*The pampero is a burst of cold polar wind from the west, southwest typical from Uruguay and Argentina.
When I started to imagine this post, I asked myself these questions:
- Do I write it from a personal point of view?
- Do I write it from a professional point of view?
- Do I write it from a business point of view?
I am writing it and I still do not have the answer, as it is all part of the same. What I want to share covers everything, because, as a human beingm I am not divided into isolated compartments, each of these “domains” and several others are part of the same person.
- in English?
- in Spanish?
At the end, it was in Spanish, with the hope that I’ll translate it into English. Which I doubt, knowing myself and knowing how I prioritize my times. But I still have the conviction that I will do it. (and as you can see, I’ve done it 😊 )
When we spend the holiday season with some complex health situation in our families, we live the holidays from another perspective. At least that has been my experience, it does not mean that it is everyone’s. Although this year I am spending them with one of those issues in the family, I feel that, as humanity, we are all living the holidays season like this; not knowing much what it is happening, how it will continue to develop, knowing that we can give the best of ourselves to contribute, but we do not control what happens or how the future will be.
It is very difficult for me to describe it because it is a feeling.
This past year I kept a diary for a while, a diary where I simply wrote without thinking, spitting out the first thing that came to my heart; I have not read it again. I will, I like to reflect on what I have lived, felt, done.
I had not written here (in this blog) for a year, it was at the end of 2019, and the post ends: “In these times of transition, I hope that the 2020 and the following years will find us transforming ourselves as people and as a collective community, reconnecting with each other, with our history, our place in the world and the ecosystem. “
What to say now?
During 2019 4D Lab was in a process of transformation, thinking it over, we have always been in a process of transformation, we have always been changing, adjusting, I want to think that evolving. Evolving towards where, towards what? I don’t know for sure, I know that, together with many other people, companies and organizations, we are working towards building a shared well-being on a healthy planet.
Isn’t this an economy? A system of distribution of goods and services that meets the needs of the community? The currency of this economic system is energy, which flows through it, and materials, which cycle among the producers and the consumers. It is a system for redistribution of wealth, an exchange of goods and services. Each member has an abundance of something, which they offer to others. (source)
During 2019, January and February 2020 (pre-pandemic) we were imagining, analyzing different scenarios of how to continue working, we were in full motion, we had a plan A, a plan B. a plan C, just in case
The pandemic arrived and none of those multiple scenarios fit, but we already had the flexibilization, the muscle developed to surf uncertain waves. Bauman and his 2000 book “Liquid Modernity” are always on my mind.
We reflected on these 4 questions
- What can you get rid of?
- What can you do differently?
- What new things can you do?
- What alliances can you create?
If I were to answer those questions, I would have to write a very long post. Here are some videos, or images that summarize some things.
The COVID-19 situation exacerbated exclusion and inequity.
A lot of work had to be done:
- to make information about the coronavirus accessible to all people,
- so that distance education would not leave out children and young people in a greater situation of vulnerability,
- to accompany people who, due to the pandemic, had to stay locked up in places where they didn’t want to be.
(Here you can see a report of the pandemic activities of 4D Lab).
I participated in multiple teams relying on the collective strength to support ourselves, to support other people and organizations, to create networks, different support networks, trying to connect those networks, where we are all looking for solutions, we all want to co-create a new way of living together respecting ourselves and our environment. Some of these networks are: ProEdu, The Working Group on Inclusive Education, The Alliance of Organizations for the Rights of People with Disabilities, Sistema B, The Regional Network for Inclusive Education, Inclusion International, IATEFL, IATEFL BESIG.
As a family, we were able to interact in harmony based on a knowledge of each one, we settled down, we seek to adjust different spaces so that they could fulfill multiple functions: study, work, sports , or family.
The eldest, Mer, a writer, photographer, communicator, was living outside of Uruguay. She was visiting us in March, she did not leave again. She had to change all her plans, her jobs, everything. Looking for her personal, professional and work spaces, adapting.
The second, Fran, studying, starting a more formal job, willing to help, with her girlfriend in Buenos Aires, not being able to see her face to face, looking for ways to keep his relationship at a distance, keeping the spirit of the U20 soccer team that he was leading with lots of love.
The youngest, Magda, starting the university, with all the responsibility of being the first person with Down syndrome to enter the university in Uruguay, learning to use the zoom platform, Moodle, dancing and participating in her theater classes via zoom.
Fede re-accommodating his work, continuing his specializations and building networks; accompanying, contributing, supporting the processes of his family, my family and our family.
There are a lot of stories of this year, of all kinds, impossible to share them all …
Today, December 31, 2020, it had rained heavily all night, a windy sunrise, the pampero, southwest wind. I went out for a walk on the beach, the sea full of waves, and the wind blowing and blowing. My father always told us, because his father used to tell him, his father who was a doctor and a fisherman (he used to go out with the fishermen in their boats), “the pampero is already blowing, now clean skies come.”
That is my greeting at the end of the year looking at the new year:
Let the pampero clean !