At the time of writing, I was in Athens on an invitation from the Dutch embassy there.
A few years ago, during the economic crisis, the Dutch embassy launched an incubator in a small effort to help revive the economy. It was well received and the incubators has a great reputation all over Greece. I’m here to help think about the future and bring a fresh perspective on things. One incubator isn’t going to make any difference, but it does serve as an example of how it is possible to innovate and start small.
I wasn’t traveling alone, however. I brought my youngest daughter, Faye, to accompany me. I’ve traveled with kids before, and it’s delightful. Everything that might be an inconvenience if you’re alone becomes an exciting adventure if you’re traveling with a child. You get to see the world through their eyes – which is incredibly refreshing.
In seven weeks we’re hosting our own event in Amsterdam. As with previous years, both my daughters will be working during the event. They’ll check coats, accompany speakers, or do other odd jobs. I also try to encourage visitors and speakers to bring their families.
Some people think a kid might distract, but I think the opposite is true. Children bring focus, a new perspective, and they’re also a great conversation starter.
If you’re considering bringing your own children, but need help, feel free to contact me so we can arrange things for you. If it helps, I’ll personally babysit your children if you need a break.
It wouldn’t be the first time.