Helping Changemakers grow

Whether you are a professional or volunteer Changemaker, we are always facing challenges that are very specific for our line of work. And it is usually insufficient to ask for help from friends and family from other areas, because of the nature of these challenges. NOW has open spots for its new tool to support […]

Embracing emotions in Jūrmala

Arriving to winter wonderland When I travel, one of the things I do, is to ask locals for words that exist only in their language and which full meaning can not be translated easily. For my time in Latvia, this word will be vakarēša – which means an „evening being“ when you get to sit […]

“You’re not lost! Welcome to Morocco!”

I woke up at 4 in the morning to catch my flight to Marrakech, went to the airport, passed the security, got on the plane, arrived in Marrakech, and then took a bus to go to Agadir. I arrived there at around 3 pm after spending twelve hours on the road. I was starving and […]

Understanding privilege

I always thought I understood privilege. My parents used to tell me throughout all my life, how privileged we were. They kept insisting on this topic, they kept asking: “Do you understand what we are trying to tell you?” I listened to them and nodded my head and thought, I had understood. But actually, I […]

The person who changed my life

I was a hyperactive and naughty child in elementary school. I fought constantly and escaped from school where I got beaten up just because I did not know Turkish. My mother tongue is Kurdish, It is the language I learned when I was born. One day, after fighting with my friends, I cried and went […]

This journey did not end at the Future Forum

“It’s a dangerous business going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Zlatka: @ghizlane,[themify_icon icon=”fa-heart-o” link=”http://”]: How was the time leading up to the Future Forum for you? How did […]

What is coaching and why should we try it?

A lot of things happen when you start doing a ‘social impact project’. I did a few and experienced a lot of personal and practical challenges. It calls upon strengths like perseverance, flexibility, asking for help and sometimes letting go of initial ideas. It is also a challenge to implement a project next to other […]

Change hurts, but it’s worth it

The weeks have passed since the NOW Encounter ended. Those 10 days were powerful and life changing. Thinking back recalls warm, positive and energizing emotions. What they created for me, is an ongoing reflection on who I am and what I really need in my life. Our little paradise Imagine: no hate or judgement, just […]

Opening my learning diary

I have always thought that to change something we need to be mad, violent and explode because all the things our planet suffers from are just too much to handle calmly. I have always wanted to grow up faster. I have creative, effective ideas, but only a few people will consider them. They think I have […]

The NOW educational approach – or why I consider myself a learner

What do you do? If you are not a nurse, a painter or a lawyer, you might know how difficult this question can be. I like to think of myself as an educator. Here’s a bit about the journey that brought me to leading the educational design team of NOW and about what the NOW […]