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The Journey Begins – Bringing New Voices and Ideas into Mobility

Written by Laura TREVAIL on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT Belgium & EU, Y4PT Belgium & EU in Brussels, Y4PT Brazil, Y4PT Brazil in Belo Horizonte, Y4PT Brazil in Florianopolis, Y4PT Brazil in Florianopolis at UFSC, Y4PT Chile, Y4PT Chile in Concepción, Y4PT Chile in Santiago, Y4PT Colombia, Y4PT Colombia in Bogota, Y4PT Colombia in Bogota at UNAL, Y4PT England, Y4PT England in London, Y4PT England in London at UCL, Y4PT France, Y4PT Germany, Y4PT Germany in Karlsruhe, Y4PT Germany in Karlsruhe at HSK, Y4PT Greece, Y4PT Greece in Athens, Y4PT Greece in Athens at NTUA, Y4PT India, Y4PT Media, Y4PT Nepal, Y4PT Nepal in Kathmandu, Y4PT Oman, Y4PT Oman in Sohar, Y4PT Oman in Sohar at SU, Y4PT Qatar, Y4PT Qatar in Doha, Y4PT Qatar in Doha at QU, Y4PT Russia, Y4PT Russia in Moscow, Y4PT Russia in Moscow at SUM, Y4PT Spain, Y4PT Spain in Gijon, Y4PT Spain in Madrid, Y4PT UAE, Y4PT UAE in Abu Dhabi, Y4PT UAE in Dubai, Y4PT World

Yes, an adventure. Every Y4PT encounter is a true surprise, as we do not know how energies and minds will combine.” – Alessandra Gorini, Y4PT Founder

The year is no longer new. The urgency of January’s bright resolve has shifted footing to brace against February’s demands. And already February has drawn to a close, the pattern of the year following its familiar route; the desire-line of our lives scuffing and shaping a dusty track through our sleek vision of 2019.

The very new feels clean, perfect. Anything is possible. But after that first breath – of the year, of the season, of the day – must come another, and another.  And the air we breathe is rarely clean. The routes we take are rarely perfect. Our new-ness meets the challenges of the world it inherits, and it is changed.

For Y4PT, and all of us in Transport innovation, this is not just a thought to entertain at the shifting of a season, but the practical, complex, living territory we work within – and work to shape. We build a shared future, together, one new event at a time. Fresh faces, fresh cities, fresh ideas, fresh supporters, fresh challenges. Every time new, and every time changed; through collaboration, and a race to create real solutions to local and global problems. What does it really mean to be, to speak and to create “new”?  

We may all strive to build successful, healthy, brave and lasting new solutions, but how do they develop and thrive? The answer may lie in the way they are created, something the Y4PT fellowship seeks to foster in every engagement.  

“Creativity is about mixing two or more components in a new and different way. In order to create something completely new, you need to put in contact ‘components’, and the more different these components are, the more revolutionary the potential ideas that can be born from these connexions will be.” – Ignacio O’Mullony, Designer, Y4PT participant and winner.

Participants are drawn to each Hackathon from diverse backgrounds. Young mobility professionals form teams with coders, planners, designers, creatives, engineers, entrepreneurs and business developers. High-level students of multiple fields including sciences, humanities, arts and engineering join forces with professionals to combine cutting-edge research with specialist knowledge and experience in ways many think-tanks and forums seek, but never reach. Mentors in business, technology, policymaking, social science, arts and research lead workshops, introduce tools and provide feedback throughout the development of each idea.

In the Global Hackathons, and increasingly at even the Local Hackathons, participants and mentors arrive from many countries. Travel carries fresh approaches, experiences and skills from one place to another with these people, and carries the people to fresh approaches, experiences and skills of their own; which in turn carry onwards. Arriving in each new location, we experience the immediate reality of mobility challenges and opportunities, in the context of new languages, foods, smells, dreams, and dances; along with new technologies, techniques and team-mates. The ideas are created in an atmosphere of change – not just resilient to it, but thriving.

“Each one of us lives different experiences depending on where we live, and Y4PT Ring is unique in creating the environment for talent to merge, introducing passionate people that otherwise would have never met.” – Ignacio O’Mullony, Designer, Y4PT participant and winner.

