The Power of Hubs

Why are hubs – the places where people work and do business together – often a determining factor for the development of a neighbourhood or district?

The answer to this question has given policymakers a new tool for responsible, modern development. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, RCE) took the initiative to organize a meet-up that brought together the go-getters from these hubs as well as the directors and investors as part of an intensive programme. Heroes from these hubs each addressed one of the following themes during the workshop:

Get started – How do you stay on track without a clearly defined goal?
Buy and develop independently – How do you manage collective property and professionalize the organization?
Start-ups – How do you turn the hub into an economic engine?
Unusual living – How do you manage living in unusual locations?
Bottom-up and top-down – How can a bottom-up approach and a top-down approach strengthen one another?
Flexibility – How can we bend the rules?

Conclusions and recommendations here.
Commissioned by: The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands/Dutch Creative Residency Network (DCR)
Contribution made by Linkeroever: programme, production, website, report (Marieke Berkers)