TIDER helped prevent waste in Bozcaada and also started a campaign for 115 families

On the weekend of 12-13 May, as TIDER, we participated in the fantastic Bozcaada Running event. TIDER’s volunteers started a campaign not only to prevent waste but to also help provide 1 years’ worth of needs for up to 115 families. In volumes, this means preventing up to 30 tonnes of product waste and saving up to 75 tonnes of carbon being released. read more...

Putting our waste prevention vision into practice in Bozcaada!

The much awaited events in Bozcaada are starting as of tomorrow morning. Personally, I am ecstatic about being part of the best organised marathon that I also enjoy the most. read more...

100% Local solar panels to become free from energy dependence

In order to have a cleaner future in Turkey, as you all know, I have for many years had a dream to spread renewable energy and make it a pioneered entrepreneurial initiative. With the appropriate conditions emerging in 2012, we established EkoRe, and with its 100% local solar panels and its free from energy dependence vision, it gained a “Project Based Initiative’ worth $2.2billion last week read more...

Intellectual redevelopment necessary in order to progress in urban redevelopment!

    Last week I conducted the opening speech at the Urban Redevelopment Round Table Meeting which we had been planning since the beginning of the year. I spoke about my area of expertise at the launch which began at 10am, regarding the most important topic about sustainability which is ‘Ecological Buildings’ read more...

TIDER’s perfect representation of our country in this year’s Foodbanking Leadership Institute

Turkey’s umbrella establishment Food Bank, TIDER (Basic Needs Society), represented the country in the best possible way in this year’s organised event by the Foodbanking Leadership Institute as they did in last year’s event organised by the Global Foodbanking Network (GFN). We enabled this great representation of Turkey in this event with the delivery of our presentations and by developing a great bond with all the participants. read more...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 5

Years ago I had started the ‘frequently asked questions’ articles in the form of ‘question-answer’.  As the curiosity started to build, it was time for me to start something like this and publish it on this blog about ‘my views about what I do’ along with things that people are keen to know about me. These are the questions that have recently been asked and my responses to them.  read more...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 3

I had previously published the first and second ‘frequently asked questions’ series in the past year, but since then and that time, a lot more have come about. I am publishing another series of these that have come through various channels, either from comments on my blog, via social media, sometimes asked to me personally and also via email.   read more...

A Concert Becomes an Adventure

The Harun Kolçak concert held in the first week of April to benefit the Basic Necessities Association (Tider) was a huge hit in terms of the singer’s amazing performance, the colorful guest artists and audience enthusiasm. However, the lead-up to the event was utterly nerve-wrecking and full of ups and downs, as such things often are in Turkey.  read more...

A festive run: Runatolia 2017

This has been a busy time, so hectic I didn’t have a chance to sit down and write until Sunday, and that was while jet-lagged. I’d like to share my memories of the Runatolia run held in Antalya two weeks ago. We, the Tider team, joined the colorful event this year to help fund the new Support Market being opened in Bağcılar and in memory of our good friend, Murat Bakan. read more...

Singapore: a city-state ideal for business

Before traveling to Singapore, I couldn’t really picture the kind of place that awaited me. I’d heard a lot of stories about the country, some good, some bad. Heading there on business after a great vacation in Thailand, I had a raft of questions running through my mind. And I was to find a raft of favorable answers, particularly in terms of business environment and culture. read more...

New targets and hopes for a New Year…

We have recently left behind an eventful year marked by much sadness for our society, but a year in which we have also enjoyed some great successes as we forged ahead despite the uncertain business climate.  In this, the last post of 2016, I would like to evaluate our achievements over the past year and list our targets for 2017. read more...

Creation vs Destruction: The Battle for a Better World

The recent terrorist attack outside a football stadium in Istanbul once again highlighted the horrific contrast between two very different groups: the people working with all their might to hand on a more livable world to future generations, which was the original subject of this post, and the monsters who mercilessly plan massacres to further their dark interests. We will never allow the second group to win this battle.  read more...

Memorable moments from the Istanbul Marathon

Last Sunday we got to run as a team in the Istanbul Marathon. As you’ll know, this was part of our campaign for the new Support Market we plan to open with your support in Bağcılar-Esenler, a district home to some 100,000 people in need. So here are a few of the many memorable moments we members and supporters of TİDER (the Basic Needs Association) enjoyed during the run... read more...

10 reasons to run the Istanbul Marathon

The countdown has finally begun for the Istanbul Marathon, which will be run this year on November 13th. It promises to be a high-energy event with some taking part for fun, some purely for the sport and fitness side, and others, like the TİDER (Basic Needs Association) team, as part of a campaign. But the reasons don’t just stop there. As a regular at this international event, I’m giving you 10 good reasons to run the marathon in my blog this week.   read more...

Hand-in-hand helping thousands!

As you know, we at the Basic Necessities Association (Tider) entered the Step-by-Step platform this year and launched our first campaign. As for me, last week I wrote and shared a campaign message both through e-mail and social media about the new Support Market we aim to open with your help in the Bağcılar-Esenler area, where approximately 100,000 needy people live.  read more...

A single salve for three wounds: Support Project (3)

Over the past two weeks I have written about two of the three great societal ills the Basic Necessities Association has been focused on generating solutions for: the fights against waste and poverty. In this piece, I will outline our job placement programs conducted in line with the primary mission of the association, which is to help those in need stand on their own two feet.  read more...

More than just a run…

Ever since I realized that the sport of running is more than simply a run, that it means much more, in so many ways, I have been participating in races. There are times I do it just for pleasure and to socialize, times I do it to push my limits and times I do it for a very special cause.  In this piece, I evaluate different runs I have joined since the year since I embarked on the adventure of running.  read more...

#IKnowForSure more and more of us can change things!

