Daan Neels

Daan Neels

Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesClimate ActionPartnerships for the goals

Wie ben jij?

I am a jack-of-all-trades project manager, currently working for Trividend and volunteering in Atopia and Act4Change.

We live in rapidly changing times and I want to thrive this change in the right direction. Even though sometimes it feels like all we do is a drop in the ocean, I believe that if we have enough drops, we can make a difference. My personal motivation stems mostly from others and being able to support them. This is usually the role I take on, gladly even. With my work we finance start-ups, growing businesses in the social economy and cooperatives. I just started working with Trividend, but I am already feeling inspired. With Act4change we actively help youngsters to develop the necessary skills and we give them interesting networking opportunities. My focus has always been the network and communications side of things. Last but not least, with Atopia we have organized several activities, bringing together actors in the field of sustainability. Moreover, we tried to sensitize the citizens of Antwerp on the topic of sustainability.

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My biggest strength is the fact that I am a generalist. I know a little about a lot of things. This allows me to make connections and connect people who otherwise wouldn't have met. I consider myself mostly a facilitator, aiming to support those with creative and new ideas.
Besides that I have a big volunteering background which has allowed me to learn a lot about project management, running a non-profit and leading different teams.
Finally, my work at Trividend gives me a lot of insight in the financials of start-ups.
As an example, the last project I helped facilitate was a Bootcamp Circular Economy, which was a collaboration with Vlaanderen Circulair, Atopia, Act4change and a few other organizations. The goal was to find a group of young people and make them ambassadors of circular economy. The entire week was focused on showing them how you could go from vague ideas to a very tangible project in a week. I'm happy to say that we and the participants had a blast and learned a lot.
I am also one of the people who initiated Generation-T 2 years ago.

Role

Project manager at Trividend & Volunteer at Atopia & Act4Change 

Quote

“Ultimately, what I am trying to accomplish is building up my network and using it to connect people with a common cause as well as to support those causes in whichever way I can.” 

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a jack-of-all-trades project manager, currently working for Trividend and volunteering in Atopia and Act4Change.   

We live in rapidly changing times and I want to thrive this change in the right direction. Even though sometimes it feels like all we do is a drop in the ocean, I believe that if we have enough drops, we can make a difference. My personal motivation stems mostly from others and being able to support them. This is usually the role I take on, gladly even. With my work we finance start-ups, growing businesses in the social economy and cooperatives. I just started working with Trividend, but I am already feeling inspired. With Act4change we actively help youngsters to develop the necessary skills and we give them interesting networking opportunities. My focus has always been the network and communications side of things. Last but not least, with Atopia we have organized several activities, bringing together actors in the field of sustainability. Moreover, we tried to sensitize the citizens of Antwerp on the topic of sustainability.  

Why are you part of Generation T?

My biggest strength is the fact that I am a generalist. I know a little about a lot of things. This allows me to make connections and connect people who otherwise wouldn't have met. I consider myself mostly a facilitator, aiming to support those with creative and new ideas.  
Besides that I have a big volunteering background which has allowed me to learn a lot about project management, running a non-profit and leading different teams. 
Finally, my work at Trividend gives me a lot of insight in the financials of start-ups.  

A specific example on how your project or activities make a difference and initiate change:

As an example, the last project I helped facilitate was a Bootcamp Circular Economy, which was a collaboration with Vlaanderen Circulair, Atopia, Act4change and a few other organizations. The goal was to find a group of young people and make them ambassadors of circular economy. The entire week was focused on showing them how you could go from vague ideas to a very tangible project in a week. I'm happy to say that we and the participants had a blast and learned a lot. 
I am also one of the people who initiated Generation-T 2 years ago.