Architecture that heals

Bio-construction or sustainable architecture are hashtags that go along with conventional architecture to revolutionise it, from the foundations up, with a key premise: human beings must live inside houses. An idea as obvious as it is challenging. We spoke to the architect and expert in bio-construction, Sonia Hernández-Montaño.

 

Have you ever wondered what materials your home has been built with, what lighting prevails, or how the distribution of spaces is affecting your mood? Arquitectura sana is the name of the project, and also the philosophy, that Sonia’s team took to Catalonia in 2009 with the aim of making our homes more habitable from a human and well-being point of view.

Most of our time is spent in enclosed spaces, but we are generally unaware of the extent to which these spaces can have a direct impact on our physical and mental health. In a new episode of People, Hernández-Montaño highlights all the elements and practices we need to take into account to improve our lives.

The unseen well-being

Construction is constantly evolving, and in recent decades has incorporated technological elements and new materials. Hernández-Montaño points out, however, that “along the way we have forgotten that there are people inside buildings, that buildings not only have to consume less energy and minimise the resources used, but that we also have to sustain life inside”. He argues that we are all architects, and we can all use this health tool to support people’s well-being.

Among the most important aspects, we find some key actions to maintain the quality of life inside the spaces, starting with ventilation, a key point if it is carried out in the right way and that can even reduce pollution that may come from outside. The second key point is lighting, the “conductor of our biological clock” which has to change according to the time of day to follow our circadian rhythm.

It is also essential to take into account and reduce the presence of pollutants in the interior spaces, an objective that is reflected in the choice of materials, whether in construction, furniture, or cleaning products. Listen to the entire conversation to discover the rest of the tips that will make your home a healthy space.

 

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Artificial intelligence generates equal parts of admiration and rejection. The advantages of a digitalised world clash with the desire not to lose traditional practices. The fear, primarily, is of losing the human side, but what if technology could help us to enhance it?

 

In recent years, research in scientific fields has been strengthened thanks to the incorporation of AI, artificial intelligence. Universities, companies, and projects are joining forces to advance and improve both disease diagnosis and treatment, with special emphasis on improving the quality of life of patients, both physically and psychologically.

Artificial intelligence reaches the field of mental health and is part of this crusade, between therapists and patients, to speed up the diagnosis process, facilitate its recognition and improve the precision of each treatment.

 

Algorithms to prevent disease

In everything that affects mental health, the prevention factor is key. For this reason, entities, companies, and organisations are joining forces – increasingly sophisticated – to make tools available to the population that facilitate the process of asking for help. Diagnosis, treatment, and recovery depend on this first step.

Countries such as the United States have taken action, and more and more research centres are turning to AI. We find projects such as The Trevor Project, which, through AI, has created a safe space for the LGBTQI+ community, especially as a support for young people. The reason is as simple as it is worrying: they estimate that in the United States alone, 1.8 million young people consider suicide every year, and at least one young person attempts suicide every 45 seconds. If we expand these figures, calculated only in relation to the LGBTQI+ collective, among the total population, the figures increase considerably.

Catalonia has also developed research projects and companies oriented towards AI for mental health. For example, the STOP Project, led by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, is aimed at detecting depression and preventing suicide and eating disorders. They do this thanks to an algorithm that acts focused on social networks, a space where users are especially vulnerable. Thanks to the latest campaigns carried out, the project has managed to increase by 60% the calls to the Telèfon de l’Esperança, a foundation that accompanies all those who feel lonely or may need help.

 

The right words can save lives

AI has made it possible to take a step forward, and businesses from different fields are creating algorithms to help. The first advantage of digital tools is accessibility, allowing therapeutic resources to be at hand anywhere and at any time. This is a key advantage, although it may minimise its effect on profiles of people who are not very technological or without resources.

The sophistication of AI systems is such that they are capable of analysing the patient’s behaviour, facial expressions, tone of voice, or the language they use. With all this data, the X-ray of a patient can be much more realistic, and the diagnosis more accurate. Two key factors in mental health, especially if we take into account that half of the patients receive erroneous diagnoses, according to Aimentia, a Catalan company that develops digital tools for professionals in the field of mental health.

