Human beings are social creatures and one of our deepest needs is to connect. Being listened to and seen opens the way for constructive engagement, even between seemingly unlikely allies (radical inclusion). Understanding how we are connected to others and the natural world around us helps us to see how our actions impact others.
We need a sense of belonging and support especially in uncertain times. Without community we can easily feel overwhelmed by the challenges we face. We need to be careful not to lock ourselves up in our own bubbles and always strive to expand our notion of ‘us’.
Complicated challenges can only be solved by tapping into the creativity of the many rather than the few. We must draw from the wisdom of the crowd and work together to deal with the obstacles we face.
The stories we tell eachother matter a great deal. Whether we look through the lens of abundance or scarcity, whether we think people are innately cooperative, caring and generous or competitive, critical and greedy will determine how we approach the challenges of our time.
There are emerging solutions popping up all over the world and we must learn from the successes and failures of others so we can improve our efforts in dealing with the challenges we face.
The only way to overcome the challenges we face is to act. To act effectively; to act together.
Karim Maarek has been a facilitator of change and transformation for the past decade. He has maintained a broad focus in the firm belief that each societal shift starts within an individual’s transformation. That’s why he designs and implements both personal leadership programs as well as comprehensive transition and innovation programs for small and large organizations. He has a background in executive education, community organizing and public policy and a passion for bottom up organizing and movement building. Karim holds a bachelors degree in communications and is an alumnus of the THNK School of Creative Leadership.
Driven by a desire for fairness, Rebekka van Roemburg has worked in international development cooperation in the areas of gender equality, education and sexual and reproductive health and rights, mostly in Africa and the Middle East. In 2017 she was instrumental in developing the SheDecides movement – a global movement working towards a world where women and girls can decide about their own bodies. She still supports organisations working in international development, but is increasingly applying her skills closer to home, hoping to contribute to the transition to a fairer and more sustainable world. Rebekka holds a master’s degree in human geography and is an alumna of THNK
Marta is a charismatic leader, strong in development and implementation of global social impact strategies (programs). She has experience in mobilizing communities, stakeholders and organisations, building partnerships, driving the change and creating shared value. She was working with and in a number of patient organisations, creating collaborative platforms with pharmaceutical companies, experts and government authorities. She has experience in interacting with different functions across the company, and with multiple countries and cultures, in order to move the sustainability and social responsibility agenda forward. She is successful in transforming the organisations and creating thought leadership platforms. In designing interventions she uses systemic design, including methods and tools from systems thinking and design thinking. After she built her career in healthcare communications in Poland, in July 2016 she moved with her family to the Netherlands, where she currently lives, to work in the global HQ of Nutricia (Danone).
Nadine started her career in the financial sector, working with some of Europe’s largest wealth managers. Now she’s taking some time to discover her needs and how she can contribute to the world. She describes herself as a dualistic person, practical and spiritual in the same body and mind. She sees a new paradigm that she wants to embrace, to help the world transition from surviving to living and thriving.
Samir is a citizen of the world having lived on 3 continents, 5 countries, 7 cities and counting. He has an honor’s degree in philosophy from the Amsterdam University College which informs his coaching, facilitation and thinking. Samir has experience is facilitating workshops on personal development, coaching and in setting up online businesses. His main interests lie in philosophy, personal growth, technology and well-being. Samir joined WEAVE because he believes we can truly create an abundant and joyful planet if we all work together.
After specialising in business law, this young Frenchman joins the Netherlands and the University of Amsterdam to follow a Master’s degree in International Trade and Investment Law. After several experiences in traditional legal entities, Mathis wishes to open his horizon and put this legal knowledge at the service of a more innovative form of collaboration. Trained in public speaking and interested in personal development, he hopes to reconcile this business background with societal transition and a fairer form of economic relations.
Lyanne is an islander born-and-raised, but decided to leave the crystal clear waters of Aruba in pursuit of better opportunities in Amsterdam. After four years of immersing herself in media studies (first at the Amsterdam University College for a BA and later at the UvA for a MA) and one gap year of leisurely travel, she now finds herself back in Amsterdam and ready to show the world what she’s capable of. She’s a writer who adores all things visual (and digital!), which means that managing WEAVE’s social channels is like second nature to her. Her vision for the world includes a feeling of shared connection: regardless of any background, it is always possible to understand another person so long as you slow down to listen.