Think Tank AlterContacts facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogue for SDGs and Agenda 2030 through events and meetings at the level of the United Nations, the European Parliament, universities, civil society, and the private sector around the world.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation: A Masterclass at the Aegean College

On May 27, the co-founders of AlterContacts will give a masterclass at the Aegean College in Athens, Greece. Julia K. Skupchenko and Massimo Mercuri will share the fundamental concepts and practical examples of sustainable entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Meeting with the University of the Aegean

In May 2024, the delegation of AlterContacts met with the Vice-Rector of the University of the Aegean, Greece. The Green and Blue Committees of the university introduced the wide range of sustainable projects and research that the staff and students are carrying out. 

Seminar on AI for Educators

On April 15, Think Tank AlterContacts is hosting a seminar "Demystifying AI for educators" at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Dronten. Participants gained crucial insights, practical strategies, and cutting-edge knowledge necessary for navigating the intricate terrain of education in the digital era. Guided by our experts, they examined AI applications in educational contexts, innovative pedagogical approaches, and engaged in collaborative dialogue aimed at harnessing AI's transformative potential to enrich learning environments.

The image courtesy of the European Parliament Multimedia Centre: EP-168068A_LEVELUP. European Youth FORUM - LEVELUP! 2024

Level Up! I care, I vote 2024

European Youth Parliament has selected our co-founder, Julia Skupchenko, to represent the Netherlands at the Level Up event, which took place on 12-13 April 2024 at the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the European Economic Social Committee (EESC). It brought together 1300+ youth activists from across the European Union and the key decision-makers related to youth policies.

Celebrating Five Years Anniversary!

Five years ago, on April 5, we founded this unique organization. Today, we are at the top of the Google search, when you type "Dutch Think Tank for Sustainable Development"! To get to where we are now, there were many adventures on our path. Maybe one day, we will share the "behind the scenes" stories. For now, we just want to Thank YOU. We are grateful to every person who contributed to our mission of making the world more sustainable! Let's keep moving forward! More is yet to come!

Moving from Amsterdam to the Hague

After five fruitful and vibrant years in Amsterdam, the Think Tank AlterContacts is moving to The Hague - the city of Peace and Justice. As a Dutch Think Tank for Sustainable Development, we are now located at the perfect place - the Humanity Hub, close to the Peace Palace. Among our neighbors in the building are UN agencies, the Ministry for the Rights of Children, and many prominent foundations and NGOs. We are looking forward to new collaborations and making the world better together!

Meeting with the Rector of Harokopio University

In March 2024, the delegation of AlterContacts met with the Rector and Vice-Rector for Sustainable Development of the Harokopio University in Kallithea, Greece. The possibilities of academic exchanges, joint research, and collaboration on Kilometro Circular initiative were discussed.

Visit to the Academy of Entrepreneurship

On March 8, 2024, the delegation of AlterContacts visited The Academy of Entrepreneurship (AKEP) in Athens, Greece. AKEP is a nonprofit organization that enables local entrepreneurship and the professional skills of youth. As part of the visit, we were shown the historical building that belongs to the Association of Small Entrepreneurs in Arts and Crafts, and discussed the possibilities of sustainable community-run projects.

Meeting with the Rector of the Hellenic Open University

In March 2024, the delegation of AlterContacts met with the Rector of the Hellenic Open University in Athens, Greece. Among the topics discussed were joint educational programs on sustainable development and circular economy.

On Jan 30, 2024, together with UNCTAD, Think Tank AlterContacts will host a virtual side event  "Circular Economy for SDGs: Inspiring Transformations Towards Sustainable, Resilient, and Innovative Solutions". It will present the circular economy as a holistic framework that reinforces the principles of the 2030 Agenda, addressing poverty eradication, resilience, and innovation in the face of multiple crises.

Masterclass at Leiden University

On November 30, Think Tank AlterContacts hosted a masterclass at Leiden University, where they explored the current developments of Artificial intelligence in the context of the European Union, including recent regulations and laws. Together with the students, they uncovered how AI might influence international affairs in the years and decades to come, what challenges and opportunities it presents for the European Union.

