I am sitting in seat 32 of a bus I didn’t plan to take. This is an accident. However, 32 is my lucky number, so let’s say it is a happy accident. I sat here without knowing I was choosing my lucky number. And so it goes. We often don’t even know when happy accidents happen. A whole series of them brought me here. This is Stockholm. I am on a bus rather than the intended train to Leksand. We go to the ReWork the World conference.
Background: This conference is put on, in part, by the Tallberg Foundation. I heard about them about a year ago when my friend Leif Utne attended the Tallberg Forum. Someone mentioned thrivability to Niclas Ihren of the Tallberg Foundation. Hans Peter Meyer notified me of a quote from his response. I will see Leif and Niclas here. Both contributed to the Thrivability book.
I sat with Rufina on the bus. She sat in 31 and introduced herself. We explored our passions and purpose, eventually discovering that she was at NTEN and knew Beth Kanter and several other social media nonprofit tech folks.
We arrived at the arena after the first round of talks. Just after Poonam Ahluwalia (President, Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, USA) and Carl Mossfeldt (Executive Vice President, Tällberg Foundation, Sweden) presented the vision of the summit. [Including a welcome to Leksand and Dalarna from Ulrika Liljeberg (Mayor of Leksand, Sweden) and Julia Tollin (Young Enterprise, Dalarna).]
And, just in time to get some water, settle in, and listen to Majora Carter (President, Majora Carter Group, USA). I immediately recognized this passionate woman from her TED talk. She talks about The South Bronx. “We can pretend we don’t live here…. or we can be a part of the solution and stay.” See the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training – green jobs program.
Hey, I agree. It is our one earth. There is no planet B. (Thank Hans Peter Meyer for the sign). We can pretend we don’t live here on the ground of earth… or we can be part of the solution and stay.
ps. Loved Majora saying something like: I see you there and know my time is up. You will give me 2 more minutes, and I promise you will be happy about it.