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THOUGHTS ON SOCIAL IMPACT

Sharing the insight after attending a panel discussion by Nomads Giving Back on 14.04.2019 about social IMPACT.

Find the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/610175572792093/


What a topic.


How much do we on daily basis think, traveling or not, how much impact we make on the people and the environment around us? How many people have had the thought of “We could do better” but it remains just a thought?


This is going to be a personal insight on the importance of the topic of social impact and a contribution in trying to spread the message of those panelist with a mission to make a step forward as humans.


First of all, it was a reminder on of how everyone is responsible, and not from a source of pressure, but that we have tools to help others. There is a common idea that for something to be meaningful it has to be big. It has to be impactful. A sort of a grand gesture. Truth is, every unconditional good thought, action, feedback is incredibly valuable. Also, for a discussion purpose, i’ll throw out a thought that a person, to have energy for making a positive impact, has had first to put a lot of work in their mental fitness and emotional intelligence. It takes empathy, seeing a bigger picture, adaptability and a lot of understanding of what you do and why to have that thought space to see beyond your personal pain and help others. Deep breath. Let’s do this.


Going back to the event - the four people sharing their cause and bringing awareness on how we could contribute:

1. 22stars Foundation - Stella Romana Airoldi - a great story of unexpected impact growing from an act of kindness. How she has spent so much time and energy on helping people in Uganda who did not have the tools to do that themselves. Seeing an opportunity of growth instead being dreaded by the situation that presented itself.

Whats the impact so far? 315 kids had the opportunity to get educated.

How you can contribute? By sponsoring a child in need, donating for social causes, starting a campaign, volunteering from home or buying self-made jewellery online: https://www.foundation22stars.org/ways-to-help


2. Nomads Giving Back - Tarek Kholoussy - the keyword i picked up: resilience. From everything he has done personally to shape himself to a human he is, to seeing what potential combining his personal inner fire with other like-minded people can have. And how structuring this system and movement can create a sustainable, lasting impact.

Whats the impact so far? This is literally just the beginning. Tarek started the project a few months ago, but definitely has already inspired remote workers and travelers to give back to the communities they call home away from home by connecting local causes with the nomads who want to help and connect with the place they are at. With organising this event and putting light on the subject.

How you can contribute? - First of all, he is in Lisbon. By sharing ideas with him - maybe you catch him on the upcoming nomad events or send him a message as just reaching out goes a long way. Sign up for the newsletter: https://nomadsgivingback.com/. There’s also an option to donate.


3. Refood Portugal - Hunter Halder- an idea from a seemingly small conversation while having a meal at the restaurant. Where does the leftover food go? And by explaining the situation he found the keyword there inside of his own thoughts “Alternative” . Most importantly, not dwelling upon the idea itself but decided to take action to redirect un-served food to hungry people all over Portugal and abroad.

Whats the impact so far? 750+ volunteers collect food from 300+ restaurants to deliver it to 850+ beneficiaries. DAILY.

How can you contribute? - For taking 2 hours of your week to volunteer and help out as there are so many centres, take a look: http://www.re-food.org/en. You could also help by offering time to systemise their work process - helping to reduce the paperwork. Most importantly, if you see that there could be a Refood centre opened somewhere, anywhere, they would help you in that process.


4. Surfrider Foundation Europe - António Pedro de Sá Leal - being opened to life lessons from the nature itself and deciding to dedicate his life to his passion - surfing. He is the founder of the biggest surfer event ever in Portugal: The World Surfing Games. Also, he has been the organizer of many different competitions and surfer events but the message goes beyond that. It goes into the mindset and taking more responsibility on our daily lives.

What the impact so far? Several beach cleanups (involving surfers and the public), raising awareness to the ocean litter problems by giving talks, fighting pollution and creating a network for activists.

How could you contribute? - By being more aware in your daily choices, becoming a volunteer, fundraising or keeping up with the events they organise. Read more: https://www.surfrider.org/volunteer


There is a lot every one of us can do to make a difference. And whatever you you surface into the reality by your actions reflect in your inner world. By helping other you will most definitely help yourself along the way.


Cheers to the goals of human growth, healing and doing good.