Are you ready for the Next Step? That’s the question during Ondernemersplein 2015, an event by Rabobank en the municipality of The Hague, on the 30th of September. Alderman Karsten Klein presents his vision on the ‘impact economy’, and how The Hague, as the Impact City, invests in people, places, experiments, and ideas.
“Economic success goes hand in hand with social impact, in this city,” says Klein, “And we call it the “impact economy”. It’s an economy that has an enormous potential to grow, and creates beautiful things that benefit all of us. It’s important to share the many inspiring stories, because the impact economy exists already. This is vision is shared also by entrepreneurs in the city as they granted the 28th ‘Zilveren Ooievaar’ price to Secrid. An examplary company with extraordinary vision, creativity, innovation and who is not afraid to take risks.
“We pride ourselves in doing things differently with a sense of respect and responsibility for our environment,” “It’s very rewarding to see that our vision and mission pay off. Quite literally, they allow us to make a profit and keep building our company.” – Van Geer says.
The networked factory
Secrid produces all of its wallets locally to ensure the highest environmental and labor standards. “This is possible because we have developed our production process in close collaboration with our manufacturers,” Van Geer says.
“Interestingly, mass production of goods has increasingly disappeared from the Netherlands,” Van Geer says. “But when you add up all of our local suppliers and producers, you could argue that we have effectively founded the largest wallet factory in Europe, a networked factory that employs somewhere around 200 people.” – Van Geer adds.
Together with Secrid there are many more impact examples in The Hague, people develop drones that are being used in emergency situations, work on big data to make humanitarian aid more effective, design smart phone applications that help manage the use of water in risk areas, while others grow mushrooms on the coffee grounds of corporate companies or develop PowerPlanes that generate renewable power at cost levels far below fossil-fueled alternatives such as coal-fired power plants.
Other guests on the program: Daan Roosegaarde, Humberto Tan and Herman Koning. There are no more tickets available. Website: http://www.ondernemersplein.biz/nl/