“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
March. The month between the Chinese New Year and the upcoming Cambodian New Year. The month of World Futures Day. The month the world lives in unsettled and strange times with the pandemic and the crisis in Europe. So what do the present and futures of Europe look like? Feeling powerless, so sad. What can we do? We can donate and help, educate ourselves, make sense in networks, and perhaps activate our urgent optimism.
March. On the 8th, there will be the International Women’s Day celebration. I am so grateful for a few women in my network and the communities of practice I engage. Thank you for their empathy, kindness, nudges, questions, actionable insights, support, boldness, uniqueness, resilience, elegance, exploration, curiosity, creativity, beauty, artfulness, humour, ingenuity, vulnerability, attention, vibrance, energy. To name a few: Jillian Reilly, Klara Loots, Taruna Goël, Anne Marie Rattray, Ariele Good, Meredith Lewis, Delphine Hervot, Giliane Tardy, Sophie Villeneuve, Stéphanie Borniche, Anne Kazuro, Céline Schillinger, Helen Blunden, Jane McGonigal, Lieselotte König, Jane Hart, Marcia Conner, Rachel Happe, Sahana Chattopadhyay, Trish Wilson, Josie Gibson, Anne Ditmeyer, Cat Barnard, Jenny Gordon, Karilen Mays, Mara Tolja, Jennifer Sertl, Kare Anderson, Rosie Sherry.
As I put in this post last year:
The 8th March was also International Women’s Day. I am so grateful to women in my network and inspiring, who keep exploring and learning, supportive, impactful, thoughtful, helpful and respectful, along with my learning and work shifts. I also watched the documentary from Yann Artus-Bertrand called ‘Woman ‘, which is beautiful and powerful, methinks.
March. The month when Spring will come. I can see how nature evolves and bloom when I go for a walk or a bike ride. The month of the release of The Batman movie, which goes back to the noir roots, March, the month of the last brand new music opus of Stromae – Multitude, the Oscars ceremony, NCAA March Madness 2022, the Paralympics Winter Games, the SXSW festival and conference, the release of the Resilience Tech Report.
March. Is it the month I am in motion to explore, activate, rewind my journey, update my toolkit, stay curious, collide, ask myself why, innovate, develop new capabilities and mindset, and embrace the unknown?
“I love March as it gives me hope that new beginnings are always beautiful” ― Anamika Mishra
What a great post, thank you Rotana !
Hi Giliane, thank you! Let’s connect further and discuss over a coffee chat in person or remotely when time permits. I’ll be in touch soon :)