Searching for the meaning/why am I here?

it happened sometime in 2012 when my friend Andrei pointed out to me that Edgeryders are looking for good contributions to their online conversation and if I do well, I might meet them in real life. I started reading. Swimming in this ocean of content, ideas, visions, projects, debates - and tried to add a coin to it. It worked. I got to Stockholm and for two days participated in one of the most advanced, socially responsible talks ever - done in a small group of people, mostly doing very informal, very off-the-path things. I liked it.

I’m a political scientist and journalist with a university paper stating that. I am a journalist, freelancing mostly about culture (music, movies, literature) and architecture in the political and social context. This is what I wanted to do for my PhD. The Uni turned out to be too much of a burden for me - random classes to be taught, questions what architecture has to do with politics were just tiring. During my studies I started moving a bit - studies in Iceland opened my cognitive perspectives and fed me with ideas about civil society and cities as political and social phenomena. Then I came back to Lublin, where I used to study and live, and got into the leftist scene: working for a squat, helping out the most interesting NGO, doing cultural jobs, finally writing a lot of things. Academia was giving us time to do many things. And we did it.

I lived in quite some cities, taking various jobs, always seeking for sense and social benefit in them. I always wanted to contribute to something meaningful. I always believed that even the small things I organised, helped with, made myself - would have a value. Money is secondary. Energy is the asset that requires being directed in the right place. Otherwise, you waste your precious time.

After having to do with ngos who almost destroyed my faith in their mission, I had to jump back in the Edgeryders community and rethink everything. It’s a challenge. It’s different. And I do believe in it. Och, I so do.

I will be doing the communication and media-related work for Edgeryders. I will be asking you for the headlines and sending them every morning. I will welcome you in Matera where I would stroll the streets a month before your arrival in search for chairs, people, enthusiasm, right type of pasta and mozarella. And hopefully much more and for a long time. Happy to be on this board/boat/edge.


To the point and bittersweet post

Thanks @Natalia Skoczylas for introducing yourself so honestly, you’re obviously onto something when you say you’re looking for meaning in your work. The good news and the realisation for me when I joined Edgeryders was that I’m not alone, and that is almost enough to get us started. As for the misplaced trust in ngos, we should start a club, right @Inge?

I’m looking forward to work with you more closely and thanks so much for putting in the daily email energy and helping prepare Lote4 this fall… You’ll probably not be alone in Matera, as some of us will also join earlier and hope to help with anything you need, even from afar for the moment. Keep an eye on your team?

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Welcome back Natalia

we are lucky to walk together :slight_smile: