Patronage

The special task of SozialMarie active patrons is the accompaniment and/or support of one of the prize winning projects over the year following their awarding. Every year during the Award Ceremony on 1st of May inspiring personalities overtake the active patronage for those countries which are part of SozialMarie's submission area: Austria, Hungary, Czechia and Slovakia.

Karl Amon

Karl Amon

Active Patron SozialMarie 2018 in Austria

“SozialMarie is the driving force for creative projects that goes far beyond Austria’s borders! SozialMarie – prize for social innovations – is gratitude and recognition to all those people who develop, expand and manage social projects with tremendous commitment.”

Karl Amon, born 1949 in St. Pölten, Lower Austria, studied social science and economics in Vienna. He started to work for the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) in 1976, where he acceded the position of the radio director and was part of the ORF management from 2010-2017. He was pointing the way ahead for a number of new programs and was responsible for changes in the world of Austria’s broadcasting corporation. He developed the television format „Runder Tisch“ (“Round Table”) and during his time as editor-in-chief of the ORF regional broadcasting station Vienna, he re-established „Radio Wien” (“Radio Vienna“) and engineered the reorganization of „Wien heute“ (“Vienna today“). From 1999-2007 he was radio editor-in-chief, responsible for Ö1, local radios, Ö3, FM4, current teletext and Ö1-Inforadio (webradio), again 2007-2010 (ORF- editor-in-chief) and 2010-2017 (ORF-radio director). He was involved in the building and renewal of the new multimedia Video-Wall based TV-Newsroom. Besides all that, he also designed and launched new broadcasting formats like “Klartext” and “Radio on Demand” on the Internet. 2015, Karl Amon initiated the “Austrian radio award” that ever since awards radio programs.

 

László Ágoston

László Ágoston

Active Patron SozialMarie 2018 in Hungary

“Economy and civil society, even the states of the world are standing in front of the challenge that, whatever they do, they need to interpret a wholly new category. They must show, how at the end of the 2010s, a service or a process can be imagined good, human, efficient and sustainable. To me, social innovation represents for ten years now how these sectors that search for better solutions for yesterday’s problems with today’s tools, meet. With today’s flow of information a design approach needs to be used, one has to think integrated in digital and non-digital environments – and this is why the business concept cannot remain unviolated. Over the past years, social innovation has become an open freestyle competition, where the socialized mental barriers and our very own mindset are the only obstacle.”

László Ágoston, sociologist within the field of Change Management, worked as market researcher and public opinion analyst, afterwards as analyst for politics. In 2010 he was co-founder of Kreater Agency for Social Innovation (Kreater Társadalmi Innovációs Ügynökség). The Association Innovative Generation !gen (Innovatív Generáció !gen Egyesület) derived from an innovation trainings programme by Kreater that helped to start dozens of social innovations or to an inexpensive fail - including SozialMarie nominees and prize winners. Simultaneously, Ágoston approaches this also out of the business sphere: he searches for opportunities for social innovations - worked as brand strategy researcher at Y & Rs advertising agency, afterwards as consultant for Service Design for Isobar, again at the Labstore of Y & R Group and today, is the director of Digital and Business Transformation at DDB Budapest.

Tomáš Jindříšek

Tomáš Jindříšek

Active Patron SozialMarie 2018 in the Czech Republic

“Helping is commendable. But in many cases helping alone does not suffice. It is necessary seek new approaches and more efficient ways. It is essential to help sustainably and with a positive outcome. Especially social innovations make it possible to find inspiration and light for everyone in today’s turbulent world. It is amazing how we, thanks to SozialMarie, can collectively exchange our experiences in innovations on an international level. It is a great honour for me to be the patron of this award.“

Tomáš is managing partner and co-founder of the agency Dark Side. He was director of Ogilvy Interactive, the internet division of the international advertising network Ogilvy. He is chairman of the association for direct marketing, E-Commerce and mail-order sale ADMEZ. He is active member in a number of juries of experts and engaged in projects of famous brands. Tomáš is certificated coach of the international Coach Federation ICF. His hobby is to help in the non-profit sector.

Ján Orlovský

Ján Orlovský

Active Patron SozialMarie 2018 in Slovakia

"Social innovation certainly has its own exact definition. For me, it is an activity, which restores the sense of belonging, community and human dignity. It is the Anglo-Saxon "Yes, we can!" projected into meaningful living."

A teacher and diplomat by training, Jan became the Executive Director at Open Society Foundation Bratislava, Slovakia (OSF) in June of 2015. The Foundation established in 1992 by George Soros has been one of the key elements in development of civil society in Slovakia, introducing new perspectives in the areas of humanities, political economy and minority rights. Currently the Foundation operates as an independent entity committed to the mission of its founder via its programs in public affairs and education. Previously, Jan spent ten years with the Slovak Foreign Service (1992-2002) and another ten years as spokesman and CSR coordinator at Západoslovenská energetika (2003-2014), a regional power distribution company, member of E.ON Group. He also serves as a member of Board of Trustees of another four Slovak NGOs.