The value of this growing community of ideas, teams and talented individuals is recognised by participants, mentors and partners alike, with long-term and transformative benefit travelling beyond the event into lives and careers.

“Since the hackathon, my job did change […] innovation became a much bigger part of it. I co-started an “innovation lab” at our company, where we do small “hackathons” to try new things and build new and exciting things. With the whole company, we also had a hackathon (60 people joining in) where last year we built chatbots and this year we’ll explore AI and streaming data. I also try to be involved in public hackathons as well, sometimes as coach, sometimes as participant.

I’m leading a team of 5 people, where we deliver services around ‘analytics & insights’, where we use modern data engineering, analytics & visualisations to help companies understand and make use of their data.

In the way we work, I use what I learned at the Y4PT hackathon a lot!” – Thomas Michem, Information Architect, Y4PT participant and winner.

Y4PT participants arrive with the active skills and adventurous, committed spirit that brings them to the event in the first place, already setting them apart from the crowd. Through participation they gain unique, shared, global experiences. Rich with adaptable insight into challenges and successes beyond the borders of familiar locations, disciplines, sectors and technologies, they create connections that bring them into the heart of mobility transformation.

“[I] gained contacts to 2 local municipal entities, that are interested in making cities and traffic better. So we’re testing a pilot project with IoT sensors for monitoring noise to be able to send notifications of unexpected noise directly to police. […] One of the municipal contacts I mentioned put a trust in us with the pilot project because of the success on hackathons. I write hackathons, because 2 months after the Montreal hackathon, my colleagues went to another local basically regional one oriented on transport and they also won. So I believe Montreal triggered a long term reaction…” – Tomáš Kouba; Biz Dev, UX, Marketing, Y4PT Hackathon participant and winner

 

Sponsors, supporters and partners are increasingly proactive in valuing and supporting the talented teams and fresh solutions emerging from the Hackathons; providing much-needed resources to bring them to the next level.  

“After the hackathon we’ve been invited to E-Lab, a 4 months acceleration programme hosted by Polihub (startup incubator at PoliMi), which helped us giving a more solid structure to our business idea. Next steps we achieved were to build our website, create a first business plan and design the early version of our smart lock. Right now we’re looking for funds to start production of prototypes and to develop our mobile app.” – Gianluca Geneletti, Energy Engineering student, Y4PT Hackathon participant and winner. Hoc Founder.

These events bring established operators, planners and organisations together with new mobility professionals, willing and capable of making real solutions that others only talk about. The future of mobility, walking straight from a Hackathon into work right now. Picking up tools and building what is needed, rather than what is expected.

“We are [now] currently in Moscow Metro and working on mobile app […] We fully reinvented current mobile app and made a big work of changing UX and UI [and] there are a lot of other activities. […] I’m developing clickable future subway scheme and 2 mobile ipad apps (poll, feedback and so on) for Metro`s exhibition. Vladislav [is] working with documentation. […] Nikolay has finished developing official Moscow metro book website […]. Also we are working on software for new subway info screens – with route planning and other stuff.

Also I didn’t mention FIFA World Cup and our activities during [the] tournament. Our team […] developed integrated special module named «FIFA» – live broadcasts of matches just inside app, live and past results, upcoming matches, info for fans, 7 languages and special accredited taxi with permission to stadium entrance. Just inside this module, sounds crazy ;)” – Rimikhanov Guseyn; IOS Developer, Manager, Y4PT Hackathon participant and winner.

Participating in, supporting or working on Y4PT Hackathons provides a unique experience of the new. It is the most extreme, most shimmering example of new-ness every time – collaborators, countries, technologies encountering each-other for the first time. Hackathons are short – they are intensely new, competitive, then they are over. Then they are new again.

It is the “again” where things get interesting.

Y4PT has been running now for fourteen years. It has presented over one hundred events in over fifty locations worldwide, each time iterating, improving, and sharing this learning. Y4PT builds unique experience in discovering, creating and developing the full potential of the new.

A particular element of a Y4PT Hackathon is the balance between competition and collaboration. Each event is competitive, seeking a winning idea to develop, and talented team-members to invite to the finale. But the reason behind the competition, the speed and the high-stakes challenge is clear. The problems to be solved are urgent and global, and the stakes are our lives. What is accelerated here may be businesses, may be careers and may be technologies, but the real momentum to provide clean, accessible, healthy mobility can only be built together; pushing each-other on, sharing and improving at each iteration, and always aware that what is created in each of these moments can make a real difference.

