No Mad Blog

Why the BAG2WORK costs as much as 98 euros

Halfway into our campaign for BAG2WORK we got a lot of questions about the price for the bag. To some people the bag seemed expensive. We can imagine why people think this, especially after Al Jazeera and Trouw claimed that it costs less than 3 dollars to make a bag. But this cost is for […]

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Introducing: BAG2WORK – Packs your stuff with a story

We’ve been working overtime on slow Wifi connections here in Greece, but today the day has finally come… In collaboration with Makers Unite we are launching our Kickstarter campaign to produce 500 bags in Amsterdam. Made by refugees who get paid for their work. Out of used boats and life vests from the beaches of […]

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So long Greece, until we meet again…

As we have our hands full on our bag project in Amsterdam, we are slowly wrapping up our Greece project. Didi already flew home to make sure our BAG2WORK-campaign launches with a bang. Floor and Niels are still in Greece, organising the last things. Coming back the way they came: by truck. Since we got […]

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No Mad Makers meets Playful Revolution

Time for something fun! A few weeks ago Sylvan visited us in Greece. He started a Playful Revolution and thought it was time to try out some of his game making in the camp. He came up with the idea to do some juggling with the kids. We prepared the morning to figure out how […]

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Leaving nothing but blueprints: The No Mad Manuals

We can hosts workshops all we want. But for a more lasting impact we have to leave something behind. So we have been making a template for a manual. The idea is to make small building blocks for workshops that volunteers can host in the camp, eventually making ourselves redundant. Even better, refugees might use […]

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Greece: inefficient but relaxed, broke yet friendly

                  So far we have had a good but challenging time in hot and slow Greece. Not only are we trying to work in a refugee camp, we Dutchies are also trying to be efficient in a country where that’s not always possible. Of course, we are […]

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Meet Marijn: from trash collector to cash collector

Remember our call for a crowdfunding wizard? We believe we have found him. Meet the newest addition to our team: Marijn Lansbergen! After working his magic on campaigns for Das Mag Uitgevers and IEDER1, he will lead our Kickstarter campaign to sell 1000 IT WORKS Bags. As a kid he always wanted to become a […]

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From IT WORKS BAGS to school bags

Many people stated that we peaked early with our IT WORKS BAG. We could never again match our own brilliant idea of upcycling refugee boats, at a time that people needed bags with the world press being already present. It was a puzzle that fell into place at the right moment at the right place, […]

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Everybody needs more (self-made) bunting in their life

When we asked people from the EKO project what they needed in their activities centre, they told us: decoration. The place should look as bright and welcoming as possible. That’s why we are really happy that our amazing Danish interns Carla and Amanda designed a workshop that up-cycles discarded textiles to bright strings of flags. […]

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Vacancy: Crowdfunding campaigner for BAG2WORK

Remember how the No Mad Makers got started? With a workshop on Lesvos, making bags from boats and life vests, together with refugees. After Al Jazeera published a movie about the project, it was seen by millions. Many people wanted to buy the bags. But there was no way we could meet the demand. We […]

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