Sustainable Living Film Festival 2

16 05 2010

I must admit that there wasn’t as many locals as we hoped the’d come on the first day.  But the inspirations from amazing movies and the festivity was up in the air.  Altogether, 100 or so people came and enjoyed the film and music performance by our classmates which was fantastic and also by Peter Elmberg, a musician and peace activist. Most of his songs are with peaceful uplifting message supporting the human potential. Apparently, his song “Now is the time” which he played at the opening event, was voted the best Swedish song throughout the times according to the readers of “City” (Swedens’ biggest magazine) 4 th of May 2007.

The festival is not yet over but it has been a really great experience made possible by good will of so many people.

Finalizing the organization of the day

outside the venue

The show starts

The show starts

Music contribution: many classmates contributed different talents

Others contributed beautiful handcrafts made of recycled materials

Peter Elmberg also generously contributed to the festival

People enjoying the opening party


Sustainable Living Film Festival Karlskrona 1

16 05 2010

I am back again thanks to the generous consideration on the part of the Warriors Without Weapons.  And again, I am a little behind the deadline, this time a few hours behind. Anyhow, it is the beginning of the last day of our film festival.  This is going to be another long and exciting day.

The past one week or so has been an extremely intense week.

On Monday the 10th, me and my thesis partners were working like mads to get our thesis done. And 7 minutes into Tuesday, we managed to hand in. Then, we went to our friends place to join to celebrate the end of this painful thesis writing period.  Came back around 7:00 am happy and tipsy. A few hours later, I went back downtown for the last meeting for the festival.

On Wednesday and Thursday 12th-13th, we had a two-day workshop on Evolutionary Leadership for Sustainability called Sustainovation, an inspiring and intense workshop on human development for radical sustainability (sustainability of yourself, people, and planet).

Amidst all the intensity and business we, the festival gangs, have somehow managed to keep talking to each other and self-organize to make the event happen.

On Tuesday May 4th, the press release was sent to our university information center so that they could post the information on the web site.  But there was no response.

On Thursday May 6th, the press release was sent to local news papers, TV, and Radio station.  No response from any…

On Friday May 7th, during the meeting with the thesis supervisors, I got a call from a person who runs a blog on films, musics around the region.  He was interested in posting our events.  Hooray!! And yes here is our first publicity outside of our friend circle.  As excited as I was about it, I was still waiting anxiously for the contacts from other media including our university while trying to focus on the thesis meeting.  Then somebody said our festival is posted on the university website, and it was true.  My goodness! Meanwhile, one of the film gangs sent us a news that we got a much needed funding from the university to cover the cost of food for the opening ceremony.

The weekend and Moday the 10th were fairly quiet in terms of film festival organization, as we all focused on respective thesis writing.

On Tuesday, at the film fest meeting, I heard that the local TV contacted an environmental NGO which is one of our sponsors asking for the teaser film clip for the advertisement of our festival.  The TV was wise enough to contact Swedish speaking member of the organizing committee.  The film clip creation was underway. Yey! However, there was no response from the local news paper or the radio.

On Wednesday the 12th,  on my way to the workshop a little before 9:00 a.m., I got a phone call from the university information center telling me that the local radio station is interested in interview us about the film festival at 11:00 a.m. on the condition that the interview will be in Swedish.  Jesus!  There is only a couple of hours!  Daniel is the only Swedish committee member and I didn’t have his number.  So I ran to the workshop, luckily got his number from a classmate, and called him.  Yes he was available and agreed to go. Since the organization of the festival was so decentralized and being organically organized by the initiative of each committee member, no one had an overall picture of the festival including Daniel and myself.  Yet Daniel needed the bigger picture so that he can answer the interview.  So I grabbed Tuna who had organized a film festival in Turkey and in charge of overall coordination of our festival and was attending the workshop, so that Daniel can have a good picture about the festival.  Thank god, the interview apparently went smoothly.

