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Juul Martin

Juul Martin

Founder of The house of plenty and 'de Waarmakerij'

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What could be more sustainable than to use the resources which we already have? We already have so much more than we really need that we could solve many of our problems relating to energy, resources / materials and even social cohesion, just by sharing our surplus: from cars to power tools, from knowledge to creativity. What better way could there be to achieve your goals than simply to connect with others who have the same goals as you? It’s often possible to achieve innovative

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What could be more sustainable than to use the resources which we already have? We already have so much more than we really need that we could solve many of our problems relating to energy, resources / materials and even social cohesion, just by sharing our surplus: from cars to power tools, from knowledge to creativity. What better way could there be to achieve your goals than simply to connect with others who have the same goals as you? It’s often possible to achieve innovative results without money changing hands. All you need is a group of people who want to achieve the same thing. A group of people where each person can contribute whatever he or she does best. Juul Martin is someone who makes things happen, and based on his belief in the power of surplus he has been the initiator and leader of many innovative projects. In his most recent project, the House of Plenty, he has assembled an entire building from scratch using only surplus materials and volunteer labour. Without money or a formal organisation, a new work- and meeting-place was literally nailed together. Hundreds of people and companies donated whatever they wanted to contribute. Another of Juul’s projects was setting up a co-working space, ‘De Waarmakerij’ (‘Place for Making Things Happen’) for social entrepreneurs and organizing ‘Make Things Happen’ days where businesspeople can help each other for a day. Within a year, there were 6,000 members of a Facebook group which Juul set up (‘Ik Geef Weg’ – ‘I Give Away’) allowing people to give away their things, free and no strings attached. In December he used social media to collect thousands of toys to distribute at Santa Clause to underprivileged children in the Netherlands. His e-book on personal development ‘De Boom’ (The Tree) has been downloaded more than 16,000 times. In other words, Juul Martin is somebody who understands how to mobilize large groups of people to work together to achieve social goals. His social projects are funded solely by sharing what he has learned and experienced in his speaking engagements / talks. He also writes opinion articles for the largest Dutch newsblog, Nu.nl and works to strengthen the sharing economy. At your event or congress, Juul will take you on a voyage through the realms of possibility, sharing inspiring stories with practical lessons for business, government and individuals with their own dreams. A so-called ‘Dare to Ask’ session on stage will show you that anything is possible if you cooperate. Solving a problem is so much easier when everyone brainstorms, tapping the knowledge and the insights of everyone present. Success guaranteed!

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