Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
OUR VISION We see Vanadzor as an arts hub facilitating creative exploration for youth to generate social impact in their community. OUR MISSION Apply film and other art mediums to shed light on social issues in Vanadzor and surrounding regions in Armenia. WHY WE DO IT To generate positive change in the community and the surrounding areas To create jobs for youth To foster creativity To make Vanadzor into one of the creative hubs of the region WHY VANADZOR There is a highly unique aura in Vanadzor: abandoned factories, breath-taking nature, crisp clean air, beautiful thoughts, cool ideas, and human stories of success, disappointment, and a creative passion for this city. THE TARGET MARKET clients from US, Canada, UK, etc., as well as in freelance platforms such as upwork The business side of the company will provide video editing and photo/film making services to clients THE TARGET GROUP AS TO ITS SOCIAL IMPACT Vanadzor, Armenia and surrounding areas wherever the social issues raised by Creopia through its films could be relevant. The money made from this video editing studio will in turn be fueled into the educational side of Creopia providing workshops, events, and classes, each of which will build upon the video skills of young community members, as well as for organization of artistic events.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The plan is to take into consideration all the four main pillars of sustainable development. Being a social business, the initiative is designed to contribute to the economic development of the town. It will decentralize the capital-oriented economic development and introduce it to the Lori region as well. Moreover, Creopia has a mission to bring some positive changes in the society by starting a dialogue in the community on the existing social issues. From the ecological point of view, Creopia film production studio attempts to promote certain values such as vegetarian lifestyle, meditation culture and an animal-friendly studio space with plants and flowers, trying to reduce the use of paper and inorganic waste, instead the organic waste is shared with street animals, and share these values through social impact films. The cultural aspect of the project can be seen in the fact that we are a team of two women who would like to introduce the culture of social entrepreneurship run by women in Vanadzor, Armenia.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The money made from this video/film editing studio will in turn be fueled into - educational side of Creopia providing workshops, events, and classes, each of which will build upon the video skills of young community members, - films on social issues existing in the community and surrounding areas, - organization of exhibitions and movie screenings, as well as discussions for positive social change, - realization of artistic innovations in the community and surrounding areas.
Creopia start-up co-founder and creative director Sashka is a diasporan Armenian, who after living in Russia and studying Philosophy at the University of McGill in Canada decided to permanently settle in Vanadzor Armenia working as a filmmaker. Sashka is 22 years old. Creopia co-founder and social impact manager Lusine is a Vanadzor native with a Masters in Peace Studies from the University of Rome and has been actively working in the region as a peacebuilder for the last 7 years. Lusine is 28 years old. We have known each other for almost two years and been pouring our energies into Creopia for the last 4 months.