions. We are a community-driven organisation. That means anyone can join as a volunteer and use our formats and methodologies to advance the cause of social entrepreneurship. This group is from the makesense Amsterdam chapter. To learn more about makesense: https://community.makesense.org/ And join the Amsterdam hotspot groups: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/makesenseamsterdam/ Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/makesensenetherlands/ _____ Answer the call to adventure now! The organisation team

Social Entrepreneurship Friday #

Needs a location

Every first Friday of the Month you are invited to our Social Entrepreneurship Friday !!! Do you want to connect with people who would like to have a positive impact in the world? Here's the place to be ! Do you want to not only complain but also find solutions to the problems you'd like to see solved? Feel empower with our vibrant community ! Do you have an upcoming pitch you'll like to practice? Bring it on ! We'll help you improve it ! For this please contact us in advance to make sure there is time in the program, you can also come on the monthly SenseDrink for pitching ideas, every 3rd Thursday of the month ;-) Come and hear pitches by Social Entrepreneurs and brainstorm on their ideas, share your own experience and point of view on how businesses can use empathy to change the world to a better place. Sometimes we have a planned workshop, sometimes pitches, games, workshops by Sapient Social & Environmental Enterprises, our sponsors in the Netherlands, and many more event formats. We are always open for anything you want to bring forward, as long as it is inline with making sense & social business. Come and try your workshop, show us something cool you have created, anything you like, just contact us and we'll accommodate. And this month..... stay tuned for more details. Agenda for the event: 18:00 Walk in and get comfortable 18:30 Check-in and a short presentation and updates from MakeSense, about MakeSense Main part of program not decided yet, stay tuned for more details 22:00 closing and drinks, depending on location, stay tuned, and read below ;-) Where? TBA (To Be Announced), we try to change locations to make it more interesting and be convenient for everyone, give a chance for it to happen in different parts of the city :-) So check each event individually to see where it happens this time. Have a cool location we should try, let's do it, we are open for anything and everywhere. Hope to see you there !!! Best regards from the MakeSense NL team !!!

SenseDrink #

Needs a location

• What we'll do Every 3rd Thursday of the Month, we meet to discuss Social Businesses!! This SenseDrink will focus on..... stay tuned for more details when the event gets closer ;-) If you have any ideas for our events, feel free to communicate them, we are open for suggestions. Join us and help Social Entrepreneurs take up their challenges with MakeSense. Choose a project you like and start working with the social entrepreneur and other wonderful people on the challenge the initiative is facing and help in creating positive impact. Social entrepreneurs are people that pursue innovative solutions to society’s most pressing problems. Our mission is to help them develop and scale their projects by connecting them to individuals like you! MakeSense boosts the impact of social entrepreneurs, experts, students and other like-minded players through various events that connect the local social entrepreneurial scene. Feel free to share and invite anyone you like!!!!! :) Actually, please do, feel obliged even, together we are stronger ;-) PS: Location could change so please check out on when events is near Organized by MakeSense Amsterdam Hotspot Check-out the event on FaceBook: Will be added closer to the event date, stay tuned. • What to bring • Important to know Keep yourselves posted about the location, we will post on the message board and send out an email when we choose one. Same goes for the topic or activity that month.

Social Entrepreneurship Friday #

Needs a location

Every first Friday of the Month you are invited to our Social Entrepreneurship Friday !!! Do you want to connect with people who would like to have a positive impact in the world? Here's the place to be ! Do you want to not only complain but also find solutions to the problems you'd like to see solved? Feel empower with our vibrant community ! Do you have an upcoming pitch you'll like to practice? Bring it on ! We'll help you improve it ! For this please contact us in advance to make sure there is time in the program, you can also come on the monthly SenseDrink for pitching ideas, every 3rd Thursday of the month ;-) Come and hear pitches by Social Entrepreneurs and brainstorm on their ideas, share your own experience and point of view on how businesses can use empathy to change the world to a better place. Sometimes we have a planned workshop, sometimes pitches, games, workshops by Sapient Social & Environmental Enterprises, our sponsors in the Netherlands, and many more event formats. We are always open for anything you want to bring forward, as long as it is inline with making sense & social business. Come and try your workshop, show us something cool you have created, anything you like, just contact us and we'll accommodate. And this month..... stay tuned for more details. Agenda for the event: 18:00 Walk in and get comfortable 18:30 Check-in and a short presentation and updates from MakeSense, about MakeSense Main part of program not decided yet, stay tuned for more details 22:00 closing and drinks, depending on location, stay tuned, and read below ;-) Where? TBA (To Be Announced), we try to change locations to make it more interesting and be convenient for everyone, give a chance for it to happen in different parts of the city :-) So check each event individually to see where it happens this time. Have a cool location we should try, let's do it, we are open for anything and everywhere. Hope to see you there !!! Best regards from the MakeSense NL team !!!

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