“It's got to start" says Hub Rotterdam member Moraan Gilad at a meeting spearheaded by her in Hub Amsterdam on launching Hubs in post-conflict areas. Attendees included the Executive Director of Peace Direct from London as well as Hub members, individuals from IKV Pax Christi NL and the Dutch government. While the focus was on forming a Hub in Ramallah (Palestine) and one in Kigali (Rwanda) possibilities for a Hub Jenin also came up and one individual mentioned possibilities of a Hub in Beirut "which used to be the Paris of the Middle East." On hearing that comment I remembered an organization I was a member of called the Global Renaissance Alliance. Global renaissance indeed. Earlier this year campaigning in the UK elections Gordon Brown gave a speech at a Hub London location stating “
The Hub, which in year two of opening has managed to attract over 300 members working at the forefront of technology and innovation is a brilliant place in which to launch our strategy for the future of Digital Britain."
I was there as a member to research future product possibilities as I work to launch the VPP brand - to make a difference for the hardest hit areas of the world - increase the visibility of peace as well as specific work of conflict resolution and re-building through new economies.
For more on the Hub Post-Conflict Zone project click here. For a recent VPP write-up in Ode magazine's blog click here. And for photos (like the ones below!) from the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) - statements on peace from around Holland shown during recent UN Peace Day activities.