Ideas Factory’s team is a colorful mix of personalities, united around the idea to inspire, through spontaneity and play, personal development in the context of social change.
The trust in the power of the “problem environment” to be an incubator for unique social innovation is the air that I breathe and the water that I swim in. I’m probably addicted to the radical thesis that the course of our human evolution depends on the unleashing of the creative potential. And maybe now is the exact time to redefine the word “development” and to orient it towards human happiness. I work as a “catalyst” and a „fuel” for small ideas and imaginative people with extraordinary potential for social change. I’m a strategic communicator by profession, a lover of shared visions, lecturer, trainer, blogger and traveler. Co-founder of Ideas Factory, as well as others similar crazies like the Time Shop and Changemakers Academy. In my pocket I always wear … a red clown nose.
What met me with the Factory were my interests towards innovations, my striving to take active part in the process of social “maturity” for creating a new world and my desire for deep internal professional satisfaction. And thus, after a sharp turn, my extensive professional experience in marketing and business development and management met the MEANING behind what I do and manage. I truly believe in the constant change, personal development and limitless human potential. Always look with an open mind at people and situations and consider “problems” to be ‘challenges’. Human emotions and the way our brain works are extremely intriguing for me and this led me to psychology and training activities.
A devoted volunteer for diverse causes, a healthy adventurer and traveler, an art lover, defender of “the different” and constantly searching. The least I would like to be called is …. Managing Director.
In a glimpse of an eye I was blown through all Ideas Factory’s stages of development.
Starting with a flustered interview for internship in 2013, still stuck in my mind to the belief that every positive change I want to achieve have to be one-man show, I went through a volunteering period, then a month as a participant in Baba Residence in 2015 and after that – as a part of the core team.
What I learnt for sure after all these stages, is that every community change has to be cooperative, human-faced and requested by many – we all have an important spark to add to it.
I have a bachelor degree of Cultural Studies at Sofia university. At The factory my main responsibility is communication – mainly online, translations, copywriter enchantment and creation of all the texts that are related to our formats.
“Outside” Ideas Factory, I love to travel, to absorb others’ perspective of what is meaningful, long-lasting deep conversations and poetry.
I came to the team with my interests towards group work, active citizenship, nature exploration and design. The last became my main task in the team – visual communication for the NGO. I am responsible for the creative thinking team, which most of the time involves everybody :).
I came along Ideas Factory through Granny Residence and the love towards folklore and traditions. This is my newest challenge, which let me bring my creativity, ideas and meeting new and interesting people.
I believe in the beautiful future of our country and I am happy to work side by side with motivated changemakers, who realize the social change through creativity.
My education is technical, but my heart is fulfilled by art and social innovations. I have previous experience in logistics, packing design, arrangements, photography and traditional dances.
I believe man has unlimited possibilities to create his own perfect world exactly where he is, here and now. My place is Bulgaria!
I met the Factory via volunteering platform and a new community of people united around the idea that changes are being made by people for people unveiled to me. After more than an year of volunteering for Ideas Factory, I accepted the proposal to become a part of the team, being responsible for training activities, mentoring, organizing the network of volunteers, and more.
As a trainer, I am pleased to observe how the project participants apply in practice what they‘ve learned during the trainings and how they learn from their experience and the field work. And me… I learn and develop together with them. What I like the most in my daily work is the opportunity to meet and to work with different people and never to know what surprise it can offer me;)
Apart from work I love walks in nature, travelling, meeting with friends. I‘m constantly looking around for new music and enjoy going to concerts.
I’d describe myself as a harmonious mix of contradictory qualities. I cherish calmness, but action, interaction and constant development are vital for my well-being. I could quietly analyze and make plans, but I have to share and manifest them at the end of the day. I know what’s right for me, but I value the meaning behind others’ perspectives. And pink glasses I choose to wear only to see what the world could be even though this is not its’ current state.
When it comes to Ideas Factory, I’ve no doubts – I’m with them because I like to see again and again in practice how the common will, inspiration and efforts bring winged ideas to reality. These ideas create new realities.
My humble contribution is as a mentoring force on topics such as business, advices on realistic planning and positive energy.
I believe in the power of community spirit, empathic communication and truthfulness in all its dimensions. This predestined my strong connection with Ideas Factory’s mission to connect people and empower them in creating diverse and meaningful solutions, targeted at the common good. I can contribute with my experience and expertise as educational expert, international projects consultant, trainer and coach.
My name is Elena Radeva and I believe that each one of us could contribute to the NGO sector with his or her experience, skills, and enthusiasm. That’s why I am an active volunteer in different NGOs helping causes related to children and youth, cultural heritage, nature and environment, and animals. I fully support the Ideas Factory because I want to be part of the social change in my home country, to complain less and do more. I have an extensive background in the areas of human resources, education, consulting and project management in different industries.