Have you ever experienced walking into a room; being overdressed, everyone seeming to know one another and there are no available seats? That feeling that you undergo walking into that room is the same feeling third culture kids have every time they walk into a new education system.
The complexity of transformation, individualism, collectivism and our societal playfield. Complex concepts but closely connected in current society.
22 years old. Often I hear people say: ‘count your blessings’. Honestly, I think I could go on forever. Looking back at my life, I have more than a thousand things to be grateful for. Up until now, I have had the best life that I can imagine. One of these things that I am extremely grateful for are my friends. Growing up, I’ve always had two groups of friends. One group of friends I met at dance practice[...]
So many young people are experiencing so much pressure right now, that it gives them many mental health complaints. The pressure in your head where you think everything should be perfect, that you should be perfect. The pressure becomes too much for young people, which quickly causes depression and burnouts. I still believe that social media has to do with this pressure being felt even more. Purely because it gives us a lot of information that we simply wouldn't know without the online platforms.
‘Hey Emma, what do you study again?’ ‘I am a Social Innovation student, but no it is not what you think, I am not that ‘zweverig’. This is a situation I found myself regularly in over the last three years. Walking around at school, I got sick and tired of words such as vegetarian, sustainable, biological, ecological, climate changer or vegan. [...]
Different projects, different leadership styles. This blog post will be about several projects, community building and how I as a professional have to lead and facilitate.
It is time to share a new insight based on a new theory: The Life cycle. A well-known cycle that we all experience in life. That is why it can also be applied to both our society, or we as a person, and to an organization such as the GGD. The cycle shows that we as humans prefer to have control over everything, that this is in our nature. But that it is more valuable to first look at your crisis and transform it, before you focus on getting your control again. Look back at your mistakes and learn from them. That too can give us peace of mind and less mental pressure. It is a theory that provides clarity about our approach, which can always be used in different situations.
Learning from other structures to construct a new structure that fits your organisation best. Learning from how others deal with a challenge to deal with your challenges. There are organisations and environments where they search for a different way of working, organising and structuring.
Now that the virus has been among us for a while and we are slowly starting to accept the new lifestyle, it is interesting to look at what exactly has happened and how we as a society are tackling this. The pyramid of Maslow is used to gain insight into this big happening.
Who would have thought that the whole world would stop for a moment? Streets are empty, hospitality is closed, cities are in complete lockdown and suddenly there is a whole new society where we have to live 1.5 meters apart and our daily structure completely disappears. You would almost think it's all a joke. A prank. Very funny earth, but where are the cameras? Nobody could have imagined that a virus would have such a big impact on our earth. Yet this is now our reality.