New Intern: Jessica Galletti
17 February 2015 - Impact Hub

New Intern: Jessica Galletti

I don’t drink tea, I take espresso my dear
I like my pizza at lunchtime
And you can hear it in my accent when I talk
I’m an Italian girl in Hub Islington

Would you like a cup of coffee?”. Despite the missing mocha pot, these words sounded to me like “Welcome home”. As soon as I entered the door of Impact Hub Islington I was greeted with a feeling of having found what I was l looking for. A homey open space where people work, chat and exchange views around petal-shaped tables made from recycled materials.

“This is definitely a social innovators’ home!”, I thought.

My name is Jessica, I come from Bologna and am interning at Impact Hub Islington for the next three months. Nice to meet you all! My interest in the social sector began a long time ago and it has strengthened throughout my academic and professional experiences. After graduating in Cooperative Enterprises and Non-Profit Organization Management, I went on to support different social cooperatives and not-for-profit organizations based in Bologna as a project manager and tutor for the next two years. The experience of working in “traditional” social enterprises increased my interest in new ways of undertaking social business and co-creating social impact projects.
In the next three months I’ll have the chance to support Debbie So (Business Development) in planning the 10-year Anniversary Events for Impact Hub Islington. I really hope this opportunity will enable me to connect with you all and gain knowledge of why you all chose Impact Hub Islington and what this choice means for you. Personally, I decided to join Impact Hub Islington to get in touch with new people, ideas, inspirations and ways of doing social business. I hope you’ll allow me to look around and satisfy my curiosity.

I’m an alien, I’m an inquiring alien
I’m an Italian girl in Hub Islington
I’m an alien, I’m an inquiring alien
I’m an Italian girl approaching the Hub network

To me, Impact Hub Islington is definitively more than a co-working space, more than a business incubator, more than a learning lab and it could become much more in the next 10 years. I am glad to be here in time for its 10th anniversary, not least in order to celebrate its many sucesses since its birth. The 10th anniversary represents the perfect chance to reflect on the past and plan for the future of this proactive network of social entrepreneurs. These events will put on the table new challenges and will help us all to understand how this unique ecosystem can affect us.
In paraphrasing Sting once again, let me sing: Be yourself (no matter how the world will change)…and let me share in your own way of creating change!

 *Say hello to Jessica when you’re at Impact Hub Islington – she’ll be with us until May 2015!