Looking back on the competition, the winner of the 2013 Green Challenge Ginger Dosier points out that it is not competitive at all. "On the contrary: the feeling of belonging to this wonderful family was and is the most fun thing about it!"

“The whole experience was surreal and everything went seamless. I went home a different person than I came, in a good way. More shaped. And everything was so well organised, there were no problems, everything was thoughtful.”

Guest blogpost by Tessa Weber: Catching up with last year’s winner Ginger Dosier at The Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam…

Fertile Environment


Even though Ginger is slightly jetlagged from travelling across the ocean, she went and had a heart to heart with this year’s finalists about what they can expect from their interviews with the jury. SGinger Dosierhe remembers just how much it helped her to relax when Nick Christy and Molly Morse (Green Challenge winners in 2011 and 2012) told her and the other finalists of the 2013 competition that the interview with the jury would be fun. Turned out it really was!

“The talk with the Jury was not aggressive at all, but more conversational and intuitive. They asked me about the risks and were helpful by framing how the technology could have a higher impact with mass production. The diversity in the jury is nice and makes for a very fertile environment.”

Well organised
Looking back on the competition, Ginger points out that it is not competitive at all. On the contrary: the feeling of belonging to this wonderful family was and is the most fun thing about it! “The whole experience was surreal and everything went seamless: from landing on the airport and having a camera team waiting, to being trained and helped to lift the presentation to a higher level. I went home a different person than I came, in a good way. More shaped. And everything was so well organised, there were no problems, everything was thoughtful.”

Inspiration
Gingers inspiration for bioMASON - growing building materials - came from Marcel Wanders sponge vase. Marcel was in the 2013 Jury, so meeting him was a big thing for Ginger. But that isn’t the end of it: she and Marcel are working together on a project. “Marcel and I both came across a company we would like to work with. Marcel acted as a sort of broker and now we are in the process of cooperating. He is fascinated with disruptive technology and has been very active with us.”

Sponge vase by Marcel Wanders

New business in The Netherlands
Marcel elaborates: “The concept is super cool and very important. So I decided to mobilise my connections and it seems that they are ready to take next steps with their business. Giving money is the easy part, but making things possible is the actual goal of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. It’s a difficult product to transfer, so you need local producers. Ginger and her firm bring business to the Netherlands, soon you’ll be able to buy her bricks here, just watch the news.”

This year’s finalists, any tips?
“I want to tell them that they have already won. And that they should take time to enjoy it all, with eyes wide open. Make lots of connections and keep in touch with as many people as they can. Give and get as many business cards as possible, ask the questions that you have, no sense in wasting time. The funding is very helpful and essential. However, all the shared networks, making introductions, the jury members that are helping out, belonging to this Postcode Lottery Green Challenge family: that is the greatest gift of all.”

 

 


Share this page