Journey Visions - A Path towards Sustainability

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Have you heard of or tasted Horchata? It's a refreshing drink, to enjoy hot or cold, and one of our Journey participants aims to make its traditional process in Spain a more sustainable and to lower emissions this way.  Maria Alegría Serna (Bologna-Trento-Zürich) from Colombia came to Europe with the goal to gain more knowledge about the complexity of the food systems as well as about sustainable innovations that she can bring back home to reduce food waste. In Valencia, Maria learns about the power of collaboration and good communication between the industry and local farmes, something that she is missing in Colombia. Food has always been special for her family and Maria is enlightened by the community that can be created around food, e.g. through growing your own food within urban areas and share it with your neighborhood. Tune in to listen what Maria has planned for when she returns to her hometown Medellin.  Maria recommends you to read the book: The Future We Choose by Christina Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. Read more about it here:
Today is World Food Day! What better way there is to celebrate this than to learn about how a young entrepreneur addresses the food waste problem in the city he is living in: Lund in Sweden. Journey participant and clinical medicine researcher Soham Datta started Food Saving Lund with a few other volunteers and together, they have already saved more than an amazing 5500kg of food over the past year. Soham will share the story of Food Saving Lund, how he turned an idea into practice, which challenges and turning points he had to face along the way and what he learned from this journey. Today, Food Saving Lund has scaled up to having 150 active members, over a thousand followers online and even if Soham leaves the city, the organizational structure will allow for further growth and many more great achievements. Besides this, we have gotten to know Soham even better. If we were to sum him up in one word, it would be diverse. He was born in India, grew up in Hongkong and Ireland and his childhood dream was becoming a pilot to fly around the world. Now he aims to bring sustainability practices into the medical world, and who knows, maybe he will be extending the concept of Food Saving Lund to the Baltics very soon. Stay tuned, as he is full of surprises and has great advice for soon-to-be young entrepreneurs.
In this episode, Dublona coaches Meret Nehe and Kurt Klusch, who both call Germany (north and south, respectively) their home, share their views on the Journey and why they experience it as a prototyping event where you should make mistakes and grow from them. Kurt dives in into the meaning of "finding your tribe" and asking the right questions, whereas Meret underlines the importance of building a support system around you in order to nourish yourself and to being able to fully understand leverages within systems. Tune in for more wise input!
Northern Lights Journey participants Helena Patino de Artaza, Leonie Schiedek, Diana Spurzem, Harry Sutrisno, Aizo Verdonk and Julia Wünsche teamed up in an effort to make cities more sustainable in an era of climate change. In urban spaces grey infrastructure, urban heat island, decreasing biodiversity, mental health and alienation to nature are everpresent problems. With their project, Ice Green Warriors aim to implement more green spaces and to inform local citizens about the benefits and impacts of green rooftops. To have a wider systematic impact they plan to collaborate with the municipality. Listen to the episode to hear more about the background of the project as well as the different roles in the team and their group dynamic. As Harry said, "our future is a great future, because we are human, we are created to survive: we have challenges and of course we are going to solve them as long as we are still alive!”
Lund-Copenhagen coaches Eleanor Saunders and Balazs Kurucz are both coaches and facilitators. Eleanor has been working with the Climate-KIC community for ten years already and sees it as a circular system in itself: Acquiring skills and giving it on to next generation. This way "the Journey should be this ever-changing entity that helps people into this new incredibly difficult and dynamic space". We are also talking about bird perpectives on Europe's farmlands as well as about small scale nature inspiration and beauty. 
Baltic Beauty (Tallinn-Riga) Journey coaches Şeyda Nur Güneş and Niv Nowbakht share an interest in working with people. Both Berlin-based, they focus on "helping people discover the gift they carry inside of them". While Seyda is addressing human behaviours and mindsets to change the current paradigm and make a more responsible living the new norm, Niv as a professional guide for career happiness is focused on personal transformations through making conscious decisions from the inside out. If you want to make a difference in the world, start with changing yourself, understand why you want to make a change and then make other people wanting to be part of it. Bottom-up actions that sustain the intrinsic motivation of both individuals and the collective are as important as changing the narrative away from climate anxiety. Tune in to acquire some very powerful knowledge and capabilities. 
