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With primary partner Becx en van Loon HabiPro supports a variety of innovative projects in livability. One of them is a motivational project for citizens and tenants in the Southwest of the Netherlands and the isle of Tholen. In cooperation between the municipality of Tholen, housing association Stadlander, local shops and care organisations we developed an incentive scheme that benefits and activates citizens, creating new financial means for livability. To achieve this goal we designed and introduced a digital community currency with our partner Qoin to enable transactions between citizens, retailers, municipalities and housing and care organisations. This three year social policy experiment was co-financed by the European Union. It was succesfully implemented and became a self-sustaining currency with thousands of active users.
The former Aedes-Actiz Knowledge center for Housing & Care, hired HabiPro as interim advisor and as organiser for thematic study trips on civil society empowerment in the UK and Germany. HabiPro covered many topics for them, such as redevelopment of monumental buildings for care, challenges of demografic change and ageing in social housing and care and performance agreements between municipalities and housing associations.
Eric Schlangen, founder of HabiPro also gave lectures on the topic of demografic change. He supervised research on cooperation between housing associations and care institutions and wrote many articles and news items for their website and publications.
As partner in Go Dutch Consortium for our client The Community Builders we created a plan for the redevelopment of Barry Farm in Washington DC, for the benefit of DC Housing Authority. Supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Royal Dutch Embassy and Consulates in the USA, Go Dutch transfers knowledge and develops bussiness for an interdisciplinary team of achitects, urban planners, spatial designers and social engineers. Eric Schlangen tought at the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and supported students with their semester project on sustainable development of neighborhoods.
Various international study trips were tailor made for real estate developers, municipalities, housing associations, care organisations and knowledge centers. Topics were for example: passive (low energy) houses, livability and civil participation, neighbourhood development, demografic challenges, ageing, dementia care innovation and cooperation in housing and care.
For our client Woonzorg Unie Veluwe in close cooperation with professor Scherder from the Free University of Amsterdam we successfully applied for EU funding, wrote a project plan, performed an international partnersearch and are now coordinating the ALFA project. This project aims at stimulating and observing people with dementia through means of ICT improving their physical activity and consumtion of solid food. Other international partners were: Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, Mondragon University and the village Estepa in Andalusia in Spain and T3LAB, NoemaLife and EXEL in Italy.
For the University of applied science AVANS we did a preliminary research into the need of installing a lectorate on Active Ageing. We have talked to all stakeholders in the region and as a result in 2012 they started a selection procedure for a new lector. HabiPro is also a member of an advisory committee for the study of Healthcare Technology and was external member for the graduation committee.
PEOPLE was an EU program cofinanced under Interreg 4C under supervision of the Andalusian Government in Spain. HabiPro was commissioned by care organisation Pantein to lead the Dutch part of T-Cares, a project in E-Health and telecare. We have done a thourough useroriented research with the University of Applied Science Arnhem Nijmegen .We developed an interactive interview tool to be used on internet, tablets or laptops, especially suited for use by elderly people. HabiPro was invited to present the results at international conferences on telecare en domotics (home automation).
Teaching at courses on livability and coaching professionals who were initiating and leading livability project, we were able to support dozens of projects in achieving their goals. Professionals were able to develop their competences and knowledge with the help of our individually tuned coaching. By linking our coaching to actual projects they are leading we were able to multiply the effect: the professional grows in his competences and the project shows a better return on investment.
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