It’s been a week since the turbulent Thursday of final pitches in Wroclaw. We all rocked the stage, cheered for each other, sharing vibrations and tension. After that came the emotional Friday of reflection. Most of us had more time to say goodbyes through the weekend, trying to numb the separation anxiety. Some of us are still travelling through different European cities, cultivating relationships, postponing going home – back to the real world.
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I feel that I am fully back. So now it’s time to cash in and talk about the learnings. I will not discuss climate change, we all know it’s our reality – floods, droughts, lost harvests, rising sea levels, melting glaciers etc. I will not evaluate our business plans, they all had impact potential.
I am trying to understand, how this community that is being built by Climate KIC can contribute to adaptation to and mitigation of challenges, that we, humans, have brought on ourselves. First of all, community is the key word. Without community we cannot have integrated solutions. Therefore, I feel, that it’s time to step up, name and claim our impact, share our community resources and start influencing our environment. By resources I mean knowledge, by environment I mean our daily activities.
Many times during the Journey I felt like a hypocrite – eating a hamburger, buying bottled water, taking an Uber. But it’s no time being harsh on ourselves, we all do our best, let’s try harder. And think more globally.
Our coach read a quote by Marianne Williamson last morning in the circle:
“…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
Your playing small does not serve the world.”
And if a biotechnologist by day, taxi drive by night is trying to convince you that climate change is fake news, it is not OK to let him get away with it.
Thank you Climate KIC for making this amazing experience possible. Thank you everyone of my co-participants, my friends, for creating this unforgettable space together.