Other algorithms go further and analyse conversations between patients and therapists with the aim of providing professionals with a more accurate approach when communicating with patients. The goal of all these projects is clear: to get mental health problems, which according to the WHO affect one in four people, treated and cured.

 

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The relationship between what we eat and our health is more than established, but do we know how our diet affects the planet? Marifé Fariñas, Customer Care Lead at 11Onze, talks to us about how we are often unaware of the extent to which our diet affects the natural environment.

 

The social consensus towards respect for the environment and the use we make of natural resources has encouraged local shopping and neighbourhood commerce. Raising awareness of the importance of our eating habits in many social spheres and in nature also has an indirect impact on our health.

As Fariñas explains, “Eating local produce will help to maintain crops and prevent them from disappearing. As consumers, we need to be aware of the importance of food sustainability, and of the small gestures we can make in our daily lives.

Excessive consumption of meat and animal products, hitherto a feature of the diet of Western countries, is set to double as a large part of the population of countries such as China and India enter the meat market. Economic development leads to the increased purchasing power of the population, which often translates into a diet richer in animal products.

“The exponential growth of the world’s population, and changes in our dietary patterns, are increasing the greenhouse effect and the deforestation of Earth. He adds, “Increased CO₂ in the air affects the quality of crops. Mineral and protein concentrations are lower, and food is more vulnerable to extreme weather conditions.”

The current model is not sustainable, and the impact of individual decisions to change our eating habits goes far beyond our health. To find out more, watch the video below.

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MyRealFood app was launched two years ago and has already had more than two million users. It scans everything we eat to find out if it is healthy, and recommends simple recipes to help us cook more conscientiously. With a single application, consumer rights are defended and, at the same time, new eating habits are promoted. Sofia Belenguer, co-founder of the project, explains it to us in a new episode of People.

 

Beyond scanning all the products found in supermarkets and supermarkets, Belenguer explains that MyRealFood brings together more than 130,000 recipes, many of them created by the users themselves, who make up an active community where they exchange favourite foods, recommend products and can even sign up for nutritional plans by subscription. “The app works for the community and so that you can lead a healthier life,” the CEO summarises.

The project was born out of the food concerns of a group of young people from different fields: Sofia Belenguer herself, the nutritionist Carlos Ríos, the current CTO David Vicente and Toni Mancha. Belenguer, who is a lawyer by training, began to wonder why, as a consumer, she was unable to tell from the product label whether what she was buying was healthy enough. And she realised that the same thing was happening to her colleagues and friends.

“I realised that I lacked a lot of nutritional training and that I had to educate myself,” she recalls. And that is how the project expanded. Belenguer argues that, on the one hand, there is not enough nutritional education and, on the other, food advertising does not help either. The combination of one thing and the other creates a breeding ground that prevents us from knowing what we eat and how to improve our diet.

 

The nutritional table, but above all, the ingredients.

And what is important to analyse when we buy a product? “It is crucial to look at what ingredients the product contains, and in what quantities, information that can be found in the nutritional table,” Belenguer answers. This is where the app is of great help: “Using our own algorithm, which marks from 0 to 100, from least to most healthy, we can know whether a product is healthy or not,” the CEO summarises. 

Do you want to know how MyRealFood has become a reference app for consumers, but also for food companies? Do you want to learn how to have healthier habits? Listen to the whole conversation!

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Chocolates, crisps, sugary soft drinks… The gastronomic range offered for years by vending machines has satisfied all our vices, but it has not exactly been an example of a healthy diet. However, since we have become aware of the importance of a more sustainable lifestyle, vending has begun to change its habits.

 

Whether for reasons of ecology or health, the truth is that the consumption of healthy products is becoming more and more popular. In Catalonia, 60% of the population has consumed certified organic food at some time, 47% do so at least once a month and 33% do so on a weekly basis, according to the Barometer of Perception and Consumption of Organic Food 2020, which is produced every year by the Generalitat (Autonomous Government of Catalonia). Moreover, these figures have not stopped increasing.

In fact, Spain is the largest producer of organic food in Europe and Catalonia is the third region, only behind Andalusia and Castilla la Mancha, in terms of organic surface area. And this, it is clear, translates into more organic supermarkets, more local shops and a growing interest in healthy vending in schools, public spaces, health centres and companies.

