Zakelijke netwerken vervangt digitalisering in Haarlem Centrum NH, NL

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Foto die ik genomen heb tijdens een bijeenkomst bij Stichting Het is Netwerken ter Haarlem Centrum, Noord Holland, Nederland, Europa. 15 juni 2018.

Gisteren ben ik naar een workshop door Arnout gegeven. Het onderwerp was over hoe werkzoekende mensen boven de 45 jaar in omgeving Haarlem Centrum hun wifi uit moeten gaan zetten om beter en bewuster van de wereld waarin ze leven te worden. Wifi wordt hier niet gebruikt als middel om verbinding tussen jouw smartfoon en Internet te krijgen – maar wifi hiermee wordt bedoelt dat je minder actief moet proberen te zijn met allerlei externe aspecten van je leven en meer oplettend worden.

Arnout, was en is een deelnemer aan Stichting Het is Netwerken. Hij wilde zijn eigen workshop houden en de bestuur van Stichting Het is Netwerken vond dat een goed idee. Arnout vertelde dat hij 30 jaar als Communicatie Marketing medeweker heeft gewerkt. In het verleden heb ik een jaar Integrated Communication and Managment bij Hogeschool van Utrecht gedaan. Toen heb ik veel vakken over communicatie, marketing en management gehad. Later heb ik mijn HBO diploma in Cultuur en Beleid, specialisatie Kunsteducatie met succes afgerond.

Arnout heeft ons bij Stichting Het is Netwerken vertelt over doelgroepen en koopintenties. Ik vond Arnout een goede persoon om naar te luisteren. Maar zijn stijl was heel zachtmoedig en ik viel bijna in slaap omdat het zo zachtmoedig was. Ik vond het stijl van presentatie geven wel leuk, maar ik vind het geven van een presentatie en het uitleggen van een theorie heel iets anders dan het invoeren en uitvoeren van een marketing theorie. Met andere woorden, Arnout, net zoals ons allemaal bij Stichting Het is Netwerken is werkloos en of werkzoekend. Hij kan communicatie marketing aan ons goed vertellen maar het levert hem noch ons een baan op. Veel deelnemers bij Stichting Het is Netwerken ter Haarlem Centrum zijn erg aardige mensen die een baan zoeken. Volgens mij kunnen veel gekwalificeerde mensen niet makkelijk aan een baan meer komen vanwege arbeidsdiscriminatie. Nederlandse arbeidsdiscriminatie is echt een zeer wrede aspect van het Haarlemse Centrum bedrijfscultuur. Het is bijna te wreed om het op te noemen en daarom veel beter om het maar eens te ontkennen.

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Haarlem Centrum, Noord Holland Nederland in 2018

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(Foto van St Bavo Kerk op de Grote Markt in Haarlem Centrum)

Haarlem Centrum is een heel mooi stad. Het is bijna een museum op zich zelf. Als ik van de bus afstap op de Nassaulaan in Haarlem Centrum en ik loop tot de Grote Markt naar de St. Bavo Kerk dan voel ik mij thuis. Het voelt alsof niets verandert is. Alsof mijn leven met al mijn herinneringen nog intact en geldig zijn. Alsof alles een plaatsje heeft in mij leven. De Nederlandse architectuur, bijvoorbeeld de Grote Markt en de St Bavo Kerk in Haarlem Centrum werken alsof het een soort weerspiegeling is van mijn Nederlandse ziel. Op allerlei vlakken vallen alle componenten van mijn psychologie samen als ik op de Grote Kerk ter Haarlem Centrum aan het lopen ben. Het is alsof ik in een eenheid ben met mijn omgeving en mijn persoonlijkheid. Dit gevoel is kostbaar voor mijn eigen ego want ik voel mij betrokken met de maatschappij waarin ik woon. Mijn ego voelt zich vooral verbinding met het eeuwenoude Haarlemse stadhuis, met de St Bavo Kerk en er is iets wat veel dieper dan dat ook gaat. De diepte van mijn gevoel heeft te maken met mijn groot ouders, opa en oma van der Pol. Zij hebben 40 of 50 jaar in Haarlem gewoond. Als kind hebben ze mij meegenomen naar de Grote Markt in Haarlem Centrum waar de St Bavo Kerk staat. Mijn opa en oma van der Pol kwamen allebei oorspronkelijk uit Amsterdam Oud Zuid waar Museumplein (Rijksmuseum, Van Goghmuseum, Stedelijk museum) nou is. Hoe mijn eigen groot ouders lief, aardig en zorgzaam waren doet mij aan Haarlem Centrum denken. Haarlem Centrum is wat mij betreft ook vaak lief, aardig en zorgzaam.

