Thugs and thieves are some kind of entrepreneurs. I am a firm believer of people taking the faith in their own hands and creating a future for themselves. That’s why I think it’s not such a bad idea to start prison entrepreneurship programs. Dealers and healers appear to be great salesmen, others have a talent for organising logistics and distribution channels, and some others do miracles with finances… It seems to me that if these people want to get a decent chance in society after they are released and regained freedom, the best way is to take matter into own hands. No job interviews where they will be refused because of their criminal record… As founders of a company, their past doesn’t really matter. It’s all about the things they are going to do. They can prepare and start their business from prison. Maybe a prison VC fund can support this…
The idea is to create a market place where companies, people who work as freelancers and professionals who have a flex desk and/or meeting room available can rent out or reserve/book that space for a while.
While this informal collaborative workspace and meeting network grows, these people get inspired by working remotely, meeting new people and perhaps new ventures sprout.
I suggested to Mobistar to use the space they have available above their shops for this. But it could be so much more if someone would take the time to think this through.