Gaia is looking for cooperators: Path Finders, Pattern Breakers, Change Agents, Peace Makers and many more. How many job announcements go viral and have the power to change the world? This one does.
Gaia is hiring
In 2015 Patrizia Servidio, possibility management trainer and life-coach followed an impulse to write a job announcement in the name of the Earth. Unexpectedly she received hundreds of applications by people who wanted to do something meaningful in service of the planet. As somebody reposted the announcement one year later once again hundreds of applications arrived. This time Patrizia started inviting applicants and together they initiated the first Gaia is hiring Unconference.
What is an Unconference?
At a common conference the audience is listening to the words of experts, whereas at an unconference each attendee is invited to participate. It is mostly self-organised with low hierarchies and lots of room to develop, create, discuss and connect.
Whom would Gaia hire? Or where do we want to end up?
„Do we want to go on the same way until we might have destroyed our livelyhoods and risk the extinction of humans? Or do we want to find out how labour and economy should function, so that this won’t happen?“ Patrizia Servidio
Around fifty change makers from very different backgrounds met from 25.-28. May 2017 at the Puls der Erde community in South Germany, willing to answer this question. The main topic of the unconference was the field of work, but soon the participants enthusiastically were rethinking human culture: How can we live in harmony with nature and all living beings? How do we want to learn? Which alternative money systems can we use? The participants shared the opinion, that a new culture will be radically different. Together we tried to find out, how this new world can look like. Very thrilling, though! Possibility management trainers, coaches, writers, IT professionals, … they all came to explore the unknown.
How could it work? What does exist already?
“We need new ideas on many levels.” states Patrizia Servidio. Rethinking work-life is one. She adds: “Everybody on the planet has a job! The talents, that you bring along together with the desire to create a new world with likeminded people is all you need.” How? Ask what the world needs and what you personally can contribute. It’s about time to get connected, build teams and realise visions. There’s a lot to do!
Reconnect to nature
We’ve never been further away form nature, we even forgot, that we are part of it. I loved the exercises we did at the unconference to get in contact with the Earth. We connected to Gaia by sharing with each other all the things we love about her. We connected as our bare feet felt the grass under them and we connected by realising all the things in nature that are connected to each other. Not only the obvious things like the roots to the soil, but much more subtle ones. I started feeling the pulse of the Earth and was filled with grace, peace and hope.
My key learnings
- I am allowed to create the job I want to have. Somebody ever tells us that in school? Imagine, if all people would do, what they love. How different the world would look like.
- I cannot be unemployed as a GAIA worker. There is so much to do! If we listen to Gaia, she will let us know what she wants us to be doing.
- In the field of the unknown lies great potential. Stepping away from the path we know is frightening but adventurous!
On site Impressions