After a long day of the workshop which ended at 9:30 pm that day, I finally had a chance to check my email.  Then there was a news from Daniel that there was an article on our festival on the BLT, one of the local papers I had sent the press release.  Daniel also confirmed that the advertisement of the festival would be broad-casted on Friday the 14th at 7:15 pm for 1-2 minutes by SVT1, Unfortunately, none of us could see the TV as we were all at the festival venue when that happened.

On Friday 14th, I sent the press the invitation to the opening ceremony and a reminder of our festival before I went to the venue at 10:00 am.  We were not sure about many of the details of the festival and still arranging and finalizing bits and pieces of the event coordination, somehow the festival came together. So crazy but amazing!  It is so chaordic. Then a reporter from the other local paper (we only have two local paper here) came to report on the festival.  Indeed, a news about the festival and us was on a paper called ‘Sydostran’ on the following day, the 15th.  I bought the paper and saw our photo, but haven’t got around to take a photo of it, hopefully today (so that I can share it).

To be continued on Sustainable Living Film Festival Karlskrona 2.

On completing the game with a bit of delays

1 05 2010

Task 6 Evaluation

It was fun!

I am utterly amazed by how well designed this “selection” process/game was.

It was fun which definitely helped lower mental barriers for doing what I was supposed to do especially opening a blog!  I had been reluctant in starting my own blog for ages partly because I prefer spending as little time as possible in front of computer which I still do, and partly because I though it would be too time and energy consuming even though I knew that it would be a really effective way of communication.  Now that I opened my first blog and have been writing it.  It feels good and I have definitely learned the basics of how to use something very useful.

The deadline presented in a fun way encouraged me to complete or at least try to complete the tasks in time.

The tasks themselves were superbly well designed in a way that by completing the tasks you are already beginning to make positive contribution to our society and potentially to the planet.

My only regret would be that I didn’t get to complete all the tasks in time.  But I did what I could do given the circumstances.  So I feel good.

Congratulations and thank you very much  Warriors without Weapons for this fun and enlightening experience.

Hope to see other participants and the organizers next year in Brasil where I spent four years of my adolescence so that I get to spread it in Japan and Mexico and beyond.



Task 4 + 5 + 6 with a little over due

1 05 2010

I know I am late.  I know it is over due.  Yet…better late than never.

I haven’t been able to post it which is an important part of the game, but this doesn’t mean that I was not working on task 4 and 5 and am working on 6 right now.  In fact task 4 and 5 has been part of my life, and I have been working on it.  Unfortunately I was overwhelmed by our thesis research which is due in 10 days and involves the task 4 and 5, and up coming Sustainable Living Film Festival that we are organizing at the moment for May 14th-16th.  This also involves task 4 and 5.

What are task 4 and 5?  Here they are:

Task 4

Decide who can help you and by what means.  Tell us how you manage to gather people and who they are.  List the skills and resources you can count on.  Show your planning.

Task 5

Tell us what happened in an inspirational way!

Let me start from the Sustainable Living Film Festival 2010.

We, several folks from our class Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (yep it’s all about sustainability), have been talking dreaming planning and organizing this event since shortly after we arrived in K-town Sweden last year.  The dream was dormant for a few months and came alive again sometime in March, and we have been working hard and having fun to make it happen.

My role as a member of the Sustainable Living Film Festival organizing committee is publicity and media relations.  Since I have very little experience in this area apart from working as a foreign corespondent in a movie distributer,  I have decided to ask for some help from people around me.

My plan of getting help for publicity and media relations

I wrote to my classmates who organized 350 event last year for media contacts in town, and got contacts for local news paper, radio station, and TV.   To get some hints and tips for publicity, I a classmate of mine (she was also helping organizing 350 event) who used to work a lot with media relations.  She is happy to help us write press release.  Tomorrow I will write it with another friend of mine who has organized a similar film festival in Turkey and is one of the overall-coordinators of our film festival.  So that a week before the festival we will send our press release to those media.  Also, a woman from the town is helping us with funding to print posters and flyers.   In the mean time, another classmate and a member of the film festival organizing committee is organizing volunteers so that they will help us with distributing flyers and putting up the posters in strategic places.