 

Dutch Leadership 2018

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The center of the Netherlands, the capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam. It is also in Amsterdam where the most powerful leaders of the Netherlands are situated. It is inside the “Gordelgracht” (#gordelgracht) where the powerful decision-makers are located. The powerful men (and they are mostly Dutch men holding the power of the country) are beyond the #digital_era. They are higher and above the digital era. They make decisions based on the #finance of the country in a single mark. The second layer of the Dutch leadership, are the stockbrokers in the #EuroNext. EuroNext is located very close to the #Amsterdam Central Train Station. EuroNext is like the American New York Stock Exchange (#NYSE) and carries just as much power as well. Dutch leadership is not much different from the #American leadership. In fact, the American Financial market and the European financial market used to be connected in economic values; however in 2018 the two financial markets (American and European) are being built in order to compete with each other now. Once friends and now enemies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutch Coast Engineering Winter 2018

Took this photograph last Sunday. It is of a yellow bulldozer on the Dutch Coast close to Wijk aan Zee. The vehicle is driving up to the Dutch protected sand dunes and shoveling in to the mountain of sand and vegetation and scoping the beach soil up and driving to the new mounting sand barrier and dropping it down there. This act may seem like a simple enough mechanism but it is actually so much more then that. This North Sea Beach engineer is actually doing two things: [1] saving the Dutch coast from ruin [2] protecting the village Wijk aan Zee from the North Sea. Dutchengineering2018

Wijk aan Zee, North Holland in The Netherlands Winter 2018

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The Netherlands can often been seen as a hyper futuristic country however like many countries – the Netherlands is a country of contrasts. Right now in the winter of 2018 many parts of the Netherlands have been forced to change and to adapt to the digitalization era. For example, in this photograph, if you look very closely, you can see smoke stacks and smoke coming up into the blue sky. This year, that technical industry of the Steel industry, called the Hoogovens locally, will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary. In the past 20 years, the company called the Hoogovens used to have about 24 Thousand workers to take care of the steel industry. Whereas now it is under 7000 workers. This is a concrete example, in my opinion of a combination of digitalization and industrialization.

On the one hand, Wijk aan Zee is beautiful but on the other hand, Wijk aan Zee is a Dutch village that is often torn between digitalization and industry development. The Hoogovens Steel Industry actually has a lot of land around this tiny village and there are lots of stacks of steel extracted water vapour pouring out over the village and the area of Beverwijk, in the regio of IJmond Noord and the Dutch province of North Holland.

A few short years ago this village of Wijk aan Zee was called the Cultural Village of Europe. To me this is a puzzle because what is cultural about Wijk aan Zee? Does culture have to do with people and identity? Or unity and community? Or is there something different all together, such as historic architecture that sums up what one European village has more status and standing then the other one?

In the winter of 2018 this village has almost zero cultural activities. There is a huge amount of individualization and privatization. Most people from the community who were born in this sand-grain pebble size of a city really have no interest in the rest of the world, and their only aim is to keep to themselves and protect their own turf. This is not an altruistic village.

A few years ago, the Dutch Federal Government and the National Schiphol Airport managers were engineering an idea to extend Schiphol International Airport into the North Sea, right outsideĀ of Wijk aan Zee. The development of that project is currently dormant, but it goes to show you that globalization en enhanced industrialization and digitalization all have priority over environment and historical architecture. The Netherlands is the same as all the other countries in the world. More often than not, the most powerful override the voices of the small and having high finances and plans of expansion crush villages even when they look special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mirage of truth. City of Victoria BC

Photographs from City of Victoria BC

The funny thing about these high rise buildings is that they appear to be representing of wealth and prosperity but from where I am standing and in my point of view this is a mirage and very far from the truth. These buildings are an encasement for individuals that may or may not even want to live in the City of Victoria, as according to the local news, many owners of the condo units use their property as an AirBnB.

