Hub Helsinki is moving. The place we once called the “proto-Hub” has now been given back to the city hall and we have to keep up with the responsibilities of being accountable for the rhythm of this rapidly growing business (wanna help with that? Click here.).
What changes with that? In practical terms, the mere fact of moving out from a place naturally evokes a few reflections on how much four walls can witness, and how our duty pushes us forward, forcing us to decide what to take with us and what to leave behind. Interestingly, while preparing to move, a task that was supposed to be banal ended up being slightly controversial: tagging objects, identifying whether they’d be taken to the new venue, be available for donation or thrown away. A debate rose up discussing if we could ourselves define what’s to be trashed and what could be useful for someone.
I must state that my personal experience at the Hub is totally analogous to that: personal attributes I thought could go to my trash bin were actually useful for others, and things others never considered taking with them were worth like gold to me. What I learned from that? Decision on what to stick to or not should be always taken collectively.
In the Hub’s case, some things are clearly worth taking – besides furniture in good shape and kitchenware: the ever-present entrepreneurial spirit, for instance, and the will to not only get things done, but effectively make things happen. On the other hand, it’s important to leave at the old address not only ripped sofas, but also the mindset of doing things “prototypically” and thinking of the Hub space as an improvised solution for this something-else-that’s-coming-in-the-near-future. Future is now, and it’s time to bring about concrete change for Finland.
What about you? As part of the grown-up Hub community, what will you bring along to new address along with your laptop? And what habits and mindsets would you consider it’s now time to abandon?
By the way, Hub will officially open its new doors on May, 2nd 2011.Until then, the place is open for visits from 9am to 5pm at our new address:
Annankatu 31-33 C | Helsinki.