Hi everyone, my name is Alicja Peszkowska and I am a Copenhagen-based consultant, researcher, and participation strategist focused on technology, digital culture, and social change.
In my spare time, I watch movies, immerse myself in books and engage in various art projects. If I really want to reset, I cook!
I am a community manager my work is usually divided between engaging people online and offline. I am specifically focused on cultural and social-change projects, so the feeling of making a difference in the world is what motivates me and keeps me going. I work from a co-working space in Copenhagen, where I am based, and I love to cycle there every morning while listening to a morning portion of news from The Guardian or The New York Times. Sometimes, when I don’t want to hear more news, I switch to an audiobook. The last one I listened to was “The Tale of Love and Darkness” – a beautiful memoir by Amos Oz.
I think what you end up learning about life depends on where, how, and whom you would like to be. I have always wanted my life to be international and inter-disciplinary. I have never found this “one defined thing” I could focus on in order to be happy. So for me, the biggest lesson in life is to be flexible. Which often means that you need to let go and sometimes that you need to push harder ⚖
I am hypersensitive and have to manage external stimulation. I work best in the mornings, especially after a walk and a coffee. Sometimes I immerse myself in something completely unrelated to what I had been doing and this – book, podcast, conversation – makes me click, and I suddenly understand what to do in order to enter my flow.
That would be Copenhagen although it took me some time to make a switch in my head from feeling most at home in my hometown, Warsaw. Copenhagen is a green place that is situated mostly on the sea. I love that everything seems so close and within a cycling distance and that in the summer I am only a cycle away from dipping in the sea. In a way, Copenhagen also feels like a city of the future. It is very modern although not in the 90s, skyscrapers kind of way.
A few of my favourite places include a nudist beach in Christiania, Louisiana Museum of Art which – although located outside of the city – is very much affiliated with the Danish art scene, and the neighbourhood where I live, one of the most multicultural ones in the city – Nørrebro.
I believe in the power of community – building a common ground for people and enabling them to communicate, create, and connect. I think the world needs a bit of that and it is something I have chosen to be able to offer.
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