“I’ve attended many hackathons, but I have never felt the same spirit of co-operation and energy to create new things that can make a change in the world” – Ignacio O’Mullony, Designer, Y4PT participant and winner.

However carefully we may plan for the future, desire-lines will always criss-cross our expected routes. But what if those desires are for the health of each-other and our planet? What if those desires are for a thoughtful, adaptive, welcoming world? What if we walk that track together?

What if by doing, we choose the shape of the new?

 

— L H Trevail, Southend On Sea, UK, 28/02/2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Demonstrating the TRANSITion – @Y4PT

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT India, Y4PT Nepal, Y4PT World

 

Among 3 Ps in every organization – People, Profit and Planet, we at Y4PT have been focusing majorly on 2 Ps  since our inception. PLANET and PEOPLE are at the core of this organization. We are a group of young people believing in new ideas and technology, agile ways of contributing towards making our planet “A better place to live” rather now, we “SuRvIVe”.

In UITP Global Summit- 2017, Montreal’s Mayor Denis Coderre summarized human dimension in a sentence of particular meaning nowadays: ‘In Canada, we build bridges, not walls’.  I’m certainly in an agreement with you sir. We acknowledge the collaboration required by all countries in making our lives better. But how about border lines we draw even for young people who want to contribute in a change/Transition to lead further in continuing our legacy.  How about those pseudo norms we generate and those stereotype approach without understanding the core motive of their travel.

Here we go!!  We had a very bad news for few of the protagonist at Y4PT in both months ( April and May’2017) who have been marvelously engaged in all the activities of Y4PT since years. Those representatives were also a part of UN conference speaking on behalf of their countries and creating huge talent pool for Y4PT’s further initiatives. Are you wondering what??   Yes, these individuals were not provided a visa to enter Canada. What a shock!!  On the other hand the entire reworking is required at Y4PT Hackathon because we at Y4PT is now supposed to shift their responsibilities to other individuals “who could make it to Canada” In short, a quick damage control was required.

An astonishing fact!! These youth were still with all the enthusiasm and remained at their best, supported us virtually.  They were tweeting voraciously, posting on social media, likes, shares, blogs, tag the decision makers in the tweets, voicing the unity and spirit of Y4PT throughout the Hackathon till the winners were declared in closing ceremony of UITP Global Summit.  Ultimately it was very exciting and painful at times for not having these young people around but their presence remained throughout the event.

 We have always realized Y4PT is all about bringing positive energy and likeminded individuals working together for a cause. How can we stay immune now? We urge the authorities to remain supportive and understand the cause before they reject such individuals. “Processes are good” but they need to be human friendly. Processes can’t remain at someone’s behest.

Yet we thank for all the recognition and support Y4PT has received. The impeccable response from participants at Montreal gives us courage and confidence, to build ideas and make this world “a better place to live”. Y4PT thank all the youth participants and invite more youth power to join this cause.

Feeble voice from a rejected youth “to visit Montreal”

Nabeel Faraz

Y4PT, India

In a world of violence, a journey in the land of human strength

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT Belgium & EU in Brussels, Y4PT Brazil, Y4PT Chile, Y4PT Chile in Santiago, Y4PT Colombia, Y4PT Colombia in Bogota, Y4PT India, Y4PT Media, Y4PT Nepal, Y4PT Oman, Y4PT Qatar, Y4PT UAE, Y4PT World

“The truth of a thing is in the feel of it, not the think of it.” Stanley Kubrick 

 

Y4PT

While life is developing itself more and more in vertical urban environments, the incredible Youth of the World is manifesting its talents even more horizontally.
Give some Teams a believe and an issue to solve, and everyone will work together, forgetting their religious beliefs and cultural differences and united in the effort.
Then, bring them again to the real world and the divisions will reapply…why?
Because it seems we have to live in a world who thought us to be divided: everyone on its own to perform better than the other ones, to compete and gain more power and money.
Differences were born with the first shells utilized as money ‘exchanges…and voilà, game over, or to better say, let’s start the game!
What we have tried to create at Y4PT, and continuously trying to do, is to generate new spaces and new perspectives, new friendships, were the boundaries are useless.
Bringing back to life the incredible hope that only humanity coming from the inside deep hearts is able to bring to a divided actual scenario.
We are accomplishing, with the help of true helpers, passionate and competent people, what makes us feel alive: we are feeding a static world, centred on power and money making, with stories and ideas bringing harmony and feeling of belonging.
We are enhancing the beauty of souls and wisdoms, all through a long path lasting now since 12 years. All trying to understand why we are on this planet, on this Universe, to understand human history, attitudes and activities, to possibly generate guidance and novelties; to make our human society being again in harmony with the planet that hosts us, bringing joy at the same in the communities we form.

