I believe transparency is a good basis for public credibility.
Transparency of individuals and organisations is necessary for finding truth, because it reveals relations and interests.
There should be a balance between transparency and privacy though, so I'm very open for suggestions on what I could add to, or should remove from this page!
1 a) Building and maintainging meaningful relationships with kind, ambitous and / or inspiring people around me. 2 b) Taking care of my health (for me, mental & physical health are very much intertwined) by running, walking, sleeping well, and spending more time with people and less time with technology.
2) Elected council member @ Municipal Council of Enschede 3) Active membership of Volt Europa to improve effective societal engagement of (aspiring) members. On the European, national (Netherlands) and local (Twente) level – which also includes regularly meeting wonderful people from Volt Münster and organising events with them. 4) Thesis @ my study Cyber Security at the University of Twente. I struggle with finding the discipline to work on my thesis, so tips are welcome! 5) Learning through listening podcasts, reading books & articles and having dialogues with anyone who is up for it.
People around me
I don't believe in being independent, and I don't aspire to become independent. Many people have helped me to become who I have become, and still help me to do what I do. I love you :–) – My girlfriend, who complements me in so many aspects – My parents, who have already supported me for 29 years – My brother, who sharpens my thoughts and ideals
My dear friends, who: – Inspire me with their ideals – Walk with me – Talk with me – Run with me – Give me advice on books, jobs, courses, health and relationships – Give me feedback on mistakes & suggestions for improvement – Offer their precious time to have conversations and discussions :–)
When in doubt, follow the...
€~120.000 Study loan: ~€45.000
1) €1983,47 (netto), €2262,15 (bruto) per month as renumeration for being a member of the Municipal Council and for being the chairperson of our parliamentary group (€85,49 bruto extra).
2) I sometimes give art & architecture tours on the campus of the University of Twente, for ~€45 for a 1-hour tour (we also get paid for preparation). It costs you €70 per hour. Or, if you organise a reunion for your association or student house, you can contact the alumni bureau and ask for a tour for free!
I often hear people from my age talking about investments. I don't really know what to think about investments. I don't want to invest in something that doesn't really tanglibly add value to society. If I invest I want to invest on something tangible. My money is a loan from the government anyway, so I know I shouldn't really invest. But then again, I understand the point that money on your bank account is only losing value. So for a low amount of money, I feel that I have to try how 'my way of investing' works for me. Ideally, I would like to invest in small non-profit entrepreneurs who need capital to grow a bit. If you have other ideas or suggestions, please let me know!
Currently, I invest in 2 things: 1) €2000 (April 2023) in the Triodos Fair Share Fund via my bank. Through microfinancing in low-income countries, it should somehow help entrepreneurs there while creating more money for me. Let's see. 2) €1000 (August 2022) for the CrowdAboutNow loan campaign by the Dutch satiristic media outlet De Speld. If their business goes well, they will return my investment periodically over 5 years, with 3% per year. Let's see.
1) €101,22 per month to Volt Enschede. By being elected through Volt, you sign an agreement that, because you were helped in your position by all the volunteers and employees of the association, you agree to share a percentage of your bruto income to the level within Volt where you were elected. 2) I'm not in there yet, but through someone close to me I'm considering to join the 10%-club.
1) Volt since 2021 → I became a member of the political party Volt as I wanted to become politically active myself. 2) Water Natuurlijk since 2023. It is a political party only active in the Water board (waterschappen) elections. 3) KIVI since 2016 → I became a member when I became a board member of KIVI Students Twente (I was in the board until 2021). 4) Nexus Institute since 2023. I read about this institute online and joined this Nexus-conference in 2022 and the Nexus-lecture of Emmanuel Macron in 2023. The founder, Rob Riemen, said that by joining the Nexus-institute you become a citizen of the Republic of Ideas. It studies European culture, European humanism, in dimenions like art, literature and philosophy. I was quite amazed. 5) Effective Altruism Enschede since 2023. It has just been started and I only joined one meeting, but I do feel that, apart from anything that has to do with longtermism, the movement of young people with moral ambition to realise evidence-based effective change in the world is a movement I want to be a part of. 6) Natuurmonumenten since 2023. I want to do more to experience and protect nature and this feels like a great association to be a part of!
1) Follow the Money 2) De Correspondent 3) NRC 4) Filosofie Magazine (since 2022) 5) De Ingenieur (since 2016) 6) Tubantia (since 2022, subscribed because I'm an elected representative in Enschede) 7) Pyschologie Magazine (since 2023)
Public broadcaster memberships 1) VPRO → I became a member because of Zondag met Lubach :–) Now I'm also a big fan of Danny's Wereld. 2) Human → I became a member of Human because of one video that helped me a lot during a depression. I also like that they make stuff about philosophy. 3) Zwart → I became a member of Zwart because of the worldwide Black Lives Matter demonstrations. I didn't feel like I heard stories about racism from people in my bubble, so I definitely had to look somwhere outside of my bubble. I hope they will realise their goal of giving specifically people of colour more stage in the media. So far I have seen nothing but I believe they are still setting up the organisation (?).
Incidental or historical donations
2023-05: €214 (10% of this month's income) to Sea Shepherd after seeing Whale Nation by Jean-Albert Lievre. 2023: €25 to Concordia because it was on a poster on the toilet and I just went to a free event for which I would have been happy to pay for. 2022: €50 to AntennaPod: via OpenCollective 2022: €25 to Wikipedia
2022: A donation (€100.000) from my family to maybe buy a house at some point in time. This privilige is also known as the 'jubelton' in the Netherlands. It is visible on the Waterworks of our money map by Carlijn Kingma, roughly at coordinates (2,3) if you see the whole map as a 5x5 grid. 2011 – 2022: Monthly donation from my parents. For them, it felt like a bottomless well. Well... :) 2021 – December: €750 as keynote-speaker (1,5 hours) at the 'Future of Psychology' symposium of study association Dimensie of the University of Twente. 2021 – June: €1250 for my Show me the Data! series for the University of Twente's online talk show Campus Talks
—-Last updated: 03-05-2023—-