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|Your Name||Maria Scordialos|
|1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?|
I see my primary work at this stage of my life as being the building of relational fields that are mutual, reciprocal and take into consideration the next generations to come. In particular, in how we, humans, live and work whether with our families, organisations, communities, natural world, etc. so that our footprint is minimal and regenerates life. This includes working within institutions like the European Commission, Council of European Union and European Parliament, social movements with activists and citizens/residents, with people living in conflict zones and with polarised views and also with individuals seeking their personal mastery.
|2. What role do you see as yours to play?|
My role is to curate spaces where relational fields are experienced in an embodied way, so that interconnection and interdependence becomes felt, disturbance of the current takes place, and curiosity is awoken. Working from the collective to the individual and with intelligence accessed from all spheres, i.e. visible and invisible, so that people can become aware of their world views so that claim their sovereignty. Four levels of maturation are offered; (1) Experiencing through connection, participation and exchange, (2) Illuminating understanding through mental models, methods, incubation and experimentation, (3) Practicing through apprenticeship, continuous repetition, immersive learning, failure and success, and (4) Embodying through daily living and engaging others
|3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?|
To cohere and focus my energy on what I have written above which means needing to cut away other work that has economic gain or realigning it to be connected to this. Also, I would like see the 24 acre olive farm that I steward becoming an immersive learning place for young people and adults from Greece, Europe and other areas of the world. Finally, I would like to work more closely with the surrounding community of farmers so that we can discover a collective way of living regeneratively, by connecting to the traditional ways for our contemporary times.
|4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?|
To slow down, deepen my intuitive practice and follow my call more clearly. To develop my own indigenous practices with the land I live on and with all life forms here.
|5. And for professional growth?|
To deepen my understanding and practice of living systems and indigenous practices. Also become more practiced at creating the conditions for people to become aware of how they think and how this impacts their actions and decision.
To learn regenerative practices in tangible ways so that I can work with my local community so that we can become a regenerative community together.
|6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?|
I have invested in following a call and living at the cross point between this and making a living. I have invested in learning how to live with uncertainty and shifting my whole life to live on a farm to have a direct experience of living with nature, becoming aware of living within the limits and the opportunities that the land can offer. I have also always invested in experimenting and reflecting on what is learned to inform my way forward.
|7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?|
My field of learning has primarily been the co-creation of the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Meaningful Conversations, which has brought me in contact with Margaret Wheatley, Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer, Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, Fritjof Capra, Joanna Macy, Pat McCabe, Humberto Matura, David Abrams, etc. I have also connected with Permaculture and Natural Farming, native seed collection here in Greece. I am also increasingly interested in climate science, indigenous practices and of course regenerative practice.
|8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?|
My cosmology is that life is a result of incredible, amazing and mysterious interconnections that create a unified whole. This is mirrored from the massiveness of the universe and multiple universe to the Earth, to ecosystems, to our bodies, etc. This creates a web where we humans have our own unique design and contribution, but are not the ones who lead. Instead
|Entry Date||November 3, 2020|