NGO Academy Member Story #12: About Inclusion

This 12th Member Story focuses on a topic that is relevant to all areas of our professional and personal lives: inclusion. We had the pleasure of talking to two of our many extraordinary members, Dorottya Rédai and Iris Popescu. Both of them are participants in this year’s Social Innovation and Management Programme, and both have published a book that contributes to making our world more inclusive – although in very different fields. The first is a fairytale book for children, the second a design and architecture handbook.

Dorottya is the executive director at Labrisz Lesbian Foundation in Hungary. In the interview she tells us about how “Fairyland is for everyone” became a bestseller after being publicly shredded by a right-wing politician and what that meant for her organisation.

Have a look at Labrisz’ website & social media to find out more about their work:

Iris is the founder and director at AMAIS in Romania. In the interview she tells us about her biggest learning in creating the “Inclusive Design Guide” and tells us what, in her eyes, makes architecture inclusive.

Have a look at AMAIS’ website & social media to find out more about their work:

Watch a recap of the mentioned Empathy Retreat here.

About NGO Academy Member Stories

NGO Academy currently has more than 560 member organizations operating in 14 countries including Austria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia. All these organizations are giving impulses for civil society and they are the heart and soul of the NGO Academy Network. Year after year, we see great social innovations and projects coming to live in NGO Academy Member organizations. With NGO Academy Member Stories, we want to open the floor to these projects, enable organizations to learn from each other and to connect our NGO Academy members.

You have a story for us as well? We’d love to hear it! You can submit it here or send us an e-mail directly to