Malmö Sustainable City Development Conference nov30-dec02

I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of the Harvesting Team during the Sustainable City Development Conference in Malmö. We harvested the Round Table Discussions of the different tracks of the conference and presented them back to the participants in two feedback sessions.

It was some weeks ago when I was offered to join the harvesting team. I was in Austria when my friend called me with the offer and, after a few minutes of on and off connection through Facebook, I was suddenly the graphic harvester of the conference. I had never done such thing and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to practice my graphic recording skills and attend a conference about sustainability.

It turned out to be much more than that.

img_5905I was shaking before the first feedback session that I had to harvest, scared of not being good enough, of what all those important people in suits might think of me, and it wasn’t until I missed the first little detail and drew the not so straight letters that the perfectionist inside me left me alone to enjoy the process and bring the best of me.

The biggest insights came not from the skills of listening and capturing the ideas that were mentioned, but from the valuable connections and conclusions I was able to make from the drawings. The facilitator came to me a couple of times during the sessions to ask me about what I was capturing and, almost unexpectedly, I was able to dissect and sum up the ideas that the different tracks of the conference were exposing.

I know that the drawings were not perfect and that I still have a lot to learn on capturing the main points and visualising the connections between them, but having this experience has given me a lot of confidence and a lot of clarity on the value of graphic recording. I will now take every opportunity I have to practice and to support the conversations that happen around me.

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Nationalists.

I was told by a few european friends that I am the only nationalist they like. Immediately I thought, is being a nationalist a bad thing? I have always been proud of it! We, Basque people, are proud of being nationalists. So what is it to be a nationalist?

According to my dictionary, a nationalist is:

  • a person who advocates political independence for a country.
  • a person with strong patriotic feelings, especially one who believes in the superiority of their country over others.

I do agree with the first definition, and I also have strong patriotic feelings, although I do not feel superior to anyone. So, is this last point which gives nationalists the bad reputation?

I personally believe that it is not a bad thing to be proud of one’s country, support it and feel devotion for it. I do feel these things. However, and kind of surprisingly for myself, I feel like this is not the common rule among several europeans. I find it weird, they find me weird… it’s the beauty of diversity.

Perhaps it’s a Basque thing, or a minority thing, or even a pro-independence thing. I don’t know. I just realised that there are quite a few non-nationalists. It’s not a very common thing in my land.

Flow.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.- Lao Tzu

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Sunrise.

During this magical moment, silence is the loudest sound. Peace surrounds the beautiful landscape and no one dares to move. During this magical moment, I feel a connection to the bright sun, majestic mountains and the cool air. I feel it. You feel it. It’s simple, it’s strong. I feel part of this world, I feel one.

 

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Politika eta politikoak

Duela pare bat aste Per Bolund, Suediako Finantza eta Kontsumo ministroa, unibertsitatera etorri zen aurkezpen bat egitera eta gure klaseari gonbidapen zuzena bidali zigun bertara azaltzeko. Miljöpartiet de gröna, Alderdi Berdekoa, da nahiz eta Gobernuan gehiengoarik ez izan.

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Per Bolunden aurkezpena

Aurkezpenean Ekonomia Berdeaz arituko zela esan ziguten, baina denak zur eta lur utzi gintuen saioak. Power Pointeko lehen diapositiban CO2 emisioen bilakaera erakutsi zigun, etorkizunean egin ditzazkegun erabakiek izango duten eragina azaltzen zuen grafiko batekin. Saioa oso interesgarria izan zen. Suediaren egungo egoera ekonomikoa eta ekologikoa azaldu ostean, etorkizunean ekonomiak (Suediakoak eta mundu mailan) eman beharko lukeen aldaketaz aritu zen, ekonomia zirkularra, elkarbanatze-ekonomia eta antzeko kontzeptuak aipatuz.

Ondoren, mundua aldatu nahi bagenuen politikan sartzeko garai egokia zela azpimarratu zigun behin eta berriz. Baina gehien arritu ninduena ondorengoa izan zen: ez zigun esan bere alderdian sartzeko edo azaltzen ari zitzaizkigun ideiengatik borrokatzeko. Eztabaida politikoan sartzea nahi zuen, sinisten genuena sinisten genuela.

Pentsaezina egiten zait Euskal Herri edota Espainia mailan horrelako ministro bat izatea. Gure estiloa bestelakoa da. Politikan zentratu beharrean politikoetan fijatzen gara, ia-ia esaten dutenari kasurik egin gabe. Zuk A badiozu, nola esango dut nik A, zu ezkerrekoa eta ni eskuinekoa izanda? nola ba? honezkero gizartean ere normaltzat jotzen ditugu horrelako argudioak. Nik ordea hau diot, aldaketa klimatikoa edo errefuxiatuen krisia bezalako arazo unibertsalen aurrean, ez al da zentzuzkoena bat etortzea? ez dugu denok iritzi berdina izan beharrik. Noski ezberdintasunak egongo direla batak eta besteak aurkeztutako proposamenetan, baina minimo batzuk ziurtatu beharko ditugu ezta? behin gutxiengo hori onartuta, denbora gehiago egongo da xehetasun eta txikikerietan murgildu eta eztabaidatzeko.

Baina ori ez da gure estiloa. Guk politikoei begiratzen diegu politikari beharrean. Ea noiz konturatzen garen aspaldi pasatako moda dela.

The Road Not Taken

Olerki hau opari moduan jaso nuen email batean Pragan ikasten duen eta Qatarren bizi den Portugalgo neska baten partetik.

 

The Road Not Taken –Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

 

Garapen pertsonala

‘Change makers’ moduan aurkezten  genuen geure burua asteburu honetan Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter (AoH), Karlskrona 2016 ikastaroan. Master hau amaitu ostean  lan bila hasi behar dut, baina nola izan ekintzaile edo aldaketak ekarriko dituen aktore, lehengo paradigmako lanpostuetan trabatu ezkero? sormena erabili beharra daukagu paradigmaz aldatu eta benetan sinesten dugun hori bultzatzeko.

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Ni goizeko check-in bat dinamizatzen

AoH ikastaroaren ondoren lehen pausua ematea erabaki dut: bururatzen zaizkidan proiektu, ideia, inspirazio eta pentsamentuak jasoko dituen koadernoa erosi nuen atzo. Nire bidaia pertsonalaren hasieratzat hartu dut erosketa hau. Lanaz, lana bilatzeaz eta gizarteari eskeini nahi dizkiodan zerbitzuei beste ikuspuntu batetik begiratu eta lana diru iturburu izan beharrean nire ekarpen pertsonal moduan ulertzea erabaki dut.

IMG_5065Bidaia baten hasieran nagoela iruditzen zait, burua ideiaz eta proiektuz beteta. Ikaragarrizko esperientzia izan da asteburu honetakoa eta hainbeste pertsona interesgarri ezagutu ostean, niri ere nire tantatxoa emateko ordua iritsi zaidala sentitzen dut. Zarauzko udaletxearekin elkarlanean herri mailako elkarrizketak dinamizatzea, enpresetan iraunkortasun estrategiak bultzatzea, etabar.

Orain Gothenburg-en nago nire Strategic Planning for Sustainability (SPS) asignaturako taldekideekin. Bihar elkarlanean aritu garen Dugges garagardotegian gure proiektua aurkeztu behar dugu 3 hilabeteko lanaren ondoren. Negozioaren norabidea iraunkortasunerantz aldatzeko gomendioak emango dizkiegu, ekintza zerrenda zehatz batekin batera.