 

 

Our special hackathon

Through 1 year full of thousands of e-mails, we were able to create a connection based on positivity, energy, will to work, and compete for Humanity with a common goal.
We started with lot of no and denials, and just our firm will to make it happened, opened the door of a random basis’ selection. Like a domino effect cascade, it involved and generated a will of being part of something  huge, that later on reflected the variety of the 22 cities and 37 nationalities involved. Operators, Universities, Authorities, that , after engaging through thousand e-mails exchanges, were feeling committed to something at the beginning they didn’t know how it revealed itself.
After 18 months of bubbling cities and groups generating ideas, we finally all met in Montreal, like if we knew each other since the Age of Time: hugging each other with the news and jumping of joy to meet again with the core old group. Every time is a miracle. We stay connected.

When we meet we are all just breathing together, naturally: just humans.

I’d love to say a few words and name each of you that shared those moments with me: I will forget some so, please forgive me if I do not name all!!

 

Beibut, putting aside his country idea to develop on his own the project he won with, opening himself to a bigger adventure. Massimo, the kindest, who made his abilities appear so normal. Emma, determined to push here boundaries and fight to advance her Nation. Kim so young and pushy, driven by a “bigger than her” adventure under the guidance of Mark, so deeply appreciative and collaborative. Thomas, a revelation, with a special communication ability, pure eyes and smile that will make people feeling happy and doors easily opening. Julius, such a loving kind and humble young man, while his mind, absolutely a strong one, proudly representing his country. Maria, a bubbling woman with a brilliant mind, a nanotech engineer, who said a scientist cannot be feminine? Igor, the purest mind’s reader that just through emails was connecting and caring for people. Pablo, the shy guy, not yet realizing to be on board of this big adventure.

Yes, an adventure: every Y4PT encounter is a true surprise, as we do not know how energies and minds will combine.

Gustavo and his brother, appreciating every moment of this connection with sparkling eyes, storing every fact and every memory inside his brain to bring it back to his family and life. Marco, the real prototype of the inventor, a deep loving person with a true committed life and believe in humanity. Ignacio, the grateful, learning every step ahead, who, working hard for his passion is building step by step his new reality. Juan Sebastian, faithful to his country’ image, learning to study and live in a country so different from his one. Under his “cover” of silent guy, a wonderful heart and laughing soul. Thomas from Chile, a mix of cultures showed through its entire figure , making committed efforts to work for the Team and opening to the world. Max, the real representative of his country, making smiles happening on his face everyday a bit more.

Fidel, the gentle inscrutable with a giant heart bringing back memories and learnings, always available to listen and give his presence. André, with his contagious enthusiasm and ability to push his boundaries. Eloi, the real geek with millions of ideas in a bubbling mind. Charles, the silent, absorbing and observing, without still believing what was happening through his life! Saeed, the practical one, able to spot the best things and moves with a real chess mind and eyes. Dejan, the “already formed and fitted” guy, so happy to show his abilities but at the same time discovering a place with no pushing competition. Bruno, the humble, introverted that when rightly solicited expressed a real knowledge and commitment.A straightforward Johnathan with his smile and energy…

Many others were there, many others memories of mine to form layers of humanity, all lasting in my mind.

And add to them the great team of passionate “gurus”, mentors, guides, supporters and friends!

 

Mercedes, finally able to free her mind from job’s clichés, a reserved Lady with a great understanding of the Field.
Laura, a true enthusiastic being, finally living a complete experience where her artistic, spiritual, mentoring, communication abilities and beliefs were all together in one place.
Sam, able to combine his Transport knowledge with his innovative and driven passion, in a tight schedule where everything was respected, fitting and finding the right place. Able to keep on track for long lasting nights and days!
René, a curious discoverer, full of light and true enthusiasm, combined with a lot of knowledge.

