When you grow up between the worlds with parents who are very involved in two very different ecosystems you learn this thing called macromanagement.
Just like traditional entrepreneurs are good at figuring out the micro stuff, macromanagers are good at mapping out and organising entire ecosystems. It’s the children of the next generation, this is the potential that refugees and digital migrants carry within them. They have seen, felt and understood in a very short period of time how flexible a system can be – also in a negative way – that everything is manmade and that often no one really has the key or the answer we are looking for. In the last years I personally also began to understand that money isn’t everything if you don’t have a common set of values as a base of communication with the people around you that allows you to live in freedom and in peace. My mother is from Greece, a country that despite massive financial support remains in a crisis today.
I believe that, in the long run, there is massive potential in the people around us if we enable them to support us in forming structures in underdeveloped regions, simply because no one can grasp the painpoints of a dysfunctional system better then those who had to flee from a it - who had to leave their lives behind. Refugees have gone through a type of education that can grow massive positive impact around the world if we enable those who posess this potential to use it to build the base for a better future.
There’s great micromanagers out there and I am not one of them. I have found my place. My team consists of people around the world who have learned to function and coordinate based on a mutual set of values. They don’t work for money but because they know that with every step we take together we change the world and if we don’t do it there might be other people with worse intentions who are also very capable and who will build other forms of structures in order to provide stability for individuals. This is what Isis does and in a way, Trump seems to posess interesting patterns of a hoover too. No hoover planned to make this type of life happen and some people have to leave the field again because they have to make a living in a different way, or because they find it psychologically too challenging..but those who stay become something like a family – we are the first generation and if we stand up for what we believe in, are brave and manage to give this knowledge to other people, if we listen to those who have gathered experiences of extreme mobility and the collaps of social, economic and political ecosystems, then we can quantify positive developments around the world by using the unbelievable potential that is locked within people who know just how important it is to create a better future for us all.
I live on an unstructured island today to lead by example. In three months, we managed to build a new university, a remote healthcare station, have implemented wifi in the refugee camp and have gathered a new global network of support that drives motivation to the region – despite of the difficult preconditions. Every beginning is hard but we all know that we need to start somewhere and step by step we will grow – it’s a marathon but we’re in it for the long run because it’s about a better future for ourselves and for our children. I commute between the non-structured regions and organised ecosystems such as Germany.
I believe in the fact that one should be an ambassador of the values one wants to see in this world. This is what it means to lead and if we don’t personally begin to become ambassadors of a better future, then who else will? Why do we expect this of others and not from ourselves?
It’s not possible to be a good hoover from scrath because this is something that cannot be learned today. There is no theory on this but I might just start writing a book to pin down results, methods, experiences and theories along the way towards improving my ability.
I would like to end this piece by telling you that you are not crazy – you are not wrong – you are creative and you have gathered experiences that have made you grow into the person you have become. Please use your creative energy to change the world for the better – you will soon see that you can build in a peaceful way and there is no reason to be angry when everything is possible.
Dear community, please encourage people to communicate more - both online and offline, with others who don’t fit into traditional economic, social, educational or beauty standarts – the misfits.
Remember that if you decide to start building you cannot fail because no one has the answer to the questions you are trying to solve and that if you build without ego, for the wellbeing of the community and with the willingness to iterate based on feedback from your peers you can only produce more value. Remember that not living your life, according to Martin Luther King, is worse than being dead, and that you might just miss your chance to change the world if you don’t get out there and find out just how much is possible.