Can anybody guess what happens when you mix 5 cases of beer, 10 bottles of wine and 7 trays of food? If you guessed fraternity party you were very, very close…but still no. The correct answer was the OuiShare event last night at @Work Hubs. Now you’re all most likely asking yourselves the repeated question of, “why wasn’t I there last night?” Well…WHY WEREN’T YOU??
A simple Google search of OuiShare will be left with this mission statement: OuiShare is a global network empowering citizens, public institutions and companies to build a society in which every person has access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.
Sound familiar? Well if it doesn’t, it really should because it is very similar to the mission statement here at @Work Hubs. OuiShare was started by a small group of Parisians, and has quickly evolved into a global phenomenon stretching across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Did I mention they started in January 2012? Yea that’s less than 2 years and they’re on 3 continents, if that’s not successful than your standards are a little bit high.
Some of the companies presenting last night were Blah Blah Car, Kindred and Sooqini, and they were presenting to over 50 people. Needless to say, it was a success. If you don’t believe me, just ask the program’s coordinator Bernie Mitchell…
OK, now I might be an American, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t know what Guy Fawkes night was, “Remember, Remember the 5th of November..” V for Vendetta has done wonders for the States (so has FIFA but that is an entirely different blog post). So my friends and I decided without hesitation that we HAD to go out on Guy Fawkes night. Where?? Why Parliament of course.
When we left we expected to see plenty of fireworks, celebrating and white masks; sort of like a cross between Halloween and the 4th of July. But that isn’t exactly what we saw when we got off the tube, I mean it was close I guess. We got out and just saw a line of police trucks and officers lining the streets away from Parliament.
Turned out to be riots and protestors all around Parliament, the Abbey and the clock tower (Ben). Did we see fireworks? Yea…but the people that shot them weren’t exactly on good terms with the cops afterwards. Did we see white masks? Yea…but if you’re rioting and protesting you also might not want the cops to know what you look like.
Was there drinking? It was a clear night in London, and that’s all I have to say about that.
On Halloween in America, we’ll throw eggs at the neighbours’ house. On July 4th in America, we’ll have beers and barbecue. On November 5th in London, you have riots in front of government buildings that draw over 50 armed police officers. K. You win.
PS: Do these guys ever smile??