With a strong interest in conflict resolution and peace-building, Simone Hanrath (BA Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology 2015-2018; MA Cultural Diplomacy 2019-2020) is a driven intern at the Crowd Versus. Having organised various intercultural activities, and participated within the Shelter City project as a personal assistant to displaced Human Rights defenders, Human- and Land Rights have become Simone’s primary focus. Supporting cases of displacement, suppressed individual liberty and environmental injustice, Simone has been organising dinners, conferences and concerts.
Her outspoken aim is to strengthen intercultural ties in order to invite various groups to leave their comfort zones and meet one another in visions and views that stretch beyond personal points of reference.
At the Crowd Versus Simone is involved with the setting up of gatherings and joint initiatives between individual actors and institutions. She will help to organise the annual meeting of the Board of Advisors fall of 2019, work in connection with the University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, and initiate other connecting activities and activation strategies under Asceline Groot and Jone van Rees.
Simone’s strengths rely on her hands-on mentality in acknowledging potential, her bi-lingual and bi-cultural (Czech-Dutch) background, and her process-oriented approach where the realisation of projects is concerned. Rather than focusing on being on the other side of the canal, Simone aims at finding ways to learn how to swim or to build bridges. She takes the time to involve all members of an initiative into a process of decision-making and acknowledges the necessity to reach, and continuously re-confirm, consensus in order to be productive. She is greatly in favour of the horizontal set-up of The Crowd Versus:
“I feel like The Crowd Versus is a unique initiative, in the sense that it constitutes a community as much as a philanthropic platform. It amplifies the involvement of people. By being transparent, informative, and open to alternative ways of support, such as blogging, it gets rid of the New Year’s gift giving image, where you give money to pacify your conscience and then lose sight of the cause and gift altogether. The Crowd Versus opens up a space which allows me to get connected and see that change doesn’t have to be a far-away thing.”
Simone is not afraid to become involved within new initiatives and be part of a movement which stands in for international human rights. She finds the team of The Crowd Versus to be harbouring a sincere and cordial approach towards reaching its goals.