Masterclass at the University of Amsterdam

On November 7, 2023, Think Tank AlterContacts and the University of Amsterdam are co-hosting an awareness-raising event for the students. The topic is "The Role of AI in shaping the landscape of Social Entrepreneurship and SDGs". The guest speaker is Massimo Mercuri. More information about the event here.

On Oct 3, 2023, in the framework of the Erasmus+ project AI4VET4AI, Think Tank AlterContacts visited two of the partners in Slovenia: the Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto (FIŠ) and Rudolfovo, the scientific and technological centre. The meeting was prominently featured in the local press.

AI4VET4AI’s first in-person meeting in Zagreb

The first in-person meeting took place in Zagreb on September 28-29, 2023. It was such an insightful and inspiring event and a great chance to meet our consortium partners from 26 organizations and 11 countries. The event provided a comprehensive platform for key activities and discussions that will guide the AI4VET4AI project into the future. More details on the website of the project.

On July 13, 2023, together with UNCTAD, Think Tank AlterContacts hosted a Round Table on Urban Entrepreneurship. It was part of the 2023 edition of the SDGs Learning, Training & Practice – a series of capacity-building sessions held annually as a Special Event for the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Watch the recording here.

On June 21, the Forum will bring together representatives of foundations, governments, universities, think tanks, and NGOs from around the world to exchange the latest advancements, complex challenges, and unique approaches to playing an active role in Sustainable Development. By invitation only. 

People at Heart - Automation in Mind: Finding your Balance

On December 7, at the 3rd Annual HR Innovations Summit, the co-founders of Think Tank AlterContacts hosted an interactive workshop on HR innovation for a sustainable tomorrow. Together with 33 participants, they explored how to lead a transformation where technology is complementary to the power of people.

Co-Creating the Workplace of Sustainable Future

On November 16, at the 7th Future Workplaces Summit by Luxatia International, the co-founders of Think Tank AlterContacts hosted a dynamic and interactive workshop on workplace innovation. In just one hour, they enabled 35 participants to explore the forces behind these changes in their organizations and how to channel them to a more sustainable and inspiring future.

Presenting mOther Earth to the European Commission

On Oct 28, 2022, the AlterContacts delegation met with the Head of Youth and Volunteer Solidarity Unit of the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission - Mr Ioannis MALEKOS. The meeting took place at the European Parliament in Brussels during the LevelUP event.

Presenting mOther Earth to the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU

On Oct 29, 2022, the AlterContacts delegation met with the Counselor on Labor, Migration, and Social Security of the Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union - Maria José Tarrero Martos. The meeting took place at the European Parliament in Brussels during the LevelUP event.

Discussing Las Aldeas del Futuro with the Ministry of Spain

On Sep 15, 2022, the AlterContacts delegation met with Director General de Políticas Palanca para el cumplimiento de la Agenda 2030, Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda of Spain, Gabriel Castañares Hernández. The meeting took place virtually.

Building collaboration with the Government of Galicia

On October14, 2022, the Think Tank AlterContacts delegation met with the Deputy Director of International Promotion and Intelligent Rural Development, the Rural Development Agency of Galicia (AGADER). The meeting took place at the office of Axencia Galega de Desenvolvemento Rural in Santiago de Compostela.

Presenting mOther Earth to the Vigo Free Trade Consortium

On October 7, 2022, the Think Tank AlterContacts delegation met with the representatives of Consorcio Zona Franca de Vigo. The meeting took place in Vigo, Spain.

Altercontacts co-founder Julia Skupchenko working with a group of children in the elementary school of Silleda, Spain

Community dialogue starts with the youngest

On October 5, we hosted an event where we asked 260 children between 3 and 12 years old how they see the future of their village. All the children are students of the public primary and nursery school CEIP Plurilingüe de Silleda located in a region of Spain - Galicia. The event was part of the United Nations registered initiative - mOther Earth. Press here to read the report on the event

Doing Business in a Digital Age

During the 8th International Online Forum 2022 "Doing Business in a Digital Age" hosted by the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, in Bolivia, AlterContacts cofounder Massimo Mercuri and our expert in Metaverse, Carolina Salazar, together with tech gurus Conny Hedman and Chris Meniw,  discussed how technology develops and changes our lives, highlighting the importance of closing the digital gap for the academic disciplines.

