What does development mean for you? Who or what needs to develop?
Development to me means to question our own behaviours and established routines, to adjust them to the best possible results in a social and environmental way. By stepping back and widening our views on our actions and their impacts we can rethink our ways of doing things and change them from what we have learned. Stepping back means also to include other people’s views into our perspective and a global network is the opportunity to do so.
The ‘man’kind itself is the problem…we have to develop sensitivity for ourselves and others; for our living conditions and for our awareness to be a part of nature and a global community. We have to respect that we should not do all what we are able to do! Otherwise we will fail like ‘Ikarus’… (In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus, the creator of the Labyrinth. Icarus and his father attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus ignored his father’s instructions not to fly too close to the sun; when the wax in his wings melted he tumbled out of the sky and fell into the sea where he drowned).
For me development means primarily fair distribution of income and access to all health, education, work, housing, basic sanitation … What in my country needs essentially to be developed is a social and political awareness so that the population in general can consciously elect their politicians and demand the guarantees of their basic rights. Development in my country will only happen when they stop killing leaders who defend human rights.
Gaia Sanvicente Traverso
Development means the change in the social, economic, political and social aspects of a society. However, most important of all, it means change in attitude of individuals, change in our mindsets, to see every one as a global citizen and to respect and learn from each other and to embrace cultural diversity.
We are in a world where everybody is linked to everybody: by economy, by ecology, by social, political, cultural facts. Our thinking is still as if we only have a family, some friends and a job. Development means to understand that we are all an important part of this world and nobody is the one to be ‘developed’. Our thinking must follow realities and must be the start of improving this reality.
Development for me is linked to sustainable living within an earthly space but knowing that there are also spirits that inhabit this space next to us; and respect the existing in spirit and matter. Respect Mother Earth because she gives us everything we have with love.
Development is the ability and opportunity to utilize available resources such as human, financial and material resource with a goal to transform the current situation/condition towards what would be perceived as a desirable state or condition without compromising further or future opportunities.
I need to develop my personal capacity that would transcend towards the need for my society and global community to develop too.
Joseph Kenson Sakala
It is the global society that needs to be developed, in terms of overcoming poverty, inequality, and the destruction of nature. I envision a world, which uses all human creativity and energy to re-distribute the richness of the world among all beings, and to create a diverse, social, creative, nature-protecting global society.
There is much potential for human kind in developing ways of thinking and self-awareness: a person that lives according to its inherent resources and has a connection to its own self and its surroundings, probably also will have much more positive impact than self-exploiting products of our meritocracy.
Every single person is here on earth to develop. We are here in a big playground and our mindfulness and respect to each other and our surrounding and base (the earth) makes us grow and gives us an example for our fellows.