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The Enabler Hub

Offline & online Hub (physical space) that will become a hotspot for migrants, social organizations & other sectors who want to contribute

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

The problem: organizations working in isolation, migrants don't have knowledge of who can help them go through the process while on the move and integrating into a new city. The Challenge: How can we tropicalize the impact Migration Hub made in other cities while responding to the needs of those reaching out to us. The idea: The Hub enabler Create enabler spaces, open to migrants and a bridge of innovation that attracts all the important sectors, that can improve migrants livelihoods and information. Migration Hub Network has been established as that network that supports organizations and has gathered a great number of individuals, organizations and all the different sectors of the society, from the private to the governmental sector. The key asset was to build a physical space that functioned as an enabler and a place where people develop a sense of belonging. The feedback we receive, the more we share what we do, organizations and migrants from different places around the world have approached us to build the same in other places.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Strengthening internal tools, services and procedures could allow this challenge to reach out to the countries/cities that have approached us: Latin America: Colombia Brazil Costa Rica Mexico NorthAmerica: Canada (the program of migrant entrepreneurship) US (the program of migrant entrepreneurship) and Hubs in: cities of arrival and with a major concentration of migrants with vulnerable condition

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Often times, different sectors, like the private one and larger NGOs do not engage and support grassroots initiatives because of a problem of mutual understanding, the inability to see the benefits of networks coming together, and the great opportunity that a diverse table can do for social innovation, to focus everyoneś resources to where it should go: migrants! And at the same time, a place and networks migrants can trust and find the information needed.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

-sense of belonging -reception center -welcoming support environment - rights and legal knowhow information -informational offline and online platform -skillsets development (training and mentoring) -office and meeting points (could function as an early office to those migrants building new businesses ideas -informational spot -connection to the right organization and to particular help programs (networking events) -community sense (events) -advocates and supporters -empowerment (by training and guiding migrants and locals to be the people in charge of their own Hubs)

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

The difference will be mostly on empowerment, seeing businesses flourishing and humans getting connected and adapted in a new city thanks to the intentional connections made. A family and positive environment that do not look like charitable but mostly with an innovative environment, and this would only be found by building first a community and family environment, so it helps to build trust and when the groups are ready, they will be open to learn new methods and be the enablers of successful connections.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

The success Migration Hub already had (for being built by a migrant) and the credibility built already by important sectors in the European society, like Governmental sector, academia, private sector, grassroots, and as a result, the many people writing us from countries like Brasil, Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and areas in Africa and even within other European cities, to bring more of these Hubs to their places.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

The communities descripbe above are the ones who are already receiving asylum applications and are in better reception conditions. Although, those communities also have to navigate through negative narrivates and perceptions against migrants, distracting the sectors to focus in supporting towards the right direction. The communities proposed have all the resources to replicate and tropicalize this idea, they miss the know-how, expertise and the right tools to achieve a much more collaborative that is not charitable minded, but more to long-term and permanent solution-driven.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Migration Hub Network will enable organizations, and individuals to be the ones co-owning and tropicalizing the Hubs. Empower them to continue the effort, more localized based on their knowledge and prioritization as the users who know best their own needs. However, belonging to a bigger network, this can help the exchange of ideas, the personal growth and international connections that can transform and Evoque future cooperation and even financial opportunities. Here an example of the work of Migration Hub, on how powerful a simple exchange can make in different areas, when collaboration and organizations, regardless where they come from and background, comes together:

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Trainers and Mentors Experts in the field Design thinking mentors and trainers Private Sector Well-stablish organizations with a presence in those areas Members of the Government if open to collaborating. Migration Hub already has access to important members and leaders in Costa Rican, Colombian, Mexico, and Canada's Government Migration Hub already has a fruitful partnership with WeWork to support in any city with their presence in supporting migrant entrepreneurship Larger NGOs Grassroots organizations Organizations and projects led by migrants Business mentors and trainers

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Channel: A new way to deliver existing products or services to customers or end users

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Early Adoption: We have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have proof of user uptake (i.e. 16% to 49% of the target population or 1,000 to 50,000 users).

Group or Organization Name

Migration Hub Network gGmbH

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

I arrived in Berlin, Germany from Costa Rica in September 2015, the moment when Germany was welcoming a great number of asylum seekers, mainly from Syria. I was, back then, already an expert in Human Rights and worked a long time with people coming from all over the world and enabling organizations. However, back then, I found out that I could volunteer and help, but while listening carefully to those arriving, and going myself through the process of being a migrant, let all my knowledge and experience short to what was needed. The know-how gathered from there on, allowed me to shape and impact a community (locals) that at first were not prepared because as a migrant I was unknown. Three years later, after doing more than 147 events, brought together over 4.511 people and organizations under one roof. It built credibility that allowed us (the team) to turn all this a collaboration tool and opportunities for migrants.

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Photo of Alejandra Aguilera

Interesting, I knew one migration hub in Bilbao Spain !

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