Since 2018, Catalonia has had a quality seal, promoted by the Agència Catalana del Consum and the Associació Catalana de Vending, which is awarded to operators that comply with the code of conduct for vending companies. The agreement was signed by more than 70 professionals from the sector, who undertook to improve the information and services they provide to consumers, such as detailing which products contain allergens.

 

The food that takes care of us

The regulations governing what vending machines have to contain are clear. Law 1/2010, on the regulation of retail trade, details it in articles 49 to 52. When vending machines offer food, they must also be registered in the General Sanitary Register of Food and Food Businesses. In addition, all vending companies have to operate under the European Directive 2006/123/EC and food companies have to comply with Regulation 852/2004 of the European Parliament and the Council.

Thus, it is recommended that vending machines prioritise drinks without sugars and additives, such as water, milk, 100% natural juices, coffee, tea and infusions. In terms of food, vending machines should contain fresh fruit, dried fruit that is neither salted nor fried, rice or corn cakes, sticks, packaged salads and sandwiches, preferably wholemeal bread.

However, beyond these recommendations, there are some companies that have gone a step further and are committed to even more responsible food vending. This is how the NGO Copade, which is dedicated to fair trade, joined forces with Easy Vending to offer fair trade and ecological vending machines. They are pioneers in Spain and the only difference with conventional machines is on the inside.

Also a pioneer in 100% ecological and healthy vending is Verd Vending company, which works in health centres such as the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu or in universities such as Esade. They work with Veritas products and ensure that all the food they offer has not been genetically modified, does not contain pesticides or fertilisers, does not contain added sugars or palm oil and is certified as organic food by the European Union.

In the end, the concern about food leads to other debates. Vending companies are also concerned, for example, about the environmental impact of vending machines. Therefore, they try to minimise gas emissions, as shown by the debates organised by the Associació Catalana de Vending. Because the ecological perspective is always an integral perspective that affects life as a whole. We are sure that, from now on, you will pay much more attention to the food contained in vending machines.

 

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Just as we go to a psychologist when we don’t know how to explain what is wrong with us, we can ask a financial therapist for advice on what to do with our money. Financial therapy is a growing speciality and, given the crisis that is coming in 2022, it may be a good idea to relate to money in a healthier way. Lara de Castro, head of agents at 11Onze, explains it to us.

 

It wasn’t until 2010 that the Financial Therapy Association was created, which aims to establish industry-regulated standards for financial therapy and has more than 200 members around the world. Specifically, financial therapy focuses on helping people with how they feel, how they think and how they interact with money. This service must always be provided by an expert in mental and financial health. 

But how do we know if we need the help of a financial therapist? “If we believe we need a re-education in our relationship with money, we will need a financial therapist,” De Castro explains. If we feel this is because we have sometimes established an unhealthy relationship with money, for example, when impulse purchases start to become compulsive. Financial planning and emotional support will be the tandem that will allow us to leave anguish and stress behind. To learn more about financial therapy, watch the video below.

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With the new year, we all want to achieve some personal milestones. And perhaps the most popular new year’s wish is to exercise. Now, a study from Boston University shows that short, intense trains can improve fitness far more than light exercise, such as walking 10,000 steps a day.

 

We spend all day in front of the screen, in the office or teleworking, and it’s often a miracle if we manage to squeeze half an hour out of our day to do sport. However, these 30 minutes may be the key to making up for eight hours of work. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine, led by Dr Matthew Nayor, have analysed the effort of more than 2,000 people and concluded that exercise is always healthy, of course, but if you train hard and short you get a better result.

“We have found that, in improving the body, intense activity, but with less time of effort, is more efficient than walking.” Dr Nayor, who is also a practicing cardiologist at Boston Medical Center, the city’s leading teaching hospital, says in an article in the World Economic Forum that “the negative effect of a sedentary lifestyle on fitness can be offset by very high levels of activity.”

From the study, published in the ‘European Heart Journal’, the researchers also found that, curiously, high activity values and low values, both eight years apart, have equivalent levels of fitness. “This suggests there may be a memory effect,” Nayor says. Without discouraging people from meeting the 10,000 steps a day, the scientists show that intense effort is three times more efficient than just walking.