Valemadrismo Responsable y Sustentable 

On 17 Dec 2022, our experts hosted a masterclass for executives called "Prepared for 2023?" Logrando armonía inquebrantable en un entorno altamente volátil. Workshop para emprendedores y ejecutivos, con Paulo Cesar Ramirez Silva y Massimo Mercuri, organizado por EmprendHec Mexico.

Agricultura sostenible y circular

Debate interdisciplinario y alternativo al desarrollo rural mundialmprende e innova sin fronteras. Nuestro delegado en Colombia y experto en economia sostenible, Carlos Merlano, presentó un cátedra en el congreso Internacional de Economia Sostenibilidad y Circularidad 2022, de la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana en Colombia, #UPBMontería

On 28 June, Think Tank AlterContacts presented the Lockdown Economy at the United Nations Conference celebrating Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Day 2021. We presented insights on entrepreneurship during the pandemic based on Lockdown Economy, the field research from 330+ entrepreneurs across 5 continents, 41 countries, and 78 different economic activities. Showing what role they are playing in restoring the global economy!

Un Diálogo de Saberes desde las Ciencia

Tres expertos de AlterContacts: Alejandro Kantun, Carlos Merlano y Massimo Mercuri, presentaron las siguientes ponencias en la Jornada de Investigación organizada en Noviembre 2021 por la Corporación Universitarias del Caribe (CECAR) en Colombia: Future Thinking - Diseño de Futuros; Lockdown Economy Challenge as an Enabler for Remote Cross-university Social Action Towards Sustainable Development; Defining a Systemic Approach to SDG Impact Assessment on the Example of Small Enterprises in the Context of Regional and Local Communities

Emprende e innova sin fronteras

En Agosto 2021, Massimo Mercuri compartió consejos y experiencias sobre innovación e impacto social, para los estudiantes del MBA de la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana en Colombia, #UPBMontería

Meetings with University Rectors

In August 2021, Think Tank AlterContacts met with Rectors' Delegations from Klaipeda University, Lithuania; Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic; Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus; Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal; Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil; São Paulo State University, Brazil; Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia; Airlangga University, Indonesia; Gulf University, Bahrain; and University of Victoria, Canada.

Collaborations with Universities

In July 2021, Think Tank AlterContacts held meetings with Rectors of the Ahlia University, Bahrain; Tarlac Agricultural University, Philippines; and Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland.

Lessons from the Lockdown Economy

The recording was done during the introductory lecture for 150 Bachelor students of Epoka University (Albania) to onboard them for the Lockdown Economy project.

This recording was done during the live class for the MBA students of the Anahuac Mayab University in Mexico. It was the launch of the pilot of the Lockdown Economy Academy by the Think Tank AlterContacts. 

MBA program at the Anahuac Mayab University

By Carlos Merlano,  finance academic and business expert, a forward-thinking executive with a proven record of accomplishment in private and public companies during a 16-year career. 

By Datje van Reijendam, Strategic Business and Impact Developer, the founder and principal consultant of Okumera Consulting; a strategic facilitator of project-based business mainly in development zones, especially in Africa. 

By Poom Narudee Kristhanin, the CEO and Founder of Eureka Global, a transformation consultancy based in Thailand.

By Rishi Kapal, Stanford LEAD Alumni, Author of "Kites in a Hurricane" & "Managing Large Teams", Edtech & Innovations Expert, Transitions Coach 

Think Tank Webinars 2020

How to become recognized as an expert in your field?  How to build a "YOU" brand? Discover in this webinar by Anirvan Sen.

One of the ways to share knowledge is to give talks. How can you bring the message across and keep the attention of your audience? Find out in this webinar with Dannie-Lu Carr

Before the Pandemic

Entrepreneurial Journey, Startups & Downs at, Amsterdam, NL, 26 Feb 2020

Master’s Students Graduation Ceremony, Syktyvkar State University, Russia, July 2019