Sustainability is one of the main topics that we discuss often in all of our programs.
Here are some reflections we’d like to share with you after much learning and reflection.
It is not just about the environment
There are actually 3 main pillars in Sustainability: Social, Economic, and Environments. True sustainable solutions therefore have to take into consideration of all these 3 areas together. For example, one of the biggest environmental challenge we are facing today is the amount of plastic being dumped in the ocean; it is estimated that there is a garbage truck of plastic entering the ocean every minute of every hour of every day. And yet we cannot hope to fix this problem by simply clean everything up. Check out the surprising systemic solution by an organization called The Plastic Bank; their approach incorporates aspects from all 3 areas for a true sustainable solution!
Collaboration is key
Because Sustainability is such a complex problem, no one person or organization or nation can do it all. Partnership and collaboration is key if we want to move toward a more sustainable future together. That is why on September 25th, 2015, the United Nations set a collection of 17 global goals that is called the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals have been adopted by 193 countries and they hope to achieve all these goals by 2030!
Real change start with myself
It is important to recognize that each of us has a part to play in this challenge. At the individual level, it is not about saving the world, it is about changing my own mindset. I have become more conscious of how much plastic I’m using and taking the effort to reduce it. I also pay attention to not waste energy or don’t buy things I do not need. And above all, I’m trying to increase the awareness about this topic. The only way to change the world is for each individual to change themself.
I first came to Knowmads for a Non-violent Communication Workshop. It taught me about one of the seemingly simplest skill that nearly 15 years of schooling somehow never truly managed to: listen, and I was impressed by how welcoming and supporting this place was.
Therefore, when Application for Team 9 was open, I decided to apply.
But the first day was not what I expected at all. I expected to be in a judgment-free zone, but ended up sitting with a bunch of cool creatures: a more-than-12-year-experienced designer, a 5-language learner, an artist, a 20-year-old who tried Pilates and film making, a marathon runner, and a lady who studied Peace & Conflict Resolution on the verge of starting a business teaching improv. My brain’s representative was screaming “How on Earth am I gonna fit in with these folks?” However, the more I got to know these people, the more connected and empathetic my heart felt. I realized it was my own judgment that I had to let go of, as one facilitator told me “No one is better than the next person, we’re just great in different ways”.
So the first morning went by. All I remembered was that my head went from worries, excitement, weirdness to a more relaxed and comfortable state. There was a paper clip challenge, but I can’t tell you about it cuz I missed it :( Too bad.
The second day, we got to draw our life journeys and applied different levels of listening. Some journeys were mathematic-looking with graphs and equations, others full of stick figures and winding lines. Then we danced wearing blind folds, drew blind portraits, meditated and wrote a letter to our future self. My heart jumped and said it enjoyed this. At the same time it was a little sad knowing this journey will one day end. But, instead of looking it simply as a special classroom, I know I’d be better off seeing it as a start, after which I will continue my life journey, empowered and supported.
Some little fun things worth noting down:
5 is a beautiful number, so yeah that’s it!
I can’t wait to find out what’s waiting for me <3