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Have we been introduced? Time to do so!

4 November 2018By Joanna IK

Knowing Ourselves

It’s November and summer is still here. A warm day, a pleasant Sunday, and the mood is lifted. We can sit back and relax. We can introduce ourselves and share with each other what we consider to be our roots; which childhood memories have added colour to our life; how these have shaped our path in life.

I grew up as a bilingual child, listening to stories in two Balkan languages, making comments in my own language composition. Once creative, always creative! I was born in a city which keeps inspiring me: the old city with houses resembling paintings; the picturesque alleys welcoming walkers and explorers; the mansions setting the imagination free; the cafes along the seafront adding a touch of vibrancy to the city.

My first degree paved the way to work for the promotion of human rights as well, in Greece and in the UK. My doctoral research on the relation between vocational education and social cohesion in times of economic crisis helped me to better understand issues of wider interest.

Well, I have found an interesting answer to the question about the meaning of social solidarity. It was when I was introduced to creative projects carried out in vocational schools in Greece: those who are in need would support those in greater need. It’s about showing compassion; in your own way, showing to those facing harder times that they aren’t alone in times of hardship. That sounds full of hope. I choose that to be the guiding light in my life.

Interested in painting

A favourite painting of mine: Collecting the Nets (1871), by Konstantinos Volanakis … click here to enjoy the painting. Known as the father of Greek seascape painting, Volanakis is projected as an Impressionist beyond norms. In this painting, we can observe fishermen collecting the nets as the sun rises; an act that exudes energy.

With the same energy, in the pastel bag, we’ll be collecting thoughts, stories and projects which make us smile at life.

Surrounded mainly by Impressionist paintings.

Have a creative week!

my life, down by the seaside