Last Monday, 2 October, we had our first community building session and welcomed several new members. Our next session is on 23 October, where we’ll be discussing the WHY – what is our common purpose and goal in the Hub? Make sure you’re there! And please note that we’ve changed the start time for the session – we’ll now start at 17:00 so everyone can make it after work. See you in a few weeks!

The organization that is being created to run the Hub now has two interim-board members: Natasja van den Berg and Marco van Lente. They’ll be working with Moraan Gilad, who most of you have already met, to figure out all the nitty gritty details so we’ll have a fully functioning organization by the end of this year. We’re going to need your help to make this a success, so you’ll get plenty of opportunities to co-create the Hub, meet others, share your ideas and dreams, and start working on innovative projects.

Moraan Gilad
Moraan made it her mission to find out how diversity can lead to excellence rather than conflict. She studied Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Disaster Studies. While working in post-conflict Rwanda and South Africa, she developed an interest for social entrepreneurship. She co-founded an Impact Hub in Johannesburg and later in Rotterdam. She is currently the advisor for The Hague Humanity Hub, working closely with Natasja and Marco to ensure its success in the future.

 

 

Marco van Lente
Marco studied social geography at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. After his studies, he worked at the Urban Development department of the city of The Hague. After 11 years, he switched to Twynstra Gudde, a management consultancy company, where he has been for over 17 years. He is a governance adviser and (interim) manager for municipalities. His projects involve building, designing, and setting up organizations with a spatial economic focus. In addition, he is a member of several supervisory boards of housing corporations.

 

Natasja van den Berg
Natasja has made it her mission to involve society in discussions regarding sustainability themes, the renewal of democracy, and human rights. Besides being a strategic advisor, she also moderates symposia, congresses, and debates. In 2012 she founded Tertium with Michiel Hulshof and Menno van der Veen and now works on various participation projects in the field of local policy-making, sustainability and human rights. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Hivos Triodos Fund, Max Havelaar and The Hunger Project.

We’ve started renovating at our location, Fluwelen Burgwal 58. We are still on schedule to officially open our doors in January, so as soon as we have a date for the grand opening you’ll be the first to know.

At The Hague Humanity Hub, we believe in working bottom up, so we invited the community to join us for a collaborative design session. For several of our members, it was the first time they got to see the building. So after wandering around the space for a while, the architect, Jamie van Lede of Origins Architects, took us through a design process where he presented lots of different images to gauge the group’s reactions to them. We looked at images of workspaces, desks, meeting rooms, lounges, entertainment areas, and cafés. Next up was a more intuitive process where everyone had to select random images of things that elicited an emotional reaction. This process resulted in a moodboard for the workspace as a whole. Lastly, we looked at the visual identity of the Hub and had delicious food to nurture our minds.

The Hague Humanity Hub has found an home! We will turn three floors of the Sirius building at the Fluwelen Burgwal 58 into the place to be for innovators in the fields of peace, justice and humanitarian issues.