By Rakshita Arvind
The virtual meet-ups with The Sense Network create an opportunity for global network members to be transported across the globe through Zoom – to connect with those whom we may not have had the chance to meet otherwise. One of the main takeaways from the meet was that we were all collectively seeking a space for meaningful connection, to relate and to learn from one another. I hope the gathering felt as positive and uplifting to all those that joined as it did for us.
“My biggest takeout has been meeting smart and interesting people that I would otherwise have not been able to meet. They all have shown to be interested in growing, learning, and making this world a better place, each of them with a different approach but all of them sharing a similar purpose. It has been a rewarding experience.” – Irene, Buenos Aires
We have all been given time to pause, zoom out and think about ‘the greater good’: what impact can we as individuals have within our local communities, environments and economies? Our conversations around this sparked a recurring theme of ‘Re-invention and Re-imagination’: when the going gets tough, it’s time for us to put our thinking caps on, adapt, imagine and innovate to create a better now and future.
Whether it be Emma on her working within Eco-Social Design; Lara supporting care homes and tackling issues surrounding mental well-being; Irene volunteering with schools in Buenos Aires; Susan re-imagining language education; or Mpho’s project surrounding organic waste and agricultural practices.
We also had a chance to talk about re-discovering our love for cooking new and exciting recipes and cuisines now that we’re at home more; the importance of composting; the need for connecting with nature; gardening and growing your own food.
It was a real pleasure to share in the collective sense of resilience and hope for our futures!