How can we use the dynamic flexibility of festivals to innovate the way we organize humanitarian aid?
In the past 10 years, the number of people who have had to deal with crisis situations doubled and the cost of the assistance to help these people has tripled. Within the humanitarian sector, it is acknowledged that innovation is needed to cope with the rapid changes and challenges in order to continue to provide help to those in need. Together with Dutch Red Cross, we believe we can use the dynamic flexibility of festivals to innovate the way we organize humanitarian aid.
What on earth have a festival and a refugee camp in common? At first glance, presumably nothing. But if you think of it a bit longer, you will probably see that there are definitely similarities. Both are temporary build to host a large amount of people. So both places need an infrastructure that support these people and logistics, sanitation, a place to sleep, a place to eat, a place to charge a phone and maybe even a place to call home, even though it is transitory. Both a festival and a refugee camp are build to function as a miniature city. And therefore we believe that technology that’s invented for the event industry, can be easily adapted to work at a refugee camp as well.
By using festivals, we believe we can provide a safe testing ground for innovation that can be used at a refugee camp. Delicate situations need delicate proceedings. You cannot just implement a new sanitation unit without testing which one works best. And that’s where we come in.
Open-House creates a platform in which a wide range of companies can test and pilot collectively to create a solution. Open-House plays an unifying role with a tailor-made coaching program and a network of festivals for you to use as a testing ground. With the Dutch Red Cross as a partner, we work with one of the leading humanitarian organization worldwide. The mission of the Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever, to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. We are proud to contribute to their mission.