Category Archives: Diversity

Living in a Women’s World

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City of Women, Cartography by Molly Roy in

City of Women, Cartography by Molly Roy in “Nonstop Metropolis” by Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

I received this great article in my e-mail inbox yesterday and my first thought was to share it here: City of Women (by Rebecca Solnit, The New Yorker).

It activated my imagination and I could visualize myself in this brand new World, more of a Women’s World, more Human and inclusive of diversity. I imagined myself going around Lisbon and walking around streets named after great Women, those who HIStory has forgotten and deleted from our HIStory books and therefore also from our memories and souls.

And I imagined more, I imagined myself living in a World that is shaped differently, not shaped by patriarchal thinking, not a disheartened World. In my Women’s World difference is seen as a strength and it is valued by its creative potential and individuality, and in itself this acceptance and honoring of diversity is a key feature that enables many voices to be present and to shape what happens and the way it happens. It allows for individual expression at the same time that it paves the way to a world of possibilities and creativity.

To close with a quote on Hope, from the same great author who wrote the article, that reminds us of the importance of being hopeful in a World full of tragedy but also full of great achievements and movements for social transformation:

Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to through away. (…) It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I am interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. (…) Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes – you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others.

For more on this subject check this great post on Brain Pickings.

Did you say opportunity maker?!

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we2I watched yesterday this interesting TED talk – Kare Anderson, Be an opportunity maker – and I said to myself that it would be a good kick-off for this new blogging season.

I don’t want to disclosed a lot about it and just to highlight what to me was a very important point: the need for diversity if we want creativity and growth to thrive. Looking for more ‘we’ situations, for cooperation and partnership instead of competition. To believe it is possible to create opportunities from within individual agency, and especially working in cooperation and looking towards a common vision.
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On Love: Self-love

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Everyday-Self-Love-ImageI have been wondering on what my next post would be. Life has been offering me so many experiences and food for thought that is actually difficult to choose what are the most important or interesting reflections to share. Then I realised that there is a red thread that is actually common to all the situations I had in mind: Love.

Seems a bit of a cliché subject or perhaps even démodé. Who cares about love nowadays, when the main values uplifted by patriarchal-capitalist culture are linked to power abuse (exploitation of the ‘weakest’), money, violence and competition? There is no place for love indeed… Anyway I decided to run a risk, hopeful in finding likeminded readers, or not so much, but that will, who knows, at least give a thought to Love.

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Hunting season in Europe is open: Mos Maiorum in search of illegal human beings

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mi_02.2_bansky“Immigrants are human beings.”

Since the 13th October until the 26th the EU Council, under the Italian presidency, has launched a Joint Police Operation aimed at

“weakening the capacity of organized crime groups to facilitate illegal immigration to the EU and will be focusing on illegal border crossing. Another goal of this operation is to collect information, for intelligence and investigation purposes, regarding the main routes followed by migrants to enter in the common area and the modus operandi used by crime networks to smuggle people towards the EU territory, focusing also on the secondary movements.”

This quotation is extracted from an official document delivered by the Council of the EU available in this link: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2014/sep/eu-council-2014-07-10-11671-mos-maioum-jpo.pdf

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Storytelling for peace in the MENA region

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Storytelling1Once upon a time there was, in a faraway land, an encounter of young storytellers all inspired by bringing peace into their communities. And suddenly you realise that storytelling is essential to life and that we are all storytellers and at the same time real characters of many different stories. And what is really interesting and worth to look at is the content of these stories, the identities they create, the values attached to them, and to different characters and situations. What are the stories (narratives) told about your identities? What are the stories you tell about? Have you realised the possible impact of them on yourself and other people? Read the rest of this entry