 

The milestone: 75 minutes of intense exercise per week

Thus, in an exercise chart, the researchers consider a low-level exercise such as walking to be between 60 and 99 steps per minute, a moderate level to be between 100 and 129 steps per minute, and an intense level to be more than 130 steps per minute.

With this classification, researchers recommend either 150-300 minutes a week of moderate exercise or 75-150 minutes a week of intense exercise, i.e. 25-50 minutes three days a week. With either routine, we will get the same physical results. So, welcome to New Year’s wishes!

 

 

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Phytotherapy is the use of plants or plant substances to prevent or cure illnesses. It is an age-old practice that has been superseded by medicine since the 19th century, but is still alive and well in the collective imagination throughout the world.

 

The concept of phytotherapy comes from Greek and literally means “phytos” (plant) and “therapeia” (therapy). It is the use of plant products to combat aches, pains, symptoms or to help cure a disease. It is not considered a substitute for traditional medicine, which is highly oriented towards the pharmaceutical industry, but it is its basis. Although nowadays the use of plants has been restricted to curing minor aches and pains, preventing illnesses or improving our state of health, Catalonia has a long history in the use of medicinal plants that is still present in many homes.

We spoke to Marc Talavera, doctor in biology and president of Eixarcolant, to find out what to bear in mind when using medicinal plants. Eixarcolant is made up of a group of people including volunteers, members, board members and sympathisers who, from all over the territory, work for an agri-food model aimed at achieving socio-economic development with a positive impact. All of this is based on coherence, cohesion and placing nature and all that it has to offer at the centre of the project.

 

Can they really cure?

Marc’s answer is clear: “Obviously, plants can cure us, but we have to be aware and take into account whether it is enough to take an infusion, use wet cloths, make an ointment or vapours for our pain or illness, or whether we have to go to our family doctor to get a prescription for the drug he or she considers appropriate”.

Pharmaceuticals must be perfectly complementary to natural products, and Talavera warns us that, although we are talking about plants, we are still talking about chemistry, since “what can cure us in a plant are its active ingredients, which are chemical molecules”. The active ingredient, therefore, will act to restore our well-being and improve our state of health regardless of whether it comes from a tablet or directly from the plant. 

However, knowledge is key, and in the same way that we are aware that we cannot self-medicate, because we could put our health at risk, we must also be cautious with plants. Marc gives the example of cardiovascular diseases, in which “components extracted directly from plants are used, but in a very regulated and precise way”. This is why, he concludes, we often cannot administer the plant directly, but have to administer it via pharmaceuticals.

The pharmaceutical industry, guided by nature

Currently, many drugs are manufactured from plant products, as Talavera points out: “The vast majority, more than 80%, of the active ingredients that currently make up conventional drugs have been synthesised and obtained from plants. Without plants we would not have the vast majority of drugs for everyday illnesses or heart diseases, chemotherapy…”. Traditional medicine and alternative therapies clash in many aspects, such as methodology, products and treatments. But despite the significant differences, the essence is the same: to heal. And in this sense, nature has always led the way.

Scientific advances and the popularisation of pharmaceuticals, especially around the 19th century, pushed natural remedies into the background. And although they are still the basis for many medicines, the growing market demand, which wants to reach the entire population, makes it impossible to produce them from 100% natural products. Instead of harvesting a plant to extract its properties, it is manufactured industrially.

As Talavera explained to us, active ingredients are chemical molecules, and therefore, the only thing industry has done is to identify these molecules and synthesise them artificially. Nature is used as a mirror, but it is industry that sets the pace and standards of production. Talavera concludes that “when we criticise the pharmaceutical industry, what should be criticised is not medicine, but the ethics behind large pharmaceutical corporations.

The ‘trementinaires’, the tradition in Catalonia

Taking into account the benefits that plants can bring to our health, in Catalonia and also in many other parts of the world, there is a growing interest in recovering medicinal plants and incorporating them back into our daily lives, always with knowledge. Individuals, organisations and associations are working to preserve and disseminate this knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation through word of mouth.

This is the case of the Eixarcolant or the Àvies remeieres, a group of women who meet every month to hold workshops and conferences to recover and disseminate this popular knowledge. To prevent this knowledge from being lost and to ensure that it reaches new generations, they have already published a couple of books.

