Visiting grandpa’s to build wooden toys under a chestnut tree was always a memorable experience for me. Childhood friends became friends for life in the act of building things together.
In Sende, we have created a place of creation almost as cozy as grandpa’s. Only here, instead of building toys, we build social businesses, apps and robots. People come to Sende to create educational programs, draw illustrations and comics, make videos and animations, to write books and to create events. Our visitors are becoming the change-makers of their communities and they find in Sende an ideal place to create, meet deadlines, and build new projects.
We brought forgotten houses in a small village with just 20 inhabitants back to life. We converted abandoned barns into inspiring spaces and filled every corner with flowers and inspiration.
Here, in Sende, you can meet visitors from the whole world. Social entrepreneurs, educators, digital nomads, designers and illustrators, architects, comic drawers, programmers, neighbours, data analysts, artisans, engineers, writers, musicians, actors, students, change-makers, lawyers (good hearted ones), nice people with big ideas…
Hello, we are María and Edo, traveling entrepreneurs and educators. After working with international teams across the planet, we decided to build Sende in 2013.
María Rodriguez Gradin
I am a social educator and maker. I lead educational programs and organize camps for kids as well as international seminars.
In Sende, I’m in charge of onboarding, programs, and logistics.
I’m a social entrepreneur and am specialised in building small businesses, marketing, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding.
In late 2011 I co-founded the first HUB in the Balkans, an innovative coworking space for high school students. I spend much of my time working on ongoing experiments mostly related to social entrepreneurship and innovation. The rest of the time I do consulting with businesses and am in charge of product building and development, strategy development, and online marketing.
July 2014 | After six months of hard work during the day and thinking about design during the night, Sende was launched. A year later, we hosted more than 500 persons from 20 countries. We’ve been visited by freelancers and digital nomads who came to get their work done as well as educators and artists who organized their own events here while enjoying the Spanish mountains. Today (2020) we count visitors from 56+ countries and opening Sende Portugal.
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