A Companization will not work without a successful company and a non-profit side that is economically strong enough to hire its own professional management. Now, after starting up Plantagon being the commercial innovation world leader for urban agriculture, we need to focus on recruiting thousands of members to create the world’s most influential Corporate Citizenship movement. We need to really kick off our non-profit side to be able to hire the best professionals there are.
Summer and vacation time is upcoming, but before all that, we would like to share some information with you regarding the previous and upcoming Plantagon seminars.
On June 9th Dr. Dickson Despommier from Columbia University joined us in Stockholm for an event titled 'Enabling Technology for Smart Sustainable Cities'. Around 70 excited listeners showed up for the seminar, almost exceeding the maximum capacity of the venue! Not only were Dr. Despommier speaking, but the event also starred other interesting speakers such as Gustaf Landahl, Head of Department at the City of Stockholm, Christina Lindbäck, Sustainability Director at NCC, Sepehr Mousavi, Sustainability Strategist at Plantagon and Anna H Kramers, Doctor at KTH.
For our next seminar, scheduled early October, we will invite Dr. Jan de Wilt, Agribusiness Program Manager at the Dutch Innovation Network (InnovatieNetwerk) for a talk about "new practices and ideas for feeding cities in 2050". Stay tuned to hear more about the date, time and what other speakers will frame Dr. de Wilt's talk this time.
That was all from us for now.
Wishing you all a great summer and vacation,
At the annual meeting that was held at Plantagon in Stockholm on September 17th, 2015 a new board was elected. The new members are Oren Lyons (chairman), Magnus Hjelmare, Camilla Weichert and Sepehr Mousavi. This board was proposed by the nomination committee led by Maja Stilling and was approved by the annual meeting.
The reason for the board being so small - only four persons which is the minimum number the board can have according to our statutes - is that the nomination committee advised the annual meeting that during an interim phase the board's work should focus on doing concrete activities with the goal of recruiting new members. To achieve this as quickly as possible a small group of people in the board will make decision making easier and get things going - more action, less talk.
As spokesperson for the new board I want to share that we will put every effort into selling more lectures on the Companization, since this is the best way to create income for the association as well as make more people interested in joining the association. During the spring both Sepehr and I have sold lectures like this, and we are convinced that it is possible to sell many more. Anyone interested in doing this should contact us - we have a presentation that anyone can use and we will train you on using this - please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The next board meeting will be open to all members who want to listen in - join us over Skype or come to Plantagon if you are in Stockholm. We will invite you when we have a date set; right now we are focusing on getting the sales of lectures going.
You can find the minutes from the annual meeting below or here, and using this link (http://www.plantagon.org/we_are_a_new_type_of_company_not_a_new_type_of_association) you will take part of Hans Hassle's view on the current situation in the association.
Minutes of annual meeting, Plantagon Non Profit Assocation, September 17th 2015, 17.00 – 19.00 (CEST)
§1. Opening of the annual meeting
The meeting was called to order.
a. Election of chairman
b. Election of secretary for the meeting.
c. Election of certifiers and tellers (person responsible for counting the votes)
§2. Establish a quorum
The quorum was established and approved. See attachment 1.
§3. Approval of proposed agenda
The proposed agenda was approved.
§ 4. Approval of how the meeting was called
The meeting was determined duly convened.
§ 5. The Board’s administration report
Due to many board members leaving their posts it has been difficult to establish a good working group. Lack of consistency in meetings and lack of leadership has contributed to few decisions and actions being taken.
§ 6. Financial report
a. Presentation of annual report and auditor’s report
Since it is not mandatory to have an auditor’s report for the association during the interim period, such report has not been compiled. However, the board would like to share the following information regarding the financial situation.
§ 7. Decisions on
a. establishment of profit and loss account and balance sheet
The profit and loss account were presented and established by the meeting.
b. disposal concerning the association´s profit or loss according to the established balance sheet,
The meeting resolved that the profit should be transferred to the new balance sheet.
c. approval of that the activities complied with the purpose requirements as stated in the regulations and
The meeting approved that the activities comply with the purpose requirements as stated in the regulations. This in accordance with § 5.
d. freedom from responsibility for the members of the board and management.
The board was discharged from liability.
§ 8. Establishment of remunerations for members of the Board and auditor
The quorum approved to empower the board to make decisions on remuneration.
§ 9. Election of Board and if appropriate election of auditor and auditor deputies and deputies for the members of the board
Yusuf Abdul-Qadir suggested that 8 people should be elected in the board in difference to the proposal of the board consisting of 4 people, which was suggested by the nomination committee. A vote was made according to these two suggestions:
Votes in favor of 8 people:
Yusuf Abdul- Qadir
Votes in favor of 4 people:
Hans Hassle abstained voting.
The following Board members were proposed by the nomination committee and elected by the quorum:
Auditor: No auditor was chosen. The meeting suggests that PwC should accept the role as auditor on pro- bono.
§ 10. Additional matters transferred to the annual meeting from the Board
There were no additional matters transferred to the annual meeting.
§ 11. Additional matters
§ 12. Closing of the meeting
The meeting was declared closed.
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In the beginning of year 2014 Plantagon has initiated a project to develop the world’s first set of standards on
‘’Sustainable Urban Food Production’’ together with Swedish Standards Institute, SIS. Our involvements led to
formation of a technical committee at national level consisting of experts from various Swedish governmental,
private, Academic and R&D institutions and organizations. Plantagon chairs this Technical Committee.