Lesvos…our island is in much distress by forces that are complicated and difficult to comprehend. How can we understand where and how to begin to approach and tackle the issues at hand, pick up the pieces, restore and rebuild? At the forefront, many of us helped and continue to help refugees yet, at the same time we want to be sure we’re making a difference in the long run – not just facilitating Europe’s failure to deal with the situation thus, destroying our vibrance and livelihood in the process.
This is why I believe we should be talking strategy for the entire island, the local communities and all guests arriving on the island. ‘Our Lesvos’; What is it? What was it? What should it be? How can we heal the island, stay in touch with the human side and improve the degrading lives of the local people: here, now and, beyond?
The economic crisis hit hard and, while Greece continues to work to recover, Lesvos being at the frontline of a humanitarian crisis makes Lesvos uninviting. We must not wait to fix our troubles…we are running out of time if we wait for governments and officials to pull together. This is why we have to look deep within and beyond ourselves to understand the challenges ahead and implement new ways forward:
Step up – and step it up and, all together we can make this happen !
Join me and others to make Lesvos a dynamic Living Lab for the communal search, design and implementation of our ‘new’ Lesvos.
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