Guys, what a human experience was this one!! Such a beautiful journey we had!!

 

 

Rafael , the calmer , the observer, the actor who holds things together, able to spot every microgram of a possible problem, anticipating every move to untie the knots.

Yasmina, which I connected through a receiving energy moment, that got finally back positivity and energy from the experience; and so committed that she worked hard to refill the batteries of everyone because of this superior commitment she felt, and that we all had in that special place.

Friends, my words are reductive, especially because I do not use my language to express all these feelings, but,when people like to connect, only good things and energy can circulate in a space that is at a time physical and not.

And this is exactly what happened: without knowing: every piece of the puzzle was falling in the right space. Everything became possible and doable. You, as pillars, were supporting one each other and a fluid chain of love was forming.

Ideas were taking shape, shaped by an over dimensional energy, love was circulating and hugs were becoming the simplest and easiest form of communication, accompanied by continuous bright smiles enlightening everyone faces, also on the most reluctant ones, per culture and tradition. I saw the best tentative smiles from the more no used to, countries’ representatives.

Gratitude and joy were the most frequent feelings showed by words and eyes, while a high tech world of abilities was concentrating there…

Imagine how people could generate more, if only able to work and create in a positive energy environment.

And this is our Mission, yours now too! For everyone that experienced an event like this one , to continue to bring forward, despite all evil, all greed , all jealousy, all sadness, all negativity, all difficulties, this sane spirit.

The spirit of true togetherness to create advancements in a broken society.

Thanks to all of you, who, as simply spirits, despite preformatted education, you were able to be coherent with your deep self and connect , with no boundaries, with other people.

This is the believe we should all go through, the believe in humanity.

Something more than an hackathon

Learn through love and through passion, to unite universes that were thought irreconcilable, finding out, that, all over the world young talented minds are living to put the basis of an already present tomorrow which we can spot among today reality.

Discretely, humbly. And if we can spot them and bring them all together, all these lights will join in a no barrier present future.

Pure harmony were enlightenment, happiness, energy, gratitude, love, sharing , passion, discipline, consciousness, audacity, are the words and believe me, is not rhetoric.

With this “more than a hackathon”, we broke stereotypes and conventions overcoming our limitations.

We showed the world that events like these can be different, it all depends on the ability of showing more feelings and true love.

You all made real friendship through a series of unplanned connectivity in a soul and human value’s environment: we didn’t only innovate, we enjoyed innovating.

Big brands and advertising Mantras affect the world, and Y4PT is willing to show that there is more to it.

From gambling to shopping, social media or booze, we are becoming addicts: our fast paced societies are taking us away from the truth. We have so much stuff and wealth, so many gadgets and choices, but, is any of it making us happier? Does they fulfil us at a deeper level?

I’ve learned the hard way that the only way out is to look within.

Did you already said I believe? Did you already feel that energy that is making you find more energy also when you do not have more? As you see concretely under your eyes that things are changing, also if it is happening slowly? And that you contribute to the positive change of this world? That you have an influence?

Well, this is exactly what we all were, together in Montreal, and where we will stand together, for the future, also in the worst eventuality of not meeting physically again anywhere else in the world.

Because once experienced , you become addicted to Y4PT! ‘Cause we believe in YOU’th!

A giant hug to all!

Alessandra

PS No words are needed to indicate the trust, the beliefs and the long lasting endurance of my closest collaborators, co-founders Alfredo Barba and Sebastian Pernet and the Y4PT Chapters and ex chapters, friends from India, Nepal, Colombia and Pakistan , Italy,  Nabeel Faraz, Juju Kaji, Daniel Perez, Muhammad Junaid Mandoori, Lorenzo Casullo,  that relentless are working in their countries and at different  international level to make a real transformation and create positivity all around them. Without you and your strength, this transformation wouldn’t have been possible.

Madrid is the first city joining our worldwide Hackathon and it’s happening these July and August 2016!

