The respect of three values – freedom, fairness and equality – has nearly been an obsession for most of my life. In my (ideal) world these are some of the core leftist values – yes, the left, that abstract concept that unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore, at least not in the western hemisphere. I took many decisions, personal and not, with these three values in mind. It didn’t work every single time, but I still feel being driven by the three guiding principles.
Freedom doesn’t mean no responsibility. In fact, it requires extraresponsibility. Freedom is the ability to make a choice, and responsibility is required once you make that choice.
Fairness isn’t a handout. Fairness is the willingness to offer dignity to others. The dignity of being seen and heard, and having a chance to make a contribution.
And Equality doesn’t mean equal and doesn’t mean to be fair. Equality doesn’t guarantee me a starting position on the Knicks. Equality means equality of access, the opportunity to do my best without being disqualified for irrelevant reasons.
Travel is the art of translation. It’s about crossing boundaries and carrying meanings. When I discovered the word “solastalgia” – which describes the loss of something beloved due to environmental change, my ears perked up. Ironically enough, in these housebound times, I have the feeling we have all grown a bit homesick. But what have we lost? As a community of travelers, we’ve lost our license to move about freely. It’s no small thing; not only can we not trek to Peru, but in many cases we cannot even leave our homes. If we do leave, then returning home can become an odyssey of its own.
George Stone, NatGeo
And so here is the thing. Being an introverted, and a person who is not super excited by social activities, I was expecting to support this situation easily. But I’m not and I’m seriously struggling. Because I’m a traveller. And because I’ve lost my license to move about freely.
Based on the latest research of Marketing Recruitment, it looks like I made the list of 100most influential B2B marketers in London in 2019. The folks at ME used Buzzsumo and Twitter’s accounts to identify the Top 100 B2B marketers. Got the 34th position overall and the 19th if we exclude non-humans (agencies); not bad, considering that I moved to London only 5 years ago.