I’m back from Italy where I started the one year programme of Entrepreneurs 4 Social Change – https://e4sc.org/ – . It was a privilege to share my time with 19 individuals from the Eur-Med region plus mentors and trainers. Met a few misfits, rebels and troublemakers. This is for you guys, it might sound cheesy, but guess what – it isn’t.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
In Italy, I had the opportunity to share my 10 days and see S, from Gaza, who is ussually not looked in the eyes by Israelis to start a friendship with E, from Israel, a talented social entrepreneur trying to connect Palestine and Israel though JAZZ. I’ve met A an Egyptian who was involved in quite a few protests in Egypt and that fights the good fight creating viral content with video – A have seen some of his friends die and struggled in Egypt a few times. V, from India, who was forced to get married when she was 18 years old with someone way older. Ended up in the hospital – pregnant. Today she is a mum leading one of the greatest foundations in India to empower women that have to face unfortunate real world and difficult scenarios. Also, had a first contact with the conflict in Syria (I met Syrians in the last 3 years but most of them didn’t went trough the same experience as S did) – although S shared some of her stories, I will never understand where is she coming from and how she is affected by the past years. We know nothing about living in a conflict region.
And there are way more, inspiring G with his assertiveness, wisdom and strong personality. All of them had a particular characteristic that would be worth mention here. They are all different from me, different countries, different experiences and sometimes different believes but, in the end, it was pretty clear – there were no barriers between us but they are among us and we were there because someone believes that we can change that – do our best to make this world a little bit better.
It is crazy to be back to Portugal and see that some people around me are angry over stupid things like football. Seriously, what the fuck? In one hand it feels good to see that those are the kind of problems people here struggle with. In the other hand, feels sad that most of them are disconnected from the rest of the world – meaning they ore often ignored, no empathy between “here” and “there” – and even on the “herewise” sometimes we are blind to the guy next door.
Anyway, thank you so much everyone I met in Turin, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and Fondazione CRT, thank you to my team in SPEAK as well and, all others I’ve been in contact due to social projects I mentor or that I stumble upon. I’m so happy that all of you are somehow connected with everyone else in other parts of the world.
I couldn’t be using my time in life in any better way. I hope I always have this clarity of thought and keep on this journey with you. Personally, and in the project I allocate most of my time, I know that sometimes we fail, actually we fail too often, and we don’t do it in the right way although we always do our best. Do not stop, we have seen it…sometimes just a little move there can change the entire world for someone. And we did change quite a few worlds already.
Let’s do this.
THANK YOU ALL. <3