Over the years, the emergence of trades such as ‘trementinaires’ has been key to keeping the dissemination of this knowledge alive. They were women, mainly from the Vansa and Tuixent valleys, who travelled on foot all over Catalonia selling herbs and oils made in a natural and artisanal way. Although the trade as such has been lost in recent decades, the tradition of using plants to cure, whether for private or professional use, continues in Catalonia. Once again, it should be stressed that knowledge is key, from harvesting to the quantities used, because depending on the season, the area and even the day and time a plant is harvested, its properties can vary. 

 

The most common medicinal plants

There are many species in our environment that can have healing properties, but these are the most common healing plants for home use: thyme, for its antiseptic properties; elderflower for respiratory system ailments; hypericum, which can be macerated in oil as an external anti-inflammatory; arnica, which is also used as an anti-inflammatory; mallow root for colds; Plantago, which can be used for rinses to heal mouth wounds; and mint and lemon verbena as digestive plants.

As Talaver points out, “there are many species, and you have to know them, know their uses and administer them in a coherent way, always bearing in mind what other drugs or plants they may interact with.”

 

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Who said that getting older means giving up living life to the full? There are more and more initiatives to combat the loneliness of the elderly, yes, but also to enjoy an active life, help the community with wisdom and keep the mind awake.

 

Europe’s population is living longer and longer. Ageing is a healthy, natural and progressive process. This is why the well-being of older people has become a priority. The term that best defines the vitality expected in the last stage of life is active old age. And living actively means maintaining emotional balance, valuing one’s own convictions, listening to and learning from others and, above all, sharing. Because a socially active life is one of the best ways to improve our mood.

To enjoy this active old age, therefore, we must choose the paths that best suit our interests. Therefore, as the Diputació de Barcelona reminds us in its health guide for the elderly, if you are a good sportsperson, walk; if you are a good cook, cook; if you are a caring person, get involved in volunteering. Think about what your abilities are, and enhance them. At 11Onze we give you eight ideas.

  1. To share, to love. The organisation Amigos de los Mayores (Friends of the Elderly) has been working for many years to leave behind the unwanted loneliness of our elderly. As they point out on their website, according to IDESCAT data, 780,500 people live alone in Catalonia, 42.5% of whom are over 65 years old. Loneliness affects more than 175,000 elderly people, and has reached historic figures in Barcelona, where a quarter of this population lives alone. For this reason, the organisation has a very powerful volunteer programme. You can accompany someone emotionally for a few hours a week, accompany them by telephone, take part in festive activities and help with the organisation’s work.
  2. Be a radar. Precisely to combat this unwanted loneliness, Barcelona City Council has promoted the Radars project, which is more than volunteering and involves the entire neighbourhood community. It is a community initiative that brings together neighbours, shops, volunteers and organisations. The aim is to make older people feel safer in their community. All you need to do to participate is to be attentive, sensitive and respectful. If you detect any change in the elderly people living around you, you can contact the project and, if you feel motivated, you can collaborate in the debate tables, in the accompaniments and welcomes or in the telephone follow-up platform.
  3. Grow in community. One of the activities that is weaving many community links in the cities are the urban vegetable gardens. Almost every town and city in Catalonia has organised one of these gardens. Urban gardens have a recreational purpose, but at the same time they allow people to recover their links with the countryside, in a context in which local products are increasingly valued by the community. While traditional vegetable gardens disappeared with the urban growth of cities, they are now being revived and new ones are being created. Urban gardens are spaces for neighbourhood coexistence and are a form of environmental and nutritional education.
  4. Keep learning. There are more and more people who, when they reach retirement age, find the time to study that university degree they have always been passionate about, after years of work and effort. All Catalan universities have university extension courses for older people. There is no shortage of programmes. The aim of these studies, which are regulated by law, is to welcome people over the age of 50 who are interested in obtaining new knowledge and who feel the need to continue contributing their bit to society.
  5. Looking for company. To feel more active, it is also good to be accompanied by younger people. For this reason, many older people decide to take in university students, who at the same time help them in their day-to-day life. There are many organisations, such as the Fundació Roure, that work to find the perfect match, like someone looking for a dance partner. In addition, the Generalitat has also successfully promoted a mentoring programme to help newcomers integrate into their new host society. The mentors accompany migrants, often in asylum or refugee situations, to make arrangements, find decent housing and share leisure activities.
  6. Be a support for the younger ones. Likewise, there are many nurseries and residential centres for the elderly that are beginning to weave links between the older generations and the youngest members of the house. The Vendrell Town Council, for example, organises intergenerational activities through the Patronat Municipal Hospital Asil Sant Salvador. Experts believe that these activities help to improve their health and reinforce their self-esteem. Cognitive and mood improvements are also observed.
  7. Take care of yourself. If you don’t get enough stimulation from the company of neighbours, young people or children, you can always let yourself be looked after by a pet. Many organisations that accompany older people have incorporated programmes with dogs or horses, because it has been proven that animal-assisted interventions bring physical, social, emotional and cognitive improvements to older people.
  8. Get involved in social movements. And if you feel active and pretty pissed off with the context in which we live, you can also take action and get involved in social movements. There are the neighbourhood associations, the Marea Pensionista, the Marea Blanca, the Alianza contra la Pobreza Energética, the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca, the Sindicat de Llogateres, the Plataforma per la Llengua, Òmnium, the Consorci per a la Normalització Lingüística and many other entities that need your support to assert their shared struggles.

