Hub Dot Luxembourg marked its third birthday in style on Tuesday night with a lively celebration.
Photo: LaLa La Photo
Through their networking events the group aims to revolutionise the way women connect, putting storytelling at the centre of the picture.
Established in London in 2012, Hub Dot now has over 20,000 members worldwide.
Attendees at Hub Dot events meet one another and make connections based on their own unique stories.
“‘What do you do?’ is the most boring question! Here, it is ‘What is your story?’” explained Carlotta Benedetti, the driving force behind Hub Dot Luxembourg. “We feel as though we are tailors--enabling you to tailor your own story.”
There are no traditional labels, simply a system of five coloured dots based on your state of mind. Green dot wearers are there to be inspired, whilst red dots denote someone established who could mentor others. You could start as a yellow dot with an idea to share, and progress to a red dot.
Members of Hub Dot find that it helps to make networking easier. Emma Zimer, who runs a company facilitating independent housing for the elderly, told Delano during the event that she finds it the ideal space to “meet new people and make new connections which are on a more human to human basis, talking about human histories rather than accomplishments”.
The evening followed the style of the Italian “piazza”, providing the opportunity to circulate, enabling “dot alchemy” to occur. The friendly team from Hub Dot were around to make introductions. Muriel Chandolon attended the very first Hub Dot evening in Luxembourg. She said: “It’s positive to be among women, it removes more barriers. I find it motivating, and love the connection and the atmosphere”.
What followed were a series of 90 second speeches from a diverse group of “ordinary” women. The energetic atmosphere of the evening was invigorated by a demonstration of African dance from Ballet Leketh Malako. One of the dancers talked about her love for it, and the way “it gives us force, strength and energy”.
A trans woman shared her moving story of adapting her body to her soul and forging a new identity for herself. An events organiser told us about working with the homeless, making connections and building relationships.
Linda Bos of Lët’z go local, shared her experiences of starting a business in the form of a poem with some inspirational words for the yellow dots with bright ideas: “Smooth parts are boring; the challenge lies in paving the road”.
There are as many different stories to be told as there are people. It really is easier to connect with others when labels are removed, and the atmosphere at Hub Dot is a very supportive one. Over the years it has helped to make hundreds of connections between people.
Benedetti stated that “these connections are made of people who are making things together, whether that be friendship or bigger projects. It enables people to feel inspired and empowered to meet people. The aim... is to connect people.”