Humans og Impact Hub Bergen is a series of interviews with some of our members. We ask them questions about their projects, what motivates them, their challenges, how Impact Hub Bergen helps their endeavours and their plans for the future.
This week we talk to Himanshu Ardawatia from our member company Colors from the World.
Interviewed and written by Sara Kapek
Can you tell us about your journey to the Impact Hub? How did you find out about it?
I was at a workshop where I heard about it. I joined the HUB when it opened and was working with some environmental aspects at the HUB, but then I focused on my own projects.
What have you been working with?
In the beginning I was a freelancer in the field of sustainability and environment. Then I started my own company Ensensa Labs which works with sustainable development and sustainability in general. The main aim is to find impactful solutions for sustainable development.
What about you second project Colors from the world?
I started to work at this concept towards the end of 2015 and it formally started this summer. First I had to do a lot of research to find a good solution for the problems I came across when working on international projects. Namely, I found out that many schools suffered with financial problems while education is a critical part of sustainable development. This stood out as a key issue. I wanted to find a sustainable solution to support education. In the process I came across a school that was rising money by selling cakes and other things made by its’ pupils. I connected my insights into sustainable development with such a method ofundrising method. After seeing children’s drawings I realized that they had their own way of thinking, so I started to look for a solution for capitalizing children’s art and give it to under resourced schools around the world. I decided to use technology and design to produce and sell products based on children’s art online and offline to individuals and organizations. Since then we have conceptualized many products and are going to launch a web shop soon.
How many schools are you collaboration with? And how do you go about finding them?
Six schools from six different countries: Brasil, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Kenia and Nepal. I find them hrough my personal network, which I have build while working with sustainable development.
Was the fact that you work at the Impact Hub helpful for your project?
Yes, actually I found my team members, Cheryl, Dorota and Ichih here without them the project would not be so advanced now.
What is the Impact Hub for you?
The Impact Hub would not be what it is without the people. They are the most important part of it. The Hub is a place to meet a lot of interesting people, to build a network and make sustainable collaborations.
You had an exhibition in the beginning of October last year. Was it a success? Did you sell any pictures?
It was quite a success. We sold a few pictures, but the main aim was to show our concept to people and this one we definitely fulfilled.
We are going to have more exhibitions in the future, but I have no details right now so I can not announce them now, but everyone is welcome to see children’s art form around the world.
What are your plans for the future?
We want to be a global business with business partners in 30-40 countries. It’s our mission for the next 2-3 years.