Pia brought 4 weeks of energy, positivtity and creativity to the Hub, and we miss her very much. She spoke with three Hubbers to learn more about what Impact Hub means to them.
Come back soon Pia! Thank you for the amazing mural and all the ideas you brought to the team.
“Breaking assumptions is an important part of what we do.”
You can ask Francisco Costa about the latest celebrity news, and about the updates on the education system in Ethiopia depending on your interest.
A Hubber for a year and a half, Francisco works on Trendtype with Ben on the third floor. Their work is focused on breaking assumptions related to African markets and providing businesses with useful information that puts Africa’s realities into context.
Francisco is just back from a trip to South Africa and Kenya. He has a very international background: born in China, lived in Portugal, travelled all over the Middle East and conducted research in many countries of Africa. He used to work for the government in Portugal but has found his niche in the startup world here in London.
One thing you might not know about Francisco is that he’s colorblind; he sees black, white, and all other colors close to green. The secret behind his fashionable clothing however, is that he has sets of clothes that he knows go together!
Francisco is fond of the people and the environment of Brixton, but he also has a unique perspective on the cultural aspects. Brixton surrounds him with elements from his research. “You can find the same noodles sold in Nigeria” he says.
“Summer in London is a festival, but not everyone has the confidence to go out”
Meet Jasmin White: a poet, a matchmaker and an explorer motivated by connecting people.
Working at the Hub for the last year, Jasmin is the co-ordinator of the Love Your Neighbour programme for South London Cares. As part of the programme, she matches older and younger neighbours to form meaningful friendships and connect with their community. “My friends always joke it’s like Tinder” she says, and adds “I love hearing about other people’s experiences and stories.”
Jasmin comes from a path of travel and exploration. She moved to London from Bournemouth three years ago and met SLC through a community choir. On her journey, Jasmin went to New Zealand for a gap year before university, then volunteered and taught in Nepal, India, and Zimbabwe. She has worked at HeadStart, finding opportunities for young people to volunteer in their local community, and as an activities coordinator at different schools. She recommends travelling alone to connect with local cultures and yourself.
Besides her involvement in charities and community strengthening, Jasmin is a poet/performer. She writes ditties or poems depending on her mood, and sometimes gives performances. Jasmin’s inspirations include music, literature, and the news.
Jasmin says that South London Cares has grown with the Hub, both literally and figuratively. The organization started with 4 people and expanded to 11, getting a separate room because of their loud phone calls with older neighbours. In “buzzing” Brixton, Jasmin enjoys the friendly community but also observes social issues day to day. To her, Brixton’s efforts for social change is an example of how “it all comes back to community”.
“Ask why?” &“Diversify”
Meet Danna Walker: a passionate architect from Brixton, motivated by bringing new voices into the conversation about housing and community architecture.
Danna was an electrical apprentice at 16. Sher fed her passion for design by studying architecture, a path rarely taken for a female electrician. As one of the few women of colour in her field, Danna says “as an industry we haven’t figured out inclusivity”. So, she “mixed business with mission” to ignite change.
A Hub member since we were located in Lambeth Town Hall, Danna is the founder of Built By Us, a social enterprise aiming to “diversify construction” in the UK. She is currently working on the Summer Social for BBU and coordinating the Business Helpdesk at the Hub, alongside her work with organizations she plays key roles in.
Danna describes “asking why?” as an important component of her journey. “Architecture is a language – I knew it was, but it took me time to understand it” she says. After achieving fluency in the language, she still continues to question and learn from her surroundings. “You can spot me from a mile away. Everyone has their head down and I’m just looking up at the sky”. Danna uses her observational skills for drawing as well. “I always found a way to incorporate drawing into whatever I’m doing” she says.
To Danna, Brixton is unique with its’ density; all the diversity and layers are very close to each other, making the neighbourhood “come to life”. Danna compares Brixton to a “patchwork quilt” and says it has a life of its own with colours, music and textures.