So far this is what’s been happening and how it will happen regarding publicity of our film festival.

Now, with our thesis we are looking at ways to unleash and develop  leadership for societal change  towards socio-ecological sustainability in whoever has inner desire and will.  Based on our findings, we are developing a set of “play” cards with questions, quotes or images that faciliatates self-reflection.  So that a “player” can find their burning passion, dream, discover and start dealing with metal barriers which prevent him or her to follow their heart in a way that also contributes not only to his or her wellbeing but also wellbeing of the society and the planet.  We have asked for help from a lot of people including participants and organizers of truly inspiring and progressive social entrepreneurship program around Europe and beyond.

Part of this whole process has been shared through our blog (Y)our learning path.

To be continued on task 6 Evaluation.

My Big Hairy Audacious Plan

14 04 2010

Our 3rd task as a player of Warriors without Weapons is to:

Look for a single aspect that can be improved in a community you are part of (your home, neighborhood, work, etc.).  Share in detail how you plan to do this.

I checked the task today, and it turns out that this task needs to be done within the next 28.5 hours.  It has been 26 minutes since the 14th-April started in Sweden.  Time is ticking…  My heart is beating fast.

There is no chance that I have time to do this during the day since I’m participating in the Flow Game, another cool game to tap into your passion and dream.  Then I need to work on the thesis.   Tic tac tic tac…

No problem.  I can share a plan that I have been incubating to move Japanese communities move a little closer towards  social and ecological sustainability.  Well, I still have to bring together bits and pieces of ideas floating in my head into a presentation, which may take a few hours.

Here we go:

My big hairy audacious plan

My big hairy audacious plan

More nitty-gritty needs to be planned such as time, venue, title, duration, etc.  I also have some idea.  I may share it some other time in  some other or the same platform.


The illustration of winged heart in the presentation was borrowed from,

Collective and Transformative

11 04 2010

Today I am here to share a couple of collective and transformative activities I have attended recently.

First one is Art of Hosting training that took place in Karlskrona Sweden.  To be very honest, I did not expect much our of it when I first heard of it.

To my delightful surprise, it turned out to be deeply transformative.  After the event, I felt that something deep inside me and something intangible was transformed ever so subtly and forever, as if who I am or my Self was fine tuned.  It was a beautiful experience.  For more details, take a look at:

Mind map of my transformative experience with the AoH

Mind map of a webinar with P.Senge in AoH

The second to share is a short course at Schumacher college in the UK, called Eco-facilitation which I have just participated.  In fact, this one-week course ended yesterday and I have just come back home this afternoon.

I still have a lot to reflect and digest while trying to write up our research on entrepreneurship for sustainability as a part of my degree.  So the experience I have had is still sort of floating in  me.

It was such a rich experience with intensity, feelings, provocation, contemplation, participation, and interaction.  I met extraordinary and courageous people who are on a quest to destroy or at least question their old selves and re-define who they really are for themselves and for the world as a whole.   People came from all over the place including Brazil and New Zealand following their heart.

Everyone at the college takes turn to do choirs. In fact, one of the most amazing workshop was given in the kitchen.

A workshop we co-improvised about uncertainty creativity and interconnection.

One of my favorite plants to taste.

My commitment

3 04 2010

What are my plans?

What do I want to do when I return from the program?

I plan to facilitate a process for people to reconnect with nature and with their authentic dreams so that they themselves will be active participants in creating a world that is just, diverse, peaceful and sustainable, rather than being a victim of circumstances.  I also wish to be empowered by this process of empowerment as well.

So in Japan, Mexico or wherever I go, I plant to facilitate such process using a method or process including the Warriors without Weapons, of course, most appropriate to the community.