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT Belgium & EU, Y4PT Belgium & EU in Brussels, Y4PT Media, Y4PT World

 

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Madrid, through EMT Madrid and MobilityLabs, is the first city joining our Global Y4PT Hackathon  http://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon/, willing to give hundreds of people the opportunity to reach bigger audiences with their ideas, a platform were exchanges can be made, a place and moment were all their abilities can be finally be shown to the world of urban mobility.

The Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid (also known as EMT Madrid) is the Madrid Public Transport Company that operates urban buses as part of the public transit services in Madrid, Spain. EMT Madrid also operates part of the underground parking facilities of the city as well as the tow-truck service. The organization is wholly owned by the municipality of Madrid and is a member of the Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid (the Madrid regional transport authority).

EMT and MobilityLabs Madrid launches this Hackathon to present a new Opendata platform. With this vocation, the contest is open for developers and data journalists or any other citizen who, either individually or in teams, would like to work with free data or looking for new development models. Whether you are a student, professional, or business startup, you are invited to participate!

The information is available in this link: https://mobilitylabs.emtmadrid.es/portal/index.php/hackaton-2016/

On July 11th a first workshop will be held in MedialabPrado, in Madrid, framed within the Hackathon contest MobilityLabs 2016. The essential purpose of the event is to present the platform and all its subsystems. To do this, from 10 AM to 5 PM there will be theoretical and practical sessions alternating. In addition, there will be some introductory session’s experts on various platforms related to the technologies.

The event will go on for two months, made of 2 phases:

  • 1st phase will be dedicated to data Collection from the MediaLab platform and will last one month;
  • 2nd phase will be dedicated to develop services and will also last one month;

The following websites may be of help for you:

To check if you have the required profile:

https://mobilitylabs.emtmadrid.es/portal/index.php/perfil-del-concursante/

The contest rules are posted at:

https://mobilitylabs.emtmadrid.es/portal/index.php/bases-del-concurso/

Do you dare? sign up here:

https://mobilitylabs.emtmadrid.es/portal/index.php/hackaton-2016/registrate-y-participa/

 

What is MobilityLabs?

MobilityLabs is an open and interoperable platform that enables the concentration of information based on events likely to be used in the field of urban mobility. This information is stored in Big Data and Real Time models. In short, MobilityLabs Madrid is a virtual space for the exchange of experiences and information in which developers and journalists can store data or extract information using the extensive resources available to the platform.

How is the way they work?

The workshop aims to be a platform for research, production, and learning from that and support the development of the new born Hackathon ideas.

The proposals will be developed in multidisciplinary working groups with the conceptual and technical advice from the organizers.

The organizers will provide as far as possible the needed tools for the implementation and documentation of selected projects.

Since one of the key objectives of the workshop is to promote the development, dissemination and free access to new data on the platform of open data EMT, participants will be encouraged to develop adequate documentation of the projects, both during the workshop and subsequently to completion, and to publish the results and source code under free licenses that allow access and dissemination of knowledge produced during the workshop.

MedialabPrado promotes the use of free software technology tools. Therefore encourages participants to work with shared and open coded applications and computing environments.

                                Worlwide Hackathon culminating @ the Montreal UITP Summit 2017Y4PT-Transport-Hackathon-BannerY4PT-Transport-Hackathon-Global-CreditsThis Regional Hackathon in Madrid, is the first one taking place within the Global Contest launched to see the regional finalists selected, participating at the final international Hackathon taking place in Montreal during the UITP Montreal Summit May 2017.

Y4PT devotes all its day-to-day activities to contribute the most to achieve universal sustainable transport coverage with public transport as cornerstone of multimodal mobility solutions. This is also expected from all contestants and their projects. Hackathon entries should contribute somehow to an ultimate goal, the one of doubling public transport’s market share worldwide (PTx2): UITP estimates that it would save around 170m tons of oil and 550m tons of CO2 equivalent; reduce urban traffic fatalities by 15%; double the number of jobs in public transport operators as well as reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease by 50% thanks to the greater role of walking, cycling and public transport.

 

Moreover all entries should be in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the one addressing sustainable transport (Target 11.2):

By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons”.

We are more than happy to welcome EMT Madrid and the future winners to be part of innovation for the world in Montreal! See you soon, Canada!

 

A Healthy Mobility implies also a Healthy Eating

Written by alessandra.gorini@y4pt.org on . Posted in All Y4PT Chapters, Y4PT World

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We live in a very special century made of an interconnected world: the world is melting and going faster.

