With this I would like to send a greeting and wish for you and all those around you the best wishes about a 2013 that will be yet another exciting year in a world that steadily becomes better to live in.
Because, it is all a matter of choice of perspectives. What do we want to see? We don’t need to deny problems or challenges, but if we focus on opportunities and the things we would like to see happen I believe that we increases the chances for a better world. A world that has become so much better already, during my lifetime.
On January 26th I will travel to Tanzania for the 12th time since 2007.
So what brought me there? And what am I looking for?
Those are two questions that are very relevant as you have landed by the waterhole. Because the Waterhole that was the metaphor which kicked off my Tanzanian adventure.
What enabled me to come to Tanzania was Ruth Nesje, the founder of Tanga International Competence Centre – www.meetingpointtanga.net – facebook.com/meetingpointtanga – and her idea of doing good through business. The values of Connect – Combine – Create are based on truly new images of what organisations are about. Of organisation, not as a machine, but as a living system. And about development not as war, but as play.
Thus, we are not looking after the problems, or what does not work. We look for what works, for what brings life. And we are not in “competition”, we are in “coopetition”.
In a new world, we need to learn to listen to each other in new ways, and to enter the spaces where true dialogue of diversity can be allowed. So enter MetaSpace, the name of my company, and back to the waterhole.
The Metafari was the origin of my journey, a Metaphor Safari that would take the participants to the Waterhole, to the dream of doing business with a social purpose, to the high and low tide of the mangrove swamp, to the Maasai Village.
However, the open source idea of the Metafari was first adapted by Kate Coutts from the Shetland Islands who created the MetaSaga – “Discover yourself in the world around you”
The Metasaga has begun to spread, first to Orkney, Scotland, Shetland Islands, but now also to France, Denmark, Czech Republic and other places. http://metasaga.wikispaces.
I have found a space in Tanga, Tanzania. It is not my home, but a home. 2013 I will work to contribute in making Tanga region a place where people come to Connect, Combine and Create in order to learn and develop together with the people they meet. The Metafari, the Maasai Trek/Walking Safari, Village Dialogues or just other types of hosting are examples to where I would like to invite people for experiences of sharing and learning.
I invite you to come to Tanga where my platform will be the partnership with TICC and with Imosut e Purka, the NGO of Rafael ole Moono, my friend and partner. I will spend quite a lot of my time in the town of Handeni where one task is the collaboration with the Handeni Folk Development College (don’t miss to like). Handeni has up to now been a “wild west town” in the middle of nowhere, but the new tarmac road, huge findings of gold and minerals, a new 3G network, the finding of water below all will make this a truly interesting town for the years to come.
6 out of 10 fastest growing economies in the world is south of Sahara. The future is happening here, but for many of us ignorantwazungus we have not managed to look beyond the the Safari – Zanzibar – Poverty stereotypes of Tanzania. It is time to change that perception and to allow for some of our views to be turned upside down, just as the story of the Baobab tree tells us.
“When God created the Baobab tree he created a tree that was of such exquisite beauty, so when the Devil passed by he got so enraged that he pulled the tree up and put it down again, upside down.”
The world is changing, and we need to change our images of this world in order to create a desired destiny. So welcome to a new world, Welcome to Tanga, Tanzania, Welcome to your own future.
With this, I wish you all the best for a 2013 where dreams can be fullfilled. And when we encounter hardship, we can allow us to accept it with stoity, and trust that this is just another step to a richer life
We are all in this together.