“What matters is for people to be able to stand on their own two feet.” This is the motto for TİDER, aka the Basic Needs Association. We originally set up TİDER in 2010 as the Food Banking Association, but renamed and restructured the association in 2014 when it became what is it today. For everyone who operates on behalf of TİDER the motto is consciously or unconsciously a guiding principle. Even the TİDER logo symbolizes the motto. read more...

A single salve for three wounds: Support Project (2)

In last week’s blog I dealt with the issue of waste, one of the three major social problems on which the Basic Needs Association (TİDER) focuses its efforts to create solutions (the other two being poverty and unemployment). In this piece, I will be talking about the Support Market, which provides aid in a dignified way to families who lack the wherewithal to cater even for their basic needs. read more...

A single salve for three wounds: Support Project (1)

Run by the Basic Needs Association (TİDER), of which I am founder, the Support Project focuses on solving three of society’s largest social problems by building constructive links between them. The problems I’m talking about are waste, poverty and unemployment. So the Support Project not only matches tons of wasted goods with people who need them, it also connects these people with job opportunities. And we see it as our responsibility to take the project countrywide. In my blog this week I’ll be dealing primarily with the issue of waste and how to combat it.   read more...

Witnessing History at the UN (4)

This week I’m finally able to share some important information as well as my impressions of the historical ceremony held at the New York headquarters of the United Nations on April 22.  The past weeks and months have been so eventful that this final instalment in the series was postponed. I’ll begin by sharing links to the other articles in the series.   read more...

Witnessing History at the UN (3)

Last week, after having been at the United Nations in April for the Paris Agreement signatory ceremony, I was there once again, this time to give a talk. “Transitioning to Sustainable Energy without leaving anyone in the world behind” was the subject of my presentation at the “Agora” event.  My experiences leading up to the event, the exchanges during my presentation and the conversations afterwards made for an enjoyable time in New York. read more...

Witnessing history at the UN (2)

I have already shared in recent weeks my first impressions of being a guest of the United Nations at the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, (http://www.serhansuzer.com/2016/05/07/birlesmis-milletlerde-tarihe-taniklik-etmek-1/), recounting what it was like to enter the UN building and take my place on the balcony. Now it’s time for the second installment of a series of posts on what I believe is a critical subject… read more...

Few know the true meaning of the word “loyalty”

In Turkish, there is a sarcastic expression used in reference to the disloyal: “For most people, Vefa is just the name of a neighborhood.” This expression plays on the word “vefa,” which means “loyal” and “true,” but also happens to be the name of an Istanbul neighborhood. The targets of this expression care about nobody but themselves and are selfish. There are many people, of course, who lead lives of constancy and loyalty. They find ways to show their appreciation to those who have valued them, helped them to feel better and provided them with some form of support. read more...

Witnessing history at the United Nations (1)

I was honored to be a guest of the United Nations and a witness at the Paris Agreement Signature Ceremony, an event world leaders attended on April 22 in New York and one that will have historical consequences for the future of our planet. I will share my impressions in four instalments, the first of which is an account of my experiences prior to the signature ceremony. read more...

Yoksullukla mücadelede ideal bir model: Destek Projesi

İş hayatındaki ilerleyişime koşut olarak, uzun yıllardır bir sosyal sorumluluk projesinde etkin rol almak arzusundaydım. Bugünkü adıyla TİDER’i (Temel İhtiyaç Derneği) kurmamızla gelişen sürecin ardından, dezavantajlı durumdaki kişilere temel ihtiyaçlarını ücretsiz sağlayan Destek Market ve yalnızca yardımla sınırlı kalmayıp kalıcı çözüm için istihdam desteği sunan Destek İK projelerimizi hayata geçirdik. Bugün geldiğimiz noktayı ve hedeflerimizi paylaştığım bu yazımı sizlerin de aynı heyecana ortak olarak okuyacağınıza inanıyorum. read more...

The Soma Disaster and our first development project

When we set out to see how we could help following the Soma Mine Disaster, the worst accident of its kind in Turkey’s history, we did not yet realize that we would be launching the first regional development project of the Basic Necessities Association (Tider). read more...

Solar energy provides water

In my previous post I mentioned that I had begun an undertaking that would make my grandfather truly happy: an agricultural development project that has given me great satisfaction. It all began last April with a trip to Niğde exploring added value production. read more...

Color Sky 5K Run

Rengârenk bir koşu, eğlence ve faydalı olmanın mutluluğu… Renklerin çıkması biraz zaman alsa da oldukça farklı bir deneyim yaşadım geçtiğimiz hafta sonu. read more...

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” has swept the world, with videos taken all across Turkey also going viral in Turkish social media.​ read more...

Solar Electric Cars And A Pleasant Weekend Visit To ITU (Istanbul Technical University)

Everyone is curious about the future of automobiles and the transportation vehicles. There’s always a discussion about it. The design cars of the future are exhibited in fairs or in the media and they are shared with those who are curious.​ read more...

How Can Mankind Restore the Balance In Nature and Secure Its Future?

It took billions of years for the Earth to be formed and to have such a perfect ecological balance so that organisms are able to live on it.​ read more...

Energy And Environment: Where Is The World Heading?

In my mind, I have many issues related to each other which I want to share with you. Both energy and environment are huge topics.​ read more...

Ashoka And a Group OF Good-Hearted People

I would like to start this article by explaining what social entrepreneurship is, because this concept may be new to many people. Entrepreneurship is not confined only to the business world.​ read more...

After an Earthquake

On October 23, 2011 our country was shocked with news of another big earthquake. Frankly speaking, what happened after this earthquake in Van didn’t surprise me at all. Our generation’s first encounter with big earthquakes was the Gölcük earthquake in 1999. I was staying at my aunt’s on the day of the earthquake.​ read more...