Patron in Austria 2020
"Taking on social responsibility is an essential component in changing our society in a sustainable and positive way. Every individual can make a contribution. All it takes is the will and an open heart. SozialMarie promotes and supports the best and most innovative social projects and makes them visible. It opens new ways and helps us to overcome barriers. It is a pleasure for me to take over the active patronage."
Dr. Herta Stockbauer studied commercial sciences at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and then worked as a university assistant and lecturer at the Institute of Economics at the Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt. In 1992 she joined BKS Bank and worked in the corporate customer and securities business before moving to the controlling and accounting department. In 1996 she became head of department, in 2004 she became a member of the board of directors and in 2014 she was appointed chairman of the board of directors. She is a member of the Supervisory Boards of Österreichische Post AG and Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG, and is Vice President of respACT – austrian business council for sustainable development.
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Patron in Hungary 2020
"The ’89 regime change gave space for social innovation all over the country. At that time with my friends we have participated in building a new country and a new civil society from scratch. My participation as a young adult in a creative, agile, brave cultural and developer association and afterwards getting to know the first generation of social enterprises during the ’90s determined my whole life, enthusiasm and dedication.”
Barbara Erős is a cultural anthropologist by profession dedicated to civil society and social innovation development for the past 25 years in Hungary, Western Balkans with some sight on Ethiopia and Vietnam. She started her career at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public that fundamentally injected her with the idea of social entrepreneurship. Following she gained experience in designing CSO tailored granting systems and in impact financing at the Foundation for Development of Democratic Rights – DemNet Hungary. In 2017 she was invited to MagNet Bank, Hungary's first and only value-oriented community bank to act as the head of Social Impact and Community Relations Department. As for her greater social role she is working on strengthening the Hungarian social entrepreneurial, start-up and civil society ecosystem.
Patron in Slovakia 2020
"We are heading to a time when the advancement of technology and artificial intelligence causes all predictable activities and work tasks that can be automated, planned and performed repeatedly to be planned, automated and executed by computer programmes and robots. However, there are activities robots cannot handle. Those are activities requiring empathy, compassion and feeling of value dilemmas. There will always be a need for humans. Therefore, we need social innovators, people who can be creative, for the benefit of all of us. I value these original people with a good heart."
Dušan Ondrušek is a senior trainer and consultant. In 1991, he founded Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia (PDCS), an oganisation he led for over 20 years. As a psychologist, he devoted himself to counseling, therapy, teaching as well as research into altruism and the effectiveness of various types of training. Since 1990, he has focused on training and consultancy in the field of community conflict relief, non-violent communication, organisational development, participatory education and decision-making process. He has extensive international experience in running conflict prevention and resolution programmes. As a trainer and facilitator, he has led over 2,000 trainings in forty countries. He has given lectures at several universities – Comenius University and University of Economics in Bratislava, European Peace University in StadtSchlaining and Danube University in Krems. He is the author and co-author of 16 books and many professional articles.
Patron in Czech Republic 2020
"The market and money do not solve all known problems. Nor does the state. The current coronavirus epidemic, where people take initiative is a great time to see the importance of social innovations in practice. That’s why I’m excited to be the patron of SozialMarie in this exceptional year."
Petr Šmíd leads Google’s consumer marketing for Central and Eastern Europe, trying to bring the best of Google’s consumer technology to users in this region. He started in McKinsey & Company where he spent 7 years exploring banking and healthcare – with marketing at the core of his work most of the time. Having graduated from CEMS and INSEAD MBA, he’s passionate about education – leading frequent workshops for students, startups, and businesses. Petr is also active in non-profit work, primarily as the chairman of the board of Bátor Tábor foundation in Czechia, helping seriously ill children and their families.
Patron in Croatia 2020
"Humans are social species that evolved to its current global domination by being very good at adapting to changes in the environment. Humans adapting are by definition humans socially innovating. However, our contemporary living in the Anthropocene means that our globalised civilisation of industrial-scale consumerism caused risky changes in the environment for our and all other species on the planet. This requires a new, radically different adaptation by means of social innovation."
Cultural creative, network weaver and permaculture designer with particular interest in social and economic aspects of permaculture, effective collaboration in groups and in virtual teams for systemic change. Born 1963 in Pula, working and living in Zagreb, Croatia. Champion of permaculture, Transition and Modern Agile principles among activists and entrepreneurs. Enabler of local, bioregional and global high-trust networks for systemic change with the motto: "towards regenerative cultures through dialogic collaboration". Currently actively contributing to European network ECOLISE and, on a local to planetary scale, to Permaculture Collaboration Laboratory (www.perma.earth), Global Regeneration CoLab (www.grc.earth) and Deep Adaptation Forum (www.deepadaptation.info).