As any house, we do have a very creative kitchen – filled with various influences, ingredients and processes. Find out what we cooked up in our
OUR IN-HOUSE IMPACT PROJECTS
We invest our revenue and expertise in creating change and tackling some of the biggest impact challenges. Take a look.
The transformative power of art for sustainability in Roma community
ROUM is the first Roma rescue center for abandoned objects in the world.
It is a space where Roma artists, craftsmen and women and non-Roma artists, together, use waste in order to produce bespoke, high-end pieces of art for interior design.
ROUM enterprise is based on learning from Roma communities which have a long tradition of reusing, rethinking and upcycling discarded objects, preserving traditional crafts and trades, showing great entrepreneurship skills and as a community reducing the amount of waste in our societies. We use the prejudice against Roma, pushed into working with waste, as social capital for our own business. The business that brings discarded people and objects from the margins to the very center of the society.
ROUM was started by Impact House in 2017 and has since been a sucesfull spin off now owned and operated by the Roma community.
Our recipe is: a good spoonful of Roma crafts, mixed in an abandoned pot with a generous seasoning of old crafts. Weld until beautiful!
Boxes of nails
WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT?
We don’t ask why youth are not active in politics, we ask why do we create politics that’s unrelatable for youth? Dive into our Open Climate policy lab!
Open Climate policy lab is a three day custom designed support for youth wanting to impact decision-makers and policies about climate in Croatia. From research, fact-checking, storytelling, policy solutions, positioning, and behavioural bias analysis, to custom designed think-thanks for youth at their disposal, lobbying and advocacy training as well as 15 minute sit-down with targeted officials, representatives of political parties, civil society, journalists and corporates, we made sure to give a leg-up to the next generation. We even forbade any presentations and lectures and provided key listeners instead of key speakers to ensure maximum positive impact.
Social return on investment for every 1 EUR invested
We brought together migrants and local citizens based on their professional identity We had three impact goals:
– to provide useful social capital that migrants can not attain in a new country
– to change the perception of migrants
– to provide space and context for people that have been through atrocities and are identified only as refugees or migrants, as professionals once again.
A Croatian and a Syrian lawyer sat down and, unlike us, lit up talking about legal stuff, about what is asked on interviews for employment in the legal profession, english language law university and lectures and opportunities of working in law in Croatia in Arabic. Before our eyes, and maybe just for a while, two worlds came together, and an identity, other than being on the run, was remembered. That’s what citizen guides is all about.
The idea for making it a digital platform for citizen guides won the European Commission best 30 social innovations in Europe award.
Our Collaborative Impact
Our partner projects, projects we are happy to have been part of.
Why do we have to BE different in order to have a different future? We are very proud to have supported the first woman running for EU parliament on a bike and her green campaign with impact politics support and consultations.
One of the most isolated and hopeless communities in any country is the community in prisons. As we know, the quality of prisons is one of the factors directly influencing the probability of post-release criminal activity ie. recidivism, which is only secondary, to the argument that prisoners are human beings and have not just rights but needs as well. We are therefore very thankful to the brave women of Skribonauti – a Croatian NGO bringing “autohors to prisons” project, organising prison radio programs, animation workshops, cinemas, book clubs and bibliotherapy. We have collaborated with Skribonauti in measuring their impact, researching and analysing the results of their projects and writing recommendations and suggestions through providing the external evaluation services.
Living in a very touristic country means not only enjoying the views and pushing through the highway traffic jams in the summer but also taking responsibility for the negative impact tourism can have on the environment and specifically on the sea. A great NGO Terra Hub has been for us “the chosen one” for collaboration on challenging everyone to come up with new and innovative ways to reduce the plastic waste going into the Adriatic sea and be generally more responsible to the planet and each other. We have mentored and supported amazing teams such as Zlarin – the first plastic free island in Croatia, The Throne – the compostable beach toiled that you pay for with plastic waste as well as teams tackling microplastics going into the sea through washing machine drainage. In order to get more insight we conducted a quantitative and qualitative research on the first generation of responsible tourism stakeholders and provided social impact hacking recommendations for Terra Hub. We can not wait to see what else we can do together!
We were so excited to collaborate on the Ministry of Data project with GONG, Techsoup, GDI, UNDP and many others, to support 10 teams from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo to crunch data for public good and present and perfect their applications and software using public open data to improve the quality of life in their local communities. It is a privelege to identify and support those who can do amazing things with open data in the region. What we, the other kinds of geeks, call “Technomediators”- people who translate data into usable information for the public. However, we did have a hidden agenda. And that is advocacy and pushing for open data in the region.
HOW DO WE KNOW WE HAVE POSITIVE IMPACT?
We do what we preach – as an expert organisation in the field of social impact we make sure we generate and measure our impact both externally in working with our clients and partners and internally as impact business culture we ensure in our company
Systematic change – working with large systems such as governments and corporations means that we impact significant change but also that we have a specific methodology for measuring it. We as professionals have an imperative of respecting the ecosystems we work with, for large systems this means respect for slow and inductive change
Cross-sectoral social change – working in all sectors we ensure that we adapt the way we measure our social impact for different sectors, and that we look for impact synergies in bringing them together
Impact is always both positive and negative – when measuring social impact we take care not to just honk our horn and present the positive impact, but also to analyse and measure the potential negative impact and the missed impact opportunities
Impact In Focus – each year we choose, manage and measure one external impact challenge and one internal impact challenge, in order to stay focus and to continue our lifelong process of learning and being sensitive to the impact of key issues that surround us.
Read more about our impact measurement methodology soon on our blog.