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Have we been introduced? Time to do so!

By Joanna Kats

It is November and the summer is still here. A warm day, a pleasant Sunday and the mood is lifted. We can relax and chat. We can introduce ourselves and have a little conversation. About what we consider to be our roots; which memories from childhood have added colour to our life; how these have shaped our path in life.

Well, I am Joanna. 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 bachelor’s degree in English Literature 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 is about showing compassion; in your own way, showing to those facing harder times that they are not alone in times of hardship. That sounds full of hope. I choose that to be the guiding light in my life.

Have a creative week!

A blogger friend, Joanna

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