The majority of the owners of the units in the high rises do not even come from Vancouver Island let alone Victoria. Recently in the Provincial meeting at the Vancouver Conference Center it was mentioned in a seminar by a Simon Fraser PhD professor (in the last week of Sept. 2017. The news article was in the Vancouver Sun newspaper), that the condominiums are going to the Global financial elite who buy from outside of Canada and have the unit as an investment.

That means that while the lower level workers in the City of Victoria are getting out priced of their hometown city, the global financially secure elite get the best units in the city and do not even reside here but instead rent out their units in what the City Hall in the City of Victoria called “Ghost hotels.”

The bottom-line here is that the low income employees living in the City of Victoria can (more often then not) not financially survive in this city because the price of rent for a bachelor apartment, one bedroom or two bedroom apartment is too expensive for their budgets. So this means that in no time, the service industry in the City of Victoria is going to go under, at least to a degree, because the lower financial class who has been doing the service jobs in the City are getting out-priced. This implies they will move out of the city. Already businesses in the City of Victoria has closed their doors because of the lack of staff. The image of tall new high rise buildings appears to mean that the economy in this city is going well, when it a round-about way, the opposite is true.

In a way, the City of Victoria has created a vacuum and we stand on the edge of creating a ghost town. This ghost town would be unique only to the City of Victoria, BC in the way that is was started and it will end in this city. What I predict will happen, and it is always hard to pin-point the financial and economics of a city to an exact science, but it seems that the service industry staff especially the lower spectrum of the working class in the city are going to pack their bags as in an exodus and leave Victoria. This will leave the small business without staff members. Without the lower level employees the economy will at least in part collapse, hence creating a real ghost town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boom or Bust in the City of Victoria, BC

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Photographs taken September 29, 2017 in the City of Victoria, V.I. BC. Canada. On Yates.

It really makes me feel uncomfortable to walk down the center of the city and see impressive buildings lining up the streets, as I know that these buildings are not to help the poor but instead they are designed for the global financial elite. I would have much preferred that the City of Victoria would have been designed like the small town up-island called Chemenius where there is a little local museum and a town filled with stories of their own independent heritage. Instead in the City of Victoria everything is designed in an adhoc manner and there is no sequencing nor cultural heritage lined in the architecture. Often the architecture of the buildings is designed and geared towards an internationalization versus our own City of Victoria culture. It is so clear, it is almost funny, about how the City of Victoria has turned their backs of helping the marginalized and completely focused on the business and housing market of the internationalization of the global financial elite. I wish I could find the silver lining in this one but I cannot. The building designs have no story, no cohesiveness and are rude and abrupt as these high rise buildings represent authority and power in a City of Victoria culture that was previously always low-key and humble. I do not know who had the keys to the city to have had so much power as to allow this brutal mechanism machine of tiles and lined structures to take over the previously humble and low-key city in which I have lived for so long. I understand I am in no position to change the architectural design of the City of Victoria in 2017 but if it was up to me, I would have contracted out a design and a cohesiveness to the city. I would have planned the city in some kind of order and sequencing – because even cities like Islamabad Pakistan had a Greek city planner created their city into Sectors where certain buildings were group together. Even in Islamabad Pakistan, there was a very powerful and humble city structure enabling everyone access to the city by creating an open plan city design.

Why could not the City of Victoria create a vision, like Allan W. Edwards created for the University of Victoria in the 1960’s?

The photographs that I have added show the nature of the economics in the City of Victoria BC. It is boom or bust. On the one hand the city is financially booming with the high rise; and on the other hand businesses in the city are going under daily. To me it is like a cowboy culture of hit and miss and much like what I saw on Wall Street in the New York stock exchange where stockbrokers were making and losing money is minutes, seconds and mini-seconds.

Is this what globalization looks like in 2017 in Canada?