SPOTLIGHTING LOCAL CHANGE MAKERS
A transition initiated by humans has started getting into a bigger movement with more and more people joining. However, we often hear “I feel powerless against the establishment and big corporate organisations. What is left in our hands when Individuals cannot really make a difference to the current state of the world?”
Our project is about demonstrating the power that lies within all of us, at our individual scale, to become an agent of change. This is what we call The Local Shakers. Individuals and/or small groups of people who make change happen thanks to their skills and expertise and being driven by a strong sense of purpose and commitment. Over a period of nine months, we went on a journey to meet with these Local Shakers in South America, a continent flourishing with many local initiatives either social or environmental. And we plan to meet more all over the world thanks to new travelers joining the project.
The first journey
Travelling with commitment for a period of 9 months across South America
From april 2017 to january 2018, we have explored 9 different South American countries. Thanks to all the local actors that we’ve met, it has enables us to discover and learn about their day to day reality and those who live around them. We’ve worked for people we believe in and we are committed to convey positive values for a better world.
Unforgettable meetings with 25 Local Shakers
This adventure has allowed us to discover 25 local initiatives, all inspiring and innovating. Social entrepreneurship, ecological transition, sharing and sustainable economy, as many topics covered by the Local Shakers, carrying positive values.
Focusing on the personal path of these local change makers
Through a series of recorded interviews we’ve highlighted the personal path of each of the local change makers to understand their motivations in becoming part of a fairer and more human society and culture. These testimonies are aimed to be a source of inspiration for anyone seeking for a purpose in his job and making them become the next Local Shakers.
The second journey
From a shared flat in Strasburg … to a human journey in the Balkans
Ludmilla, Lucile et Victoria, travelers for The Local Shakers. Our paths, that started in Brittany, in the Pays de la Loire and in Alsace, meet by chance in 2016 in a shared flat in Strasburg. The “good feeling” from the beginning lasts: after two years living together, the roommates that we were became friends.
In June 2018, the three of us are in a transition period – at the end of studies or contracts – and looking for new projects. That’s when “The Local Shakers’ call for new travellers drew our attention. Indeed, we have spent many evenings together, talking about the world, discussing society and thinking about ways to get involved at our level. Although, we have different areas of study and backgrounds, it is our shared values and visions of life that bring us closer together. With this desire of discovery, sharing and humanity that we have, we could only identify with such a project.
Being part of this “generation in search of meaning”, we saw the opportunity to get involved in a project that shows a world in motion in the social, economic and environmental spheres. A world where the local is privileged, where human initiatives emerge, where the environment is protected. Go and meet these inspiring men and women who are shaping tomorrow’s society, learn from them but also highlight them and offer them our time.
This mutual human enrichment goes on in the Balkans in 2019!
We are going to the Balkan region and more particularly the western part including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia – to which we add Greece. This region, which looks like a patchwork from the sky, offers probably an incredible cultural and historical richness conducive to diverse encounters. Not very well known compared to other regions of the world, it deserves to be highlighted for the inspiring initiatives it certainly abounds in. And let’s not forget that its landscapes promise to amaze us!
The next journey
Aurélien and Arnaud, travelers for The Local Shakers. We met a bit more than a year ago in Toulouse, and we both dream of a better future. One is used to live in cities, the other one is more comfortable in the countryside. Even if we have differences, we both hope of a more positive, fair and sustainable society.
Aurélien has just finished his architecture studies and take this opportunity to think about his future. Arnaud realized that working in an office wasn’t suiting him, but that promoting small action in an area can have real impacts on the society.
We naturally answered the “call for travelers” launched by The Local Shakers. We are really enthusiastic to take part of this project and looking forward to meet those inspiring and optimistic Local Shakers who have positive impacts on environment, social and cultural relationships.
Those two travelers are bringing us in Central Europe in June 2019!
To follow the adventures of Ludmilla, Lucile and Victoria in the Balkans, we chose to explore Central Europe. We will go to Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, lands of high linguistic diversity with a rich historical past in the heart of Europe. This crossroad of Europe, former part of the East Bloc deserves to be explored, and we are sure to meet extraordinary people on our path.
The Local Shakers vision
Does the flap of a butterfly’s wing in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? This question illustrates the well-known and intriguing “Butterfly effect”. We truly believe that the flapping of a butterfly’s wing can cause an earthquake of good vibes.
Everyone has the skills within him to build the world of tomorrow: human and respectful.
We also believe in the potential of this transitional period: social, economic and environmental. It’s now the time to make this change happen towards greater environmental protection and greater social values and sharing. A time for a whole generation to seek for more meaning out of their work. It’s all about positive local initiatives. By increasing them, little by little, the world will become a better place. The “chaos theory” from the butterfly effect symbolises a theory of hope in our views. And we want to amplify all of these butterfly’s wings through The Local Shakers.
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