Our first participant from the Madrid-Valencia Journey, Estrella Garcia Gomez, explains us how her group called Climate Protection translates complex scientific reports into more easily understandable language for the public. Because of their group diversity the content of their website ( is available in Chinese, Spanish and English. Estrella is very concerned about food waste and gives some great key advice for beginners in climate education: "Start with really small steps that affect your personal life. And once you have achieved those personal steps you can try to teach someone around you, so they do the same things as you do. And therewith small steps will grow into bigger ones." Estrella refers to the company Too Good to Go. Check out this link to explore a successful and sustainable app against global food waste:
VinhoVin Coach Filipa Carlos from Lisbon obtained her PhD in the field of Sustainable Energy Systems and is currently seeking solutions to answer some of the most intriguing questions in transition such as whether and how it is possible "to introduce the concept of degrowth while keeping our society connected and with our standards of well-being [...], equity and fairness".  Filipa is happy to discuss the questions with you as a listener and she recommends the following readings:  An essay from Byung-Chul Han about an era of excessive positivity. The name in English is "The burnout Society": The book "O filho de mil homens" is translated to Spanish ( and French ( but not to English, unfortunately. In any case, considering the diversity of the Journey, there are several international versions of his books, so as an author I would recommend him (very poetic)!
Today, participants Monica van Leeuwen and Ceriel Lucker from the CYBELT Journey share their story with us. We talk about how Monica's parents' farm in Belgium got impacted by climate change, how to best communicate climate-friendly behaviours with your friends and about their group project: the Green Wave. It aims to reduce the gap between climate awareness and action through positive storytelling, which is a powerful tool to "spark new discussions". They invite YOU to share your story about your personal journey towards sustainability on the global climate action day on September 25th. Tune in to hear how you can become part of this Instagram campaign.  "Be the example yourself" and "just do it" because "if you never failed something it means you never tried something new". Monica recommends to familiarize yourself with the concept of the Doughnut Economy.: a must-read these days. You can get a first idea about the concept here:  Ceriel refers to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Their mission is to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy:
In Barcelona, coach Clara Giberga has experienced the power of togetherness, when communities came together for a urban gardening project. Tune in to learn about why it is important to find other people that complement you, contrast your ideas and add force. Clara also has a clear message to "think of yourself as someone who can really change things [...] and to see what you already have in you". For her, "the journey is a melting pot of diverse backgrounds in terms of participants and locations that makes the transformation look possible”.
In this episode, Climate-KIC coach and globetrotter Laura Janssen talks about her motivation to join the Journey as a coach, how the Journey contributes to sustainable development and about how the young generation can get involved in climate action. Laura believes that "we should use this incredible amount of knowledge, collective brain power and united skills to serve those urgent challenges that we are facing today." Tune in to dive in some of her global experiences and how it has inspired her. You can calculate your own ecological footprint here:
Welcome to our first interview! Today we have Climate-KIC Journey coaches Heiko Specking and Nierika Hamaekers from the Northern Lights Journey on board with us. We talk about what the Journey is, their motivation to get engaged in it and the power of the Climate-KIC community. They describe the Journey as "a place where extremely knowledgeable and passionate people come together to inspire each other, to connect and collaborate." Listen to this episode and find out how you can best make an impact yourself. 
"I should not close myself to any opportunity, it doesnt matter the format of the opportunity." Welcome to the Journey Vision podcast! In this first episode, the people behind the podcast talk about how they came to the idea of creating this podcast and the motivation that drives them. They also share their experiences of participating in the EIT Climate-KIC Journey so far. You will get to know what the pandemic has to do with the podcast, how you can cope with a 4-week online school, and why this particular summer school is a big opportunity.
Climate-KIC Laura Janssen talks about her motivation to join Climate-KIC as a couch, how the Journey contributes to sustainable development and about how the young generation can get involved in climate action.
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Journey Visions
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Jul 28th, 2020
Latest Episode
Oct 22nd, 2020
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