Today I am completing the third month of this journey of knowledge and changes in my professional perspective, and starting the second half of this “trip”.
Being back in Barcelona and resuming activities has been especially important. Oceanogami, my host company, has opened up the perspectives for me to face the changes and adaptations to new work dynamics, relationships and future expectations. A new year, with new views and questions about our standards as a society, a year that especially for the marine sciences marks the beginning of the Ocean Decade established by the UN. This Decade will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the Oceans and more particularly to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Carrying out the exchange during the pandemic affects us in many ways, with restrictions on events, meetings, campaigns. However, it has been extremely important for me to be able to be with people who are focusing and working for a world with a better relationship and coexistence between man and nature, between us and the ocean.
In this pace of changes and adaptations, and especially involved with the beginning of the Ocean Decade, one of the great experiences and learning I have had at Oceanogami has been the key to solving complex problems: networking and involvement with actors from different areas. After all, complex and multidisciplinary problems involve multidisciplinary solutions.
In the last few months, we have conducted training and exchanges with several professionals from many different areas, learning new content and deepening in others. Our desire is to inhabit places we are not yet in, discuss the importance of the oceans and propose solutions together.
In the photo, a meeting we held last week with a senior consultant from a major International Consultancy, where the main focus was on how to approach and engage institutions from different segments in this movement for the common good.
Time calls for changes and I feel that I am not only halfway there, but at the beginning of a long journey.