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This reasoning, however, does not apply exclusively to the workplace. Its connotations are paramount, as all people are workers, at least in potential, whether in the active workplace, post-work field, academic field, or in any other situation. It is clear, then, that happiness transcends all this, and ends up with a common denominator: the human being.

 

The scientific pursuit of happiness

Talking about happiness is nothing new: Aristotle was already giving deep dissertations on it in the 4th century BC. But in recent years, the concept of positive psychology has gained strength. Positive psychology is a current in psychology that studies the foundations of psychological well-being and happiness, as well as human strengths and virtues. The difference with respect to other close currents of psychology and with its historical precedents is that it is based on the scientific method. The psychologist Martin Seligman laid its foundations in the late 1990s, and other authors, such as Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, have made it grow with their contributions. 

At first glance, the purpose of positive psychology may sound too arrogant. Now science seeks to tell us what happiness is? But there are many dissident voices that consider that happiness is much more than just processing a simple set of measurable values in the field of psychology.

Debates aside, we all know, without having to learn it, when we feel good, and most of all, when we feel bad. It is something innate. Our body goes like clockwork with well-being, whereas it begins to give warning signals when we experiment discomfort

 

What do the experts say?

Since companies are mostly sets of people, it may seem basic to ensure the well-being and satisfaction of workers. However, in the business logic linked to the Industrial Revolution (still very much present everywhere), the general paradigm has been quite the opposite: to make them work to the maximum to obtain greater profits. A vision where their personal well-being is far from the concern of the company.

Studies on this topic conclude that the experience of workers who feel comfortable in their organization is much more valuable than even the material goods they can receive as gratification. And this is because this experience has no expiration; it can always be evoked and enjoyed again.

Workers’ happiness as a barometer of business health

So now it is no longer a matter of focusing only on the famous customer experience (CX): the employee experience also plays a key role in the success of the organization, both from the company’s point of view (because a happy, creative, or empathetic employee is synonymous with a more productive worker) and from the point of view of the worker (because we spend almost a third of our lives at work).

A good example of the consolidation of this trend is the emergence of various indices, such as the Global Job Happiness Index, which measure happiness in the workplace. Likewise, the figure known as Chief Happiness Officer consolidates in those organizations that are committed to the value of people and the profitability of a happy employee.

 

Dissemination achieves awareness and involvement

People and companies are a strange mix. People are tangible beings who act moved by gratification; we put our efforts into what rewards us, in whatever form. However, companies are in themselves intangible, although at the same time they are made up of people, and have as their purpose either their own benefit, social benefit (non-profit), or a combination of the two, which provides a sustainable benefit for society.  

A strange mix and, at the same time, what a fruitful synergy when the focus of the organization is on people!

At 11Onze, we have believed in this fundamental value from the very beginning, which is shared by all the people who make up our community. And it’s working! 

 

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