A meeting place for creative minds and game-changers
The Hague & Partners hosted a HagueTalks event at the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin last week. The event, which was supported by The Hague Business Agency and The Hague Convention Bureau, was attended by around 50 participants from the global meetings and events industry, NGOs, public and private sector.
HagueTalks is a meeting place for creative minds and game-changers in the field of peace and justice. It provides a breeding place for new ideas and perspectives on important and current issues. It is a forum for discussion and hopes to be a starting point for action. The involvement of individuals from many different fields provides a variety of angles and helps to spark innovative thinking.
The question up for discussion was “How can our global footprints benefit the world?”
As the Netherlands is among the leaders in climate change initiatives and The Hague recently scored an ‘A’ grade for its climate policies and ambition to become climate neutral; this proved to be an optimal topic for the discussion. The moderator was Jeannette Gusko, a campaign manager, activist, and writer with more than 15 years of experience in politics, digital transformation, and business strategy. Guests in attendance included leaders from the social enterprise startup space, women’s rights and refugee NGOs, editors of specialist publications and conference organisers.
The four speakers were:
· Jeanne de Kroon – Founder of Zazi Vintage Fashion. Works with the United Nations Ethical Fashion Initiative in Afghanistan and independent NGOs worldwide to try and connect consumers to craftmanship and co-creation.
· Farah Obaidullah – Founder of NGO Women4Oceans. A long-time advocate for healthy oceans. Spent the past 15 years working around the world to address the most pressing issues facing the oceans.
· Bonnie Chiu – Social entrepreneur, impact investment consultant, and Founder of NGO Lensational. Equips marginalised women with photography training and other digital skills.
· Jan Stassen – Cultural translator and Co-Founder of the Museum of Values, which holds immersive exhibitions on a plethora of subjects such as respect, freedom, and friendship.