From a transport point of view, this fast interconnection is bringing us to wear sneakers on a daily basis and to cover longer distances in cities turning increasingly larger.

Urban dress code and urban street food are just some of the concepts, that, always a little more, are being part of our urban lifestyles. Dressing is casual chic, or just casual, meals are made of bunch of different styles of fast foods, but the key words are always the same: fast, rapid, rush, no time, time consuming …

In fact people are adapting; but while adapting to this fast pace, the risk is to lose the basic learning and behavior, that can permit us to live well in this often hostile or at least health-unfriendly context.

People are adapting because of the lifestyle paradigm coming from a few economic giants, transforming the life of millions, are pushing us to embrace; we, the people, are just adapting, trying to find “street” and homemade solutions to live our lives in a better way with the little provided.

Useless to say that this is bringing also a massification into our customs and traditions, a massification of our habits and daily routines. Useless to say that for the majority with poor or little education, this is making things just bitter and harder.

But, in this process of grey massification we’d love to see an opportunity; the one of creating a quiet revolution, just adopting, healthier habits, healthier daily performances, to reach out our daily targets and goals, living a simpler life of which a #HealthyMobility is part of and consequently access the right energy to embrace this Challenge and a better way of living.

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We should all try to seek positive possibilities while negative switches are taking place in the world. We need to adapt contrasting the changes: the more we do so, the more powerful and successful we will be. It is a matter of evolution: transformists win.

“It’s essential that we arm future generations with the life skills they urgently need in order to lead healthier, happier, more productive liv
es”. (Jamie Oliver)

This is an Era in which food is becoming central to the life of people!

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So let’s try to see how ourselves, we can turn things in our favor and in favor of the people around us, teaching them, while the world seems becoming grayer, how to change and embrace colors and positive lifestyle habits starting from our daily routines!

But first, let’s talk about the empty energy that we are acquiring through processed food; the one you find in supermarkets.
Food in supermarkets is mostly processed: if you see how little space is devoted to fresh fruits and vegetables, instead on how much is taken by packed and canned items, you already can get an idea of what the food industry is willing us to consume.
Second problem, while you are in a supermarket: reading labels of those packed items: you will have the impression, almost all, to be suddenly victim of a blindness or poor eyesight.

No, is not the case: is just the industry that does not want you to read the labels: they do not want you to see that sugar lays hidden under different names (by the way, there are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels. These include common names, such as sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup, as well as barley malt, dextrose, maltose and rice syrup, among others…) , or that Monosodium Glutammate, so dangerous for your brain, all the artificial colorants, preservatives, emulsifiers, and all gender of chemical products in your nice package you are about to buy, to bring a bit of chemistry in your already polluted organism. More than 3.000 chemicals are hidden in your canned, boxed, frozen concoctions.

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Would you eat your favorite breakfast cereal if you knew that it contained Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), a product also used in jet fuel and embalming fluid? Can you imagine grilling your low fat veggie burger if you found out that its main ingredient is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?

This seems a nightmare! I already breath badly in the morning when I wake up, because I smell immediately car pollution when I open the windows and then my cereals are full of nice oily products that are entering my mouth? But wasn’t somebody suggesting us, perhaps our parents? To open the windows and breathe the fresh air in the morning while preparing a nice glass of tepid water with lemon? Was that a dream or I remember the nice flavor of real homemade pancakes prepared with non-contaminated flour, not genetically modified, in my kitchen with my father? And this was not even so long ago…

How did we permit the industry to drive our lives at this point? And if we do not want to be driven, the only solution is the one of abandoning the cities? Do you find all of this normal? Should we start bulking the system upside down?

How could is this possible that they are able to cancel our memories of tradition and positive attitude, selling us poisons and we, accepting it?

So, you see, is a holistic vision of life that these decision-makers are trying to cut off from.

“Access to good, fresh, nutritious food is every child’s human right, but currently we’re failing our children. Millions of kids are eating too much of the wrong food, while millions more don’t get enough of the good stuff to let them grow and thrive. We need to unite as one strong, single voice to force governments and businesses to create a healthier, happier world for the future.
We’re currently facing a global obesity epidemic, with 42 million children under the age of five either overweight or obese across the world. The bottom line is the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats.” (Jamie Oliver)

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