As part of research for the FP7 – funded “Enabling the Flourishing and Evolution of Social Entrepreneurship for Innovative and Inclusive Societies” (EFESEIIS) project, a case study is being developed around Kopje Suiker, a New Generation Social Entrepreneur, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Kopje Suiker is a new social platform for neighbourhoods. Because of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked-in everybody has contacts all over the world, but often, especially in major cities, people do not know how their neighbours are. Because of that people often don’t feel at home or are afraid in their own neighbourhood. Kopje Suiker brings neighbours in touch with each other.
Pretending you need some sugar (in Dutch: Kopje Suiker) and you don’t have anything left was a long time an ideal pretext to get in touch with your neighbours. People asked to borrow something and in the meanwhile the started to talk about everything. People knew each other. Kopje Suiker brings back this classic form of get to know your neighbours.
Kopje Suiker created neighbourhood based platforms where people can ask for help, or offer help for free. Doing groceries for the elder neighbour, take the dog for a walk because the neighbours unexpectedly need to go somewhere, bring some soup to thank a neighbour for bring away your garbage, and so on. The idea behind is when you could help your neighbours with a small favour, people learn to know each other and will not be afraid in their own neighbourhoods and start feeling at home again. The platform excepts people asking little money for doing the small favours, but it does not accept business take advantage of this platform.